Five for Five for Marquez as Vinales Crashes Out

Marc Marquez initially fought it out with teammate Dani Pedrosa for victory in the Red Bull Grand Prix of the Americas, before being able to break clear in the latter laps of the race to take his stunning fifth win in a row in Austin – his 11th straight win on US soil in an incredible statistic. Valentino Rossi then put on a late charge to take second, with Pedrosa completing the podium and former Championship leader Maverick Viñales crashing out early on. Off the line it was a stunning swoop around the outside for Pedrosa from the second row to lead, but old habits die hard as the Spaniard overtook teammate and polesitter Marc Marquez to lead through Turn 1, with Rossi tucked in behind the two Repsol Honda machines.

 

Jorge Lorenzo got a great launch from P6 to overtake Maverick Viñales, and the two men dueled it out until Johann Zarco got into the action and followed Viñales past the Mallorcan – before the drama struck. After two wins from two in the first races of the season, Viñales then suddenly slid out of contention at Turn 18 lowsiding safely, but out of the fight for victory and taking home a 0 for the first time since Argentina 2016. Cal Crutchlow had moved up from his P9 on the grid to take the factory Ducati duo for fifth behind rookie sensation Johann Zarco, with Andrea Dovizioso getting the best of Lorenzo to move into sixth.

 

A moment between Zarco and Rossi then saw the ‘Doctor’ taking to the run off as the rookie attempted a move, rejoining a little further ahead and subsequently receiving a 0.3 second penalty for time gained, to be applied at the end of the race. It was then the Repsol Hondas’ time to duel, as Marquez and Pedrosa diced for the lead and the number 93 was able to begin pulling away with 13 laps to go. As the last laps approached, Crutchlow dueled Zarco for fourth to come home top Independent Team rider eahead of the rookie, as Rossi struck against Pedrosa to take third. Andrea Iannone also got in some late action, making it past Lorenzo and the Italian crossing the line for his first points haul of the season in P7.

 

Danilo Petrucci also made it past a Lorenzo struggling with grip to take eighth, with the five-time World Champion crossing the line in P9. Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS rider Jack Miller just beat rookie Jonas Folger to complete the top ten, fulfilling his goal for 2017 in the first three races of the season. Second Octo Pramac Racing rider Scott Redding came home in P12, with Tito Rabat scoring points once again ahead of Hector Barbera and Alvaro Bautista. Bautista had crashed at around half distance but rejoined to score the point, with teammate Karel Abraham leaving Texas with a DNF alongside Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Pol Espargaro after a mechanical problem. Aprilia Racing Team Gresini’s Sam Lowes and Loris Baz also crashed out, with Aleix Espargaro pulling into the pits before rejoining to get more track time crossing the line in P17 behind Bradley Smith.

 

Pos.

Rider

Team

Time/Gap

1

Marc MARQUEZ Repsol Honda Team 43’58.770

2

Valentino ROSSI Movistar Yamaha MotoGP +3.069

3

Dani PEDROSA Repsol Honda Team +5.112

4

Cal CRUTCHLOW LCR Honda +7.638

5

Johann ZARCO Monster Yamaha Tech 3 +7.957

6

Andrea DOVIZIOSO Ducati Team +14.058

7

Andrea IANNONE Team SUZUKI ECSTAR +15.491

8

Danilo PETRUCCI OCTO Pramac Racing +16.772

9

Jorge LORENZO Ducati Team +17.979

10

Jack MILLER EG 0,0 Marc VDS +18.494

11

Jonas FOLGER Monster Yamaha Tech 3 +18.903

12

Scott REDDING OCTO Pramac Racing +28.735

13

Tito RABAT EG 0,0 Marc VDS +30.041

14

Hector BARBERA Reale Avintia Racing +31.364

15

Alvaro BAUTISTA Pull&Bear Aspar Team +1’06.547

16

Bradley SMITH Red Bull KTM Factory Racing +1’22.090

17

Aleix ESPARGARO Aprilia Racing Team Gresini 2 Laps
Sam LOWES Aprilia Racing Team Gresini 10 Laps
Pol ESPARGARO Red Bull KTM Factory Racing 12 Laps
Loris BAZ Reale Avintia Racing 13 Laps
Maverick VIÑALES Movistar Yamaha MotoGP 20 Laps
Karel ABRAHAM Pull&Bear Aspar Team 20 Laps

 

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