MotoGP – GP of the Americas – Race
The MotoGP GP of the Americas on Austin, Texas, gave us a dramatic race where the World Championship changed drastically after the crash of Maverick Viñales.
Marc Marquez who started on pole lost the first position after an awesome start from his teammate, Dani Pedrosa, who took the leadership on a race. Jorge Lorenzo, with his Ducati, overtook Maverick Viñales with the top speed of his bike, but on turns he lost the advantage and was overtaken by the Yamaha rider and Zarco.
The dramatic moment of the race came a few laps later when Maverick Viñales, on his way to catch Rossi, crashed and had to retire for the first time this season. This 0 would mean a major change on the championship with Valentino Rossi ahead of his teammate if he could finish on podium, but Zarco chased him and try to overtake on the first sector, making the italian rider to ran away taking some advantage, but the stewards decided to give a penalty to the Yamaha rider, he would receive a 3 tenths penalty, the time that he took from his battle with the Tech3 rider.
On the front Marc Marquez started to fight his teammate, but the 26 was defending the position really well, but the World Champion wanted to take his 5th win in a row at Texas, so he try it again, taking the first position.
If we had to talk about more DNFs of the race, we must talk about Loris Baz, who crashed his Avintia. This time he couldn’t save the crash like he did yesterday on qualifying. Also Pol Espargaró had problems with his KTM, which engine blew up, and also Bautista, who was on 13th position, crashed during the second part of the race, but he could continue the race, something that Sam Lowes couldn’t make.
Again at the front, Pedrosa wanted to recover the first position and had a small battle with his teammate, but the 93 defended the position without problems. Pedrosa then started to think that a 2nd position was good enough, but Valentino Rossi started to chase Pedrosa and he overtook him on the final laps of the race.
Marc Marquez won the GP of the Americas, being his 5th victory in a row on this track and he was with Valentino Rossi and Dani Pedrosa at the podium. The top 10 was completed with Cal Crutchlow, Johann Zarco, Andrea Dovizioso, Andrea Iannone, Danilo Petrucci, Jorge Lorenzo and Jack Miller.
Now it’s time to leave the americas and come to Europe for the next round of the championship, the MotoGP Spanish GP will come in two weeks with a new championship leader, Valentino Rossi. We’ll see if he can continue the progression or if Maverick will return again at the top.