Marc Marquez (Team Repsol-Honda) has claimed a dominant victory, his second of the season, for the MotoGP´s Americas GP 2021 this Sunday at the Circuit of The Americas in Austin, Texas.
Crown contenders Fabio Quartararo (Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP) and Pecco Bagnaia (Ducati Lenovo Team), winner in Aragon & San Marino, finished behind the indomitable Spaniard, who has dominated the race from the opening lap.
Quartararo’s great result means he could potentially clinch the World Champion title at the next round, the Emilia-Romagna GP, which is taking place in three weeks’ time (October 22-24).
Right behind the top three came Alex Rins (Team Suzuki ECSTAR) who beat Jorge Martin (Pramac Racing) in the final lap after the latter was sanctioned with a long penalty that cost him the position. The pilot from Barcelona and winner of the last edition of the American GP in 2019, felt visibly strong and comfortable on the track.
Despite losing third place in the final turns of the GP, Martin produced a fantastic drive. Only the ongoing issues with his injured shoulder that fateful penalty prevented him from making the top three.
This is Marquez’ 54th MotoGP victory and 137th podium. With this result, the Spanish champion regains his Texan throne. It has now been demonstrated that COTA, where he has dominated unopposed between 2013 and 2018, continues to be Marquez private playground and that all counter-clockwise races belong to him.
Quartararo was almost as happy with the outcome of the race as Marquez. Knowing that his pace was lower than that of the Spaniard, ‘El Diablo’ got the best deal he could have possibly hoped for, second place. A position that allowed him to increase his advantage over Bagnaia until . The latter, on the other hand, has virtually lost all title chances, despite having started from pole.
Marquez takes the lead at the start and escapes to victory
Marquez jumped to the lead from his starting third place at the very beginning of the American MotoGP. Rins also performed a good start,climbing from seventh to third before completing the opening lap. Like his Suzuki teammate, Mir also executed another great drive in the early going, moving from eighth to fifth between Bagnaia and Nakagami, who crashed in the second lap.
At the head of the race, Marquez gradually opened ground with Quartararo (1,2,3 seconds). Unable to follow the relentless pace of the Spaniard, Quartararo kept a cold head and decided not to take any unnecessary risks, settling in his comfortable second place.
Behind them, Martin was getting close to the podium positions. In the closing stages, however, Bagnaia caught up with him. It was that chase that had him commit the fatal mistake. The pilot from Madrid skipped a chicane, and Bagnaia was able to come inches from his machine. In the final laps, Pecco took over Martin, who had to serve a long penalty, losing the fourth place to Rins.
Shortly after, Márquez would cross the checkered flag with a four and a half seconds advantage over Quartararo. A disappointed Bagnaia arriving in third at the Americas GP 2021.
Images of Americas GP 2021: Repsol-Honda Team.