MotoGP Review of Round 3 in the Americas

By: Colin MotorCycle Direct Posted: April 20th, 2016

After an eventful race in Argentina, the Red Bull Grand Prix of The Americas took place on the 8th to 10th of April. The pressure was on Marquez as he had previously won every race he started stateside with a perfect track record. It was to be expected that he may have a battle to retain his successive title at The Americas circuit. Riders that were keen to get ahead in the race were Iannone and Lorenzo, keen to push their points up.

At the start of the race it was Lorenzo in the lead until he ran wide on the first corner allowing Marquez to take the lead. The race was unfolding to be quite a tense ride with many riders battling for the higher rankings. There was an unfortunate event involving a crash from Rossi on the third lap at turn two, which meant this would be his first time in 25 races where he wouldn't finish in the top five. During this Lorenzo defended 3rd place with Marquez and Dovizioso leading the way. As the race progressed, during the 4th lap Marquez lead by one second meanwhile further down the field the battle got tense as Vinales and Redding battled hard to stay in 4th place. Marquez continued to extend his lead making his win look almost certain. Lorenzo was waiting to get past Dovizioso with Pedrosa waiting patiently behind for his opportunity. Alex Espargaro dropped back after a strong start allowing a path for Iannone to take his place.

At the start of the 7th lap, going into turn one Pedrosa had a sudden incident where he lost control of the front of his bike eventually ploughing into Dovizioso. This would be the second race on the trot that another rider has taken out Dovizioso, much to his disappointment. Fortunately both riders escaped major injury and Pedrosa was even able to remount and continue the race. On turn 11 on lap 8, Cal Crutchlow and Bradley Smith both crashed out however they managed to remount their bikes and continue the race but with very large gaps between the two. These falls gave the Iannone a fair chance at third place. Marquez remained cool and content despite all of the crashes taking place behind him managing to set a faster lap time each lap he completed.

With ten laps to go, Pedrosa pulled into the pits as his bike was too damaged to continue. On arriving into the pits Pedrosa's first move was to go over to Dovizioso and his team and apologise for his actions as he wanted to ensure Dovizioso knew that it was not intentional. As the race continued Marquez remained over six seconds faster than Lorenzo with his pace still increasing. As the race headed towards the end the placings almost seemed certain. Marquez sailed across the finish line in 1st place, a huge 6.107 seconds ahead of Lorenzo who came 2nd and Iannone achieved a safe 3rd place victory. Maverick Vinales had his best premier class finish managing a successful 4th place.

MotoGP next returns to Europe for round four on the 24th April at the Gran Premio Red Bull de Espana. Marquez leads with 66 points, a solid 21 points ahead of Lorenzo. Failing to finish meant that Rossi slipped to 3rd in the championship with only 33 points.

The final placings for The Americas:

  • 1st Place: Marc Marquez - SPA - Honda Respol Team
  • 2nd Place: Jorge Lorenzo - SPA - Movistar Yamaha Team
  • 3rd Place: Andrea Iannone - ITA - Ducati Team
  • 4th Place: Maverick Vinales - SPA - Suzuki Ecstar Team
  • 5th Place: Aleix Espargaro - SPA - Monster Yamaha Team
  • 6th Place: Scott Redding - GBR - Octo Pramac Yakhnich Team