2014 Austin MotoGP Results from Circuit of the Americas

2014 Austin MotoGP Results from Circuit of the Americas
Movistar Yamaha's Jorge Lorenzo

2014 Circuit of the Americas Results

Spoiler Alert – 2014 MotoGP results from Circuit of the Americas listed below

Two words, one extremely talented rider – Marc Marquez.

The 21-year-old Spaniard has done nothing but impress so far in 2014 MotoGP. The Repsol Honda rider put in an amazing performance at Losail’s Qatar, taking the win from Movistar Yamaha MotoGP’s Valentino Rossi by a mere 0.259 of a second. And the win arrived six weeks after breaking his right leg in a dirt-track training crash.

And this momentum was carried in Austin’s Circuit of the Americas this weekend. Marquez lead every free practice session, qualified on the pole, and was quickest during the warm-up. When Sunday’s race arrived, the RC213V pilot was the favorite. And he proved why by dominating Austin MotoGP to take his second win for a perfect championship points lead after 2 of 18 rounds.

When the 21-lap race got underway at the 3.426-mile circuit containing 20 corners, Yamaha Factory Racing’s Jorge Lorenzo jumped the start to take the lead. The two-time MotoGP Champion who crashed out of Qatar on the opening lap was followed by Repsol Honda duo of Marc Marquez and Dani Pedrosa, Pramac Racing Ducati’s Andrea Iannone, Ducati Team’s Cal Crutchlow, LCR Honda’s Stefan Bradl, and  Ducati Team’s Andrea Dovizioso.

But Lorenzo had to drive-through the pit ahead of the second lap, giving the lead to Marquez. As for the Americans, Drive M7 Aspar Honda’s Nicky Hayden and NGM Forward Racing’s Colin Edwards began outside of the top 14.

Marquez, who was the only rider on hard Bridgestone tires, immediately opened a 0.8 of a second gap on Pedrosa, showing perfect rhythm and nailing his race line. Behind, Rossi began picking off riders, taking Dovizioso on the second lap for sixth place, Bradl on the third lap, and Crutchlow on the fourth lap – an attack similar to what he did at Qatar.

On the fourth lap, both Bradl and Dovizioso passed Crutchlow, who seemed to struggle with the GP14 that is competing under the Open option. With 17 to go, Crutchlow rode off his line, losing three additional positions.

Up front, Marquez was over a second ahead of Pedrosa with 15 to go. Behind, while battling with Bradl with 12 to go, Rossi appeared to lose front grip on the Bridgestone, and fell back to sixth behind Dovi. On the same lap, GO&FUN Honda Gresini’s Alvaro Bautista crashed out. In the back, Lorenzo was up to 13th, running consistent fast laps.

With 10 to go, Rossi was passed by the Monster Tech 3 Yamaha duo of Pol Espargaro and Bradley Smith.The next rider to crash was Crutchlow, who lost the front end of his GP14 at turn seven.

Up front, Marquez had nearly a four-second gap on Pedrosa, as Bradl passed Iannone for third. A turn later, Dovi did the same. With five to go, the huge battle was for third between Bradl and Dovi, who swapped the position a few times.

With three to go, Edwards, who is retiring at the end of 2014 MotoGP, rode into the pits with technical issues at his home race. This caused a DNF for the 40-year-old Texan.

Marquez would lead all 21 laps of the race to take the win. He suffered a huge wobble at the final corner, but saved the RC213V to finish 4.124 seconds ahead of Pedrosa. Taking the final podium position was Andrea Dovizioso, who finished 20.976 seconds behind, which shows the strength of the factory Hondas.

Bradl finished fourth, followed by Smith and Pol Espargaro. Rounding out the top 10 were Iannone, Rossi, NGM Forward Racing’s Aleix Espargaro and Lorenzo. Hayden would finish 11th.

With his win, Marquez now has a perfect 50 points after two of 18 rounds. He leads Pedrosa by 14  points. The series now breaks for a week before heading to Argentina’s Termas de Rio Hondo April 25-27.

Photos by Ara Ashjian

2014 Aragon MotoGP Results from Circuit of the Americas:

12593Marc MARQUEZSPARepsol Honda TeamHonda159.443’33.430
22026Dani PEDROSASPARepsol Honda TeamHonda159.2+4.124
3164Andrea DOVIZIOSOITADucati TeamDucati158.2+20.976
4136Stefan BRADLGERLCR Honda MotoGPHonda158.0+22.790
51138Bradley SMITHGBRMonster Yamaha Tech 3Yamaha158.0+22.963
61044Pol ESPARGAROSPAMonster Yamaha Tech 3Yamaha157.8+26.567
7929Andrea IANNONEITAPramac RacingDucati157.7+28.257
8846Valentino ROSSIITAMovistar Yamaha MotoGPYamaha156.7+45.519
9741Aleix ESPARGAROSPANGM Forward RacingForward Yamaha156.6+47.605
10699Jorge LORENZOSPAMovistar Yamaha MotoGPYamaha156.5+49.111
11569Nicky HAYDENUSADrive M7 AsparHonda155.8+1’00.735
1247Hiroshi AOYAMAJPNDrive M7 AsparHonda155.6+1’03.954
13368Yonny HERNANDEZCOLEnergy T.I. Pramac RacingDucati155.4+1’07.333
14217Karel ABRAHAMCZECardion AB MotoracingHonda154.2+1’27.972
1518Hector BARBERASPAAvintia RacingAvintia154.0+1’32.376
1670Michael LAVERTYGBRPaul Bird MotorsportPBM154.0+1’32.543
179Danilo PETRUCCIITAIodaRacing ProjectART153.6+1’39.176
1863Mike DI MEGLIOFRAAvintia RacingAvintia152.9+1’51.962
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45Scott REDDINGGBRGO&FUN Honda GresiniHonda155.22 Laps
5Colin EDWARDSUSANGM Forward RacingForward Yamaha154.94 Laps
35Cal CRUTCHLOWGBRDucati TeamDucati152.49 Laps
19Alvaro BAUTISTASPAGO&FUN Honda GresiniHonda158.312 Laps
23Broc PARKESAUSPaul Bird MotorsportPBM151.313 Laps

2014 MotoGP Point Standings (after 2 of 18 rounds):

3Valentino ROSSIYamahaITA28
4Andrea DOVIZIOSODucatiITA27
5Aleix ESPARGAROForward YamahaSPA20
6Andrea IANNONEDucatiITA15
7Stefan BRADLHondaGER13
8Nicky HAYDENHondaUSA13
9Bradley SMITHYamahaGBR11
12Scott REDDINGHondaGBR9
13Hiroshi AOYAMAHondaJPN9
14Colin EDWARDSForward YamahaUSA7
16Jorge LORENZOYamahaSPA6
17Karel ABRAHAMHondaCZE5
19Hector BARBERAAvintiaSPA1