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:

Pos. Points Num. Rider Nation Team Bike Km/h Time/Gap
1 25 93 Marc MARQUEZ SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 159.4 43’33.430
2 20 26 Dani PEDROSA SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 159.2 +4.124
3 16 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO ITA Ducati Team Ducati 158.2 +20.976
4 13 6 Stefan BRADL GER LCR Honda MotoGP Honda 158.0 +22.790
5 11 38 Bradley SMITH GBR Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 158.0 +22.963
6 10 44 Pol ESPARGARO SPA Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 157.8 +26.567
7 9 29 Andrea IANNONE ITA Pramac Racing Ducati 157.7 +28.257
8 8 46 Valentino ROSSI ITA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 156.7 +45.519
9 7 41 Aleix ESPARGARO SPA NGM Forward Racing Forward Yamaha 156.6 +47.605
10 6 99 Jorge LORENZO SPA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 156.5 +49.111
11 5 69 Nicky HAYDEN USA Drive M7 Aspar Honda 155.8 +1’00.735
12 4 7 Hiroshi AOYAMA JPN Drive M7 Aspar Honda 155.6 +1’03.954
13 3 68 Yonny HERNANDEZ COL Energy T.I. Pramac Racing Ducati 155.4 +1’07.333
14 2 17 Karel ABRAHAM CZE Cardion AB Motoracing Honda 154.2 +1’27.972
15 1 8 Hector BARBERA SPA Avintia Racing Avintia 154.0 +1’32.376
16 70 Michael LAVERTY GBR Paul Bird Motorsport PBM 154.0 +1’32.543
17 9 Danilo PETRUCCI ITA IodaRacing Project ART 153.6 +1’39.176
18 63 Mike DI MEGLIO FRA Avintia Racing Avintia 152.9 +1’51.962
Not Classified
45 Scott REDDING GBR GO&FUN Honda Gresini Honda 155.2 2 Laps
5 Colin EDWARDS USA NGM Forward Racing Forward Yamaha 154.9 4 Laps
35 Cal CRUTCHLOW GBR Ducati Team Ducati 152.4 9 Laps
19 Alvaro BAUTISTA SPA GO&FUN Honda Gresini Honda 158.3 12 Laps
23 Broc PARKES AUS Paul Bird Motorsport PBM 151.3 13 Laps

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

Pos. Rider Bike Nation Points
1 Marc MARQUEZ Honda SPA 50
2 Dani PEDROSA Honda SPA 36
3 Valentino ROSSI Yamaha ITA 28
4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO Ducati ITA 27
5 Aleix ESPARGARO Forward Yamaha SPA 20
6 Andrea IANNONE Ducati ITA 15
7 Stefan BRADL Honda GER 13
8 Nicky HAYDEN Honda USA 13
9 Bradley SMITH Yamaha GBR 11
10 Pol ESPARGARO Yamaha SPA 10
11 Cal CRUTCHLOW Ducati GBR 10
12 Scott REDDING Honda GBR 9
13 Hiroshi AOYAMA Honda JPN 9
14 Colin EDWARDS Forward Yamaha USA 7
15 Yonny HERNANDEZ Ducati COL 7
16 Jorge LORENZO Yamaha SPA 6
17 Karel ABRAHAM Honda CZE 5
19 Hector BARBERA Avintia SPA 1



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