2016 Austin MotoGP Results | Circuit of the Americas Recap

2016 Austin MotoGP Results | Ducati Andrea Iannone
Ducati's Andrea Iannone

2016 Austin MotoGP Results

2016 Austin MotoGP Dominated by Honda Marc Marquez
Honda’s Marc Marquez – the undisputed champion of COTA

For the fourth-straight year, MotoGP headed to Austin’s Circuit of the Americas, a 3.4-mile circuit containing 20 corners and a challenging layout with multiple elevation changes that drive most racers insane.

Some of these are the top names in the series, such as nine-time World Champion Valentino Rossi and his teammate, five-time World Champion Jorge Lorenzo. But the story is much different for Repsol Honda’s Marc Marquez – he has tasted nothing but victory at COTA.

The 23-year-old Spaniard has won every race at Circuit of the Americas since both he and the Texas Formula 1 track joined the premier class in 2013. There’s something about American tracks that Marquez seems to enjoy; since 2013, he has won every premier-class race on USA soil, including at the tracks that are no longer on the MotoGP Championship: Laguna Seca Mazda Raceway and Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

2016 Austin MotoGP Circuit of the Americas Jorge Lorenzo earns secondThis streak continued this weekend when Marquez earned another dominate win at Circuit of the Americas – his second-straight this season after dominating round two last weekend at Termas de Rio Hondo in Argentina.

Marquez led every practice and qualified his RC213V on pole before claiming the 2016 Austin MotoGP win by 6.107 seconds ahead of the season opener winner, reigning MotoGP Champion Lorenzo. Taking the final podium was Ducati Team’s Andrea Iannone, who redeemed himself from a penalty last weekend; the Italian finished 10.947 seconds behind.

Marquez has also now won every COTA race from the pole, proven once again that his is the undisputed MotoGP champion in the United States since 2013.

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When the 21-lap race began, Lorenzo, who very un-Lorenzo like crashed during the warm-up, got to turn one first from his second-place start on the grid. Lorenzo, along with teammate Rossi and both factory Ducati riders, opted for medium front and rear Michelin tires. As for Marquez, he was the only rider to opt for a soft front and medium rear tire.

But Lorenzo ran wide at turn one, and this opened the door for Marquez to make his move. Marquez took the lead, followed by Lorenzo and Rossi. Dovizioso was able to use some of the GP16s amazing straight-line power to literally slide himself into second at turn one. Also charging to fourth from the back of the field was Team Suzuki Ecstar’s Aleix Espargaro.

Then the crashes began; first was Avintia Racing Ducati’s Loris Baz, who crashed at turn 1. Next, on the third lap, was Rossi, the 37-year-old Italian losing his front midway through turn two. Rossi suffered a DNF, and for the first time in 25 races didn’t finish within the top five.

As Marquez extended his lead, the battle for second began between Lorenzo, Dovizioso and Repsol Honda’s Dani Pedrosa. Behind, Espargaro’s GSX-RR began to slow as Iannone moved forward.

2016 Austin MotoGP Results | Ducati Andrea Iannone
Ducati’s Andrea Iannone

On lap seven, Dovi was once again at the fate of his fellow riders. But it wasn’t Iannone this time such as the last-lap crash in Argentina that occurred due to an ambitious overtaken by Iannone; this time Pedrosa tried making a pass, and crashed into Dovi, sending both to the ground.

Dovi suffered a DNF, but Pedrosa was able to rejoin, only to pull into the pits three laps later with issues due to damage from the crash. Sportsmanlike, Pedrosa then walked over to Dovi and apologized, explaining the crash was not intentional.

Next to wreck were LCR Honda’s Cal Crutchlow and Monster Yamaha Tech 3’s Bradley Smith; fortunately, both were able to rejoin the grid and earn the final-two positions – 16th and 17th, respectively.

As Iannone slipped into third place, Suzuki’s Espargaro battled with teammate Maverick Vinales for second. Due to his medium-front tire over Espargaro’s softer tire, Vinales had additional braking stability. The two battled intensely to the checkered flag.

Up front, Marquez ran a smooth race, retaining his status as the undisputed King of Texas. He was joined by Lorenzo and Iannone on the podium. Behind, Vinales was able to hold off teammate Espargaro for fourth.

2016 Austin MotoGP Circuit of the Americas Marquez collects trophyRounding out the top 10 were Octo Pramac Yakhnich Ducati’s Scott Redding, Monster Yamaha Tech 3’s Pol Espargaro, Redding’s teammate Michele Pirro. Avintia Racing Ducati’s Hector Barbera and Aprilia Racing Team Gresini’s Stefan Bradl.

With his third-place at Qatar, and his wins in Argentina and Texas, Marquez now has 66 points, 21 ahead of Lorenzo. Rossi fell back to third, 33 points behind Marquez.

The 2016 MotoGP Championship now breaks for two weeks ahead of Jerez, round four of 18.

Photos by Ara Ashjian

2016 Austin MotoGP Results:

12593Marc MARQUEZSPARepsol Honda TeamHonda157.943’57.945
22099Jorge LORENZOSPAMovistar Yamaha MotoGPYamaha157.6+6.107
31629Andrea IANNONEITADucati TeamDucati157.3+10.947
41325Maverick VIÑALESSPATeam SUZUKI ECSTARSuzuki156.8+18.422
51141Aleix ESPARGAROSPATeam SUZUKI ECSTARSuzuki156.7+20.711
61045Scott REDDINGGBROCTO Pramac YakhnichDucati156.2+28.961
7944Pol ESPARGAROSPAMonster Yamaha Tech 3Yamaha156.0+32.112
8851Michele PIRROITAOCTO Pramac YakhnichDucati156.0+32.757
978Hector BARBERASPAAvintia RacingDucati155.9+34.592
1066Stefan BRADLGERAprilia Racing Team GresiniAprilia155.6+40.211
11519Alvaro BAUTISTASPAAprilia Racing Team GresiniAprilia155.3+45.423
12450Eugene LAVERTYIRLAspar Team MotoGPDucati155.2+47.127
13353Tito RABATSPAEstrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDSHonda155.2+47.426
14268Yonny HERNANDEZCOLAspar Team MotoGPDucati154.9+51.190
15176Loris BAZFRAAvintia RacingDucati153.7+1’12.929
1635Cal CRUTCHLOWGBRLCR HondaHonda153.3+1’19.252
1738Bradley SMITHGBRMonster Yamaha Tech 3Yamaha152.8+1’28.036
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26Dani PEDROSASPARepsol Honda TeamHonda148.010 Laps
4Andrea DOVIZIOSOITADucati TeamDucati157.815 Laps
46Valentino ROSSIITAMovistar Yamaha MotoGPYamaha156.219 Laps

MotoGP Championship Point Standings (after three of 18 rounds):

2Jorge LORENZOYamahaSPA45
3Valentino ROSSIYamahaITA33
6Hector BARBERADucatiSPA25
7Andrea DOVIZIOSODucatiITA23
8Maverick VIÑALESSuzukiSPA23
9Eugene LAVERTYDucatiIRL21
10Aleix ESPARGAROSuzukiSPA21
11Andrea IANNONEDucatiITA16
12Scott REDDINGDucatiGBR16
13Bradley SMITHYamahaGBR16
14Stefan BRADLApriliaGER15
15Alvaro BAUTISTAApriliaSPA14
16Michele PIRRODucatiITA12
17Tito RABATHondaSPA11
18Jack MILLERHondaAUS2
20Loris BAZDucatiFRA1

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