Marc Marquez was hoping to claim a sixth-straight win from pole at Circuit of the Americas, and though he crashed at turn 13 during the second 15-minute qualifying session, he was able to claim pole. But it didn't last long. He was penalized, and Maverick Vinales will start on pole.
As Marc Marquez looks to make it six for six, he was quick Friday. But not quick enough. Honda's Marquez, who was penalized three separate times in Argentina, and suffered a small crash Friday at COTA, finished second - 0.056 behind Suzuki's Andrea Iannone.
Something unique occurred during the typical Thursday MotoGP pre-race press briefing. Due to the intense drama between Marc Marquez and Valentino Rossi during last weekend's Argentina Grand Prix at Termas de Rio Hondo, they were interviewed alone in Austin and apart from the typical group of six riders.
Following a controversial performance at the Argentina MotoGP, Marc Marquez heads to the Lone Start state as the dominate rider at Circuit of the Americas. The Repsol Honda pilot is the only premier-class rider to ever win at Austin's COTA since the track joined the MotoGP calendar in 2013.
The latest video is "After the Flag at the Argentina MotoGP," which was confusing - and exciting - rounds in years. Topping the headlines at Argentina's Termas de Rio Hondo circuit was the delayed start that caused panic in the paddock, and the aggressive riding penalties against reigning MotoGP Champion Marc Marquez.
Following confusion in the paddock due to a delayed start at Sunday's Argentina MotoGP, Repsol Honda's Dani Pedrosa suffered a nasty high side on the opening lap. While chasing down Yamaha's Zarco, Pedrosa high-sided, fracturing his right wrist, prompting surgery.
During round two of 19 at Termas de Rio Hondo, Repsol Honda's Marquez collided with Rossi on the penultimate corner of the South American circuit - the right-handed Turn 13 - sending the Movistar Yamaha MotoGP pilot to the ground. This caused some serious drama in the series. Here are crash and interview videos.
If we can sum up the second round of 2018 MotoGP with two words, they'd be confusion and chaos. Due to a delayed start due to rain, teams were confused on what was actually happening. As for drama, the reigning MotoGP Champion Marc Marquez caused most of it, including some drama with Valentino Rossi.
Ducati's Jack Miler made a wise decision to switch to slicks on a drying circuit, and was able to earn his debut pole position in the premier class at Argentina's Termas de Rio Hondo. He also became the first Ducati Independent Team Rider to secure a pole.
The 2018 Argentina round of MotoGP officially got underway Thursday with the pre-race press conference. Speaking in the Termas de Rio Hondo press room were the opening round's podium finishers - Ducati's Dovizioso, Honda's Marquez and Yamaha's Rossi - along with Crutchlow, Petrucci and Zarco.
The 19-round 2018 MotoGP Championship now heads to South America's Argentina for a 25-lap race around the Termas de Rio Hondo circuit, which will host Grand Prix motorcycle racing for the fifth-straight time. The rivalry will continue through Honda's Marc Marquez and Qatar winner Ducati's Dovizioso.
For 2018, MotoGP and its lineup of commentaries - Steve Day, Matt Birt and Simon Crafar - have launched a new series titled "After the Flag." This is much better than the typical official MotoGP video recap of under two minutes. Now, we get some insight from those closest to MotoGP.
2018 Qatar MotoGP Results and Coverage: Dovi Strikes First Ducati Team’s Andrea Dovizioso took the win at the 2018 MotoGP Grand Prix of Qatar. It...
Andrea Dovizioso wasted zero time at the controls of the Ducati Team GP18, the Italian leading the opening free practice just ahead of fellow Italian Valentino Rossi, and also the second practice for the top time Friday at Qatar's Losail International Circuit.
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