After five rounds in 2016 MotoGP, there was only one repeat winner – Repsol Honda’s Marc Marquez. The 23-year-old Spaniard earned back-to-back wins at Argentina and Circuit of the Americas, rounds two and three, respectively.
If you like close competition, the Grand Prix of the Americas at the Circuit of the Americas is not going to be on your list of great races in MotoGP history. Of course, with all the riders sliding out on the still-developing Michelin tires, there was plenty of drama for the hard-core fans, and that’s what we are, aren’t we?
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.
Marc Marquez continues his reputation as the king of Austin’s Circuit of the Americas. The 23-year-old Repsol Honda rider, who won every race there since 2013 from pole, led all free practices Friday and Saturday.
The two-time MotoGP Champion, who won last weekend in Argentina, was untouchable once again during Austin MotoGP qualifying 2016. Marquez had earned the Austin MotoGP pole – his second-consecutive after Termas de Rio Hondo in Argentina – with a 2:03.188 around the 3.4-mile Texas circuit containing 20 turns.
Can anyone seriously stop Marc Marquez at Austin’s Circuit of the Americas? The Repsol Honda rider has dominated every MotoGP race since the Texan F1 circuit joined the MotoGP calendar in 2013, earning every victory from the pole. Marquez, who finished third at the season opener in Qatar and won last weekend in Argentina, wasted no time showing his strength at the 3.4-mile circuit containing 20 corners during the opening practice sessions Friday for the 2016 Red Bull Grand Prix of the Americas.
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Two races, two different winners and five different podium finishers. That’s the way the 2016 MotoGP Championship is playing out ahead of round three this weekend at Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas – the only stateside round on this year’s calendar.
It was an odd weekend at Termas de Rio Hondo during the Argentina round of the 2016 MotoGP World Championship. Between the unpredictable weather, the new-spec Michelin tire troubles, and dirty track, it was a huge challenge for the teams and riders.
Since Circuit of the Americas joined the MotoGP Championship in 2013, only one rider has claimed victory there – Repsol Honda’s Marc Marquez. The now-23-year-old Spaniard was also a rookie in that 2013 season, and his first-ever premier-class win occurred at COTA, which was eventually followed by his debut MotoGP title that same season.
News coming from the Argentinian MotoGP Grand Prix this weekend is that Dorna Sports SL (owners of the MotoGP series) have announced that the current rules for aerodynamic winglets on premier class machines (that aid in stability and cornering grip) will be “from immediate effect, extended to helmets and race suits.”
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