WORLD champion Marc Marquez cruised to victory in the Grand Prix of the Americas, recently held in Austin, Texas, to register his second win in two races this season. But the 21-year-old rider admitted it was a boring triumph.
He repeated his maiden Texas MotoGP success from 2013 when he also won from pole position.
Marquez, who won the season-opener in Qatar last month despite breaking his leg four weeks earlier, finished 4.174 seconds ahead of Honda teammate Dani Pedrosa, with Ducati’s Andrea Dovizioso taking third place—a huge 20 seconds off the lead.
“I am so happy for this victory,” Marquez said. “The start was good and the 25 points important for the team even if the race was a little boring.”
In a dramatic start, the 2010 and 2012 world champion Jorge Lorenzo had a jump start from fifth on the grid. He had to endure a compulsory ride-through the pit lane on his factory Yamaha at the end of the first lap.
In front, Marquez charged away from the field and was never threatened, keeping Pedrosa in second place.
Valentino Rossi, on the second factory Yamaha and who was runner-up in Qatar behind Marquez, was fourth at the halfway mark after passing Dovizioso, Stefan Bradl and Cal Crutchlow. But the nine-time world champion slipped back down the field as he struggled with grip on his front tire. Such were his problems that even the satellite Yamaha riders of Aleix Espargaro and Bradley Smith comfortably swept past him.
Rossi was eventually eighth, 45 seconds off the pace, while Lorenzo fought his way back to 10th place.
Rossi earned eight points to give him a total of 28, dropping him to third on the overall standings.