Marc Marquez won the Red Bull Grand Prix of The Americas today and in doing so, has become the youngest ever rider to win a premier-class grand prix at the age of 20 years 63 days taking the record from Freddie Spencer (who was 20 years 196 days when he won the Belgium 500cc GP at Spa-Francorchamps in 1982). His teammate Dani Pedrosa, finished just 1.5 seconds behind him in second position, sealing a great weekend for the Repsol Honda Team and Honda, who with this victory celebrate their 6th consecutive win on American soil.
The Spanish riders, wearing black armbands as a mark of respect for those who lost their lives in Boston and in West in the last days, set the pace from the first laps. Marc slipped back to third at the first corner and Dani took the lead. Marc regained second position and tracked Dani for twelve laps before passing him with nine laps remaining. It was then Dani’s turn to chase Marc, who had chosen the harder rear tyre (Dani was on a soft), but finally the young MotoGP rookie, who completed a perfect weekend with pole position, fastest lap (2’04.242) and victory, held on for his maiden MotoGP win, in just his second race.
MotoGP goes to the newly-built facility in Austin, Texas for the first time in 2013. The 5.513km track was officially opened on October 21, 2012.
Riders Marc Márquez, Dani Pedrosa and Stefan Bradl were joined by pair Jorge Lorenzo and Valentino Rossi for a private test there in March 2013, prior to the first-ever MotoGP race the following month.
Marc Márquez, who dazzled on his debut with a podium finish, said:
“We started the season better than expected. Here we will see, and we’ll have to forget Qatar,” he said. “We’ll focus on race set-up and then do our best. We did a test here that was good for us, but now it will be different.
The Numbers of the Track:
- 21:numbers of laps
– 20: numbers of turns
– 5.513: circuit length (Km)
– 115.77: race distance (Km)
In the Grand Prix of Qatar, Repsol Honda‘s rookie Marc Marquez, took a fantastic 3rd position to claim a podium finish in his first race in the premier class with teammate Dani Pedrosa finishing just three seconds behind him in 4th position.
It was an intense race from the start with Dani moving up to second by the first corner. Marc dropped back briefly to 7th but fought through the pack and up to 4th by lap two and then up to 3rd, behind Dani by lap three, setting the fastest lap of the race with 1’55.445. The two Repsol Honda riders then stuck together for fourteen laps with only a few tenths between them, until Marc passed Dani on lap sixteen.
Repsol Honda‘s Dani Pedrosa and Marc Marquez were back on track today in Jerez for the second day of the final pre-season test.
The track dried slowly after yesterday’s downpour and allowed the riders to begin their intended test programme. Dani, worked with the rear shock and some electronics and confirmed other feelings from these previous winter tests. He finished the day 4th fastest with a 1’39.630 lap, recorded on his final lap of 39, just one tenth off the fastest time of the day. Marc, on the RC213V for the first time in the dry here in Jerez, spent the day working on rear grip. He finished 7th fastest with 1’40.714 on lap 21 of 36.
After last night’s heavy showers, the Sepang track was a lot better today with the lap times dropping by over a second from yesterday.
Both Repsol Honda riders spent time testing the Bridgestone hard front tyre and working with engine mapping, Dani then continued his work on front forks and shocks. He finished the day 2nd fastest completing 55 laps with his fastest of 2’00.651 on lap 24.
Marc, who spent the first Sepang test familiarising himself with his Honda RC213V, has been able to take a step forward as he is now able to start working more on specific settings. He ended the day 4th fastest with a total of 64 laps, taking his fastest time of 2′.00.992 on lap 9.
The three day test will conclude tomorrow at the Sepang International Circuit.