Márquez storms to second successive Austin win

Márquez storms to second successive Austin win

13 April 2014 – Marc Márquez controlled proceedings as he dominated the Grand Prix of Americas to lead home a Honda 1-2 as title rivals Yamaha endured a dismal day in Austin.

Márquez was never troubled by team-mate Dani Pedrosa while Ducati's Andrea Dovizioso completed the podium, albeit 20s behind the race winner. Yamaha's Valentino Rossi and Jorge Lorenzo could manage only eighth and tenth.

Lorenzo hugely jumped the start and was given the mandatory ride through penalty for his transgression, which he served at the end of the opening lap.

Márquez duly assumed the lead of the race, ahead of Pedrosa and the Ducati of Andrea Iannone while Lorenzo returned to the track at the back of the pack.

Márquez began to stretch out a gap to Pedrosa as the two Hondas eased away from the chasing pack. Cal Crutchlow leapt up to fourth at the start but was forced into the defensive against Rossi, who had dived up the inside of Stefan Bradl into Turn One. Rossi quickly dispensed with Crutchlow and began hunting down Iannone while Bradl and the sister Ducati of Dovizioso also got through on the struggling Brit. Crutchlow rapidly lost places to Álvaro Bautista and the Tech 3 duo of Bradley Smith and Pol Espargaró.

Rossi hounded Iannone and made an attempt on his compatriot into Turn 19 but ran deep and had to take to the exit kerb. Bradl got the better of Rossi into Turn Two while Dovizioso also passed the Yamaha rider. Crutchlow slipped out of contention when he pitted the Ducati complaining of rear chatter issues while Bautista dropped out of the race.

Rossi's pace worsened and he was powerless to prevent Espargaró and Smith from easing their way past as he dropped back to eighth place. Crutchlow's dismal day ended on the tarmac as he suffered a heavy crash on the exit of Turn Two. The Brit remained conscious throughout his accident but was stretchered away from the scene as he sustained a dislocated finger in the crash.
 
Iannone maintained third place for much of the race but ceded the position to Bradl with six laps remaining, with Dovizioso also dispensing with Iannone at the following corner. Bradl held third for less than a lap as Dovizioso dived up the inside of Turn 18.

Iannone also lost a place to Smith, who rapidly closed the gap to the duelling Dovizioso and Bradl having already passed Tech 3 team-mate Espargaró. Dovizioso pulled away as Bradl and Smith swapped positions a couple times on the penultimate lap before the battle was settled in the German's favour.

Márquez took his second victory of the year – despite a last corner wobble – ahead of Pedrosa, Dovizioso, Bradl and Smith. Espargaró came home sixth, ahead of Iannone, Rossi, Aleix Espargaró and Lorenzo, who was able to recover to tenth after his start transgression. Britain's Scott Redding crashed out of the race during the closing stages but was able to walk away uninjured.

Márquez's win gives him a 14 point lead over Honda team-mate Pedrosa, ahead of the third round of the championship in Argentina in two weeks' time.

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