MotoGP: Marquez storms to sixth Texas win

  • MotoGP: Marquez storms to sixth Texas win

MotoGP: Marquez storms to sixth Texas win

And now it's off to the European heartland of MotoGP after another dominant victory at the Grand Prix of the Americas and a leap toward the top of the season championship.

Spain's Marc Marquez overcame a crash in qualifying to earn a provisional sixth consecutive pole position at MotoGP's Grand Prix of the Americas.

The British rider managed to rejoin the race, but his problems continued as he received a 2.7-second penalty for cutting Turn 4 and he eventually finished in 19th.

Marc Marquez cruised to his sixth-successive MotoGP win in Texas ahead of Maverick Vinales, while Andrea Dovizioso took the lead in the standings with fifth.

"My strategy was just start, push and that's it", said Marquez, who shrugged off boos from the crowd reacting to a champion whose on-track clashes with rivals have been a talking point of the season. Making his move soon after and taking the lead, the number 93 started to pull a gap - but Iannone wasn't done, and gave it everything for a late dive up the inside of the reigning Champion. He has also started from pole position in every race, and set the fastest lap in all but one.

Italy's Andrea Iannone (Suzuki GSX RR) maintained the lead for all of half a lap, when Marquez passed him, avoiding yet another penalty.

The flawless weather conditions made for a tidy race, as Maverick Viñales (Yamaha), Andrea Iannone (Suzuki), and Valentino Rossi (Yamaha) battled it out for the final podium positions.

Valentino Rossi who, like his team-mate, chose the medium rear tyre couldn't do anything about the hard rear-equipped Suzuki man and he crossed the line in a lonely fourth place.

During the seventh lap, Viales managed to pass Iannone, albeit still four seconds behind Repsol Honda's Marquez.

Iannone ended the session fourth on the best of the Suzukis, while Aleix Espargaro put a dismal qualifying session for Aprilia behind him with the fifth-fastest time, just under a second off the pace. It was mostly status quo for the rest of the race apart from a few fallers including championship leader Cal Crutchlow.