2016 Austin MotoGP Sunday Round Up: Imperious Marquez, Complex Crashes, and Intrigue in the Support Classes

If the big question at the Circuit of the Americas was "Who can beat Marc Márquez?" then we found out the answer on Sunday: Nobody. There were only two brief moments during which Márquez was not leading the MotoGP race. Off the line, Jorge Lorenzo was a fraction quicker going into Turn 1, but Márquez turned earlier and already had the lead on the exit. Lorenzo tried once more into the hairpin of Turn 11, but overshot and ran wide, Márquez taking back the lead immediately.

After that, Márquez was gone. Andrea Dovizioso and Jorge Lorenzo kept Márquez honest for a couple of laps, but the Repsol Honda rider's relentless pace forced them to concede. Márquez went on to win his fourth straight Grand Prix of the Americas, and his tenth straight win in the United States of America. Since ascending to MotoGP, he has never been beaten on American soil.

There are plenty of adjectives you could throw at Márquez' performance – imperious, dominant, superlative – but perhaps the best word to sum up Marc Márquez at the Circuit of the Americas is "Unbeatable." His rivals will have to wait another year to try to find a way of stopping him.

2016 Austin MotoGP Saturday Notes: On Beating Marquez

Does Marc Márquez still own the Circuit of the Americas? So far, there has been just one session of practice which the Repsol Honda rider did not head. But as that was Q1, a session he had managed to bypass by heading up every other session of practice, it seems fair to say he does still own the place.

2016 Austin MotoGP FP4: Marquez Leads, Yamahas Follow

Marc Marquez took advantage of a newly dry track that allowed fast laps to grab the top FP4 spot Saturday at the Circuit of the Americas near Austin, Texas.

While Marquez taking the top time seems to be his birthright here at COTA, the Yamahas of Jorge Lorenzo (2nd) and Valentino Rossi (3rd) closed the gap slightly. The Yamahas lapped within half of a second of Marquez and were the only other bikes to circulate in the 2'04s. Scott Redding finished the session as the top Ducati, closely followed by Andrea Dovizioso (5th) and Maverick Vinales (6th).


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