Another day, another record. Marc Marquez now takes the place of Freddie Spencer as both the youngest rider ever to take a premier class pole, and youngest rider ever to win a premier class Grand Prix. If you had any doubt that Marquez is something special, then the inaugural round of MotoGP at the Circuit of The Americas in Austin, Texas should have removed it. Marquez is on the path which all great riders take, scoring a podium in his first race, pole and a win in his second. This is what preternaturally talented riders do: learn fast, and race fast, and win soon.
Press releases from the teams, Bridgestone, and the Circuit of The Americas after Sunday's MotoGP race in Austin:
Marquez takes first MotoGP victory in fantastic Repsol Honda 1-2
Press releases from the Moto2 and Moto3 teams after the races at Austin, Texas:
Iwema ok after big highsider
Jasper Iwema is ok after a heavy and nasty crash. RW Racing GP’s rider lost the front in the exit of Turn 17 and was thrown off his bike at 160 km/h. He landed on his head and was unconscious for 2 minutes. Doctors decided therefore to take him to a hospital for an extra check and a CT-scan of his head. According to RW’s team manager Jarno Janssen Iwema was ok and has nothing broken.
Race Results and summary for MotoGP:
Marc Marquez won his first MotoGP race at the COTA track in Texas and in doing so became the youngest top-class winner ever. What's more, he beat his teammate Dani Pedrosa in a straight fight, passing him on lap 13 for good. Jorge Lorenzo rode his M1 to a loney third place, followed by Yamaha's Cal Crutchlow and the Honda of Stephan Bradl in fifth.
Race Results and summary for Moto2:
Race Results and summary for Moto3:
Dani Pedrosa set the quickest time in morning warm up with pole-sitting teammate Marc Marquez fourth fastest. Tech 3's Cal Crutchlow's lapped second-quickest and Jorge Lorenzo put his Yamaha into third place. Pedrosa's 2'04.341 would have been good for fifth in yesterday's qualifying. Valentino Rossi lapped two-tenths quicker than he did in qualifying. Note: Karel Abraham won't be racing today after suffering a broken collarbone in a crash in QP1.
One record down, one to go. By qualifying on pole in just his second MotoGP race, at the age of 20 years and 61 days, Marc Marquez becomes the youngest premier class polesitter in history, deposing the legendary Freddie Spencer of the crown he has held for 31 years. On Sunday, Marc Marquez will go after the next target: the record as the youngest winner of a premier class Grand Prix, also held by Spencer. If he fails to win on Sunday - a very distinct possibility - he still has until Indianapolis to take Spencer's record, making it very far from safe.