2015 Austin MotoGP Race Result: The Spanish Imposition

Results Below:

In the end, the race at the front was nearly as uneventful as it was inevitable. Of course, Marc Marquez won at the Circuit of the Americas Sunday.  In the United States, this seems to go without question for the World Champion who has won his last seven races in all classes on American soil. Before the Austin race began, there had been concern of a flag-to-flag wet race. 

But when the lights went out and the riders launched, the track was dry and the clouds kept their peace. That was all Marquez needed. He has a two-second gap with 13 laps to go and nearly stretched it to five later in the contest before backing off to win by 2.3 seconds. Andrea Dovizioso won a late-race battle for second with Valentino Rossi. And Jorge Lorenzo found his form late to pass Andrea Iannone (5th) and take fourth for the second race in a row.

Bradley Smith finished as the top satellite rider, six-seconds ahead of Cal Crutchlow (7th) who undercut his apparent potential at the COTA with a lousy start. Suzuki's reentry into MotoGP got some welcome results with its two factory bikes in the top 10. Aleix Espargaro came home in 8th followed by rookie teammate Maverick Vinales. Danilo Petucci (10th) completed a strong weekend with a top-10 finish. 

Results:

Pos. No. Rider Bike Time / Diff.
1 93 Marc MARQUEZ Honda 43'47.150
2 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO Ducati 2.354
3 46 Valentino ROSSI Yamaha 3.12
4 99 Jorge LORENZO Yamaha 6.682
5 29 Andrea IANNONE Ducati 7.584
6 38 Bradley SMITH Yamaha 10.557
7 35 Cal CRUTCHLOW Honda 16.967
8 41 Aleix ESPARGARO Suzuki 19.025
9 25 Maverick VIÑALES Suzuki 38.57
10 9 Danilo PETRUCCI Ducati 41.796
11 7 Hiroshi AOYAMA Honda 47.199
12 8 Hector BARBERA Ducati 47.339
13 69 Nicky HAYDEN Honda 56.484
14 43 Jack MILLER Honda 56.731
15 19 Alvaro BAUTISTA Aprilia 57.372
16 50 Eugene LAVERTY Honda 58.898
17 76 Loris BAZ Yamaha Forward +1'08.787
18 15 Alex DE ANGELIS ART +1'22.236
Not Classified    
  17 Karel ABRAHAM Honda 5 Laps
  33 Marco MELANDRI Aprilia 11 Laps
  68 Yonny HERNANDEZ Ducati 15 Laps
  63 Mike DI MEGLIO Ducati 15 Laps
  45 Scott REDDING Honda 16 Laps
  6 Stefan BRADL Yamaha Forward 18 Laps
Not Finished 1st Lap    
  44 Pol ESPARGARO Yamaha 0 Lap

 

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2
2015
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Total votes: 31

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Where do I sign the petition to bring back Laguna and replace this dog of circuit?

Ducati may have understated the loss of 2 liters of fuel a little, lucky for Dovi Rossi tyre was destroyed mid race

Total votes: 63

Ducati wasn't using those 2 extra liters almost as much as the open Honda was 0.3 sec off the RCV.

I'm more and more surprised every day on how people take what teams, riders and Dorna say as unquestionable truth.

Total votes: 67

agree totally. I don't for a minute believe that Marquez was on his #2 bike when he did his hot Q lap. all head games from that team

Total votes: 60

Not a fan of COTA.
Laguna Seca has real character, but this circuit reminds me of a bottle of Listerine Mouthwash - it may do the job but it never leaves you with a good taste in your mouth.

Not one corner of the venue could be described as having character. Laguna, on the other hand, has the famous Corkscrew and the famous rise/bend where Casey blitzed Jorge in 2011.

I'm sick of "safe" but characterless circuits courtesy of F1 designers.

But some of the racing between the front 4 was entertaining.

Total votes: 66

I wonder how much of that impression is driven by Marquez's dominance at the track since its introduction. I thought that Vale and Dovi had some pretty exciting moments, and it seemed as though there were little battles throughout the field.

I'd also have a hard time accepting the idea that turn 1 lacks character, and I've seen several analyses and riders' comments suggesting that several sections are more challenging than they appear. The esses are repeatedly cited as being very easy to bungle, as they welcome you at a higher speed than the section actually requires to navigate efficiently.

I'm going to reserve my final judgement until the spec electronics and Michelin tires arrive. If those developments coupled with the arrival of riders like Alex Rins, Sam Lowes and Tito Rabat result in a tighter field, I think this track may have its best races ahead of it still.

Total votes: 68

In defence of cota, I'm actually warming to the circuit except for the abrupt finish line position.
Laguna Seca will ALWAYS be a characterless dump for racing, it's not what you'd go there for.
Really, I cannot think of a more overrated 200 yards of tarmac in racing than the corkscrew.
btw, what's with the name 'Circuit of the America's'? A little bit pompous maybe.

Total votes: 50

Agree that COTA is not a very fun track to watch, but also feel the same about Laguna, even though it is my home track. For sure there have been a few great stories from there, but as for races as a whole they are split all over the place by the 4th lap and not that interesting. This being said, the race was interesting much longer than it was last year due to two more competitive bikes...
I really did like the Argentina race from last year and am looking forward to next week!

Total votes: 54

There a few problems with those of you that advocate Laguna Seca. In no particular order;
• The COTA services for the spectator at the event are far superior to those at Laguna
• No Moto2 and Moto3
• The Laguna Seca track itself is more suited to 600cc bikes. The MotoGP bikes would only engage top gear for a fraction of a second and that was only because they were geared down. Watching the MotoGP bikes brake down from well over 200mph at COTA is a real site to behold

Total votes: 49

But here in Oz we only see it on TV, not from trackside. And for me, the technical demand of braking to enter the corkscrew is clearly very challenging, based on who has run off over the years.

No fan of tracks with big run-off areas designed for F1, where there is little or no disincentive to outbraking yourself, because the worst outcome is you run wide and return to the fray pretty easily (turn 1 excepted).

Laguna looked pretty good to me in the Casey v Vali era......more than enough excitement and argy-bargy. Top speed is not the determinant of a what constitutes a good circuit.

In context, would I put COTA high on my list of must-do circuits? No!
Would I put Assen, Laguna, Jerez, Mugello on my list. Hell yeah!

Total votes: 63

There wouldn't be any trouble running Moto2 and Moto3 at Laguna. The 125 and 250cc races weren't run there because California bans 2-stoke engines citing air pollution. The last couple of MotoGP races when Moto2/Moto3 existed excluded the lower classes because the contract was drafted for a Single race.

Moto3 bikes, going down corkscrew 4 abreast would be a sight to behold.

Total votes: 41

Some may remember it better than I, but I think there was more to the absence of the support classes than an outdated 2-stroke exclusion. Laguna is technically a Monterey County park, managed by a nonprofit. Facilities and safety concerns were common--I seem to recall that there isn't even sufficient paddock space to accommodate the support classes--and each class hosted requires additional funding for rights and compliance and such, which Laguna could never afford.

The 2-stroke exclusion doesn't explain why WSS doesn't accompany WSBK at Laguna, for example, but these other factors do.

Total votes: 46

Laguna Seca, it's all about the $$s. County park, run by a non-profit for local charities, & the facilities. Those are the simple answers about why other classes don't run at Laguna. Laguna doesn't have the resources to pay to have new paddock garages built at the track, period. If it wasn't for Yamaha's donations, the changes made for safety at the track would never have happened. There are costs involved to bring more than just the top classes in for both WSBK & MotoGP and that was the one of the main reasons that the support classes were not brought in. The other being the lack of permanent garage space for the support classes. Unless something rally unforeseen happens, Laguna doesn't have the $$s to build the needed garages and won't have in the near future. Thus, a damn challenging and liked track by many of the racers will no longer be a part of the wonder that is MotoGP. It's a shame but not surprising with the egos that run the series.

That's the reasons that the support classes stayed home. It had absolutely nothing to do with the fact that 2 stroke motors were used.

As for Blitzreigs comments about the course, you obviously have never been there to see the corkscrew and how challenging it really is. TV coverage really doesn't give a good view of it due to the camera locations. Laguna is anything but characterless but it's obvious from your statements that you're not a big fan of America period so I'd expect nothing different from you.

Total votes: 63

One really nice thing about Laguna Seca is you can motorcycle tent camp on the hill inside the track. Plus you can see most of the track from your tent. I for one, hope they come back!

Hey nobody mentioned Nicky got in the points today! Jack Miller did good to keep up with him.

Total votes: 52

In a world where virtually everything is dominated by (mostly fictional => factually produced goods vs. the amount of FIAT money being invented by our modern "casino capitalism") FIAT-FED-money (with partly devastating consequences for mother nature, human beings, true values etc.), artificiality "wins" against truth, character, sentimentality etc. This fact can be applied to every part of our "modern" lifes...

I always loved and still love Laguna (my first ever contact with it was on a Pentium-PC and a game called "INDY CAR RACING from Papyrus" in the early 90s; and - as a German kid/youngster - of course by extensively - middle of the night - watching a lot of INDY CAR races from the pre and Mansell era).

As I wrote in a different article: Laguna Seca 2006 was something very, very special... The track and region itself has a very special, absolutely unique "aura" (what and how it is "transported" by the TV and PC) . I absolutely cannot say the same about all those super-modern-Hermann-Tilke-tracks which all feel/look the same or very similar.

Of course I´m ignoring all safety, facility aspects etc.

Total votes: 55

Why all this sniping about COTA vs Laguna Seca? The elephant in the room is Indianapolis. The "Brickyard" is by far the worst track on the MotoGP calendar. If our American brethren who support Laguna Seca would turn their angst towards Indianapolis then a good service would be done for all.

Total votes: 42

I am not a lover of Tilke designed circuits, not all of them at least.(Malasya being the big exception) It looks to me like he brought his 2 year old grand-grandson with a crayola to draw the "circuit", it's first corner is stupid, coming from a 200 mph sector to an almost complete stop , it's a recipe for first corner pileups (they've happened already in all classes) those turns with the paint all over are pretty much unprotected and a stray bike can cross all the turns (it already happened in Moto2, almost collected another rider) and can hit a rider that is unaware of such a calamity. Most of the corners are slow, stop-and-go favoring the Honda and Ducati, not much flow.The circuit lacks a "plot" there's not much drama once somebody breaks away. The run off areas seems a little small in some places, God forbid somebody has a mechanical problems just before T1, there's not much space there if you lost the brakes or touch with other rider.Don't know why they didn't try Utah. Race wise, Laguna seems to have been a pretty decent circuit small as it is.

Total votes: 45

I wonder why if Kevin Shwantz was involved in the design and safety aspect for motorcycles how could he oversee the situation with the unprotected corners, he should have seen more stray bikes than I have seen, I predicted that could happen the very first time I saw the track and this weekend it happened in Moto2: a bike kept running straight after the rider fell and it came back into the circuit and almost hit another rider. That's a big big safety blooper in a multi-billion dollar facility.

That would equal to me as if T1 in P.I. had 40 meters of run-off before the vehicle runs in the upcoming lane with no barrier. Absolute brain fart for Tilke.

Total votes: 45

Re: Turns three through seven at COTA, these are clearly a disaster waiting to happen. Rossi alluded to this in the post-race press conference, stating in effect that wherever there are esses or chicanes, these places are very dangerous, as bike or rider after a fall may cross over or come to rest on the racing surface. NO ONE understands the potential for tragedy in this instance better than Rossi. i.e. -Recall the Simoncelli incident. Regarding a solution, Rossi said basically, you have to change the track and this is not possible.

It's a very serious issue here, and while I dearly hope there is never a serious incident such as this at COTA, (or anywhere), and that MotoGP continues racing at COTA for many years to come, I could see them ditching the venue entirely for exactly this reason. Such an unhappy thought, I hesitate to even mention it...But even though track layout was not a factor in either incident, a repeat of Misano 2010 or Sepang 2011 is unthinkable.

Total votes: 38