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.
|Pos.||No.||Rider||Bike||Time / Diff.|
|17||76||Loris BAZ||Yamaha Forward||+1'08.787|
|18||15||Alex DE ANGELIS||ART||+1'22.236|
|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|