Many questions were put up over Marquez’s action in the Argentina GP. The Spaniard was also penalised during the qualifyings of the round 3 for obstructing Pol Espargaro. He started from the 4th position at COTA and finished 1st, well ahead of the others, proving why he is the world champion.
Argentina was a chaos for Marquez. He had to improve to get back in the game. And that’s what he did. He had a blazing launch which allowed him to quickly gain two places before turn 1. And soon he overtook Vinales to become the race leader.
After that, the gap between Marquez and the number two just kept on increasing. To be honest, the race became a bit boring watching Marquez racing alone at the front, while Vinales, Andrea Iannone and Rossi followed. During the final laps, the top 4 riders were just racing for the finish all alone.
Vinales did put up a great race to finish 2nd, while his teammate, Rossi, couldn’t find the pace to overtake Iannone and get a podium finish, so he settled for the 4th position. Iannone’s 3rd place was very significant as it was the first podium in 2018 for the team Suzuki.
Cal Crutchlow, who won the Argentina GP, was pushing a bit too hard, demanding more from his front end which caused him to slide out of the race. Dovizioso took advantage of this and moved to the 5th position which put him up on the top in the current scoreboard. He has 46 points, only a single point ahead of Marquez. The third spot is taken by Vinales with 41 points.
Dani Pedrosa, who had a highside in round 2 of 2018 MotoGP, went ahead to race in Austin GP even with all the pain in his fractured wrist. He too put up an amazing effort and finished 7th. Alex Rins of Suzuki had the pace but unfortunately crashed out. Jorge Lorenzo was to be seen in the middle, still struggling to tame the Ducati. He couldn’t be in the top 10 and finished in the 11th position.
Marc Marquez, the young champion, displayed his skills and how much he loves COTA. He has got a tonne of talent and winning the Austin GP sixth time in a row is a solid proof of why he is the reigning world champion.
The round 4 of 19 of the 2018 MotoGP is scheduled for 6 May at the Circuito de Jerez in Spain.
Following are the race results of the Austin GP:
Marc Marquez ESP Repsol Honda (RC213V) 41m 52.002s
Maverick Viñales ESP Movistar Yamaha (YZR-M1) 41m 55.562s
Andrea Iannone ITA Suzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR) 41m 58.706s
Valentino Rossi ITA Movistar Yamaha (YZR-M1) 42m 1.589s
Andrea Dovizioso ITA Ducati Team (GP18) 42m 5.572s
Johann Zarco FRA Monster Yamaha Tech3 (YZR-M1) 42m 6.233s
Dani Pedrosa ESP Repsol Honda (RC213V) 42m 10.203s
Tito Rabat ESP Reale Avintia (GP17) 42m 20.539s
Jack Miller AUS Pramac Ducati (GP17) 42m 20.673s
Aleix Espargaro ESP Factory Aprilia Gresini (RS-GP) 42m 20.877s
Jorge Lorenzo ESP Ducati Team (GP18) 42m 23.357s
Danilo Petrucci ITA Pramac Ducati (GP18) 42m 26.995s
Pol Espargaro ESP Red Bull KTM Factory (RC16) 42m 29.266s
Takaaki Nakagami JPN LCR Honda (RC213V)* 42m 31.337s
Alvaro Bautista ESP Angel Nieto Team (GP17) 42m 32.889s
Bradley Smith GBR Red Bull KTM Factory (RC16) 42m 40.477s
Scott Redding GBR Factory Aprilia Gresini (RS-GP) 42m 41.997s
Thomas Luthi SWI EG 0,0 Marc VDS (RC213V)* 42m 43.117s
Cal Crutchlow GBR LCR Honda (RC213V) 42m 51.057s
Xavier Simeon ESP Reale Avintia (GP16)* 42m 51.749s
Franco Morbidelli ITA EG 0,0 Marc VDS (RC213V)* 42m 52.515s
Alex Rins ESP Suzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR) DNF
Hafizh Syahrin MAL Monster Yamaha Tech3 (YZR-M1)* DNF
Karel Abraham CZE Angel Nieto Team (GP16) DNF