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Marquez becomes youngest ever MotoGP winner

Repsol Honda’s Marc Marquez emerged victorious from a race-long battle with his teammate Dani Pedrosa at Circuit of the Americas to become the youngest ever race winner in the premier class of Grand Prix racing.

 

Marquez’s stellar performance at the age of twenty years and sixty-three days sees him surpass former record holder Freddie Spencer who was twenty years and one hundred and ninety-six days old when he won the 500cc Belgian Grand Prix in 1982, coincidentally also on a Honda. Yesterday, Marquez also broke Spencer’s record for the youngest ever rider to claim a premier class pole position during qualifying for the inaugural Americas Grand Prix.

 

Marquez was one of two riders to choose the hard compound rear slick for the race and the decision paid off for the MotoGP rookie as he passed Pedrosa on lap twelve and held off his teammate to take the chequered flag by 1.534 seconds. Yamaha Factory Racing’s Jorge Lorenzo took the final step of the podium, the reigning MotoGP champion finishing 3.381 seconds behind Marquez. In another strong performance, Power Electronics Aspar’s Aleix Espargaro was the first CRT rider across the finish line in eleventh place.

 

The race took place in similar track conditions to qualifying yesterday, with warm weather and a peak track temperature of 45°C. As a result, tyre choice amongst the riders for the race was similar to what was seen in qualifying, with twenty-two out of twenty-four riders selecting the softer option rear slick, and nineteen riders selecting the harder front slick. The CRT-specific soft option rear slick proved to be extremely popular, with all riders on this specification of machine selecting the option for the race. 

 

Marquez and Lorenzo – who claimed his one hundredth podium at the Americas Grand Prix - are now equal on forty-one points in the MotoGP championship standings, while Pedrosa moves into third overall with thirty-three points from two races.

 

Hiroshi Yamada – Manager, Bridgestone Motorsport Department

“Congratulations to Marc Marquez for becoming the youngest ever winner in the top class of Grand Prix racing and also well done to Repsol Honda for their excellent team performance this weekend. The first Americas Grand Prix was a great occasion and I am pleased so many fans came to the circuit to enjoy the show. I am pleased with how our tyres performed on a weekend where the grip level of the track changed so much and our tyre allocation for the first race at this circuit was well suited to the conditions we had here. It has been an exciting start to the season and I hope the close racing continues at the next race in Jerez.”

 

Masao Azuma – Chief Engineer, Bridgestone Motorsport Tyre Development Department

“Today’s race was a great way to end a good weekend for Bridgestone. Both of the front and rear slick compound options performed well during the race and I am very pleased with tyre performance over the race weekend. We had a wide range of track and weather conditions between FP1 and the race and so every slick option was utilised over the race weekend to help riders get the best out of the changeable conditions. It was also a positive debut for our CRT-specific rear slicks and the feedback we got from the riders this weekend has confirmed that this was a worthwhile change to the tyre regulations.”

 

Marc Marquez, Repsol Honda – Race Winner

“To be on the podium in my first race in Qatar was a dream and to win in my second race here is even better. The race was quite hard physically and I tried to push from the start, but I had some problems that I didn’t have in practice. Even like that I continued to push and was able to be consistent and thanks to all my team because without them this victory wouldn’t have been possible.”

 

Americas MotoGP Top Ten Race Classification

 

Pos

Rider

Team

Race Time

Gap

Front spec

Rear spec

Tyres

1

Marc MARQUEZ

Repsol Honda Team

43'42.123  

 

Medium

Hard

Bridgestone

2

Dani PEDROSA 

Repsol Honda Team 

43'43.657

 1.534  

Medium

Medium

Bridgestone

3

Jorge LORENZO  

Yamaha Factory Racing  

43'45.504  

 3.381  

Medium

Medium

Bridgestone

4

Cal CRUTCHLOW  

Monster Yamaha Tech 3  

43'48.739  

 6.616  

Medium

Medium

Bridgestone

5

Stefan BRADL  

 LCR Honda MotoGP  

43'54.797  

 12.674  

Medium

Hard

Bridgestone

6

Valentino ROSSI  

 Yamaha Factory Racing  

43'58.738  

 16.615  

Medium

Medium

Bridgestone

7

Andrea DOVIZIOSO  

 Ducati Team  

44'04.497  

 22.374  

Medium

Medium

Bridgestone

8

Alvaro BAUTISTA  

 GO&FUN Honda Gresini  

44'04.977  

 22.854  

Medium

Medium

Bridgestone

9

Nicky HAYDEN  

 Ducati Team  

44'15.896  

 33.773  

Medium

Medium

Bridgestone

10

Andrea IANNONE  

 Energy T.I. Pramac Racing  

44'24.235  

 42.112  

Medium

Medium

Bridgestone

 

 

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