Austin MotoGP: Marquez romps to sixth COTA victory

Austin MotoGP: Marquez romps to sixth COTA victory

The 25-year-old Spaniard had started fourth after collecting a three-place grid penalty in qualifying but seized the lead on the opening lap before disappearing into the distance at the Circuit of the Americas. As soon as the flag dropped, Marquez made a lightning start and was right on the tail of the race leader, Iannone, after the first corner.

The Yamaha rider still managed to go fastest with his next lap before Marquez, a four times MotoGP world champion still chasing his first win of 2018, did better.

Movistar Yamaha's Vinales finished second and Suzuki's Andrea Iannone was third.

He had been almost eight seconds clear with a lap to go before easing up at the end. On his second run, Marquez - using a hard rear tyre - whirled around in 2m04.963s, putting him 0.85s ahead with 20 minutes to go.

"My strategy was just start, push and that's it", said Marquez, who shrugged off boos from the crowd reacting to a champion whose on-track clashes with rivals have been a talking point of the season.

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British rider Cal Crutchlow, who leads the championship after two races, qualified seventh for the non-works LCR Honda team.

Lorenzo had to be content with 11th, one place clear of the second Pramac machine of Danilo Petrucci.

Completing the top 10 were privateer Ducati pair Tito Rabat (Avintia) and Jack Miller (Pramac) and the leading Aprilia of Aleix Espargaro, who all crowded past a struggling Jorge Lorenzo (Ducati) late on.

Takaaki Nakagami managed to end the session as top rookie in 13th position, the Japanese rider just missing out on a place in Q2. Crutchlow remounted to finish out of the points in 19th. Alex Rins and Hafizh Syahrin crashed in the opening half of the race, while Karel Abraham was forced to retire due to pain in his wrist from his qualifying crash.

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