At just twenty years old Marquez has shot into the record books on only his second outing in the premier class after also becoming the youngest rider to qualify on pole. The Spaniard said “it was a dream come true”.
In second place was Marquez’s team-mate and compatriot Dani Pedrosa who disappointingly lost lap time with only three laps to go leaving Marquez to pull away and take the win. Taking the final position on the podium was Current World Champion Jorge Lorenzo.
In fourth was Monster Tech3 Yamaha’s Cal Crutchlow he was followed by Germany’s Stefan Bradl. Former MotoGP World Champion Valentino Rossi struggled with a front tyre problem and crossed the finish line in Sixth place. Ducati’s Andrea Dovizioso and Go&Fun Honda Gresini’s Alvaro Bautista claimed seventh and eight positions respectively. Elsewhere home rider Nicky Hayden finished ninth with Energy T.I. Pramac Racings Andrea Iannone taking tenth.
Power Electronics Aspar’s Aleix Espargaro rode a brilliant race finishing in eleventh. But retiring from the Texan race was Came IodaRacing Projects Lucas Pesek who suffered a crash, while his team mate Danilo Petrucci entered the pits with a mechanical issue. Cardion AB Motoracing’s Karel Abraham was unable to start today’s race after crashing heavily in qualifying the Czech rider has suffered a broken collar bone but hopes to take part in the next round of the season. Local rider Colin Edwards was the first rider to retire, to the disappointment of local fans.
The next race of the season will take place at the Jerez circuit in Spain in two weeks time. By Laura Turner