MotoGP: Marquez storms to sixth Texas win

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Marc Marquez took his sixth straight victory at the Circuit of the Americas with a dominant performance in yesterday’s American Grand Prix.

The Repsol Honda rider stretched out a lead seven seconds at one point during the race before rolling it back to cross the line 3.5sec ahead of Maverick Vinales.

The reigning world champion didn’t lead the entire race though with Suzuki’s Andrea Iannone shooting off the line to lead into turn one after a strong performance in qualifying.

The Italian led the chase for Marquez throughout the race before the Yamaha of Vinales got the better of him for second place.

Valentino Rossi finished fourth after suffering issues with his front tyre, ahead of Andrea Dovizioso who moves to the top of the championship standings after the first three races.

Johann Zarco was sixth on the Monster Tech 3 Yamaha, ahead of Dani Pedrosa who crossed the line an impressive seventh place despite riding with a broken wrist.

Tito Rabat finished eighth for Real Avintia Ducati ahead of the Pramac bike of Jack Miller while Aleix Espargaro rounded out the top ten.

It was another disappointing race for Jorge Lorenzo, who finished a dismal 11th place on the factory Ducati.

Bradley Smith was the first British rider home in a disappointing 16th place for KTM, ahead of compatriot Scott Redding. Having led the championship ahead of the race, Cal Crutchlow crashed out of the battle for fifth. Remounting, he’d finish 19th.

After the first three rounds the title fight is as close as ever with the top five riders covered by just eight points. Dovizioso leads Marquez by a single point with Vinales third. Crutchlow and Zarco are also both in the mix, just three points behind the Movistar Yamaha.

Oli Rushby

By Oli Rushby

Former sports reporter covering British Superbikes, World Superbikes and road racing