It wasn’t the start that Marc Marquez would has liked for his 2015 MotoGP Championship campaign.
Marc starting from third, had a problematic first corner, with Marc emerging as the biggest victim. As the MotoGP riders jostled for position, Marc made a small mistake, running wide in turn one and rejoined the track in last place.
He began to make up positions with Marc up to eleventh by lap three. The Repsol rider pushed to chase race leaders Lorenzo, Dovizioso, Iannone and Rossi and passed Petrucci, Crutchlow, Smith and Hernandez and was up to sixth by lap eight.
Marc began to chase down the leading four riders but the gap of 3.8s was too great. Nevertheless, Marquez still managed to break a record with the fastest top speed recorded in the premier class of 350.5km/h, beating the previous record held by Iannone of 349.6km/h.
This is the first time since winning the German GP in 2013 that Marc has not lead the MotoGP Championship standings. He now will be looking to bounce back from this disappointing start and challenge for victory at the Red Bull Austin GP in two weeks time.
Marc Marquez: “We should be happy because we have salvaged eleven important points, when we could easily have left here with none. It was a tough race, in which I made a mistake at the first corner and dropped back to last place. This meant that I had to make a comeback, pushing hard all through the race, but in the end I saw that I could not catch the group at the front. The positive that I’ll take from today is that we rode at a similar pace to the lead group. In Austin we will continue to work hard, with an even stronger desire to do well.”
Pos. Rider Num Nation Points Team Time/Gap
1 ROSSI Valentino 46 ITA 25 Movistar Yamaha MotoGP 42’35.717
2 DOVIZIOSO Andrea 4 ITA 20 Ducati Team +0.174
3 IANNONE Andrea 29 ITA 16 Ducati Team +2.250
4 LORENZO Jorge 99 SPA 13 Movistar Yamaha MotoGP +2.707
5 MARQUEZ Marc 93 SPA 11 Repsol Honda Team +7.036
8 SMITH Bradley 38 GBR 8 Monster Yamaha Tech 3 +12.914
18 LAVERTY Eugene 50 IRE 0 Aspar MotoGP Team +46.570
Pos. Rider Num Nation Points Team
1 ROSSI Valentino 46 ITA 25 Movistar Yamaha MotoGP
2 DOVIZIOSO Andrea 4 ITA 20 Ducati Team
3 IANNONE Andrea 29 ITA 16 Ducati Team
4 LORENZO Jorge 99 SPA 13 Movistar Yamaha MotoGP
5 MARQUEZ Marc 93 SPA 11 Repsol Honda Team
8 SMITH Bradley 38 GBR 8 Monster Yamaha Tech 3
Text/Photo: PR Honda Racing Corperation