21 April 2013
Austin MotoGP: Smart Marquez powers to historic maiden win
Marc Marquez wins only his second MotoGP World Championship race start with a measured performance in Texas, in turn becoming the youngest ever premier class winner.
A veritable inch-perfect performance from Marc Marquez has seen him record an astonishing maiden MotoGP victory in only his second start around the new Circuit of the Americas, ahead of team-mate Dani Pedrosa.
An absorbing race that came to life with just under ten laps remaining, aside from a botched attempt at holding the lead from the first corner, Marquez put in a mature and controlled performance from start-to-finish, even during the opening half of the race as he intentionally played second-fiddle to Pedrosa.
Indeed, with Pedrosa getting his trademark lightning start from second, Marquez attempted to recover the ground by going deep into turn one, but would instead slip behind both his Repsol Honda team-mate and Stefan Bradl.
Quickly dispatching of Bradl, Marquez proceeded to spend the first half of the race shadowing Pedrosa, looking ominously comfortable as the Spanish pair put on a display of precision riding, one that would see them break the chasing pack within the opening five laps.
With a Repsol Honda victory seemingly a foregone conclusion, it remained to be seen whether Marquez's choice of a hard rear tyre – unlike the soft-shod Pedosa – would pay dividends in the critical closing stages.
The key moment came with nine laps to go when Marquez pounced unexpectedly at one of the fast left-handers, a corner that hadn't seen many successful overtakes, firing up a race that had been engrossing, rather than exciting to that stage.
With Pedrosa immediately attempting to wrest the position back, though he would settle into the role of close following chaser over the coming laps, his challenge would ultimately fade as the chequered flag loomed, allowing Marquez to cross the line a winner by almost two seconds.
A sensational effort for a rider that has dominated almost the entire weekend, Marquez's win not only comes in only his second grand prix, it sees him break Freddie Spencer's three-decade-old record to become the premier class' youngest ever winner at 20 year and 63 days.
With Qatar victor Jorge Lorenzo already resigned to the fact Yamaha could not get on terms with its Honda rivals around the new venue, the Spaniard's worst fears were realised as he circulated in a fairly lonely third place. Despite this, he remains top of the standings, albeit level with Marquez.
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