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Austin MotoGP: Smart Marquez powers to historic maiden win

With the high-speed Texas circuit unable to yield the same frenetic action that distinguished the support races, a fairly spread out finishing order would see Cal Crutchlow come home in fourth position, though only after an early run-off forced him to fight his way up from sixth. That comeback would give him the satisfaction of beating Stefan Bradl, the other rider to test at the circuit prior to the event.

Following a headline-grabbing turn on his Yamaha return in Qatar, Valentino Rossi's afternoon would prove distinctly underwhelming as he grappled with evident set-up issues from start-to-finish. Eventually getting the better of Alvaro Bautista after a fierce battle during the early stages, he would finish 16 seconds off the leaders in sixth.

Behind him, Bautista would lose another place to a fighting Andrea Dovizioso on the Ducati to come home seventh and eighth in favour of the Italian, while Nicky Hayden finished as the top local rider in ninth after holding off Andrea Iannone.

Outside the top ten, Aleix Espargaro carried his excellent CRT form through to the race, ceding just two of his starting positions in 11th to finish comfortably ahead of Bradley Smith and almost half a minute up on struggling Texan Ben Spies.

Randy de Puniet and Yonny Hernandez rounded out the points, though Michael Laverty deserved special recognition for battling his way up from last position to 16th on the in-house PBM chassis.

Circuit of the Americas MotoGP:
1. Marc Marquez
2. Dani Pedrosa
3. Jorge Lorenzo
4. Cal Crutchlow
5. Stefan Bradl
6. Valentino Rossi
7. Andrea Dovizioso
8. Alvaro Bautista
9. Nicky Hayden
10. Andrea Iannone
11. Aleix Espargaro
12. Bradley Smith
13. Ben Spies
14. Randy De Puniet
15. Yonny Hernandez
16. Michael Laverty
17. Hiroshi Aoyama
18. Hector Barbera
19. Claudio Corti
20. Bryan Staring
21. Blake Young
Danilo Petrucci
Lukas Pesek
Colin Edwards

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