AUSTIN, Texas, Oct 3 (Reuters) – Six-times world champion Marc Marquez led from begin to end to safe a seventh win on the Grand Prix of the Americas on Sunday as Fabio Quartararo completed in second to strengthen his grip on the MotoGP world championship race.
Repsol Honda’s Marquez, who was third on the grid, made a formidable begin as he charged by the primary flip to seize the lead forward of pole sitter Francesco Bagnaia and Quartararo, finally opening a spot of greater than 4 seconds with 5 laps to go.
“The plan was exactly how the race went. Start fast, a bit slow in the first laps and then increase the gap when the level around me drops,” stated Marquez after his second win of the season.
“I was comfortable but it was difficult to concentrate in the end. But I also knew that Fabio was far and locked down because of the championship race. So everybody is happy today.”
Quartararo stated that second place tasted even sweeter than victory.
“Physically, it was difficult. But good to see the result and also the American fans. I have gained an advantage in the championship, so I’m happy,” stated the Frenchman.
Quartararo leads Italian Bagnaia by 52 factors with three rounds to go and may clinch the title at Misano in three weeks’ time.
Ducati’s Bagnaia struggled after his poor opening and slipped right down to sixth earlier than going previous a fading Jorge Martin of Pramac Ducati with three laps remaining to salvage third place. Alex Rins of Suzuki Ecstar got here fourth.
Bagnaia stated:”The track is very demanding. In this moment, I’m finished. I was really struggling in the first sector and just trying to manage the rear tyre… I tried to push but third was the best result possible today.”