Dass MotoGP-Sieger Marc Marquez in Texas sich gleich abseilte nach vorne und allem Ärger nach Argentinien aus dem Weg ging, war eine schlaue Idee. Sein Statement dazu: »This weekend I really gave it my all. Today I was totally focused, as I wanted to remain perfect here at Austin. I don’t think that ever in my career have I had such a race, pushing so hard from the first lap. Today I felt that this was the right way and was able to do it, in part because my bike’s setup helped me a lot, so thanks to everyone in my garage as they’ve worked really well and hard. Yesterday I was a bit ill, and even today I didn’t feel I had perfect energy, but it turned out to be a good race anyway – a lonely one, but sometimes it goes like that. Last night when I was going to sleep, I thought about the strategy, and today I followed it. Even in the warm-up, I tried to simulate the first laps of the race, going out on new tyres and with a full tank. That was in the plan. I told the team that I wanted to try to lead the race from the beginning and pull a gap. So in the first three or four laps, I pushed a bit more than usual, and then I managed the advantage. Today I had special motivation. There was a lot of pressure, but I like the pressure, as it helps to keep focused. I felt a special feeling on the last lap, when I passed in front of Nicky’s flag. So, I’m happy with the result and for recovering ground in the Championship, but now we go back to Europe, where we must be consistent, because look who’s leading the standings: Dovi, the most consistent rider! The feeling with my bike is very good, and the same has been true in Qatar and Argentina, so we’ll try and continue this way.«
Ansonsten verlief das Rennen in eher ruhigen Bahnen, Überholmanöver blieben spärlich. Vinales schnappte sich Iannone, der aber auch mit P3 und seinem ersten Podestplatz für Suzuki happy war. Rins und Crutchlow stürzten. Erstaunlich Pedrosa: vor einer Woche erst die Handgelenk-OP, trotzdem auf dem texanischen Rumpelbelag am Ende P7. Die Ducatis rissen keine Bäume aus, dennoch eroberte Dovizioso die WM-Führung zurück, aber dahinter knubbeln sich in der WM-Punktewertung alle. In zwei Wochen geht die Saison in Jerez und europäischen Gefilden weiter.
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