Marquez wins in Texas to extend perfect start

Sun Apr 13, 2014 5:16pm EDT
 
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(Reuters) - Polesitter Marc Marquez extended his perfect start to the MotoGP season by storming to victory at the Grand Prix of the Americas on Sunday to cap another dominating week in Texas.

It was the second consecutive wire-to-wire win for the 21-year Spanish world champion, who also took the checkered flag at the season-opener in Qatar last month after starting from pole.

Marquez, who claimed his first career MotoGP premier class win at the Circuit of the Americas last year, continued his love affair with the Austin layout, storming home 4.12 seconds in front of compatriot and factory Honda team mate Dani Pedrosa.

Italy's Andrea Dovizioso on a Ducati was a distant third 20 seconds back of the winner followed by Germany's Stefan Bradl and Britain's Bradley Smith.

"I'm so happy for this victory," said Marquez, who ended the race with a bit of drama with a wobble on the final corner. "OK, we can say the race was too quiet and then for the show I did something in the end...but anyway I am very happy.

"The start was good, looks like I improved a little bit at that point.

"But anyway the race I think was, even for me, a little bit boring but those 25 points are important.

"This is my favorite circuit, so for that reason I get that victory. The next races will be different."

It was the 11th time in 20 career starts that Marquez had started from pole and he reached the podium all 11 times.   Continued...

 
Honda MotoGP rider Marc Marquez of Spain rides his bike during a free practice session at the MotoGP World Championship at the Losail International circuit in Doha March 22, 2014. REUTERS/Mohammed Dabbous