Marquez claims fourth straight Texas win

Sun Apr 10, 2016 5:13pm EDT
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AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) - Honda's MotoGP leader Marc Marquez won the Grand Prix of the Americas for the fourth year in a row on Sunday while bitter rival Valentino Rossi was one of several riders who crashed.

Spain's Marquez was again in a race of his own at the Circuit of the Americas track, starting on pole position for the fourth successive year and pulling away after a brief tussle on the opening lap with Yamaha's Jorge Lorenzo.

World champion Lorenzo finished second, 6.107 seconds behind his compatriot, and Italian Andrea Iannone was third on a Ducati.

The win was Marquez's second in a row, and 26th in MotoGP, and left the double world champion on 66 points after three races. Lorenzo moved up to second overall on 45, with Rossi remaining on 33.

Marquez was challenged only at the start, with Lorenzo leading into the first corner before running wide and doing the same at turn 11.

The Honda rider then had a controlled run to his 10th successive victory on U.S. soil, which includes eight MotoGP races and two in Moto2, before raising four fingers in the air in triumph.


"I think I did a really good race and I feel really great on this circuit," said Marquez. "The race was not fun but we took 25 points which was the most important."   Continued...

Honda MotoGP rider Marc Marquez of Spain smiles before the second qualifying session ahead of the Valencia Motorcycle Grand Prix at the Ricardo Tormo racetrack in Cheste, near Valencia, Spain, November 6, 2015. REUTERS/Heino Kalis