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MotoGP World Championship, USA23.04.2018

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Grand Prix of the Americas

A podium for Marquez, an exploit for Mir

It did not take much for Álex Márquez to score his first win of the season in Texas. The Spaniard finished second while Joan Mir had his best result in Moto2 by finishing fourth.

The Races

Leader from the first to the twelfth lap after taking pole position, Marquez finally gave in at the end of the race when Bagnaia caught up with him. “With the wind and a higher runway temperature, the conditions were quite different from those of the free practice sessions,” said the Marc VDS team rider. “Finally I’m quite pleased to make it to the podium because I only just managed to hold the bike two or three times. The next Grands Prix in Europe will take place on circuits that suit me better.” Jostled in the first corner and twenty-fourth after the first lap, Mir made a superb comeback to take the checkered flag in fourth place. A great performance for the reigning Moto3 world champion who was riding only his third Moto2 race in Texas. In the MotoGP category, Tom Lüthi and Franco Moribelli had more difficulty in taking the measure of a circuit of the Americas where the bumps in the track are increasingly numerous. The Swiss ranked eighteenth and the Italian twenty-first.

The Championship

With his new podium, Álex Márquez returns to second place in the Moto2 overall classification tying with Mattia Pasini and only ten points behind leader Francesco Bagnaia. Joan Mir has moved up two positions and is now seventh. In MotoGP, Tom Lüthi is still racing after his first points while Franco Morbidelli has slipped back to 17th overall.

The Background

The chaotic way in which the Grand Prix of Argentina took place has not gone unchecked. The panic on the grid when all the riders decided to change their tires, Márquez’ false start and the various clashes that studded the race caused a wide range of heated discussions which the riders decided to end at the meeting in Texas. So for once, the traditional meeting of the Safety Commission Drew a full crowd. Carmelo and Carlos Ezpeleta, Loris Capirossi and Franco Uncini managed the session in which, although lively, the discussions finally remained quite courteous. In the end, everyone agreed that a former rider would have to assist Mike Webb as race director. That may provide an opportunity for Loris Capirossi to take on new responsibilities. In the meantime, the authorities have warned the riders that they would be more severe from now on…

 

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