Marquez lighthearted on last corner wobble

Repsol Honda Austin race review
Sunday, 13 April 2014

Repsol Honda claimed their first 1-2 finish of the season at the Red Bull Grand Prix of the Americas as 2013 MotoGP™ Champion Marc Marquez dominated all weekend.

Marquez led a drama filled race at the Circuit of the Americas from the early stages to the finish line, which the young Spaniard crossed 4.124s ahead of Honda teammate Dani Pedrosa despite a scary moment on the last corner of the last lap.

Marquez also smashed his own race lap record with a 2’03.575, nearly a second faster than his best lap from last year. This completed the full set of pole position, outright lap record and race win at one of his favourite circuits.

He enthused, “I’m really happy with this victory, we did a different kind of race. I’ve never led a race from the start to the end before. This time was a little strange and difficult to keep the concentration and I had a little moment when I lost concentration.”

About that last corner wobble he joked, “The race was a little quiet so in the last corner I make a little excitement for my mechanics! But we are very happy with 25 points. The next races will be a little bit different. This is one of my favourite tracks so this victory was a little bit easier maybe.”

Meanwhile Pedrosa admitted he had been somewhat distracted by Jorge Lorenzo’s jump start, saying, “It was tricky at the start, when I saw Jorge go past I thought maybe I was wrong. Then I tried to do the best race I could but Marquez was just faster and I couldn’t follow the pace. Second place is good. I am happy with the result.”

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