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Classics: Relive 3 of the best American GPs

Classics: Relive 3 of the best American GPs

Relive all of the drama from three classic MotoGP™ races held in the USA ahead of the Red Bull Grand Prix of the Americas.

2005 – Laguna Seca
In 2005 Laguna Seca made its return to the MotoGP™ calendar after an 11-year absence as round 8 of the season. That year reigning MotoGP™ Champion, Valentino Rossi, was on fire and had won six of the previous seven races, having only missed out on victory at the Portuguese GP where he finished second. A young American called Nicky Hayden was in his third season in the premier class and while he had managed two podiums in each of his previous two seasons, his best result that year had been a fourth at the round before in Assen. Hayden, riding in front of his home fans for the first time in MotoGP™, secured pole with Rossi starting from second.

Who would come out on top, ' The Doctor' or the 'Kentucky Kid'?

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2008  - Laguna Seca
Many say it is the race that defined the future relationship between Valentino Rossi and Casey Stoner. When the MotoGP™ World Championship arrived at Laguna Seca in 2008 for round 8 of the season, Rossi was leading Stoner by 20 points in the standings. The reigning MotoGP™ champion Stoner had gotten his title defence off to a mixed start, but had won three races in-a-row leading up to the United States GP to put himself back in contention and was starting from pole. Rossi was more determined than ever to regain his crown after missing out on the title the two previous years, but would be forced to start from the front of the third row in seventh.

What happened next went down in history as one of the most exciting and dramatic MotoGP™ battles of all time…

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2013 – Austin
The 2013 MotoGP™ season saw a young rookie Marc Marquez enter the fray, fresh from claiming the Moto2™ title the year before. The amount of hype surrounding the talented Spaniard was incredible, but with two world titles already under his belt and a podium (third) finish in his very first race in Qatar just two weeks before, it seemed justified. He then topped every practice session bar one in Austin, and went on to secure his first ever MotoGP™ pole position ahead of Jorge Lorenzo and Dani Pedrosa.

Surely Marquez couldn’t challenge for the victory in just his second MotoGP™ race and become the youngest-ever premier class winner?

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