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Who will be starting their 200th MotoGP™ race at COTA?

Who will be starting their 200th MotoGP™ race at COTA?

Check out all of these fascinating stats ahead of the second round of the MotoGP™ World Championship in Austin.

This is the third successive year that a MotoGP™ Grand Prix has been held at the Austin circuit, and below is a selection of facts and stats related to this event:

•    In 2013 Austin became the fourth different circuit to be used for motorcycle grand prix racing in America. In total, there have been 26 previous grand prix events hosted in the USA: Daytona – 2, Laguna Seca – 15, Indianapolis – 7 and Austin – 2.

•    The same two riders have finished first/second in both the previous MotoGP races at Austin, Marc Marquez followed home by teammate Dani Pedrosa.

•    Last year at COTA, Marc Marquez topped every practice session, qualified on pole with a new pole position record lap, led every lap of the race and set a new race lap record.

•    Third place finisher in the MotoGP race at Austin last year was Andrea Dovizioso – his first podium finish on the factory Ducati.

•    The first Yamaha rider to cross the line last year in Austin was Bradley Smith, in fifth place.

•    Marquez won the MotoGP race in Austin last year by 4.124 seconds – his largest margin of victory in a MotoGP class, in a dry weather race.

•    Honda riders have won the last Ten MotoGP races in the USA. The last non-Honda MotoGP winner in the country was Jorge Lorenzo, at Laguna Seca in 2010.

•     At the grand prix in Austin, Nicky Hayden is scheduled to become only the fourth rider to reach the milestone of 200 starts in the premier-class of grand prix racing. Hayden is the first American rider to reach this milestone, and joins Valentino Rossi, Alex Barros, and Lois Capirossi in the exclusive “200 club”.

•    At the GP of the Americas last year, 40-year-old Colin Edwards announced that 2014 would be his final season of racing before retiring.

The Red Bull Grand Prix of the Americas kicks off on Friday, with the first MotoGP™ practice session at 9:55am local time.


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