Marquez adds to COTA win streak while Vinales crashes out
Death, taxes and Marc Marquez winning MotoGP’s annual trip to Circuit of The Americas in the spring seem to be things you can bank on.
The Spaniard won again on Sunday, his incredible fifth straight win at the Austin road course, in as many attempts. It’s also his 11th straight victory on United States soil.
The Repsol Honda rider took the victory with Movistar Yamaha’s Valentino Rossi in second and the second of the Honda riders, Dani Pedrosa, completing the podium. Rossi made it past Pedrosa for second despite an earlier slide off, but was 3.069 seconds adrift of Marquez.
Cal Crutchlow and Johann Zarco completed the top five.
Meanwhile, Rossi’s teammate Maverick Vinales meanwhile crashed out early, putting pause to his chances of a season-opening three-peat. He crashed out a Turn 18 and was OK after the incident, but has now lost the points lead.
Rossi’s up by six points, 56-50, over Vinales with Marquez third on 38 points.
A trip to Jerez on May 7 is next up as MotoGP races in Europe for the first time this year. The series has opened with three flyaway races to Qatar, Argentina and the U.S.