MotoGP CoTA Results 2014

April 13, 2014
Byron Wilson
Byron Wilson
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Byron's sure to be hunched over a laptop after the checkers are flown, caught in his own little version of heaven. Whether on dirt, street or a combination of both, MotoUSA's newest addition knows the only thing better than actually riding is telling the story of how things went down.

Repsol Honda’s Marc Marquez remains undefeated at Circuit of the Americas after his commanding performance in Round 2 of the 2014 MotoGP World Championship. Marquez’s teammate, Dani Pedrosa, finished in second-place followed by Andrea Dovizioso in third, giving Ducati its first podium finish of the season.

The race started with a strange and wholly uncharacteristic mistake by Movistar Yamaha’s Jorge Lorenzo. The Mallorcan pulled the throttle while the red lights were still showing, jumping the start by a massive margin and resulting in a ride-through penalty which set him at the back of the pack. Lorenzo paid his due after the first rotation and spent the remaining laps of the race picking off riders to salvage as many points as possible. He made it to 10th before the checkers waved.

“I wasn’t thinking and was distracted and I made a big mistake in the start,” explained Lorenzo. “I just tried to push at the maximum afterwards to get the best result but the race was almost over for me. I want to say sorry to the team as I destroyed my race, but at least I didn’t crash because it was a difficult situation with the tension and it was easy to make a mistake and get injured. The good thing is that I finished the race and got my first points in the championship but clearly it wasn’t our weekend.”

Out front, Marquez took over the lead once Lorenzo pulled in for his penalty and proceeded to stretch an insurmountable gap on the field. Pedrosa kept Marquez in his sights for much of the race but was never able to get close enough to challenge for the front. Marquez was flawless throughout the race until the final turn of the final lap when a serious bobble threatened to leave the defending world champion in the dirt. Luckily, he was able to remain upright to the finish.

“I’m very happy,” said Marquez. “I got a really good start, but when I saw Jorge overtake me off the line at first I was a little worried, but then I saw that he had jumped the start. It was a different race to previous ones because I led from start to finish; although it might seem easier that way, it is tough because you have to maintain concentration. It was a perfect weekend and gives us plenty of confidence, although we are aware that the coming races will be different. I know that the race was a little boring for the fans, but sometimes these types of races are good for a rider. Let’s hope that the next one is more exciting!”

Behind the Repsol riders, Pramac Racing’s Andrea Iannone had a stellar first-half of the race, holding to third-place until the final laps. LCR Honda MotoGP’s Stefan Bradl finally caught the Ducati rider with a potential podium position in sight and six laps remaining. A few turns later Dovi made a move on Iannone as well and then set his aim on Bradl.

Bradl and Dovi waged a fierce battle the following lap but Dovi prevailed and was able to build a slight gap on the Honda rider when Tech 3 Yamaha’s Bradley Smith began his challenge for fourth-place. Bradl was able to successfully defend against the Yamaha rider’s pass attempts and finished in fourth.

Lorenzo’s teammate, Valentino Rossi, was strong early on, making his way through the pack to challenge for podium position but as the race progressed, the Doctor lost significant ground. He was able to hold position in eighth to the finish.

Team Go & Fun Honda Gresini’s Alvaro Bautista crashed out of the race early and later Dovi’s teammate, Cal Crutchlow, also went down. Crutchlow had just gone into the pits to swap out the medium option rear tire for the softer option and the crash was particularly hard, with the British rider able to move but visibly hurt. Medics carried him off the tarmac on a stretcher and there’s no word yet of the extent of his injuries. NGM Mobile Forward Racing’s Colin Edwards pulled out of the race during the final laps with a technical issue.

Marquez retains the overall points lead and is 14 points ahead of Pedrosa in second. Rossi sits third followed by Dovi and Edwards’ teammate, Aleix Espargaro. Lorenzo is on the board with six points giving him a 44-point deficit on the leader.

MotoGP Circuit of the Americas Results 2014
1. Marc Marquez (Honda)
2. Dani Pedrosa (Honda)
3. Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati)
4. Stefan Bradl (Honda)
5. Bradley Smith (Yamaha)
6. Pol Espargaro (Yamaha)
7. Andrea Iannone (Ducati)
8. Valentino Rossi (Yamaha)
9. Aleix Espargaro (Forward Yamaha)
10. Jorge Lorenzo (Yamaha)
11 Nicky Hayden (Honda)
12. Hiroshi Aoyama (Honda)
13. Yonny Hernandez (Ducati)
14. Karel Abraham (Honda)
15. Hector Barbera (Avintia)
16. Michael Laverty (PBM)
17. Danilo Petrucci (ART)
18. Mike di Meglio (Avintia)

MotoGP Championship Points 2014
1. Marc Marquez, 50
2. Dani Pedrosa, 36
3. Valentino Rossi, 28
4. Andrea Dovizioso, 27
5. Aleix Espargaro, 20
6. Andrea Iannone, 15
7. Stefan Bradl, 13
8. Nicky Hayden, 13
9. Bradley Smith, 11
10. Pol Espargaro, 10


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