Marquez stripped of pole at Grand Prix of the Americas

"After what happened in Argentina, I changed my strategy and tried to lead from the start", Marquez said.

"This weekend I really gave it my all", said Marquez, who is undefeated on a MotoGP bike at the Circuit of the Americas (COTA) and has won the last 12 races he has entered in the United States. Iannone stood on the last step of the podium and it was a special performance for the Italian rider as it was his first podium finish for Suzuki after joining them a year ago.

Marc Marquez remains untouched in COTA as he takes his sixth straight win at Austin, ahead of Maverick Vinales and Andrea Iannone.

Iannone briefly retook the lead, but Marquez took control of the race and never looked like letting it slip, easing to victory 3.450 seconds ahead of Movistar Yamaha's Vinales, with Iannone taking a first podium finish for Suzuki. It wasn't long before Marquez had closed down on Iannone and the Spanish rider grabbed the race lead in the opening lap itself.

Marc Marquez, Honda's reigning MotoGP world champion drove away with the Grand Prix of Americas for the 6 time in a row yesterday (April 22).

Now Iannone will move to the middle of row one with the outside spot taken by Zarco. "But in the race, I hoped and expected to be a bit stronger to fight for the podium".

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Rossi was back in fourth, while Dani Pedrosa secured a magnificent seventh place considering he only underwent wrist surgery last week.

This win marks the 10 successive win on American soil for Marquez, who now sits a single point on the standings behind Italian rival Andrea Dovizioso.

Vinales was on a quick lap and set to challenge Marquez's provisional pole benchmark when he came up on the Honda rider in the final sector and was forced to back out, gesticulating angrily at Marquez as he rode past. It was mostly status quo for the rest of the race apart from a few fallers including championship leader Cal Crutchlow.

The former champion was also passed by Tito Rabat and Aleix Espargaro, and ended his day in 11th, while Rabat went on to steal eighth from Miller.

Pol Espargaro (KTM), top rookie Takaaki Nakagami (LCR Honda) and Alvaro Bautista (Nieto Ducati) completed the scorers.

  • Rita Burton