Repsol Honda’s Marc Marquez returned to his magnificent best as he dominated the field at the Red Bull GP of The Americas.
Marquez, who secured pole with a truly sensational lap, dropped back briefly from the start to second place behind Dovizioso but quickly found his rhythm and blasted to the front.
With Rossi and Iannone fighting with Dovizioso, Marquez never looked back and led from the front for the remainder of the race – taking his 20th victory in the MotoGP class.
There win means Marquez has won on all six occasions that he has raced in the MotoGP class in the USA, and Honda celebrated their 11th consecutive win on American soil. The last non-Honda MotoGP winner in the USA was Jorge Lorenzo, at Laguna Seca in 2010.
Marquez said: “I am very happy with this victory. After yesterday, things looked positive for us, but the only doubt was about the weather. In the end, it turned out stranger than it had seemed. When I saw that it was going to be a dry race, I started out very focused – because I knew it was important to try to win today. However, right from the first lap I saw that the track was not like it had been before the rain of last night. There was less grip and it was harder to ride comfortably. I decided to keep calm in the early laps to try to understand the situation well, and when I started to find a feeling similar to practice, I decided to push the pace a bit. That was when I was able to open up a gap.”
The MotoGP circus now heads straight to Argentina for the third round of 2015.