Marc Marquez Wins Back-to-Back Races to Lead Off the 2014 MotoGP Season
Marc Marquez is back in very familiar territory: the winner’s circle. After leading off the 2014 season with a win in Qatar last month, the reigning MotoGP world champion carried that momentum to a second consecutive spot atop the podium at the Red Bull Grand Prix of the Americas in Austin, Texas this past weekend.
Marquez started the race in pole position and never relinquished the lead for the entire 21-lap duration, eventually winning by more than 4 seconds. Most of the race was without drama for the 21-year-old Spaniard, but there was a scary moment as he came around the last turn, a wobble that nearly dumped the bike on its side – a momentary lapse of judgement – but Marquez was able to reclaim control and take the checkered flag.
“I’m really happy with this victory. I’ve never led a race from the start to the end before,” said Marquez, following his eighth career win. “It was a little strange and difficult to keep the concentration.
“The race was a little quiet so in the last corner I lost some concentration and added a little excitement for my mechanics,” he said of his late-race wobble. “But we are very happy with 25 points. The next races will be a little bit different.”
Unlike his win in Qatar, which was achieved by the narrowest of margins (0.259 seconds) over Oakley teammate Valentino Rossi, Marquez was left mostly unchallenged under sunny skies in Texas. By midway through the race he held a comfortable three second lead over the next challenger.
Rossi started the race in sixth position and battled throughout the race. The Italian appeared to be making a late-race push for the podium before tire issues forced him to drop his speed and he ended up in eighth.
Marquez now sits well atop the season standings with 50 points, while Rossi drops to third overall with 28 points.