Apr 19

MotoGP: Bridgestone Reflects On Results From Austin Race

Riders round the first corner on the first lap of the Grand Prix of The Americas. (Photo: Getty Images)

Riders round the first corner on the first lap of the Grand Prix of The Americas. (Photo: Getty Images)

After the second staging of the Red Bull Grand Prix of the Americas at the state-of-the-art track in Austin, Bridgestone have reviewed the weekend from a tire perspective, after another busy event for the premier class tire supplier.

Track conditions for the race at the Circuit of The Americas were dry, although much cooler than the practice and qualifying sessions. A peak track temperature of just 33°C was recorded during the 21-lap race. Masao Azuma, Chief Engineer, Bridgestone Motorsport Tire Development Department, reviewed the weekend, as follows:

Apr 13

MotoGP: Austin Race Not Kind To Rossi And Lorenzo

Valentino Rossi finished eighth in the Grand Prix of The Americas after struggling with grip. (Photo: Getty Images)

Valentino Rossi finished eighth in the Grand Prix of The Americas after struggling with grip. (Photo: Getty Images)

The Red Bull Grand Prix of the Americas proved to be difficult affair for the Movistar Yamaha MotoGP team.

Indeed it was a weekend to forget for 2010 and 2012 MotoGP World Champion Jorge Lorenzo. Starting from fifth on the grid he made a jump start at the beginning of the race and received a ride-through penalty as a result.

Apr 12

MotoGP: World Champion Marquez On Pole For Austin Race

Marc Marquez powers through a turn during qualifying for the Red Bull U.S. Grand Prix. (Photo: Getty Images)

Marc Marquez powers through a turn during qualifying for the Red Bull U.S. Grand Prix. (Photo: Getty Images)

MotoGP qualifying at the Red Bull Grand Prix of the Americas saw Marc Marquez clinch pole with a new record lap of COTA (2:02.886), with Dani Pedrosa and Stefan Bradl joining him on the front row.

Marquez is quick wherever he rides but he appears to specifically enjoy the state-of-the-art Austin track where round two of the season is taking place and he secured his 11th premier class pole position by 0.289s from Repsol Honda teammate Pedrosa – having dominated all weekend so far.

Apr 11

MotoGP: Marquez Leads Both Friday Practices At Circuit Of The Americas

Marc Marquez was fastest in both Friday practice session at Circuit of The Americas. (Photo: Dorna Communications)

Marc Marquez was fastest in both Friday practice session at Circuit of The Americas. (Photo: Dorna Communications)

MotoGP World Champion Marc Marquez was fastest in both Friday free practice sessions at the Circuit of the Americas, ending FP2 a considerable 1.005s margin quicker than Andrea Dovizioso, whilst Dani Pedrosa was third best.

Marquez set a best time of 2:03.490s to lead the way at the state-of-the-art track in Texas where he took his first premier class victory in 2013 and on Saturday he will be a clear favorite to repeat his pole position from last year. Indeed Marquez set his best Friday time on a hard tire and was less than 0.5s from his own pole record set on a medium tire 12 months ago.