Dani Pedrosa
Apr 13

MotoGP: Marquez Defends Texas Title

Marc Marquez led all 21 laps at Circuit of The Americas. (Photo: Getty Images)

Marc Marquez led all 21 laps at Circuit of The Americas. (Photo: Getty Images)

Marc Marquez made the Grand Prix of the Americas look like a breezy Sunday ride.

The reigning MotoGP World Champion from Spain cruised to his second win of the season, defending his title in the race where he claimed his first career victory.

And the 21-year-old did it with ease, starting from pole position and leading the entire way.

Apr 13

MotoGP: Rain Could Level Playing Field For Grand Prix Of The Americas

Everyone is chasing Marc Marquez (93) at Circuit of The Americas. (Photo: Getty Images)

Everyone is chasing Marc Marquez (93) at Circuit of The Americas. (Photo: Getty Images)

The dark clouds looming over the Circuits of The Americas today may look like a small ray of hope for the bulk of the MotoGP field, at least compared to the prospect of Marc Marquez riding off into the sunset.

Marquez has been in imperious form this weekend at the circuit he scored his first-ever MotoGP victory one year ago. Repsol Honda teammate Dani Pedrosa may still hold realistic hopes of overcoming Marquez, but the rest of the top men have lowered their sights with a podium result considered about the best they can hope for… unless something unusual happens.

Apr 12

MotoGP: Pedrosa Carrying Underdog Banner In 2014

Dani Pedrosa continues to chase his first MotoGP championship. (Photo: Getty Images)

Dani Pedrosa continues to chase his first MotoGP championship. (Photo: Getty Images)

Grand Prix veteran Dani Pedrosa made full use of his trademark precision to throw down a blistering 2:03.062 qualifying lap on Saturday afternoon at the Circuit of The Americas.

Meanwhile, his 21-year-old Repsol Honda teammate, Marc Marquez, was decidedly less untidy in the session; he slid and bucked his way around to an even faster 2:02.773 to secure pole position and further lower his circuit lap record.

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.