MotoGP
Apr 12

MotoGP: Marq’d Man

Many riders fear that this is the view they will have of Marc Marquez this weekend, just one year after being a poleless, winless rookie. (Photo: Christian Pondella/Getty Images)

Many riders fear that this is the view they will have of Marc Marquez this weekend, just one year after being a poleless, winless rookie. (Photo: Christian Pondella/Getty Images)

Last season when Marc Marquez rolled into the Circuit of the Americas, he was still the new kid on the block and just hoping to make an impression.

Sure, he had long been touted as MotoGP’s next great one, but at this time last year, he was all potential and hype but still yet to have won anything in the premier class.

Apr 12

American riders in MotoGP becoming endangered species

American riders Nicky Hayden (C), Colin Edwards (R) and Ben Spies (L) during the 2011 Japanese GP. (Photo: Toshifumi Kitamura/Getty Images)

American riders Nicky Hayden (C), Colin Edwards (R) and Ben Spies (L) during the 2011 Japanese GP. (Photo: Toshifumi Kitamura/Getty Images)

On Thursday afternoon in his home state, two-time World Superbike champ and long-time MotoGP pilot Colin Edwards announced that his racing days would come to an end following the conclusion of the 2014 season.

Edwards’ impending retirement not only closes the book on an illustrious career, it further underlines the suddenly shaky foothold the United States has in the Grand Prix world — and with relatively little hope for a swift return to form.

Apr 11

MotoGP: Yamaha fast, but not fast enough

Jorge Lorenzo was eighth fastest overall during Friday's practice sessions at Austin. (Photo: Movistar Yamaha MotoGP)

Jorge Lorenzo was eighth fastest overall during Friday’s practice sessions at Austin. (Photo: Movistar Yamaha MotoGP)

Jorge Lorenzo and Valentino Rossi refuse to concede to defeat but the reality check of Marc Marquez’s stunning Honda pace for Sunday’s Grand Prix of the Americas is impossible to ignore.

The COTA circuit in Austin is Honda heaven and when combined with the imperious talent of Marquez – MotoGP’s youngest ever world champion – and quite simply Marquez looks untouchable.

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.