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GP Week : Issue 181
MotoGP’s hottest rookie in years made history under a patchy sky at the inaugural Grand Prix of The Americas in Texas on Sunday, becoming the youngest ever winner of a premier-class grand prix – at only his second attempt. 159 days Aged 20 years and 63 days, and with two championships already in his cupboard, Repsol Honda’s blue-eyed boy broke a record set by American former superstar Fast Freddie Spencer, also on a Honda, at Spa-Francorchamps in 1982. Spencer was 159 days older. Marquez won his first MotoGP from his first pole position (he deposed Spencer from that record as well), but only after a bitter battle with team-mate Dani Pedrosa. At a track that favoured the Hondas, Dani had firmly seized the lead on the first lap ... but Marquez was able to match his every move. Soon after half distance, he slipped past confidently through the slalom section – but now it was his turn to feel the hot breath down his neck as Pedrosa fought back. Until there were three laps to go, when the older rider lost touch by more than a second. Marquez thought his tyre choice had played into his hands. “I used the harder tyre, and at the end it was the best choice,” he said. Pedrosa however thought the deciding factor was strength and stamina. “My tyre was good and I was happy with the bike, but in the chicane section I started to be slower; I started to lose strength in my left arm.” Slower through the swerves, “I could make it up in the other parts, but then I did a very bad lap and the race was over.” Jorge Lorenzo’s Yamaha was outgunned, but his usual steady fast laps had him less than two seconds adrift at the end; he’d been kept honest by a storming ride from Cal Crutchlow (Monster Yamaha) in fourth, who had repassed and dropped-off Stefan Bradl’s LCR Honda. Rossi missed the set-up and was fighting a wayward front end and was sixth, less than two seconds ahead of Andrea Dovizioso, on the best of the Ducatis. MOTOGP >>> NEWS LONE STAR MARQUEZ MAKES HISTORY IN TEXAN THRILLER 3 GPWEEK.com // 3 GPWEEK.com // PARTNERS: