Here Are The Best MotoGP Moments From The Circuit Of The Americas
MotoGP is heading to Austin for the tenth time in its history, so here are the best Americas Grand Prix moments of the past years.
1. Marc Marquez's Maiden MotoGP Win
After Marc Marquez moved up to MotoGP as the reigning Moto2 World Champion in 2013 and scored a podium finish in his very first race, everyone knew what the Spaniard came to MotoGP for.
At the second race of the season in Austin, Marquez confirmed his claim to the status of title favorite.
He crossed the finish line 1.5 seconds ahead of teammate Dani Pedrosa for what would be the first of his seven race wins in Austin.
Marquez continued to take another five race wins in 2013 to crown himself the youngest MotoGP World Champion in history and the first Rookie World Champion since Kenny Roberts in 1978.
2. Alex Rins' Maiden MotoGP Win In 2019
Having been in MotoGP for two years already, Alex Rins came to Austin in 2019 still missing that sweet first race win in the premier class.
After solid fourth and fifth places in Qatar and Argentina, the Spaniard went for the big shot in Austin.
After Marc Marquez threw away his seventh consecutive race win in Austin while leading, veteran Valentino Rossi and Rins battled for the top step of the podium.
What developed was an epic four-lap battle with multiple lead changes and an overjoyed Alex Rins winning the race in the end.
3. Cameron Beaubier Takes Maiden Pole Position On Home Soil
An American, riding for an American team, in America, on pole. That sounds good, doesn’t it? It certainly does for Cameron Beaubier (American Racing) who bagged a dream debut Moto2 pole position at the 2022 Grand Prix of The Americas.
In the race, however, Beaubier was not able to keep up the momentum he gained in qualifying, tumbling down to seventh before regaining some positions only to crash out of the race with one lap to go.
4. Marc Marquez's Mad Dash Down Pitlane In 2015 Qualifying
Marc Marquez showed his otherworldly class in a qualifying session that had commentators, media and fans alike proclaiming his genius once again.
Pulling in along the main straight with just three minutes of the session remaining after a warning light on his dash lit up, Márquez catapulted over the pit wall, ran full speed down pit lane and jumped on his second bike.
The lap he then put in — which included a moment through Turn 10 that would have either felled another rider, or at the very least made them ease off the gas and give up chasing a fast lap — was a demonstration of riding that bordered on the unbelievable. A new lap record that secured him pole position by more than 0.3 seconds showed that Márquez can flip a near disaster into a masterstroke.