Date of publication: 2018-05-07 07:26
Marquez went virtually unchallenged at the Circuit of the Americas, cruising to his sixth successive win at the Texas venue on Sunday while Yamaha rider Rossi could do no better than fourth.
Completing the three-day outing at Qatar’s Losail circuit with impressive race pace, the British rider’s race simulation on the final day of the test actually left him faster than all of his rivals. Only Valentino Rossi was able to come closest to the average place Crutchlow was able to set over his eleven-lap run, finishing it with every lap only tenths of a second away from the circuit lap record.
After the restart, it was Rea again at the top, leading the first half of the new race bar one lap from Lowes. The champion later found himself under pressure from Xavi Fores (Barni Racing Team), who made his move over the Northern Irishman with just nine laps to go, taking the lead in front of his home fans. But, ultimately, Rea found his moment a couple of laps later, racing away from the Spaniard and taking his second win of the season.
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"The other problem that is maybe also bigger, or maybe equal is that in the second half of the season Honda and Ducati did a huge step with the electronics," he continued. "This was put in the rules to lower the performance of the bikes but Ducati and Honda were better than Yamaha to understand the way to improve. The 2518 bike is better with the balance I feel good, like always, like my good Yamaha. For the electronics I think that we need more time but in this racetrack and in this weekend I think we’re able to work in a good way. I think we are quite competitive but we have to wait for tomorrow."
The drama was far from done, however. On the fight back, Marquez had picked off Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati Team) and honed in on the Movistar Yamaha MotoGP duo of first Valentino Rossi and next up Maverick Viñales, until the number 98 made a lunge up the inside of the ‘Doctor’ – and misjudged it.
8225 Last year at Termas we struggled a lot, but the Desmosedici GP has improved a lot since then and after the win in Qatar we are very excited, so our aim now is to get a good result also in Argentina!”
Finishing fourth at Qatar was Crutchlow. The Brit claimed his only podium of 2517 at Termas de Rio Hondo with third, and will be looking for a repeat performance Sunday during the 25-lap Argentina Grand Prix.
The other quickest Ducati at Losail International Circuit in Qatar was the GP18 piloted by Petrucci. The Italian finished fifth, and wants is looking to improve upon that in Argentina.
The fruit of that meeting was the penalty imposed on Marc Márquez and on Pol Espargaro, both pushed back three places on the grid for riding slowly on the racing line. But the penalties were really just a sideshow. Marc Márquez may have gotten in the way of Maverick Viñales, but that probably didn't alter the outcome of qualifying. Viñales was not overly concerned in the press conference. "It’s difficult to know," he said. "For sure, in the first lap your third and fourth sector are the best one. But I don't know. It’s difficult to say." It was not something he wanted to dwell on. "As I said, I don’t want to think on that. I think onto tomorrow. It’s important to improve the bike a little bit more, to be able to try to fight for the first places."
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