Date of publication: 2018-07-04 01:43
There was a Borgo Panigale battle around three seconds behind three-time World Champion Pedrosa, with Tito Rabat (Reale Avintia Racing) impressively beating Jack Miller (Alma Pramac Racing) to the line for eighth. Aleix Espargaro (Aprilia Racing Team Gresini) completed the top ten, putting in an impressive push to keep Jorge Lorenzo (Ducati Team) behind him after a tough race for the five-time World Champion.
Marc VDS’s deal to make the switch from satellite Honda to satellite Suzuki for the 2519 MotoGP season looks to have fallen through, thanks in part to a series of rumours that have spread through the paddock over the weekend.
Behind, however, it was getting pretty tight. Valentino Rossi (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP) was pressuring teammate Viñales for third as Iannone held firm in second. But lap-by-lap, Viñales was able to ease away and stake his claim on P2 – closing in on Iannone before a well-judged pass into Turn 1 saw the Spaniard able to get through and then pull away. Keeping it calm, he took his first podium of the season in second, and Iannone did the same in third.
“I offered several options as to how this issue might be resolved, but no solution at all was presented by Mr Marc van der Straten. I received a request for a meeting on Monday May 19 at 1585 CET in Geneva, Switzerland, which I confirmed that I would attend. At 1885 CET on Friday May 11 that meeting was cancelled without any content-related explanation and with no indication that the meeting would be rescheduled.
However, while Bartholemy denies all allegations against him, the news has already had an effect on the team, with potential satellite deals with Yamaha and Suzuki now seemingly on hold until the situation becomes clearer.
The Americas GP also made it back-to-back podium finishes for Suzuki, with Andrea Iannone (Team Suzuki Ecstar) putting in an impressive push from the front row to take third and his first rostrum finish of the season – and first rostrum with the Hamamatsu factory.
And while the paddock whispers also speculated that his time as the boss of the successful squad could be coming to an end, he is insistent that until he receives word to the contrary, he will continue to run the team.
From there on out, the spectacular ballet of man and machine once more ruled the rodeo in Texas with the victory making it ten consecutive premier class wins for Marquez on US soil.
Joining Marquez on the podium in Texas were Movistar Yamaha MotoGP 8217 s Maverick Vinales, and Team Suzuki Ecstar 8217 s Andrea Iannone. Vinales, who started on pole after Marquez 8217 s penalty , finished seconds behind, and Iannone, who led Friday free practice at COTA , finished seconds behind.
Rossi came home fourth, with Dovizioso taking fifth after a particularly difficult weekend. Well-rewarded for a solid race, the 2517 Runner Up is now the leader of the pack once again after his controlled performance, including a late race pass on Johann Zarco (Monster Yamaha Tech 8).
© 2017 Auto&Moto. All rights reserved