MotoGP CoTA Results 2014

Repsol Honda’s Marc Marquez remains undefeated at Circuit of the Americas after his commanding performance in Round 2 of the 2014 MotoGP World Championship. Marquez’s teammate, Dani Pedrosa, finished in second-place followed by Andrea Dovizioso in third, giving Ducati its first podium finish of the season.

The race started with a strange and wholly uncharacteristic mistake by Movistar Yamaha’s Jorge Lorenzo. The Mallorcan pulled the throttle while the red lights were still showing, jumping the start by a massive margin and resulting in a ride-through penalty which set him at the back of the pack. Lorenzo paid his due after the first rotation and spent the remaining laps of the race picking off riders to salvage as many points as possible. He made it to 10th before the checkers.

Out front, Marquez took over the lead once Lorenzo pulled in for his penalty and proceeded to stretch an insurmountable gap on the field. Pedrosa kept Marquez in his sights for much of the race but was never able to get close enough to challenge for the front. Marquez was flawless throughout the race until the final turn of the final lap when a serious bobble threatened to leave the defending world champion in the dirt. Luckily, he was able to remain upright to the finish.

Behind the Repsol riders, Pramac Racing’s Andrea Iannone had a stellar first-half of the race, holding to third-place until the final laps. LCR Honda MotoGP’s Stefan Bradl finally caught the Ducati rider and passed for podium position with 6 laps remaining. A few turns later Dovi made a move on Iannone as well and then set his sights on Bradl.

Bradl and Dovi waged a fierce battle the following lap but Dovi prevailed and was able to build a slight gap on the Honda rider when Tech 3 Yamaha’s Bradley Smith began his challenge for 4th-place. Bradl was able to successfully defend against the Yamaha rider’s pass attempts and finished in 4th.

Lorenzo’s teammate, Valentino Rossi, was strong early on, making his way through the pack to challenge for podium position but as the race progressed, the Doctor lost significant ground. He was able to hold position in eighth to the finish.

Team Go & Fun Honda Gresini’s Alvaro Bautista crashed out of the race early and later Dovi’s teammate, Cal Crutchlow, also went down. Crutchlow had just gone into the pits to swap out the medium option rear tire for the softer option and the crash was particularly hard, with the British rider able to move but visibly hurt. Medics carried him off the tarmac on a stretcher and there’s no word yet of the extent of his injuries. NGM Mobile Forward Racing’s Colin Edwards pulled out of the race during the final laps with a technical issue.

Marquez retains the overall points lead and is 14 points ahead of Pedrosa in second. Rossi sits third followed by Dovi and Edwards’ teammate, Aleix Espargaro. Lorenzo is on the board with 6 points giving him a 44 point deficit on the leader.

MotoGP Circuit of the Americas Results 2014
1. Marc Marquez (Honda)
2. Dani Pedrosa (Honda)
3. Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati)
4. Stefan Bradl (Honda)
5. Bradley Smith (Yamaha)
6. Pol Espargaro (Yamaha)
7. Andrea Iannone (Ducati)
8. Valentino Rossi (Yamaha)
9. Aleix Espargaro (Forward Yamaha)
10. Jorge Lorenzo (Yamaha)
11 Nicky Hayden (Honda)
12. Hiroshi Aoyama (Honda)
13. Yonny Hernandez (Ducati)
14. Karel Abraham (Honda)
15. Hector Barbera (Avintia)
16. Michael Laverty (PBM)
17. Danilo Petrucci (ART)
18. Mike di Meglio (Avintia)

MotoGP Championship Points 2014
1. Marc Marquez, 50
2. Dani Pedrosa, 36
3. Valentino Rossi, 28
4. Andrea Dovizioso, 27
5. Aleix Espargaro, 20
6. Andrea Iannone, 15
7. Stefan Bradl, 13
8. Nicky Hayden, 13
9. Bradley Smith, 11
10. Pol Espargaro, 10

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