Published: Tue, April 24, 2018
Money | By Wilma Wheeler

MOTO GP : Marquez cruises to win in Texas, Crutchlow crashes out

MOTO GP : Marquez cruises to win in Texas, Crutchlow crashes out

Marc Marquez cruised to his sixth-successive MotoGP win in Texas ahead of Maverick Vinales, while Andrea Dovizioso took the lead in the standings with fifth.

Andrea Dovizioso picked up the championship lead by one point after slowly picking his way up to fifth place as Britain's Cal Crutchlow failed to stay on his LCR Honda, going down at the last corner with 13 left to run. Iannone managed to finish third, taking his first podium for Suzuki.

Marquez, who has won the race for the past five years, set a time of 2mins 3.658sec, which was half a second ahead of Vinales.

"Here normally I don't need slipstream but I know that a fast rider behind me can improve his laptime a lot and Iannone [on Friday] was fast", said Marquez.

The reigning MotoGP world champion endured a nightmare in the Argentine Grand Prix last time out, finishing 18th after being hit with penalties for crashing into Valentino Rossi, making contact with Aleix Espargaro and delaying the start.

The ideal weather conditions made for a tidy race, as Maverick Viñales (Yamaha), Andrea Iannone (Suzuki), and Valentino Rossi (Yamaha) battled it out for the final podium positions. Vinales won three of the first five races of 2017 but hasn't taken the checkered flag since winning in France almost a year ago. The Yamaha rider was hard to catch up post that until the end of the race. Tito Rabat ended the race eighth for Reale Avintia Ducati, while Jack Miller finished ninth.

It was another disappointing race for Jorge Lorenzo, who finished a dismal 11 place on the factory Ducati. The penalty was a result of blocking Pol Espargaro during qualifying. In a miserable day for the British riders, Bradley Smith and Scott Redding also finished out of the points and, over the three Grand Prix classes, John McPhee was the only Brit who managed to score points over the weekend, down in 14in the Moto3 race.

Alex Rins (Suzuki) and Hafizh Syahrin (Tech 3) both crashed out, while Karel Abraham (Nieto) was forced to pull into the pits with wrist pain from his crash on Saturday.

With Dovizioso finishing in the top five, the Ducati rider now leads the rider standings for the season by a single point over Marc Marquez with 45 points.

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