Marquez wins the US Grand Prix

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Updated: July 22, 2013

Marc Marquez becomes the youngest rider to win back to back races in MotoGP history.

History was made at the Laguna Seca circuit by Marc Marquez, the youngest rider to win back to back races in MotoGP.

The rider’s drive on Sunday was a fantastic performance especially at the age of 20. It was Marquez’s debut on the track but he made it look so easy in front of the spectators.

Before the Grand Prix weekend in California, Repsol Honda’s Marc Marquez won his second MotoGP Grand Prix in Germany putting himself at the top of the riders’ standings.

Sunday’s win at the Red Bull U.S. Grand Prix secured the Spaniard’s 3rd victory of the season and has helped the 20 year-old increase his lead by 16 points.

Marquez’s team mate and title rivals, Dani Pedrosa and Jorge Lorenzo, finished in 5th and 6th place after both riders were recovering from collarbone injuries in last weekend’s German Grand Prix.

The injuries Pedrosa and Lorenzo have been suffering maybe in their way of possibly winning this year’s championship and has given a big advantage to Marquez. But both riders finishing in the top six has shown great dedication to the sport.

LCR Honda’s Stefan Bradl’s runner up finish was the German’s first podium appearance in his MotoGP career so far.

The 23 year-old sealed his first pole position before the race but could not stick to

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his qualifying position with Marquez overtaking in the 12 laps remaining.

Yamaha’s Valentino Rossi secured his 122nd podium finish in MotoGP. The Italian rider got off his bike at the end of the race and congratulated Marquez by jokingly pushing the rookie after Marquez pulled off a famous overtake on the 6 time MotoGP champion. Rossi must of seen a flashback of his overtake on Casey Stoner back in 2008 on the same corner.

British rider, Cal Crutchlow, had a race to forget as the 27 year old finished in 7th place. Crutchlow’s lowest finish of the season so far.

It was also a bad day at the office for Yamaha Tech 3 rider, Bradley Smith. Smith had a mechanical problem with 25 laps to go and had no option but to retire from the race.

Marquez will be heading for his summer break as the happiest rider by having breathing space at the top of the championship.

MotoGP is taking a summer break and will resume on 18th August in Indianapolis with 9 races remaining.

 

Jamie Race report by Jamie Davies

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