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Marc Marquez Aims for the Top of the MotoGP World

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Spaniard Marc Marquez of the Repsol Honda Team Dominates the 2nd Round of the Classic MotoGP Tour at the Red Bull Circuit of the Americas track in Austin, Texas

Circuit of the America's first class stadium (Photo Robert Hsu, Latinosports.com)

Circuit of the America’s first class stadium (Photo Robert Hsu, Latinosports.com)

AUSTIN, Texas ( April 21, 2013) – Marc Marquez of the Repsol Honda Team turned the pages in history at the Circuit of the Americas racetrack to become MotoGP’s youngest racer, age 20, to win a grand prix. Spanish racers Dani Pedrosa and Jorge Lorenzo finished in 2nd and 3rd place.

American Freddie Spencer held the record for three decades until Marquez’s win today.

Motorcycle Grand Prix is a sport in which athletes face a life situation on virtually every corner on the challenging tracks and there are literally no heavyweights. These competitors driven by adrenaline, the passion to win, lucrative rewards and the adulation of millions of fans worldwide-are agile and closer to jockeys in size.

Jorge Lorenzo's ritual. (Photo Robert Hsu, Latinosports.com)

Jorge Lorenzo’s ritual. (Photo Robert Hsu, Latinosports.com)

The MotoGP tour features eighteen events in twelve countries and four continents on unique racetracks. The popularity of the professional racing tour rivals soccer in Europe and baseball in America.

The young Marquez delivered a solid performance in this, his second grand prix race of the two events, first in Qatar reaching the podium in 3rd place and in Austin for a first place victory.

Teammate, Dani Pedrosa and the 2012 World Champion Jorge Lorenzo challenged Marquez, but finished 2nd and 3rd. Legend Valentino Rossi who traded places with the Ducati Team for Yamaha Factory racing could only manage a  sixth place finish.

Marquez on the pole. (Photo Robert Hsu, Latinosports.com)

Marquez on the pole. (Photo Robert Hsu, Latinosports.com)

Marquez rode to victory aboard the newly designed Honda RC213V in the twenty-one lap race in a time of 43 minutes 42.123 seconds and a top speed of 212.26 miles per hour.

Showing top form, after winning six grand prix races in 2012, Dani Pedrosa settled for 2nd place +1.534 seconds, relinquishing a twelve lap lead to Marquez. Jorge Lorenzo of Yamaha Factory racing finished in 3rd place +3.381 seconds content to earn his 100th podium.

At the post-race conference, Marquez held the spotlight and said: “The bike had a good set-up and I took a chance on hard tires for the rear and medium on the front. Everything worked well and I thank my team for their efforts.”

Marquez intense concentration (Photo Robert Hsu, Latinosports.com)

Marquez intense concentration (Photo Robert Hsu, Latinosports.com)

Asked if  the Honda RC213V was the same bike that Casey Stoner rode to victory in 2011 said: “The bike is very much different from Stoner’s with a new chassis, suspension and electronics that I like…I’m confident on the new bike…”

I was happy to beat Dani, but I was tired in the end…MotoGP racing is difficult, a lot more than Moto2 (Marquez holds the 2012 Moto2 title), but it is quite interesting.”

Jorge Lorenzo, two time World Title Champion has twenty-four MotoGP wins to his credit, eighty-six starts and 100 podiums in his career said: “Marquez is young and is an extraordinary rider with a capacity to learn at this high level.”

Marquez in conference (Photo Robert Hsu, Latinosports.com)

Marquez in conference (Photo Robert Hsu, Latinosports.com)

Asked if a five year age difference was a factor in Marquez’s win today (Lorenzo is 25) said; “ When you are older, you are more cautious and you calculate the risks of crashing…You have a different view of the championship…but every racer is different.”

Dani Pedrosa’s has 117 MotoGP starts in his career. Physically fit and mentally tough, mature and experienced, his chances for a 2013 World title are in the cards.

Speaking to a reporter said: “This circuit is difficult, but I stayed focused. I had a good chance to try and win today, but I made a mistake that cost me 1 to ½ seconds and Marquez passed me.”

Asked if  he would revise his strategy after noting Marquez’s performance today said: “I will race the way that I always have raced…No, my strategy will not change… It will be an interesting series…but you really can’t plan anything.”

Pedrosa ready for the race (Photo Robert Hsu, Latinosports.com)

Pedrosa ready for the race (Photo Robert Hsu, Latinosports.com)

After Qatar and Austin, the series is tied with Jorge Lorenzo and Marc Marquez  with forty-one points apiece. Pedrosa has 33 points and Italian racer Valentino Rossi has 30 points.

Round three of the tour heads to Jerez, Spain for the Gran Premio bwin de Espana where the three Spaniards may race through the history books on their native-soil  before their Spanish faithful that hold adoration and love for their national heroes.

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