Repsol-Honda’s Marc Marquez is not willing to let his Circuit of the Americas Legacy go without a battle – can he stand up to Vinales?
It’s no secret that Maverick Vinales is this MotoGP seasons’ hot ticket. The Spaniard has absolutely dominated every pre-season test and has placed himself atop the podium twice in a row thus far in Qatar and Argentina – but will he manage to do so again in Austin?
The Circuit of the Americas in Austin is famous for being what is equivalent to Marc Marquez’s home turf. Marquez has absolutely destroyed every round he’s had at the circuit since it became part of the MotoGP World Championship rotation four years ago. However, thing aren’t as they were in the past.
Marquez has been clearly struggling to find the performance that he so desperately needs to challenge the Yamaha upstart – so much so that he crashed out in Argentina despite what started out as a superb race with him in pole position.
Despite this, it would appear that Marquez is eager to put the rubber to the road and the results of the last few races in the past as he looks back on his past victories at the Texan circuit:
“After the Argentina race, I’m happy to go to a track I love as much as Austin, although of course I would have preferred to arrive there in a better position. Anyway, another race weekend is about to start and we’ll give 100% to try to get our first podium this season.
I have great memories of Austin, and for me it’s one of the best venues on the race calendar. I like the layout of the track, as it has many different types of sections and corners and lots of elevation changes. I also love the “American” style, with all the fans enjoying the sport and the fun at the track, so let’s get back in action and see how it goes there.” – Marc Marquez
In addition to being on one of his favorite circuits, there also remains the possibility that the riders will have access to the new and harder front tire that Michelin has supplied. The tire was originally slated for delivery in Argentina, but a delay due to a transport workers strike saw the compound arrive too late to be deemed safe by the MotoGP safety commission.