Taking his first win of this season, Marc Marquez completed another perfect weekend at Circuit of the Americas. The Honda driver took victory in Austin for the fifth-straight time after starting from pole position. Meanwhile, Dani Pedrosa made it a double-podium finish for the Honda team, posting a solid third-place result after leading the early going.
— Marc Márquez (@marcmarquez93) 23 April 2017
“This was a crucial race because after Argentina it was important to come back in the best way, so we are really happy with this result”, Marc Marquez commented
“Although I won, it was difficult, because the temperature was much higher than on Saturday. Five minutes before the start, I said to my chief mechanic, ‘Okay, let’s use the hard tyre’ because I knew that I would push the medium front tyre a lot. In the beginning I was just trying to understand the limit because I hadn’t tried it a lot on Friday. I was behind Dani and when I saw that he was struggling a little bit and Valentino [Rossi] was challenging, I said, ‘Time to attack.’ I was able to win, and I’m happy to be back in the championship”, he added.
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Dani Pedrosa was also happy with his performance.
“We made some steps forward, and overall the weekend was positive. We made some good improvements from the last races, and also in practice we were higher up in the results. Qualifying still wasn’t as good as I’d have liked, but in the race we were able to get a good start and arrive first to turn one. It was the first time I’ve done that in a while, and I led the race for a few laps, which is good. In the end it was difficult to manage the front tyre. I could feel that the right side was finished, so I couldn’t prevent Valentino from passing me. After the crash in Argentina, I wanted to avoid losing the front, so I just tried to finish.”