Both Marc Marquez and Jorge Lorenzo leave the Americas GP pointless after a double DNF while fighting at the front.
A chilly, but dry, morning Warm Up session soon gave way to 39ºC track temperature as the MotoGP World Championship lined up for the 20-lap race. Leaving his braking late, pole-setter Marc Marquez led into and through Turn 1, steadily building his lead each lap. An error into Turn 12 on Lap 9 caused Marquez to lose the front of his RC213V, unable to restart his machine he was forced to retire. Marquez was unharmed in the fall.
Starting 11th, Jorge Lorenzo did his best to maintain his position in the opening laps. Lap 5 saw Lorenzo find his rhythm and commence his march forward, quickly making up several positions. Looking comfortable on his RC213V in tenth, Lorenzo was closing in on Bagnaia in ninth when he encountered a problem and was forced to retire. The issue was unrelated to the one suffered by Lorenzo on Saturday and HRC are investigating the issue.
The Gran Premio Red Bull de España at the iconic Jerez circuit, May 3 – 5, offers the Repsol Honda Team a chance to return to fighting at the front. Marquez and Lorenzo have taken 14 premier class podiums, including five wins, between them on their previous visits to the Spanish track.
Good news for GP fans, the provisional Moto GP 2019 calendar has been released.
||Losail International Circuit
||10th MARCH *
||Termas de Rio Hondo
||Circuit of the Americas
||Circuito de Jerez-Ángel Nieto
||Autodromo di Mugello
||Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya
||TT Circuit Assen
||Red Bull Ring – Spielberg
||SAN MARINO GP
||Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli
||Chang International Circuit
||Twin Ring Motegi
||Phillip Island Circuit
||Sepang International Circuit
||Circuit Ricardo Tormo
* Evening race
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Credit: MotoGP News