Following the exotic start to the season in Qatar, the MotoGP World Championship heads to round two: The Grand Prix of The Americas. Dani Pedrosa and Marc Marquez return to the track at which they had a positive test just one month ago a track to which Alex Rins and Alex Marquez will strive to adapt as quickly as possible.
The race will be held at the Circuit of The Americas, near Austin, Texas, in the American South, and the Repsol riders go there after claiming third and fourth place in MotoGP through Marc Marquez and Dani Pedrosa and in the Moto3 class courtesy of Alex Rins and Alex Marquez in the season opener. The action begins on Friday with the first free practice sessions, will continue on Saturday with the fight for pole and conclude on Sunday with the second race of the year.
“Qatar was not the start we expected, but I know what the issue was so it’s clear for the next race. We were in Austin just over a month ago and I’m sure this will be useful for us as we have a base setting, there are a lot of tight corners at this track and the pace changes from section to section. However, the track will be quite different with so many more bikes there and much more rubber laid down, so hope the bike will still work well.”
“To arrive on the podium in my first race was a dream come true, but now we must face the reality and focus on the job at hand. I am looking forward to going to Austin, it will be interesting as we have already been there testing and we found a good base set up. But we will see because it will be a different scenario with more rubber on the track and the conditions will change. We will concentrate on our work and our own agenda to prepare ourselves in the best possible way for the race.”
“We are highly motivated heading to Austin, after the good performance we had in Qatar. With it being a new circuit, we will have to use the same strategy that we used last year when he did not know the tracks. What we have seen is that it is a very long layout and very hard, with many ups and downs and chicanes. We are eager to do a good job there.”
“Austin is a new track for everyone. We arrive there off a good weekend in Qatar, at what was a new circuit for me. We’ll try and keep going in the same direction, learning step-by-step as we did in Qatar. Also, my brother has told me some things about the track and I have studied it on the Xbox. Now it’s time to get to Texas and learn the entire layout, with all its slopes, on the bike.”