Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda Team) initially fought it out with team-mate Dani Pedrosa for victory in the Red Bull Grand Prix of the Americas, before being able to break clear to take his stunning fifth win in a row in Austin – his 11th straight win on US soil. Valentino Rossi (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP) then put on a late charge to take second and the lead in the championship. Pedrosa completed the Texas podium, while former championship leader Maverick Viñales crashed out.
As for the British riders, Cal Crutchlow continued his great form by finishing fourth, Scott Redding was 12th and Bradley Smith 18th. Sam Lowes crashed out with ten laps remaining. Scotsman John McPhee leaves Texas in third place in the Moto3™ points standings after finishing seventh on the British Talent Team Honda, but former Austin winner Danny Kent did not start the Moto2™ race after pinching a nerve in his back.
Pedrosa made an absolutely stunning swoop around the outside from the second row to lead the MotoGP™ race through Turn 1, with Marquez and Rossi in hot pursuit.
Jorge Lorenzo (Ducati Team) got a great launch from P6 to overtake Maverick Viñales (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP), and the two men dueled it out until Johann Zarco (Monster Yamaha Tech 3) got into the action and followed Viñales past the Mallorcan. After two wins from two in the first races of the season, Viñales then suddenly slid out of contention at Turn 18 – lowsiding safely, but out of the fight for victory and taking home a 0 for the first time since Argentina 2016.
Cal Crutchlow (LCR Honda) had moved up from his P9 on the grid to take the factory Ducati duo for fifth behind rookie sensation Johann Zarco (Monster Yamaha Tech 3), with Andrea Dovizioso getting the best of Lorenzo to move into sixth.
A moment between Zarco and Rossi then saw the ‘Doctor’ taking to the run off as the rookie attempted a move, rejoining a little further ahead and subsequently receiving a 0.3 second penalty for time gained, to be applied at the end of the race.
It was then the Repsol Hondas’ time to duel, as Marquez and Pedrosa diced for the lead and the number 93 was able to begin pulling away with 13 laps to go.
As the last laps approached, Crutchlow dueled Zarco for fourth to come home top Independent Team rider ahead of the rookie, as Rossi struck against Pedrosa to take third. Andrea Iannone (Team Suzuki Ecstar) also got in some late action, making it past Lorenzo and the Italian crossing the line for his first points haul of the season in P7.
Danilo Petrucci (Octo Pramac Racing) also made it past a Lorenzo struggling with grip to take eighth, with the five-time World Champion crossing the line in P9, as Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS rider Jack Miller just beat rookie Jonas Folger (Monster Yamaha tech 3) to complete the top ten – fulfilling his goal for 2017 in the first three races of the season.
Second Octo Pramac Racing rider Scott Redding came home in P12, with Tito Rabat (Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS) scoring points once again ahead of Hector Barbera (Reale Avintia Racing) and Alvaro Bautista (Pull&Bear Aspar Team).
Pole-sitter Franco Morbidelli (EG 0,0 Marc VDS) took a third win in a row this season in Moto2™, while Romano Fenati (Marinelli Rivacold Snipers) took a stunning four second win in the Moto3™ race.