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After scoring a victory and a third place, respectively, in Argentina, Repsol Honda Team riders Marc Marquez and Dani Pedrosa quickly packed up to head to Austin for the Red Bull Grand Prix of the Americas, round 3 of the 2016 MotoGP World Championship.


Marc likes the track and have fond memories of it. He took his first premier-class victory at Austin in 2013, and he also won the following two years, even taking pole position on all three occasions. (He has actually won all the races held on U.S. soil since he joined the MotoGP ranks: three in Austin, three in Indianapolis and one at Laguna Seca).

Dani also likes the Texan track as he completed the 1-2 for Repsol Honda in 2013 and 2014, whereas he didn’t take part last year’s race due to having recently undergone surgery to fix arm-pump issues; he was substituted by HRC test rider Hiroshi Aoyama.

Marc Marquez
“We’ll see how we manage in Austin this year. It’s a track that I like, where I feel strong, and where I’ve always had good races and good fun. That said, the track rewards strong acceleration, which hasn’t been one of our strongest points so far this year, so we’ll have to wait and see how we can manage the situation. We’ll keep working hard, as we did in Argentina, and we’ll try to find the best pace for the Sunday race.”

Marc Marquez Statistics

Date of Birth 17/02/1993
Birthplace Lleida, (Catalonia) – Spain
Height 168 cm
Weight 59 kg
Hobbies Mountain Biking, Video games
Racing Number 93
First Race 1998 “Enduro per nens”
Grand Prix Debut 2008 125cc Portugal GP (KTM 125 FRR)
GPs raced 134
GP pole positions 59 (14 in 125cc, 14 in 250cc, 31 in MotoGP)
Total GP podiums 80 (14 x 125cc, 25 x Moto2, 41 x MotoGP)
Total GP wins 51 (10 x 125cc, 16 x Moto2, 25 x MotoGP)
First GP Win 2010 125cc Italian GP (Derbi RSA 125)
World titles 4 (1 x 125cc – 2010, 1 x Moto2 – 2012, 2 x MotoGP – 2013, 2014)
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Dani Pedrosa
“I’m looking forward to this round. There’s something special about the atmosphere of the American races, and besides, this is a track that I like very much. I didn’t make it here last year, but I made the podium the previous two seasons so the memories of the track are good. Our pace in the first two rounds hasn’t been as good as we would’ve liked, and we absolutely need to keep working to find some more speed; all in all, we’re third in the Championship, and we need to make a step forward if we want to fight for the podium at every race.”

Dani Pedrosa Statistics

Date of Birth 29/09/1985
Birthplace Sabadell, (Catalonia) – Spain
Height 160 cm
Weight 51kg
Hobbies Cycling, Motocross, Windsurfing, Cinema
Racing number 26
First race 1997 Pocket bike race
Grand Prix debut 2001. 125cc Japanese GP, Suzuka – (Honda RS125R)
GPs raced 246
GP pole positions 46 (9 in 125cc, 9 in 250cc, 28 in MotoGP)
Total GP podiums 142 (17 x 125cc, 24 x 250cc, 101 x MotoGP)
Total GP wins 51 (8 x 125cc, 15 x 250cc, 28 x MotoGP)
First GP win 2002. 125cc Dutch GP, Assen – (Honda RS125R)
World titles 3 (1 x 125cc – 2003, 2 x 250cc – 2004, 2005)
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Rider Standings

Pos. Rider Num Nation Points Team
Marc 93 SPA 41 Repsol Honda Team
Valentino 46 ITA 33 Movistar Yamaha MotoGP
Dani 26 SPA 27 Repsol Honda Team
Jorge 99 SPA 25 Movistar Yamaha MotoGP
Andrea 4 ITA 23 Ducati Team
Pol 44 SPA 19 Monster Yamaha Tech 3
Hector 8 SPA 18 Avintia Racing
Eugene 50 IRE 17 Aspar MotoGP Team
Bradley 38 GBR 16 Monster Yamaha Tech 3
Maverick 25 SPA 10 Team Suzuki Ecstar
Aleix 41 SPA 10 Team Suzuki Ecstar
Stefan 6 GER 9 Aprilia Racing Team Gresini
Alvaro 19 SPA 9 Aprilia Racing Team Gresini
Tito 53 SPA 8 Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS
Scott 45 GBR 6 Octo Pramac Racing
Michele 51 ITA 4 Ducati Team
Jack 43 AUS 2 Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS
Team Standings

Pos. Team Points
1 Repsol Honda Team 68
2 Movistar Yamaha MotoGP 58
3 Monster Yamaha Tech 3 35
4 Ducati Team 23
5 Team Suzuki Ecstar 20
6 Avintia Racing 18
7 Aprilia Racing Team Gresini 18
8 Aspar MotoGP Team 17
9 Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS 10
10 Octo Pramac Racing 6
Constructor Standings

Pos. Team Points
1 Yamaha 45
2 Honda 41
3 Ducati 33
4 Suzuki 15
5 Aprilia 12
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Location Information

The Circuit Of The Americas is the first purpose-built Grand Prix facility in the U.S. near Austin, Texas, with a 5.513km track and a capacity for 120,000 fans. Construction of the impressive 1000-acre facility was completed late in 2012, with MotoGP lining up at the track for the first time… read more.

Circuit Of The Americas
Length 5.513 kilometres / 3.426 miles
Width 15 metres
Left corners 11
Right corners 9
Longest straight 1.2 kilometres / 0.746 miles
Constructed 2012
Circuit Records

Pole Position 2m 02.135s (162.4 km/h) Marc Marquez (Honda, 2015)
Race Lap 2m 03.575s (160.6 km/h) Marc Marquez (Honda, 2014)
Race Time 43m 33.430s (158.9 km/h) Marc Marquez (Honda, 2014)
2015 Race Winner Marc Marquez (Honda)
9201 Circuit of the Americas Blvd Austin, TX 78617 – View in Google Maps


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Riccardo Tafà
Managing Director for RTR Sports, Riccardo graduated in law at the University of Bologna. He began his career in London in PR, then started working in two and four-wheelers. A brief move to Monaco followed before returning to Italy. There he founded RTR, first a consulting firm and then a sports marketing company which, eventually, he moved back to London.
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