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MotoGP, Austin: litmus test for Marc Marquez

Since beginning to race in MotoGP, number 93 has always won on American tracks, in Texas the podium is a Spanish-Italian affair

MotoGP: Austin: litmus test for Marc Marquez

It is too good a chance to let pass and Marc Marquez is well aware of this, because Austin is the right place to get back on track after his crash in Argentina. From 2013 to the present, the Honda rider has always finished on the top step of the podium here, proving to be unrivalled.

Now he dreams of doing it for the fifth time in a row. One thing is certain: there is a special bond between him and the United States, because since beginning to race in MotoGP, number 93 has won eight out of the eight rounds held in the land of Stars and Stripes. Four times in Texas, three in Indianapolis and one at Laguna Seca. Now he is chasing the ninth seal.

Looking at his rivals, the only riders who have won in America as of today are Valentino Rossi, Dani Pedrosa and Jorge Lorenzo. Keen to join them is certainly Maverick Viñales, fourth in 2016 ahead of his teammate Aleix Espargaró. In Texas, Ducati will also be in the limelight, consistently on the podium in the last three editions. In 2014, Andrea Dovizioso finished third and the year after he finished second, whereas in 2016 it was Andrea Iannone on the bottom step of the podium.

A curious point of interest: from 2013 to the present, only Spanish and Italian riders have finished on the podium at Austin in the premier class. Should we expect something different this time?

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Translated by Jonathan Blosser

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