Marc Marquez is simply the king of Austin, a title he has rightly earned: over six editions of the Grand Prix of the Americas, he was won six times, also scoring the same number of pole positions, and setting the fastest lap on five of those occasions. A level of domination that no one has been able to do anything about as yet.
If we add the fact that Magic Marquez arrives in Texas having won at Termas de Rio Hondo, it's easy to see how he is the man to beat, no ifs or buts. His rivals will need to take drastic action, or Marc's track record will only increase come Sunday.
“We only had a short time to relax between races but I am ready to go again - says Marquez - COTA is one of my favourite tracks; these counter-clockwise circuits always seem to suit my style the best."
The world champion is not taking anything for granted though. In MotoGP, a brief loss of concentration can be enough to turn a triumph into a disaster.
"Although we have achieved a lot of success here in the past, we will work as we always do from Free Practice 1 and remain focused. Every year when you go to a track there are new things to understand and adapt to.”
LORENZO: "I'M MAKING PROGRESS EVEN IF THE RESULTS DON'T SHOW IT"
While everything's well with Marquez, Lorenzo is still struggling on the Honda. His physical problems conditioned his season start, while a few mistakes have done the rest. Jorge is not one to give up though, in fact he's convinced there's light at the end of the tunnel.
“After the disappointment in Argentina I am ready to get back out on track and ride again. The result didn’t show it, but we made good progress last time and we are understanding the bike more and more.
He needs to take another step forward though, and Austin might be just the place.
"When the conditions offer grip, I feel very strong on the Honda – the team and I just need more time riding to understand how to have this strong feeling when the grip is less” he concludes.