MotoGP: Fourth straight win at COTA for Marquez
The way things are going, it looks like the only way to stop Marc Marquez from winning at the Circuit of the Americas is to drop the venue from the MotoGP calendar altogether. Texas became a part of the championship in 2013, and since then, Marquez has topped the time sheets in all but three sessions at the track - Sunday's warm-up being one of the three. He secured pole position for today's race - like he has for the last three years - and since he won all three races from pole, why should today have been any different?Okay, maybe Jorge Lorenzo's amazing start off the line caused a flutter of sorts in a few tummies, but that was all too brief. The world champion went into Turn 1 way too hot and ran wide, leaving the door open for Marquez to barge through. He would try once again at Turn 11, only to run wide once again and hand MM93 the lead. Andrea Dovizioso looked like he could play ball and get close to the hard-charging RC213V, but as it happened, an RC213V got uncomfortably close to Dovi. But we'll get to that.Marquez and Lorenzo's pit boards at the end of Lap 3 said the same thing\: Rossi out. Yes, for the first time in 25 races, Valentino failed to finish in the top five. Midway through Turn 2 at around 160kph, the front washed out without any warning whatsoever, Rossi's M1 careening into the barricade. The message for Rossi's most bitter rival was clear\: there's one less Yamaha for you to worry about. The message for Rossi's most bitter team-mate was clearer still\: just bring home the points, Jorge.To Andrea Dovizioso. Having been pushed out of second place by the only works Yamaha left on track, Dovi sat fairly comfortably in third, not exactly out of contention for second, and not exactly out of fourth-placed Dani Pedrosa's cross hairs. All seemed well for the Ducati man till Lap 7, which is when Pedrosa seemingly locked up the front on his RC213V, went into a tank-slapper and nearly T-boned the GP16. Fortunately, the bike missed Dovi by a whisker, or it could have resulted in a broken bone or four. Unfortunately for Dovizioso, he was robbed of a podium finish for the second time in two weeks. He's so short on luck right now, you'd imagine if he were running in 24th, he'd probably be taken out by Marquez while being lapped. Or suffer a bird strike... the bird being an ostrich.Andrea Iannone made sure he didn't crash out of yet another race, and, in the process, notched up his first podium finish, which could have been his third podium finish in as many races, had he not been impatient in Qatar, and utterly reckless in Termas de Rio Hondo. Maverick Vinales, having crashed out of a near-certain third place in Argentina, showed just why the big names in the paddock want him in their team for the future. He started the race from fourth place, dropped down to tenth at the end of Lap 1, but fought hard to take fourth.Marquez was riding a race all his own - no one in front of him, no one tailing him. His fastest lap came on Lap 11, effectively making a mockery of other riders's complaints about the track being slippery and whatnot. As many problems as it may have faced in pre-season testing, Honda seems to have finally got the formula right, with wonder boy Marquez leading the championship by 21 points. Dovizioso could have been breathing down his neck, but well, such is life in second place.Jerez in two weeks' time, people.