MotoGP Americas GP: Maverick Vinales Creates History with COTA Win, Marquez Crashes Yet Again

As COTA specialist Marc Marquez crashed from the lead, Aprilia MotoGP rider Maverick Vinales won at the Circuit of the Americas.

By Divyam Dubey | on April 15, 2024 Follow us on Autox Google News

In a stunning turn of events at the Americas GP, Maverick Vinales staged a remarkable comeback, seizing victory for Aprilia after starting from eleventh place. This triumph marked his first Sunday win for the Aprilia MotoGP team and his third MotoGP victory for a third different brand  a feat unparalleled in the sport's history. Facing adversity from the start, Vinales was down to eleventh position after he started from pole. Undeterred, he fought his way through the pack, crossing the finish line 1.728 seconds ahead of his closest rival. The race witnessed Vinales outdueling Tech3 rookie Pedro Acosta. Additionally, a late surge saw him overtake Enea Bastianini, denying Jorge Martin a podium finish. Notably, the absence of Marc Marquez, a dominant force at COTA with seven previous wins, added to the drama as he crashed out of the competition on lap 11. Meanwhile, Francesco Bagnaia endured a challenging race, finishing in fifth place despite numerous hurdles.

MotoGP Americas GP: Race Result

Despite an incident that briefly dropped him to second, Marquez swiftly manoeuvred past Martin on the same lap, seizing the position on the final turn. The next challenge was rookie sensation Acosta, who successfully defended against Vinales' advance on the back straight. However, Vinales, riding for Aprilia, executed a decisive move on the subsequent lap, claiming the lead with a bold block pass on the back straight.

MotoGP Enea Bastianini

Although Acosta briefly hinted at a resurgence in the closing stages, he ultimately settled for a career-best second-place finish, unable to match Vinales thereafter. Despite a determined effort by Martin, Vinales overtook him on the penultimate lap on the back straight.

After COTA, Bagnaia would secure fifth place in the championship if he maintains his current position. Among the Ducati riders from the previous year, Di Giannantonio of VR46 claimed sixth place, followed by Aleix Espargaro from Vinales' team, Marco Bezzecchi from Di Giannantonio's team, and Brad Binder from KTM RC16, who trailed an impressive Acosta by thirteen seconds. Trackhouse Aprilia's inaugural home grand prix was a top-ten finish thanks to Raul Fernandez. It was also the first MotoGP race since the Liberty Media deal with Dorna for MotoGP rights.

Pos Rider Team Time
1 Maverick Vinales Aprilia Racing 41m 9.503s
2 Pedro Acosta Red Bull GASGAS Tech3 +1.728s
3 Enea Bastianini Ducati Lenovo +2.703s
4 Jorge Martin Pramac Ducati +4.690s
5 Francesco Bagnaia Ducati Lenovo +7.392s
6 Fabio Di Giannantonio VR46 Ducati +9.980s
7 Aleix Espargaro Aprilia Racing +12.208s
8 Marco Bezzecchi VR46 Ducati +13.343s
9 Brad Binder Red Bull KTM +14.931s
10 Raul Fernandez Trackhouse Aprilia +16.656s
11 Miguel Oliveira Trackhouse Aprilia +18.542s
12 Fabio Quartararo Monster Yamaha +22.899s
13 Jack Miller Red Bull KTM +24.011s
14 Augusto Fernandez Red Bull GASGAS Tech3 +27.652s
15 Alex Marquez Gresini Ducati +32.855s
16 Luca Marini Repsol Honda +33.529s
17 Marc Marquez Gresini Ducati DNF
18 Alex Rins Monster Yamaha DNF
19 Joan Mir Repsol Honda DNF
20 Franco Morbidelli Pramac Ducati DNF
21 Takaaki Nakagami LCR Honda DNF
22 Johann Zarco LCR Honda DNF

Aleix Marquez also crashed but remounted his bike to finish fifteenth, while Fabio Quartararo, fresh from finalizing a new two-year deal with Yamaha, finished twelfth.

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