This weekend’s meeting in Austin not only represents the fourth round of the 2022 MotoGP World Championship, but also the 500th Grand Prix of the Racing Together era. The partnership between the FIM, IRTA, MSMA and Dorna Sports has allowed motorcycle racing to reach new audiences and continue to grow since their very first GP together in 1992 at Suzuka…
The recently retired MotoGP legend Valentino Rossic leads the Racing Together era with nine championships: one title in the 125cc, 250cc and 500cc classes and six MotoGP crowns. Mark Marquez (Repsol Honda Team) is not far behind with eight crowns a 125cc, a Moto2 and six MotoGP.
The dazzling streak of five consecutive crowns from Mick Doohan from 1994 to 1998 made him the most decorated 500cc champion of the era and one of the riders with the third most titles, along with Jorge Lorenzo† The future Spanish MotoGP legend has two 250cc crowns and three MotoGP world championships. Casey Stoner and Valentino Rossic are the only two drivers to win top-class titles with two different factories.
MotoGP returns to the Circuit of the Americas (COTA) for the ninth time. Until 2019, the circuit has hosted the GP of the Americas for seven years in a row. The 2020 GP of the Americas was canceled due to the Covid-19 pandemic and the competition returned in 2021.
Honda is the most successful constructor with seven wins, all with Márquez. Mark Marquez qualified on pole position in seven of the eight MotoGP races held in Austin. He won seven from 2013 to 2018, but fell in 2019 while leading the race, before winning again in 2021. Mark Marquez won 11 of his 12 MotoGP races in America: seven at Austin, three at Indianapolis and once at Laguna Seca in 2013.
Marc Marquez couldn’t miss Austin
The only pilots in MotoGP who have won in the category on all US circuits are Mark Marquez and Alex Rins† The only driver other than Mark Marquez to be qualified in pole position at the COTA is Pecco Bagnaia last year. Only twice in those 12 MotoGP appearances in the US has Marquez failed to qualify on pole: Laguna Seca in 2013 when he qualified second ahead of Stefan Bradl and in 2021 when he qualified third. He qualified from pole position in 2018 at COTA but started from fourth after a grid penalty after Q2. We understand why the eight-time world champion didn’t want to don’t miss this appointment after his new diplopia after his violent fall in Indonesia that excluded him from the last Argentine encounter…
What will this fourth round of a season hold for us in which nine MotoGP riders have already made it to the podium? To find out, you don’t have to miss any appointments, so here’s this Friday’s program…
MotoGP Austin: the program
Friday April 8 †