Following a wild race in Argentina, MotoGP’s third stop of the season at Circuit of The Americas was much tamer, almost predictable. Officials might as well dub the Texas track Marc Márquez’s house because the Repsol Honda rider has the place dialed.
Márquez’s only black mark in six years of competition at COTA was his demotion three grid spots from pole position because he got in the way of fellow Spaniard Maverick Viñales during Saturday afternoon’s final qualifying.
Márquez kept his record in Texas perfect (10 straight wins in America), but that doesn’t mean the weekend wasn’t without drama. There was carryover chatter related to the madness in Argentina, lots of silly-season talk and, of course, the aforementioned qualifying fiasco.
So much happens off the racetrack, but rather than focusing on that, I opted to aim my lens instead at the only US stop on the MotoGP calendar.