10 Photos From Texas MotoGP Pit Lane

Pageantry and personalities at Circuit of The Americas

Pageantry and personalities at Circuit of The Americas

10 Photos From Texas MotoGP Pit LaneAndrea Wilson

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.

Marc Márquez on the starting grid at Circuit of The Americas. It’s not easy being booed…Andrea Wilson
What’s more motivating than the thought of losing your job? Rumors leading up to the Sunday’s Grand Prix of The Americas had quite a few names on a list to take Andrea Iannone’s factory seat at Suzuki. The Italian responded with a front-row start and a third-place finish.Andrea Wilson
Márquez’s brother, Alex, earned pole position for the Moto2 race.Andrea Wilson
MotoGP inducted a new legend at COTA, four-time 500cc Grand Prix championship runner-up Randy Mamola.Andrea Wilson
The Texas Tornado rides again. MotoGP star Colin Edwards took the FIM Enel MotoE World Cup bike for a spin in front of his home crowd.Andrea Wilson
Five-time world champion Jorge Lorenzo has yet to find the top step on the MotoGP podium with Ducati.Andrea Wilson
Movistar Yamaha’s Maverick Viñales (left) and Iannone (right) got the boost both men needed with podium finishes in Texas.Andrea Wilson
Reversal of fortune: Team Ecstar Suzuki rider Alex Rins went from podium glory in Argentina to crashing out of the MotoGP race at COTA.Andrea Wilson
Australian Jack Miller battled track conditions earlier in the weekend, but the Alma Pramac rider nevertheless scored his sixth consecutive top-10 race finish.Andrea Wilson
Gone but not forgotten: 2006 MotoGP World Champion Nicky Hayden was on everyone’s mind at the Grand Prix of The Americas.Andrea Wilson