- April 23, 2017
The Texas showdown between reigning champ Marc Marquez (Honda) and the winner of the first two rounds, Maverick Viñales (Yamaha), will have to wait. After sparing with one another all weekend during practice and qualifying, Viñales crashed out of the race today after just a couple of laps, leaving Marquez to take his fifth consecutive MotoGP victory at COTA.
The closest rival to Marquez was teammate Dani Pedrosa, who swapped the lead with Marquez a couple of times during the middle stages of the race. Pedrosa’s tires seemed to go away in the last few laps, however, and he had to settle for third place behind Yamaha’s Valentino Rossi.
Rewarded for his consistency this year (podiums, but not wins), Rossi took over the championship points lead from Viñales, who now sits second. You can find the full race results here. Visit the MotoGP site for additional details and points.
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