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MotoGP Austin: Marquez strolls to sixth straight win

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Reigning MotoGP World Champion Marc Marquez made up for his Argentina misdemeanors in the best possible way at Austin, strolling unhindered to a sixth straight win at the Texas track after despatching the challenge of Andrea Iannone on lap one.

Marquez, in his 93rd GP, got into turn one in second place from row two, stalked the Ecstar Suzuki man for ten corners before passing the Italian into turn 12. Iannone tried to fight back two laps later, passing but running wide at turn 11, before Marquez nailed a move and promptly buggered off into the distance, never to be seen again.

Iannone was left to fight off the attentions of the Movistar Yamaha duo and did 50 per cent of the job as Maverick Vinales stuck a pass on him with 14 left to go and upped his pace to go away but by then, Marquez was already four seconds up the road.

Valentino Rossi who, like his team-mate, chose the medium rear tyre couldn’t do anything about the hard rear-equipped Suzuki man and he crossed the line in a lonely fourth place.

Andrea Dovizioso picked up the championship lead by one point after slowly picking his way up to fifth place as Britain’s Cal Crutchlow failed to stay on his LCR Honda, going down at the last corner with 13 left to run. Crutchlow had run wide twice at turn 12 and then asked too much of his medium front Michelin.

Heroic Dani Pedrosa completed 400 corners with his broken wrist to finish in seventh place, one behind Johann Zarco while Jack Miller claimed ninth place after shoving his way past Jorge Lorenzo, who had another disaster.

The former champion was also passed by Tito Rabat and Aleix Espargaro, and ended his day in 11th, while Rabat went on to steal eighth from Miller. Danilo Petrucci, Pol Espargaro, Taka Nakagami and Alvaro Bautista compled the top 15.

Bradley Smith and Scott Redding were next along with Luthi finishing ahead of Crutchlow after he re-mounted – he was also given a 2.7s penalty for cutting a corner.

Franco Morbidelli ended his day behind Xavier Simeon while Alex Rins and Hafizh Syharin both crashed. Karel Abraham retired with his qualifying injuries.

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Assen WorldSBK: Sykes turns personal issues into winning pace

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Kawasaki’s Tom Sykes has been battered by the effects of a triple-title-winning team-mate for three years and personal issues for what he says is about 18-months, but at Assen all the possible negativity was transformed into a race win that Sykes feels he could have had on Saturday.

His pace on both days was race-winning but his early laps and then his final laps on day one were not.
Grinning after winning, and almost tearfully happy, he explained why his nearly-there day one became an emphatic Sykes party day 24 hours later.

“I got into bed last night and I was disappointed with Saturday’s race,” Sykes told bikesportnews.com. “Even my team manager said, “why did you not pass Davies?” Because it was quite impossible – but we saw that today with Krummenacher in WorldSSP. He was about eight tenths faster but when he got to the leaders there it was difficult to pass, he finished second but had the speed to win by a long way.”

The negativity of his problems in his personal life were also used to good effect at Assen, for a change it seems.

“I changed nothing on my bike since Saturday,” said Sykes. “I have had a little bit of a personal battle recently and most of the secret was releasing this back into the race. We have had race winning performance at all the rounds this year. I proved to myself and some other people that the speed is not in doubt.”

He continued on the same theme as he explained how he won with such endless, crushing pace, with no rivals really interfering with his plan for all 21-laps.

“I have not had an easy time in the last 18 months or so,” confirmed Sykes. “Unfortunately in a battle the bike is not behaving how it should be, and I have said to the press that on a clear track it would be different – but people do not believe this outside of racing, or whatever. Last night I knew a little bit of the magic was there.

“I was amazed to see the gap on the pitboard in race two and I am very happy for this today. It is quite emotional and I was quite silent on the slowing down lap for a while, for a number of reasons, both professional and personal. Such a fantastic win especially in Jonathan Rea’s back garden. Really emotional.”

After having to play second fiddle to Rea on track, Sykes also thinks this race could change a few more minds about him closer to home. “Sometimes I am not happy with some of the comments inside the Kawasaki Racing Team, that perhaps come to me about my riding,” said Sykes. “But like I said today, on this Assen circuit that is Jonathan’s circuit, we can out some of those doubters back in the box.”

Sykes was rueful about his missed chance on Saturday, but said a start off the front row then may have been enough for him to make it two. “This weekend could have been and should have been a double,” he said, before explaining why he was not on the first grid row.

“But it is a chain of events. Rinaldi was an absolute dickhead in qualifying. Both of us could have missed both races. On data I was only a tenth off Jonathan, which could have been a front row start and influenced yesterday’s race result. But it is what it is. Today has made up for it.”

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