The MotoGP Round 3 at COTA: Could someone dethrone Marquez?

The MotoGP contingent is ready for Round 3 at the Circuit of the Americas (COTA) in Austin, TX. This round is the final fly-away race before the European leg.

Marquez won the GP of Argentina last time round in a rather dominating way. But, the highlight of the race was the exciting battle between Valentino Rossi and Championship contender Andrea Dovizioso. Rossi came up tops in that one.

It won’t be easy for anyone as the COTA has proven to be a happy hunting ground for Marquez, who has. won all six MotoGP races at the Austin track. Marquez’s riding style and the strengths of the Honda RC213V have always excelled at the Americas GP. A warning shot for Dovizioso and the factory Yamaha riders.

Team mate Jorge Lorenzo is excited to see how he will perform on his new machine. After two races, with a deeper understanding of the bike, the former champion should get things started and challenge the top riders for a podium spot.

Rossi, after securing a hard-fought second place, currently holds third place in the standings and would love nothing more than to climb up the order after this weekend‘s race. He has had a couple of podiums at COTA in 2015 and 2017.

Yeam mate Maverick Vinales counts himself lucky to have escaped injury after an unfortunate crash in Argentina. Due to the incident he has dropped to 11th place in the rankings, but he arrives in the USA determined to put the experience behind him and get back on the podium at COTA, which he has visited frequently. His best finish at COTA in MotoGP was a runner-up spot, last year.

Dovizioso, who took a win and a third place this season so far, is currently second in the championship with 41 points to his tally and is keen to extend the podium streak to cut the gap from the lead, which is currently only four points.

Dovizioso scored his personal best result at COTA in 2015, when he finished second. He looks for a strong finish this season, with the speed and dependability of the GP11.

Team mate Danilo Petrucci, sixth in both races in 2019, is also determined to improve his personal statistics at Austin, where his best position at the finish is 8th (in 2017) and to continue his progress and get closer to the podium. 

The action kicks off with the practice sessions, followed by the qualifiers on Saturday and the race on Sunday.