Marquez has utterly dominated the Austin round since it joined the world championship four years ago, winning each race from pole position. But he arrives at the 2017 event with only a fourth-place to his name from the opening rounds.
On the back foot after his worst start to a MotoGP season, the last thing reigning triple champion Marc Marquez needs is for Maverick Vinales to trample over his perfect COTA record this weekend.
“After the Argentina race, I’m happy to go to a track I love as much as Austin, although of course I would have preferred to arrive there in a better position. Anyway, another race weekend is about to start and we’ll give 100% to try to get our first podium this season. I have great memories of Austin, and for me it’s one of the best venues on the race calendar. I like the layout of the track, as it has many different types of sections and corners and lots of elevation changes. I also love the “American” style, with all the fans enjoying the sport and the fun at the track, so let’s get back in action and see how it goes there.”
For now, the Spanish star would only admit to podium aspirations…