MOTORSPORT: Marc Marquez's love affair with Austin Texas has continued with the three-time MotoGP world champion claiming his fifth successive Grand Prix of the Americas victory.
It was 38-year-old Italian great Valentino Rossi who surged into the championship lead, however after finishing runner-up, three seconds behind Marquez.
Marquez, who had crashed out in Argentina two weeks ago, battled with Honda teammate and countryman Dani Pedrosa for six laps at the Circuit of the Americas before pulling away.
"We needed this," Marquez said. "It was an important weekend. I felt pressure ... (Now) we can fight for the championship."
Yamaha teammate Maverick Vinales, winner of the season's first two races, crashed out on the second lap.
The Italian now has 56 points after three races with Vinales on 50 and Marquez moving up to third on 38.
Rossi had been handed a 0.3 second penalty for gaining an advantage by cutting the track on lap seven but made sure that was of no consequence by passing Pedrosa for second place on lap 19 and finishing more than two seconds clear.
"I'm very happy we're at the top. It's a big surprise," Rossi said.
The MotoGP now heads to Europe for the next 11 races, starting May 7 in Jerez, Spain.
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