Changing of the Guard in MotoGP

MotoGP is a fascinating sport. It is dominated by a few, but adored by many millions around the globe. Sometimes drawing more crowds to a race than the four wheeled Grand Prix cars do. Austin’s Circuit of the Americas played host to it’s first race weekend last November for the second to last round of the Formula One championship.  Five short months later, the Grand Prix bikes had their chance at the massive 3.4 mile Texas behemoth for round two of the MotoGP World Championship.

As in any sport, there are athletes who come in and dominate. They win, or have a chance of winning almost every weekend. But there is a new kid in town that seems to have shaken up the old guard. And this kid is INCREDIBLY talented. His name is Marc Marquez. He is a 20 year old rookie in the GP class but has already jumped onto a race winning Honda factory bike.  The minute pitlane opened and the track went hot, fresh faced rookie Marc Marquez was absolutely swinging off his bike. He stuck it to the far more experienced riders from the word go and topped nearly every session.

On Saturday Marquez made history as the youngest ever pole sitter for the GP class bikes. 24 hours later, he was the youngest ever winner of a MotoGP race. His smile said it all. And the looks on his rival’s faces said just as much.

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Special thanks to Rizzo, Scott, Andrew, Jensen, Arrick, Kevin, Kerri, Garrett, Lacey, COTA’s friendly staff, the photo shuttle drivers, MotoGP and DORNA. You made it a fun and successful weekend and made me me feel right at home in the motogp press room.