MOTO GP : Marquez cruises to win in Texas, Crutchlow crashes out

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GettyMarc Marquez collided with Valentino Rossi round the bend

The Americas GP also marked back-to-back podium finishes for Suzuki, with Andrea Iannone (Team Suzuki Ecstar) putting in an impressive push from the front row to take third and his first rostrum finish of the season - and first rostrum with the Hamamatsu factory. Movistar Yamaha's Maverick Vinales is slated to start Sunday's race from 2nd. The reigning world champion proved his dominance for the sixth time in Austin crossing the chequered flag with a lead of 3.5s. Marquez has won the Texas race the last five years with a pace that has often left Rossi well back in the distance.

Iannone blitzed his fellow front row starters to lead in Turn 1, but Marquez was already on his back wheel. "I tried to ride like I did in the early 2017 races and I succeeded".

Meanwhile, Iannone fended off competition from Yamaha's Valentino Rossi who couldn't get past his teammate in the initial stages and had to settle for fourth.

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The world's focus on the Marquez-Rossi drama in the lead up to this weekend's race has somewhat overshadowed Britain's Cal Crutchlow's win in Argentina which gave him the lead in the championship.

Rossi came home fourth, with Dovizioso taking fifth after a particularly hard weekend. France's Johann Zarco said the feud threatens to overtake MotoGP when there is good racing throughout the grid. Completing the top ten in the race were Tito Rabat, Jack Miller and Aleix Esparagaro.

Lorenzo had to be content with 11th, one place clear of the second Pramac machine of Danilo Petrucci.

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Bradley Smith brought home his KTM in 16th ahead of Scott Redding and Tom Luthi, while Crutchlow clawed his way up to 19th ahead of Xavier Simeon and Franco Morbidelli - the only other finishers - despite a time penalty for cutting the circuit late in the race. Alex Rins and Hafizh Syahrin crashed in the opening half of the race, while Karel Abraham was forced to retire due to pain in his wrist from his qualifying crash.

It means Dovizioso retakes the lead of the championship by a single point from Marquez, with Vinales just five behind in third. Maverick Vinales is not too far behind with 41 points, while last race victor Cal Crutchlow is fourth at 38 point - he made no improvements today and finished outside of points.

Britain s Cal Crutchlow, a victor earlier this month in Argentina to seize the season drivers points lead entering the season s third race, was fifth on his Honda in 2:05.088.

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