Make that cinco for Marc Marquez…
The 24-year-old Spanish Grand Prix motorcycle road racer, a three-time MotoGP world champion, won his fifth consecutive MotoGP Grand Prix of the Americas on Sunday.
Marquez earned his 30th career MotoGP win and his ninth in a row on American soil dating back to 2013.
The victory also gets the Repsol Honda rider back into the season title chase. Movistar Yamaha‘s Maverick Vinales, who won the first two races of the year, crashed early and didn’t finish. With Vinales out, teammate Valentino Rossi took over the top spot with a second-place finish that made him the points leader as the series heads to Europe.
Marquez started from pole position. Repsol Honda’s Dani Pedrosa grabbed the early lead through the first turn and held it until Marquez passed him with 13 laps to go in the 21-lap race.
Marquez has started from pole position in each of his Texas wins and has rarely faced a challenge to the checkered flag.
Rossi leads the season title chase with 56 points, six ahead of Vinales. Rossi, 38, has seven career MotoGP championships but none since 2009.