MotoGP racing is landing on the shores of the USA soon with the Red Bull Grand Prix of the Americas arriving at the Circuit of The Americas in Austin, Texas on April 11-13. Get set for awe-inspiring action and speeds as Repsol Honda riders Marc Marquez—the reigning MotoGP champ—and Dani Pedrosa lead the charge competing on the premier Honda RC213V.
CoTA was very good to Marquez last year as he dominated the race, and then later went on to capture the other two U.S. MotoGP rounds at Indianapolis Motor Speedway and Laguna Seca. His incredible run of success netted him the MotoGP championship in his rookie year—the youngest rider to do so since Freddie Spencer grabbed that same honor on a Honda early in his GP racing career in 1983. Marquez’s title extended Honda’s incredible record in World Championship GP races: 62 Constructor’s World titles and 667 victories in all classes—far more than any other brand.
The factory Honda riders are primed for success once again in 2014, but not without some challenges. Marquez dominated the first round of pre-season tests at Sepang in Malaysia, but then suffered a leg fracture in a crash while training. He missed the next tests under doctors’ orders, to facilitate a strong recovery for the start of the new season. In the meantime, teammate Pedrosa has performed extremely well in the testing process, finding those vital set-up combinations that will lead to race-day success when the lights go green. Faced with an incredibly hectic test schedule, Pedrosa completed more than 500 laps in nine days of testing, logging vital information that will serve well all season long. All that work paid off handsomely; he is happy with the bike and feels ready for the racing to get underway. Also racing aboard satellite RC213Vs will be LCR Honda’s Stefan Bradl and GO&FUN Honda Gresini rider Alvaro Bautista.
In addition to the potent RC213V, Honda has added a new element for 2014 within the inaugural Open Class MotoGP category: four new Honda RCV1000R customer machines. Leading the charge in this developmental class is America’s favorite road race son, Nicky Hayden, who has returned to the Honda fold where he won the MotoGP crown in 2006. Look for him aboard the Drive M7 Aspar Honda team, spearheading the new Honda challenge and joined by teammate Hiroshi Aoyama. GO&FUN Honda Gresini will put a RCV1000R under class rookie Scott Redding, and Karel Abraham will ride another for Cardion AB Motoracing Honda.
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