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24 April 2018, 03:37 | Lionel James
Marco Bezzecchi does a wheelie at the end of the Moto3 in Argentina
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The Yamaha rider was hard to catch up post that until the end of the race. Yesterday I was a bit ill, and even today I didn't feel I had ideal energy, but it turned out to be a good race anyway - a lonely one, but sometimes it goes like that.
"I know that Marquez and Maverick were a bit stronger, I hoped I'd be fast enough to fight for the podium with Iannone, but Andrea was faster than me so I was not able to arrive and attack". Last night when I was going to sleep, I thought about the strategy, and today I followed it. I told the team that I wanted to try to lead the race from the beginning and pull a gap. There was a lot of pressure, but I like the pressure, as it helps to keep focused. He also grabbed an American flag for a victory lap to honor Nicky Hayden, the American 2006 MotoGP champion who died in 2017 when he was hit by a vehicle while training on his bicycle in Italy. Back on track and racing just over a week after surgery on his broken wrist sustained in the Argentina GP, he rode a heroic push through the pain barrier around the punishing, technical challenge of the Circuit of The Americas, taking home nine points ahead of the championship's return to one of his best venues: Jerez.
"It was a good weekend because we were always in the top five", said the 39-year-old.
In truth the American round was a largely uneventful affair with most of the riders spread out around the long circuit.
Despite a penalty that cost him three positions at the start of the race on Sunday, he sped forward, slipping by Maverick Viales (Yamaha YZR M1) and France's Johann Zarco (Yamaha YZR M1), reports Efe. The Coventry rider remounted and finished the race, albeit out of the points, but at least had the consolation of knowing that his lap times were comparable to the podium finishers.
A bolt off his starting line saw Marquez muscle past Vinales and into second behind Suzuki's Andrea Iannone of Italy by the first turn. Crutchlow and Zarco are also both in the mix, just three points behind the Movistar Yamaha.
The reigning MotoGP world champion endured a nightmare in the Argentine Grand Prix last time out, finishing 18th after being hit with penalties for crashing into Valentino Rossi, making contact with Aleix Espargaro and delaying the start.
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