MotoGP Returns to Texas for Race Three
There is a long history of Grand Prix racing in the USA, which is the home of world-famous tracks, such as Laguna Seca, Daytona and Indianapolis. The 5.5km Circuit of the Americas joined the MotoGP calendar in 2013, becoming an instant hit with riders and fans alike, thanks to its modern, innovative facilities and a capacity that can welcome 120,000 spectators.
The Circuit of the Americas became the first purpose-built Grand Prix facility in the USA, boasting distinctive features like a near 41-metre elevation change with an impressive incline at the end of the home-straight, followed by a sharp left.
Once again, current World Champion Marc Marquez will go into the race as a strong odds-on favourite, despite him still looking for his first win of the season. Italian Andrea Dovizioso is the 11/4 second-favourite to win in Texas, whilst Valentino Rossi is a long-price 9/1 third-favourite.
Will Cal Crutchlow Finally Make the Podium?
British rider Cal Crutchlow has made a fantastic start to his 2018 season, which sees him go into the Red Bull Grand Prix of the Americas leading the World Standings. He finished a decent fourth in the opening race in Qatar, before producing a brilliant win in Argentina last time out. He has never made the podium in Texas, but has finished fourth here on two occasions, in 2013 (the first race at the track) and again last year. He could easily better that performance to take a top-3 position and looks a very tempting each-way bet at odds of 12/1.
Andrea Dovizioso won the season’s opening race in Qatar but could only finish down in sixth in Argentina. He has made the podium twice at the Circuit of the Americas, finishing third in 2014, before a second-place finish in 2015. Since then, he has failed to trouble the top-3 places but cannot be written off here.
Frenchman Johan Zarco sits third in the World Standings after a second-place finish in Argentina two weeks ago, but he finished down in eighth in the season’s opening race in Qatar. He has never made the podium in Texas, with his best result a fifth-placed position last year. Can he bring his form from Argentina into this race to get a top-3 finish?
Marc Marquez made a good enough start in defending his title when he finished second in Qatar. However, he had a race to forget in Argentina, finishing well down in 18th place. He goes into this race as a strong odds-on favourite and it is easy to see why. Since the Circuit of the Americas was added to the MotoGP calendar in 2013, Marquez has raced here each year and remains unbeaten – an incredible achievement to win five straight races. Would you bet against him making it six out of six?
Sports.net's Top Tip
Marc Marquez is the obvious pick to win in Texas due to his incredible form and results at the track. He is sure to be pushed all the way by the likes of Andrea Dovizioso and Cal Crutchlow.
Dani Pedrosa failed to even finish the first-lap in Argentina last time out, so it might seem surprising that he’ll come to the USA in confident mood. He has been the rider over the years to threaten Marquez’s dominance in Texas the most, finishing second in 2013 and 2014, before a third-place finish in 2017. He obviously enjoys this track and at odds of 25/1 looks a very tempting each-way bet.
*Please note, odds may fluctuate.