2014 Recap – Round 2 Grand Prix of the Americas

The second round of the 2014 MotoGP season saw the paddock travel West to the Grand Prix of the Americas in Austin, Texas. The circuit has quickly become a favourite of riders, teams and spectators.

COTA season review 2014 (15)Stefan Bradl started his season strongly with a front row in COTA backing up his pace in Qatar. The German wouldn’t be able to sustain this type of performance over the course of the year and after three years with LCR his lack of results would see him replaced by Cal Crutchlow for 2015.

COTA season review 2014 (7)The only time that Lorenzo had a clear track in front of him at COTA was at the start when he inexplicably jumped the lights. Afterwards Lorenzo would say that he had been distracted by flies on his helmet visor but it’s far more likely that he was distracted by a large ant sporting a number 93…

COTA season review 2014 (8)Marquez was dominant once again in Texas with the Spaniard crusing to victory with a four second margin to his teammate, Dani Pedrosa

COTA season review 2014 (4)COTA would be a critical race for Cal Crutchlow with a heavy crash, that the Englishman admitted was probably the worst of his career, leaving him injured and forced to miss the next round of the championship. The injury would continue to plague Cal throughout the season

COTA season review 2014 (1)Valentino Rossi visualised his race on the starting grid. The Italian didn’t expect to have problems with his tyre wear that left him eighth and fighting off Aleix Espargaro and a recovering Lorenzo

COTA season review 2014 (11)Nicky Hayden and Hiro Aoyama get a bit closer to each other than anyone in the Aspar team would have wanted! They would eventually finish 11th and 12th

COTA season review 2014 (10)Maverick Vinales adaptation to Moto2 was going even better than expected in Texas. The Spaniard dominated proceedings and claimed his first intermediate class victory

COTA season review 2014 (13)Things weren’t quite so easy for Sam Lowes with the World Supersport champion crashing at the first corner of a congested mid-pack. The Englishman’s pace when he remounted was strong and he finished 16th

COTA season review 2014 (3)Alex Marquez would also crash this weekend. This was during qualifying but a last lap crash saw the Spaniard fall 30 points adrift of Jack Miller in the championship

COTA season review 2014 (6)For Miller the season was starting in perfect fashion with the Australian claiming his second victory after a race long battle that saw the podium finishers seperated by less than two tenths of a second

COTA season review 2014 (2)Alex Rins qualified on the front row in Moto3 but fell adrift of the leaders during the race

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