The ecstatic crowd at the Circuit of the Americas went wild when Honda driver Marc Marquez came from 17th at the first lap to win the MotoGP race Saturday night.
The 20-year-old Spaniard was so close to crashing out on one lap, his feet in the gravel and his face pumping with adrenaline, that he admitted to himself he’d “never crashed so close to home.”
Still, he persevered.
“Very, very emotional,” he said after climbing the podium, with his girlfriend, Natalia Gomez, his mother and brother celebrating with him. “I do not have words to describe how happy I am.”
Marquez was finally able to overtake his younger brother, Alex, of the Suzuki, who ended up in second place. Alex briefly caught the leader midway through the race, but never had a chance to move past.
Ross Daley, of the Honda, was third.
“I am still quite full of adrenaline,” Daley said. “It was not a good race for us. But it is so sweet to have a podium here, considering the backdrop of the colors.”
The MotoGP results:
1. Marc Marquez (Spa) Repsol Honda 43 laps/1:38.811 laps
2. Alex Marquez (Spa) Suzuki Yamaha 43 laps/1:38.833 laps
3. Ross Daley (Aus) Repsol Honda 43 laps/1:39.345 laps
4. Michele Pirro (Ita) Repsol Honda 43 laps/1:39.508 laps
5. Dani Pedrosa (Spa) Repsol Honda 43 laps/1:39.971 laps
6. Cal Crutchlow (GBR) Tech 3 Yamaha 43 laps/1:40.046 laps
7. Valentino Rossi (Ita) Ducati 43 laps/1:40.705 laps
8. Johann Zarco (Fra) Suzuki Yamaha 43 laps/1:40.715 laps
9. Bradley Smith (GBR) Tech 3 Yamaha 43 laps/1:41.211 laps
10. Hector Barbera (Spa) Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 43 laps/1:41.427 laps