Updated: Monday, 22 April 2013 05:04 | By Agence France-Presse

Marquez becomes youngest MotoGP winner

Spain's Marc Marquez won the Grand Prix of the Americas MotoGP on Sunday, becoming the youngest rider to win a race in the sport's elite series.


Marquez becomes youngest MotoGP winner

Repsol Honda MotoGP rider Marc Marquez of Spain drives during a free practice for the Qatar Grand Prix at the International Circuit in the Qatari capital Doha on April 5, 2013. Marquez won the Grand Prix of the Americas MotoGP on Sunday, becoming the youngest rider to win a race in the sport's elite series.

The 20-year-old Catalonian, last year's Moto2 world champion, triumphed over his Repsol Honda teammate Dani Pedrosa, with Yamaha factory rider Jorge Lorenzo in third.

Marquez started from pole position in just his second MotoGP race, and with a time of 43min 42.123sec finished 1.534sec ahead of Pedrosa and 3.381sec in front of Lorenzo, the reigning world champion and winner of the season-opening race at Qatar earlier this month.

Marquez had finished third in Qatar in his first MotoGP start and his qualifying performance on the new Circuit of the Americas made him the series' youngest ever pole winner.

He will go into the next race at Jerez, Spain, in two weeks atop the world championship standings -- level with Lorenzo on 41 points but leading as the most recent Grand Prix winner.

While Marquez started from pole, it was the more experienced Pedrosa seizing the lead at the start.

LCR Honda rider Stefan Bradl shot into second place, but was soon overtaken by Marquez, Lorenzo and Monster Tech 3 Yamaha rider Cal Crutchlow.

Marquez clung tenaciously to Pedrosa, and made his move past into the lead on the 13th of 21 laps.

Crutchlow, who wasn't among the small group of riders to test at the new circuit before race week, was pleased with fourth, ahead of Germany's Bradl and Italian Valentino Rossi.

Italian Ducati rider Andrea Dovizioso, Spain's Alvaro Bautista, American Nicky Hayden and Italian Andrea Iannone rounded out the top 10.

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