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Spaniard holds off Pedrosa for fifth straight Grand Prix of the Americas win.
There is still no stopping Marc Marquez in Austin, Texas.
Back at the scene of pole positions and victories every year since 2013, the defending World Champion sped to an important and much-needed first win of the season at the Red Bull Grand Prix of the Americas.
Marquez prevailed after a thrilling battle with teammate Dani Pedrosa, who eventually ended up in third after being overtaken at the death by new World Championship leader Valentino Rossi.
Three-time World Champion, Marquez, hadn’t been on the podium coming into the third race of 2017 having seen in-form Maverick Viñales dominate the opening two races.
But going for the hat-trick, Viñales lost control and crashed out with 19 laps to go leaving the battle to commence between the two Repsol Honda’s.
Marquez had started the race on pole only to see Pedrosa come flying up from fourth to take the lead at the end of lap one.
It was neck and neck between them for much of the pulsating race, with the duo making moves and overtaking each other at every opportunity.
Marquez eventually managed to get out in front though with 13 laps to go and built up a healthy lead which he never came close to relinquishing.
The win continues his love affair with racing in the USA. In his professional career, he has now raced stateside nine times, and won every single one.
For the Red Bull KTM Factory Racing Team, Bradley Smith came in 16th but Pol Espargaro had to stop and pull into the pits due to an issue with his clutch leaking oil.