Grand Prix of The Americas: Live stream MotoGP online or watch on TV.The third race of the 2018 MotoGP calendar will take place when the Grand Prix of the Americas gets under way Sunday in Austin, Texas.
Englishman Cal Crutchlow will hope to build on his shock win in last month’s Grand Prix of Argentina. The Coventry native triumphed in an error-strewn race but will find it hard to beat Marc Marquez, who has crossed the line first in this race for the last five years.
Valentino Rossi also figures to be in the mix on the Circuit of the Americas.
Date: Sunday, April 22
Warm-Ups: 2:30 p.m. to 4:15 p.m. BST. 9:30 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. ET.
Race Start Time: 8 p.m. BST. 3 p.m. ET.
Live Stream: BT Sport App. beIN Sports CONNECT.
Rossi was initially reluctant to let Marquez make amends. A fiery rivalry has been brewing between the two, but FIM president Vito Ippolito recently preached calm to Corriere dello Sport (h/t GPone.com’s Heather Watson).
If sparks fly early, Marquez and Rossi could again be distracted enough to leave room for another surprise winner. It’s how Crutchlow was able to profit in Argentina.While Crutchlow is buoyant, Maverick Vinales has bad memories of Austin, Texas. He crashed early in last year’s race, a setback that was the start of a lengthy losing run.Yet the Yamaha man has the ability to transform his fortunes this year, especially if team-mate Rossi is too focused on Marquez.
As ever, Marc Marquez has dominated the headlines in the build-up to the Grand Prix of the Americas, but this year it has been for very different reasons.
The Honda Repsol man has led the way in qualifying and topped the podium on each race day since the Circuit of the Americas joined the calendar in 2013.
With that record, and the fact he is the reigning World Champion, the spotlight is always going to be on Marquez when coming to Texas – this year even more so.
His clash with Valentino Rossi at the Argentina Grand Prix has led to plenty of fallout, with shots being fired from both camps in the lead up to this weekend.
More fireworks in Austin cannot be ruled out either as Rossi has a good record at the COTA, finishing second here in 2017, and will be as fired up as ever to challenge Marquez.
With all the furore surrounding the Termas de Rio Hondo race, it’s almost gone under the radar that Cal Crutchlow leads the standings – the first a Brit has done so since 1979.
The now three-time GP winner will be hoping to continue flying the independent rider flag in Texas, with Jack Miller and Johann Zarco also impressing early in the season.