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In what amounted to a “statement” weekend for young Repsol Honda rider Marc Marquez, the 20-year old Spanish MotoGP™ rookie not only claimed his very first pole position, but also his very first MotoGP race Sunday, April 21, putting the rest of the field on notice that despite his youth, he will be a force to be reckoned during for the remainder of the 2013 racing season. In doing so, he also became the youngest driver ever to win a Moto GP race—in just his second start—at the first international motorcycle Grand Prix held at the new Circuit of The Americas™ sports and entertainment complex. Marquez takes the record, set 21 years ago before he was born, from former American MotoGP rider and two-time series champion Freddie Spencer whose first win came at the Belgian MotoGP race in Spa Francorchamps when he was 20 years, 196 days old. Marquez wins at age 20 and 63 days.
Circuit of The Americas introduced a new tradition at its world-class sports and entertainment venue this weekend, as a robust crowd of 131,082 fans witnessed the debut of World Championship motorcycle racing during the three-day Red Bull MotoGP of The Americas, April 19-21. Spectators were treated to a history-making performance, as rookie Repsol Honda rider Marc Marquez became the youngest rider in MotoGP history to win a Grand Prix. His teammate Dani Pedrosa finished second while 2012 World Champion Jorge Lorenzo of the Yamaha Factory Racing Team rounded out the podium with a third-place finish. Repsol Honda claimed the constructor’s trophy. The new state-of-the-art circuit surpassed its original three-day crowd estimate of 100,000, with 26,235 fans coming to watch Friday’s practice sessions, 43,756 guests attending Saturday’s qualifying rounds, and an enthusiastic crowd of 61,091 turning out for Sunday’s races.
Circuit of The Americas today entered the record books as the first purpose-built Formula 1™ racetrack in the country to host its own Grand Prix. An exuberant crowd of 117,429 packed the new 330-acre facility to watch Vodafone McLaren Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton claim his fourth Grand Prix of the season and his second United States Grand Prix victory in five years having won the 2007 Formula 1™ race last hosted in Indianapolis. Red Bull Racing’s Sebastian Vettel, current points leader in the drivers’ standings, was second with Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso third. McLaren was awarded the constructor’s trophy for Austin’s inaugural event. Hamilton’s victory means the driver’s title won’t be decided until the season’s final race in Saὀ Paulo, Brazil, next weekend, while Red Bull sealed the deal by winning the 2012 constructors' title based on the overall standings at the end of the Austin race.