King of COTA Myanna Wedes October 4, 2021 From The Editor's Desk The 2021 Circuit Of The Americas MotoGP race is complete with Repsol Honda rider Marc Marquez winning for the first time in 2021 and also since returning to the sport after a terrible shoulder and arm injury that almost cost him his career. It was a picture-perfect start for the Spanish rider putting his bike into the first turn in a position that made his fellow rivals reconsider their options as they entered and exited the first turn. It was at about lap six or seven when MM93 decided to go for it and push his body to the limit on a circuit that is incredibly bumpy and once again was the topic of discussion for majority of the grid. Certain riders declaring the track unfit for riding, whilst others pushed the limit and defied the odds, in particular, this was Pramac Ducati MotoGP rider Jorge Martin. With the dominance of Marquez, Martin was certainly rider of the day as a rookie on board a machine that has been hard to turn though defended his lines from the attack of Jack Miller, Pecco Bagnaia for multiple laps and unfortunately suffered from some bad luck to lose out on his podium. Whilst battling with Bagnaia, Martin ran wide as he almost crashed and went off circuit, re-entered the circuit and was declared to not have lost enough time resulting in a long lap penalty. It is a harsh one to stomach considering he was working lap after lap just to keep the bike upright and not crash, so we look forward to his redemption ride potentially at Misano where the Ducati machines have been the ones to beat as this becomes the next race on the calendar. With the burnouts, donuts eaten on the podium and smiles of Marquez, we are sure to see more from him across the remaining races, now that the sweet taste of Prosecco has been enjoyed, the challenges overcome from a mental perspective: would he win ever again and to aim high for the next upcoming season as Fabio Quartararo looks set to become World Champion at Misano. To anyone who missed watching the race, you should watch it back to analyse how Marquez strategically pushed at the right time, even having limited tyres traction towards the last few laps, and witnessing his team celebrate after such a hard 12 months. The lap times he put in were spot on time and time again, one of the only riders of the weekend to be so consistent. Credit is due as the Sheriff is now back in town! For those who are wondering why a donut was eaten on the podium, Marquez had a bet with Australian Jett Lawrence that if he won at Austin, he would eat a donut on the podium. Lawrence is a talent himself, becoming the American Motorcycle Association Pro Motocross 250MX Champion in 2021.