Marc Marquez eyes magnificent seven
Marc Marquez returns to one of his favourite hunting grounds this weekend, the MotoGP world champion intent on extending his perfect record at the Grand Prix of the Americas to seven from seven.
The Spaniard has won at Austin from pole every year since its arrival on the calendar in 2013. He turns up for today's race after a crushing 10-second success over archrival Valentino Rossi in Argentina.
That "perfect day" at Termas de Rio Hondo pushed Marquez to the head of the championship standings with a four-point lead over Andrea Dovizioso.
Marquez, chasing a sixth world title in the elite division, is relishing the chance of another Texas triumph.
Austin "is one of my favourite tracks", he told his Honda team's website.
Dovizioso has a best place runner-up finish to his name in 2015.
"Our aim is to again be on the podium which would be almost like a win," said Ducati's Italian rider, victorious in Qatar, adding the circuit "is not the best for us".
Marquez's new teammate, three-time former world champion Jorge Lorenzo, has had a tricky time since switching from Ducati.
Lorenzo fractured his rib in practice at the season-opening race in Qatar, before trailing in 12th in Argentina.
Despite his marriage to Honda getting off to a bumpy start, Lorenzo predicts a rosier future for the relationship.
Yamaha's evergreen 40-year-old Rossi is basking from his podium in Argentina when he burst past Dovizioso on the final circuit to snatch second. Teammate Maverick Vinales says he is in "good physical condition" after his crash in Argentina...