How to watch MotoGP, Grand Prix of the Americas this weekend
Viewers on DStv can look forward to Round 15 of the 2021 MotoGP World Championship, the Grand Prix of the Americas, live from the Circuit of the Americas in Austin, TX on the afternoon of Sunday, October 3, 2021.
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The previous round in San Marino saw Lenovo Ducati’s Francesco Bagnaia claim a second consecutive victory, although riders’ championship leader Fabio Quartararo from Monster Energy Yamaha came back to second place to ensure he still has a solid lead – 48 points – over the Italian at the top of the table.
“I knew that it was very important to start well and to attack from the start because with the soft [rear tyre], the grip was better at the start, ”said Bagnaia after the race. “I also knew that Fabio [Quartararo] in the last part of the race would be faster with the middle.
So, I just tried to be quick and consistent from the start. “I had my best start ever because I started when the fire went out so it was amazing. I trained a lot for that. When I passed the first straight I was already looking at the board and it was over 1.0 second which was already amazing.
“Then I just tried to manage the tires and the last few laps were very difficult. Fabio recovered four / five tenths per lap so it was not easy. But on the last lap I just tried to do my best and my sector 3 was my fastest in the race. So that was great. “
Bagnaia now appears to be the only rider with a chance to chase Quartararo in the last four races of the season, with Joan Mir of Ecstar Suzuki (the reigning MotoGP world champion) and Johann Zarco of Pramac Ducati too far to get a shot realistic.
Quartararo was delighted to come home in second, having anticipated that San Marino was going to be a tough race where they could lose ground in the championship: “I think it’s my best [race] to be honest. Of course, a victory is totally different but I think it’s the first time that I’m so happy for second place, ”said the Frenchman.
“Not because of the championship, but I gave it my all. Also at the start with Jack [Miller], Martin, I was fighting them like it was the last round. I passed Jack in a place where I never expected to pass anyone. It was a very good race. This is the one that I liked the most. “
The Circuit of the Americas was a happy hunting ground for Repsol Honda’s Marc Marqiuez, who won six successive MotoGP races at the venue from 2013 to 2018, while the last race in Austin in 2019 followed Suzuki’s Alex Rins.
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MotoGP broadcast details, Grand Prix of the Americas, October 2-3, 2021
All weather CAT
saturday 2 october
9:05 p.m .: Qualifying – LIVE on SuperSport Motorsport and SuperSport Maximo 1
Sunday October 3
8:55 p.m .: Race – LIVE on SuperSport Motorsport