Some arduous treks from Argentina to Austin and the Circuit of the Americas for MotoGP were rewarded with some routine sights at the spectacular new racetrack in the depths of Texas as well as one or two strange occurrences in what continues to be a surprising and eye-opening Grand Prix campaign so far. COTA played host to round three of the series and yet another masterclass by Marc Marquez at the venue where the Catalan rolled to his fourth Pole Position-victory set in a row and for a 100% sweep of the event since MotoGP rolled into town. Six seconds adrift but partly relieved to be back on the podium was Qatar winner/Argentina crashee Movistar Yamaha’s Jorge Lorenzo as the Spaniard also learned that teammate Valentino Rossi crashed out of a race for the first time since 2012 (oddly also on American soil, at Laguna Seca). ‘99’, who had hit the asphalt in the morning warm-up, was given some assistance early in the race as Dani Pedrosa made a mistake and barrelled into the utterly luckless Andrea Dovizioso – the Italian Ducati rider punted out of a second grand prix in a row through no fault of his own. Lorenzo kept ahead of Andrea Iannone but the leading group was vastly reduced.