The second round of the 2014 MotoGP season saw the paddock travel West to the Grand Prix of the Americas in Austin, Texas. The circuit has quickly become a favourite of riders, teams and spectators.
Stefan Bradl started his season strongly with a front row in COTA backing up his pace in Qatar. The German wouldn’t be able to sustain this type of performance over the course of the year and after three years with LCR his lack of results would see him replaced by Cal Crutchlow for 2015.
The only time that Lorenzo had a clear track in front of him at COTA was at the start when he inexplicably jumped the lights. Afterwards Lorenzo would say that he had been distracted by flies on his helmet visor but it’s far more likely that he was distracted by a large ant sporting a number 93…
COTA would be a critical race for Cal Crutchlow with a heavy crash, that the Englishman admitted was probably the worst of his career, leaving him injured and forced to miss the next round of the championship. The injury would continue to plague Cal throughout the season
Things weren’t quite so easy for Sam Lowes with the World Supersport champion crashing at the first corner of a congested mid-pack. The Englishman’s pace when he remounted was strong and he finished 16th
For Miller the season was starting in perfect fashion with the Australian claiming his second victory after a race long battle that saw the podium finishers seperated by less than two tenths of a second