World’s Elite Motorcycle Riders Roar into Austin for Red Bull MotoGP

by James Stacy on April 18, 2019 in Lifestyle, Sports, Living Texas, Austin,

MotoGP fans watched a thrilling and unexpected finish to the third stop in the 2019 premier globetrotting motorcycle series this past weekend.

Known as the Horsepower Rodeo, in honor of the Red Bull Grand Prix of the Americas’ visit to Texas, this year saw a break in his Circuit of the Americas’ winning streak for five-time world champion Marc Marquez. The Spaniard’s crash gave an opening to his 23-year-old countryman Alex Rins, who took his first MotoGP win ahead of Italy’s ever-popular Valentino Rossi.

All photography courtesy James Stacy

Friday, April 12 (FP1/FP2 practice sessions)

Fabio Quartararo, who rides for Petronas Yamaha, during FP1. Photo James Stacy
Hafizh Syahrin (KTM). Photo James Stacy
The King of COTA Marc Marquez (Honda) leads FP1 with the fastest time. Photo James Stacy
Perennial fan favorite Valentino Rossi (Yamaha) during FP1. Photo James Stacy
Danilo Petrucci (Ducati) during FP2. Photo James Stacy
Johann Zarco headed down turn 1 during FP2. Photo James Stacy
Maverick Viñales (Yamaha) during FP2. Photo James Stacy

Saturday, April 13 (Qualifying)

Johann Zarco (Red Bull KTM Factory Racing) during qualifying. Photo James Stacy
Takaaki Nakagami (LCR Honda IDEMITSU) during qualifying. Photo James Stacy
Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda) takes pole position for Sunday’s 2019 Red Bull Grand Prix of the Americas at the Circuit of the Americas.
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Marquez’s teammate Jorge Lorenzo (Repsol Honda) during qualifying. Photo James Stacy
Pol Espargaro (Red Bull KTM Factory Racing). Photo James Stacy
Franco Morbidelli (Petronas Yamaha SRT) of Italy. Photo James Stacy

Sunday April 14 (Final)

Marc Marquez and Jorge Lorenzo of Repsol Honda during the driver’s parade of the 2019 Red Bull Grand Prix of the Americas. Photo James Stacy
Danilo Petrucci of Mission Winnow Ducati signing autographs during an interview session at Ducati Island before the final of the 2019 Red Bull Grand Prix of the Americas. Photo James Stacy
Jack Miller of Pramac Ducati grabs third place during the 2019 Red Bull Grand Prix of the Americas. Photo James Stacy
Valentino Rossi (Yamaha) battled for first but ended the day with a second place finish. Photo James Stacy
Valentino Rossi (Yamaha) lead for a time, but eventually was overtaken by Alex Rins (Suzuki). Photo James Stacy
Alex Rins (Suzuki) wins his first career MotoGP victory after dethroning Marc Marquez during the 2019 Red Bull Grand Prix of the Americas.
Photo James Stacy
Alex Rins (Suzuki) celebrates trackside in front of fans after his win. Photo James Stacy
Pol Espargaro of KTM (L) celebrating with Hafizh Syahrin (R) of Red Bull KTM Tech 3 after finishing the 2019 Red Bull Grand Prix. Photo James Stacy

All photography courtesy James Stacy


Cover: Jorge Lorenzo (Honda) followed by Joan Mir (Suzuki) during FP1 of the 2019 Red Bull Grand Prix of the Americas at the Circuit of the Americas. Photo James Stacy