Marc Marquez returns from MotoGP injury to COTA, a track he’s dominated

Marquez returns MotoGP COTA
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With his confidence level diminished by a brutal crash in Round 2 of the MotoGP season, Marc Marquez makes his return from injury to the Circuit of the Americas (COTA) in Austin, Texas, a track on which he has seven wins in eight events. The only MotoGP race Marquez has not won in the history of the United States Grand Prix went to Alex Rins in 2019.

Anyone who has not yet seen the crash of Marquez high siding off his Honda in warmups for the Indonesian Grand Prix will need to shoo the children from the room and brace before clicking on the Twitter link below. Marquez was unable to mount up for that race and missed last week’s Argentina Grand Prix, but his quick return to the bike is a testament to the protective gear used by MotoGP.

Marquez finished fifth in the season opening Grand Prix of Qatar. With 11, he is 34 points out of first with 17 rounds remaining and has a step hill to climb if he wants to repeat his 2019 championship. For this weekend, the most important goal is to regain his comfort on the bike.

“I’m happy to be here and to race again – to be fit again, this is important,” Marquez said in a Friday press conference from the track. “It’s true that the confidence is not very high at the moment. I have a good memory of (the crash), but we arrive at a very big moment from a very big crash. A bit injured, but I (am back) from that injury earlier than I expected.

“Step by step. It’s time to rebuild the confidence and time to ride the bike again.”

Marquez beat eventual champion Fabio Quartararo to the line by more than four seconds.

And he has not lost much speed. In the first practice session of the weekend, Marquez posted the fifth fastest lap of 2:04.469, less than half a second off the leader’s pace.

The fastest rider in that session was the only man to beat Marquez at COTA. Rins posted a lap of 02:04.007.

Last week’s Argentina Grand Prix winner, Aleix Esparago is looking forward to the United States Grand Prix to continue his momentum.

“After the victory, on the flight coming to America with my friend, I was thinking that after a long career in the championship – more than half my life in the paddock – I was not able to win,” Esparago said. “After the victory in Argentina, we have to make it memorable, so we got a new tattoo with the date of the victory. I think it’s a very good way to understand how difficult it was so that we will never forget.”

Raúl Fernández won in Moto2, but it was a great day for fifth-place American Cameron Beaubier, who scored the first top-five on his home circuit. He went on to score another top-five two weeks later in Portimão, Portugal.

Joe Roberts was not quite as fortunate in this race last season. He finished 18th, 32 seconds behind the leader.

Last year for Beaubier was up and down. His five top-10s were evenly distributed throughout the season. Roberts scored five of his six top-10s in the first seven rounds before finishing outside the top 15 in three of the final five races.

So far in 2022, Roberts has finished between eighth and 13th. Beaubier’s results are even more closely grouped, between ninth and 12th.

IndyCar Detroit Grand Prix: How to watch, start times, TV, schedules, streaming

IndyCar Detroit start times
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The NTT IndyCar Series will return to the Motor City for the Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix but with start times in a new location for 2023.

After a 30-year run on Belle Isle, the Detroit GP has moved a few miles south to the streets of downtown on a new nine-turn, 1.7-mile circuit that runs along the Detroit River.

It’s the first time single-seater open-cockpit cars have raced on the streets of Detroit since a CART event on a 2.5-mile downtown layout from 1989-91. Formula One also raced in Detroit from 1982-88.

The reimagined Detroit Grand Prix also will play host to nightly concerts and bring in venders from across the region. Roger Penske predicts the new downtown locale will be bigger for Detroit than when the city played host to the 2006 Super Bowl.

Here are the details and IndyCar start times for the Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach race weekend (all times are ET):


TV: Sunday, 3 p.m. ET on NBC and streaming on Peacock, the NBC Sports App and Leigh Diffey is the announcer with analysts Townsend Bell and James Hinchcliffe. Dave Burns, Marty Snider and Kevin Lee are the pit reporters. Click here for the full NBC Sports schedule for IndyCar in 2023.

Peacock also will be the streaming broadcast for both practices and qualifying.

POSTRACE SHOW ON PEACOCK: After the race’s conclusion, an exclusive postrace show will air on Peacock with driver interviews, postrace analysis and the podium presentation. To watch the extended postrace show, click over to the special stream on Peacock after Sunday’s race ends.


GREEN FLAG: 3:30 p.m. ET

PRACTICE: Friday, 3 p.m. (Peacock Premium); Saturday, 9:05 a.m. (Peacock Premium); Sunday, 10 a.m. (Peacock Premium)

QUALIFYING: Saturday, 1:20 p.m. (Peacock Premium)

RACE DISTANCE: The race is 100 laps (170 miles) on a nine-turn, 1.7-mile temporary street course in downtown Detroit.

TIRE ALLOTMENT: Seven sets primary, four sets alternate. Rookie drivers are allowed one extra primary set for the first practice.

PUSH TO PASS: 150 seconds of total time with a maximum time of 15 seconds per activation (Indy NXT: 150 seconds total, 15 seconds per). The push-to-pass is not available on the initial start or any restart unless it occurs in the final two laps or three minutes of a timed race. The feature increases the power of the engine by approximately 60 horsepower.

FORECAST: According to, it’s expected to be 80 degrees with a 0% chance of rain.

ENTRY LIST: Click here to view the 27 drivers racing Sunday at Detroit

INDY NXT RACES: Saturday, 12:05 p.m. 45 laps/55 minutes (Peacock Premium); Sunday, 12:50 p.m. 45 laps/55 minutes (Peacock Premium)

INDY NXT ENTRY LISTClick here to view the 19 drivers racing at Detroit


(All times are Eastern)

Friday, June 2

8:30-9:30 a.m.: IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge practice

9:50-10:20 a.m.: Trans Am Series practice

11:40 a.m.-12:40 p.m.: IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge practice

1-1:30 p.m.: Trans Am Series practice

1:50-2:40 p.m.: Indy NXT practice

3-4:30 p.m.: IndyCar practice, Peacock

4:50-5:05 p.m.: IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge qualifying

5:30-6 p.m.: IndyNXT qualifying (Race 1 and 2)

6-7:15 p.m.: A-Track concert (Hart Plaza Stage)

7:30-8:30 p.m.: Big Boi concert (Hart Plaza Stage)

Saturday, June 3

8:15-8:45 a.m.: Trans Am Series qualifying

9:05-10:05 a.m.: IndyCar practice, Peacock

10:35-11:35 a.m.: Trans Am Series, 3-Dimensional Services Group Muscle Car Challenge

12:05-1:00 p.m.: Indy NXT, Race 1 (45 laps or 55 minutes), Peacock

1:15-2:45 p.m.: IndyCar qualifying, Peacock

4:10-5:50 p.m.: IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge, Chevrolet Detroit Sports Car Classic (100 minutes), Peacock

5:30-7 p.m.: Z-Trip concert (Hart Plaza Stage)

7-8:30 p.m.: Steve Aoki concert (Hart Plaza Stage)

Sunday, June 4

10:00-10:30 a.m.: IndyCar warmup, Peacock

11:00 a.m.-12:15 p.m.: Trans Am Series, 3-Dimensional Services Group Motor City Showdown

12:50-1:45 p.m.: Indy NXT, Race 2 (45 laps or 55 minutes), Peacock

2:47 p.m.: IndyCar driver introductions

3:23 p.m.: Command to start engines

3:30 p.m.: Green flag for the Chevrolet Detroit Prix, presented by Lear (100 laps/170 miles), NBC


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ROUND 2Josef Newgarden wins Texas thriller over Pato O’Ward

ROUND 3: Kyle Kirkwood breaks through for first career IndyCar victory

ROUND 4: Scott McLaughlin outduels Romain Grosjean at Barber

ROUND 5: Alex Palou dominant in GMR Grand Prix

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