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Spanish riders dominating early races of 2013

Updated: April 24, 2013, 2:23 PM ET
Associated Press

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By JIM VERTUNO

AP Sports Writer

AUSTIN, Texas -- The Spanish stars are rising in MotoGP.

Marc Marquez's performance at the inaugural Grand Prix of the Americas, where the 20-year-old became the series' youngest rider to win a pole position and win a race at the premier level -- was just the latest example of Spanish riders dominating the sport.

Finishing second and third were countrymen Dani Pedrosa and Jorge Lorenzo, the defending world champion. ...

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