AUSTIN, Texas – Marc Marquez continued his dominance on American soil by securing his seventh-straight MotoGP pole in the United States Saturday at Circuit of the Americas.
Marquez’s lap of 2:03.787 aboard his Repsol Honda put him more than a quarter of a second clear of second placed Valentino Rossi.
“I’m happy to be on pole position but for tomorrow nothing is certain yet,” said Marquez, who has won 10 consecutive MotoGP races in the United States. “Today we were fastest and got pole, but no one knows about race pace or tires yet as we lost FP3. We will have to work well in warm up to make up for the time we sadly lost to the weather. After warm up we will know more but there are many people who could be in the fight.”
Cal Crutchlow qualified third to complete the front row aboard his LCR Honda entry. Pramac Racing’s Jack Miller, Red Bull KTM’s Pol Espargaro and Monster Energy Yamaha’s Maverick Vinales qualified fourth through sixth, respectively, to complete row two.
The remainder of the top-10 included Alex Rins for Suzuki, Danilo Petrucci for Ducati and the Petronas Yamaha SRT pairing of Fabio Quartararo and Franco Morbidelli.
Notablly absent from the top-10 qualifiers were a pair of heavy hitters – Jorge Lorenzo and Andrea Dovizioso.
Lorenzo managed to advance from Q1 to Q2, but a technical issue while he was on track at speed prevented him from putting together a fast lap. He’ll start 11th.
Dovizioso, meanwhile, struggled during qualifying Saturday aboard his Ducati and failed to advance past Q1. He’ll 13th on Sunday.