AUSTIN, Texas – MotoGP qualifying at the Red Bull Grand Prix of the Americas saw Marc Marquez clinch pole with a new record lap of Circuit of the Americas.
Marquez outdistanced his Repsol Honda teammate Dani Pedrosa to earn the pole with a record breaking 2:02.886 lap around the state-of-the-art road course.
Joining the Reposl Honda duo on the front row will be LCR Honda’s Stefan Bradl, making it an all Honda front row.
It will be an all-Yamaha second row for Sunday’s race, with Aleix Espargaro (NGM Forward Racing) placing his Open Yamaha fourth, .467 of a second off pole. Movistar Yamaha MotoGP pair Jorge Lorenzo and Valentino Rossi were fifth and sixth, Lorenzo registering a time just .003 of a second off Espargaro’s lap, with Rossi .001 of a second behind his teammate.
Heading the third row is Ducati’s Cal Crutchlow, in front of compatriot Bradley Smith (Monster Yamaha Tech3) and Italian Andrea Iannone (Pramac Racing). Smith and Iannone were both also just more than a second behind Marquez.
Row four is made up of Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati Team), Pol Espargaro (Monster Yamaha Tech3) and Alvaro Baustista (GO&FUN Honda Gresini).
The fastest Open Honda rider Scott Redding will start just behind his GO&FUN Honda Gresini teammate Bautista at the head of row five, having missed Q2 by just .074 of a second.