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Marquez's fifth consecutive pole at Austin

The King of COTA pulls it out the hat to take another incredible P1
Sunday, April 23, 2017


Marc Marquez
Marc Marquez

Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda Team) has taken a signature last dash pole position for the Red Bull Grand Prix of the Americas, putting in another stunner at COTA as he pulled out an ace on his final lap to take it back from key rival Maverick Vinales (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP). Vinales’ teammate Valentino Rossi was another on a late charge, shooting up into third to complete an incredible front row. 

Dani Pedrosa (Repsol Honda Team) heads up the second row at a venue that has seen him on the podium twice, with Johann Zarco (Monster Yamaha Tech 3) once again top rookie in another impressive performance to line up P5.

Jorge Lorenzo (Ducati Team) progressed from Q1 in Austin for the first time since moving to the Borgo Panigale factory, and the five-time World Champion had an impressive Q2 session – lining up in P6 on the second row, and just out-qualifying teammate Andrea Dovizioso.

Jonas Folger (Monster Yamaha Tech 3) looks to keep his points lead in the fight for Rookie of the Year from P8, with Cal Crutchlow (LCR Honda) just behind in ninth after a crash. Compatriot Scott Redding (Octo Pramac Racing) completes the top ten.

There were also crashes for Jack Miller (Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS) and Andrea Iannone (Team Suzuki Ecstar) in the session, with the two men set to line up in P11 and P12 respectively.

From Q1 laptimes, the top fifteen is completed by Danilo Petrucci (Octo Pramac Racing) and Reale Avintia Racing duo Loris Baz and Hector Barbera.

Vinales vs Marquez vs Vinales vs Marquez…qualifying at COTA should whet appetites well for Sunday’s 14:00 (GMT -5) race, with the two men seemingly set for a showdown.

Marc Marquez
This pole makes me feel really good because I honestly didn’t expect it, or actually I thought it would be difficult. In fact, even considering that this circuit suits my riding style, I’ve been struggling a bit this weekend. We knew that our opponents were very strong on new tires and we worked a lot on race distance, and I felt better on race pace than on qualifying pace. But anyway, this is a track I love, so I told myself, ‘Let’s try!’ and on my last lap I pushed to my maximum, doing my best, and we got another pole here in Austin which is very good. I’m happy with the team; we changed many things on the bike over the weekend and step-by-step we regained some confidence, so this afternoon we just focused on keeping a good pace and it worked well. We did a good job in FP4. I feel quite good on used tires so we’ll see what we can do tomorrow.


1MARQUEZ Marc93SPARepsol Honda TeamHonda2'02.741
2VINALES Maverick25SPAMovistar Yamaha MotoGPYamaha2'02.871
3ROSSI Valentino46ITAMovistar Yamaha MotoGPYamaha2'03.673
4PEDROSA Dani26SPARepsol Honda TeamHonda2'03.866
5ZARCO Johann5FRAMonster Yamaha Tech 3Yamaha2'03.928
6LORENZO Jorge99SPADucati TeamDucati2'04.151
7DOVIZIOSO Andrea4ITADucati TeamDucati2'04.431
8FOLGER Jonas94GERMonster Yamaha Tech 3Yamaha2'04.623
9CRUTCHLOW Cal35GBRLCR HondaHonda2'04.661
10REDDING Scott45GBROcto Pramac RacingDucati2'04.673
11IANNONE Andrea29ITATeam Suzuki EcstarSuzuki2'05.741
12MILLER Jack43AUSTeam EG 0,0 Marc VDSHonda2'05.970
13PETRUCCI Danilo9ITAOcto Pramac RacingDucati2'05.221 (Q1)
14BAZ Loris76FRAReale Avintia RacingDucati2'05.231 (Q1)
15BARBERA Hector8SPAReale Avintia RacingDucati2'05.541 (Q1)
16RABAT Tito53SPATeam EG 0,0 Marc VDSHonda2'05.920 (Q1)
17ABRAHAM Karel17CZEPull&Bear Aspar TeamDucati2'05.931 (Q1)
18SMITH Bradley38GBRRed Bull KTM Factory RacingKTM2'06.258 (Q1)
19BAUTISTA Alvaro19SPAPull&Bear Aspar TeamDucati2'06.295 (Q1)
20LOWES Sam22GBRAprilia Racing Team GresiniAprilia2'07.232 (Q1)
21ESPARGARO Pol44SPARed Bull KTM Factory RacingKTM2'07.601 (Q1)
22ESPARGARO Aleix41SPAAprilia Racing Team GresiniAprilia2'05.468 (FP2)

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