Marc Marquez claimed his first ever pole position in the MotoGP class in today’s qualifying session ahead of the Red Bull Grand Prix of the Americas where the Repsol Honda rider topped the timesheets ahead of his teammate Dani Pedrosa and Yamaha Factory Racing rider Jorge Lorenzo. The new qualifying format once again prove to be thoroughly entertaining with the top 12 riders from all three free practice sessions battling for the top grid slot.
We are happy of course, because we took our first pole position which is important and always exciting!
Monster Yamaha Tech 3’s Cal Crutchlow starts from 4th tomorrow setting a best time of 2m 4.267s with Stefan Bradl (LCR Honda) in 5th place with a best lap of 2m 4.445s that was better than that of Ducati Racing’s Andrea Dovizioso starting from 6th place with a 2m 4.873s lap. Alvaro Bautista starts from 7th for the Go&Fun Honda Gresini team on a best time of 2m 4.942s while Valentino Rossi had a horrible final qualifying session ending up with the 8th best time of 2m 5.380s while CRT rider Aleix Espargaro grabbed 9th place with a 2m 5.389s for the Power Electronics Aspar team and rounding out the top ten is Ducati Team rider Nicky Hayden (2m 5.568s).
Bradley Smith ended his second ever MotoGP qualifying session in 11th place for the Monster Yamaha Tech 3 team on a best lap of 2m 6.740s while Ben Spies was the last of the Q3 qualifiers for the Ignite Pramac Racing team with a best lap of 2m 7.044s with his teammate Andrea Iannone (Energy T.I. Pramac Racing) starting alongside in 13th with a best time of 2m 6.872s. Randy De Puniet starts from 14th place for the Power Electronics Aspar team with a best time of 2m 7.129s while Hector Barbera starts behind in 15th for the Avintia Blusens team (2m 7.717s).
Marquez was thrilled to secure his first MotoGP pole position and said, “We are happy of course, because we took our first pole position which is important and always exciting! We knew beforehand that we could fight for pole, but you never know what will happen in the session. Both Dani and Jorge are fast over a single lap, and we managed to overcome them. The important stuff starts tomorrow, because we have a long, physical race with many of changes of direction to deal with. We need to be ready, because tomorrow is what really counts and I will do the best that I can!”
Pedrosa was content with second place and is focused on the task at hand in tomorrow’s race. He said, “The session was a little tense, as in fifteen minutes you only have time for four good laps. Fortunately we didn't have any problems with traffic this time, and I was able to focus and put in a strong lap - faster than all but one in the end! It was a good session, and we took second on the grid which is positive, because Marc put in a fast lap and is close by. We need to try to increase the rear grip for tomorrow and work towards having a strong race.”