Reigning MotoGP Champion untouchable and takes pole ahead of Pedrosa and Bradl
Marc Marquez continued his dominance of the field ahead of Sunday’s Red Bull Grand Prix of the Americas with the reigning MotoGP World Champion setting a new pole position record to take the top spot despite a number of big moments on his Repsol Honda RC213V while his teammate Dani Pedrosa wills start from second and making it an all-Honda front row is Stefan Bradl on his LCR Honda machine.
I have a good feeling with the bike and have been setting a good pace ahead of tomorrow's race.
Jorge Lorenzo had as good a qualifying session that he could have hoped for with the Movistar Yamaha rider setting the 5th best time of 2m 03.243s and just 0.003s in front of his teammate Valentino Rossi. Cal Crutchlow heads the third row with the Ducati Team rider setting a best lap time of 2m 03.780s and just over half a second ahead of his fellow countryman Bradley Smith on the Monster Yamaha Tech 3 machine.
Andrea Iannone enjoyed a good day today on his Pramac Racing Ducati with the Italian setting the 9th fastest lap of 2m 03.842s and ahead of Andrea Dovizioso whose best lap of 2m 03.846s was good enough to stay ahead of Pol Espargaro on the second of the Monster Yamaha Tech 3 machines with his best time of 2m 03.913s enough to see him start in 11th ahead of Alvaro Bautista on the GO&Fun Honda Gresini with a best time of 2m 03.923s
Hector Barbera will start from 18th for the Avintia Racing team with a best lap of 2m 06.270s just 0.031s ahead of Colin Edwards for the NGM Forward Racing team. Michael Laverty starts from 20th for the Paul Bird Motorsport team with his best time of 2m 06.939s good enough to start in front of teammate Broc Parkes with the Australian starting ahead of IodaRacing Project’s Danilo Petrucci 2m 07.745s who starts ahead of Mike Di Meglio for the Avintia Racing team with a best time of 2m 07.761s.
Speaking after taking his pole position Marquez said, “I’m very happy with how the weekend is going and with the qualifying session - especially taking pole position. I have a good feeling with the bike and have been setting a good pace ahead of tomorrow's race. We will try to get a good start and I'm sure we'll be fighting with Dani, as he is our strongest rival. I think that the beginning of the race will be the most important part, because with this heat the tyres suffer a lot. I will try to remain focused and have a good race!”
Taking a third place start, Bradl was upbeat afterwards saying, “For sure we are very happy today because a front row is always a great result and for me it’s even more special because I like this track. We have done a good job on the bike improving a lot from Friday to Saturday and gaining more feeling with the tyres. Even in the free practices today our pace was pretty good as we lapped constantly in the top-four. The race is going to be tough because the Yamaha guys are very close and Dani and Marc are very fast but I remain concentrated and will do my best to finish this race with a positive result”