Marquez pips Vinales to COTA MotoGP pole

Marquez pips Vinales to COTA MotoGP pole

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 Viñales (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP). Viñales’ 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.
1 93 Marc MARQUEZ SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 332.6 2'02.741
2 25 Maverick VIÑALES SPA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 336.2 2'02.871 0.130 / 0.130
3 46 Valentino ROSSI ITA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 336.4 2'03.673 0.932 / 0.802
4 26 Dani PEDROSA SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 343.5 2'03.866 1.125 / 0.193
5 5 Johann ZARCO FRA Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 335.2 2'03.928 1.187 / 0.062
6 99 Jorge LORENZO SPA Ducati Team Ducati 341.6 2'04.151 1.410 / 0.223
7 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO ITA Ducati Team Ducati 340.4 2'04.431 1.690 / 0.280
8 94 Jonas FOLGER GER Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 334.7 2'04.623 1.882 / 0.192
9 35 Cal CRUTCHLOW GBR LCR Honda Honda 332.6 2'04.661 1.920 / 0.038
10 45 Scott REDDING GBR OCTO Pramac Racing Ducati 339.1 2'04.673 1.932 / 0.012
11 29 Andrea IANNONE ITA Team SUZUKI ECSTAR Suzuki 333.7 2'05.741 3.000 / 1.068
12 43 Jack MILLER AUS EG 0,0 Marc VDS Honda 337.2 2'05.970 3.229 / 0.229
Weather Conditions:

Track Condition: Dry| Air: 19º| Humidity: 57%| Ground: 30º

Records:Fastest Lap: Lap: 7 Marc MARQUEZ 2'02.741 161.6 Km/h
Circuit Record Lap: 2014 Marc MARQUEZ 2'03.575 160.6 Km/h
Best Lap: 2015 Marc MARQUEZ 2'02.135 162.4 Km/h