Repsol Honda’s Marc Marquez has taken his first pole position of 2015 in sensational fashion for tomorrow’s Red Bull GP of The Americas. His teammate, Hiroshi Aoyama – standing in for Dani Pedrosa – qualified in 18th for the twenty one lap race.

With rain threatening to arrive at anytime, the MotoGP riders were thankful to have a dry day at the Austin track after yesterday’s difficult conditions. Marc led this morning’s FP3 and FP4 and confirmed his place in Q2. Hiroshi improved throughout the day but was unable to reach Q2 and sealed his 6th row start from 18th place with his time of 2’05.086.

As the 15-minute Q2 session got underway, Marc took provisional pole on his first exit. After returning to the pits for a fresh rear tyre, Marc exited back on track but encountered a warning light on his dashboard, so as a safety measure he switched the bike off, HRC engineers are looking into this issue. Thankfully this happened on the pit straight and Marc was able to sprint back to his garage to jump on his second bike. The fast reactions of his team meant the bike was already running as he approached the garage and with 2’27 remaining Marc made it back out on track – demoted to 7th as other riders posted faster laps.

He passed the start / finish line with seconds to spare and immediately pushed his Honda RC213V to the limit. Marc lit up the timing screens in all sectors and took a stunning pole position with his time of 2’02.135 smashing his own record from 2014 by over half a second (2’02.773) and 0.339 faster than second place Dovizioso.

Marc Marquez

1st 2'02.135

“I'm happy, because after having a problem we were able to come back and set the fastest time. It was rather different to what we are used to, because when I crossed the line for the first time with the second tyre I saw a warning light on the bike. When that happens, we are normally advised to shut off the engine. I was able to get out again on the second bike and cross the line right at the cut-off point to put in a final lap, which worked out well for us. It's important, because tomorrow we are expecting an eventful race with the unstable weather conditions. If the race is dry, then I'm ready. If it's wet, then we will have to see how things go in the moment!”

Hiroshi Aoyama

18th 2'05.086

“Today we were fortunate to have dry conditions all day and in each session I have improved but it wasn’t easy. During qualifying I had an issue with chatter but still bettered my time, however, it wasn’t enough to get a good grid position. I still have room to improve in time for tomorrow’s race so I hope it’s dry. I’ll try to find a few tenths in different places to allow me to move up in the standings.”

MotoGP 2015
Qualifying Round 2   Americas

Results Session

Pos. Rider Num Nation Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Marquez Marc 93 SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 2'02.135
2 Dovizioso Andrea 4 ITA Ducati Team Ducati 2'02.474
3 Lorenzo Jorge 99 SPA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 2'02.540
4 Rossi Valentino 46 ITA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 2'02.573
5 Crutchlow Cal 35 GBR LCR Honda Honda 2'02.613
6 Redding Scott 45 GBR Team EG 0,0 Marc VDS Honda 2'02.674
7 Iannone Andrea 29 ITA Ducati Team Ducati 2'02.792
8 Espargaro Aleix 41 SPA Team Suzuki Ecstar Suzuki 2'02.869
9 Espargaro Pol 44 SPA Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 2'03.161
10 Smith Bradley 38 GBR Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 2'03.440
11 Petrucci Danilo 9 ITA Pramac Racing Ducati 2'03.741
12 Vinales Maverick 25 SPA Team Suzuki Ecstar Suzuki 2'03.754
13 Barbera Hector 8 SPA Avintia Racing Ducati 2'03.926
14 Bradl Stefan 6 GER Athina Forward Racing Forward Yamaha 2'04.275
15 Hernandez Yonny 68 COL Pramac Racing Ducati 2'04.313
16 Di Meglio Mike 63 FRA Avintia Racing Ducati 2'04.392
17 Laverty Eugene 50 IRE Aspar Team Honda 2'04.875
18 Aoyama Hiroshi 7 JPN Repsol Honda Team Honda 2'05.086
19 Miller Jack 43 AUS LCR Honda MotoGP Honda 2'05.156
20 Baz Loris 76 FRA Athina Forward Racing Forward Yamaha 2'05.214
21 Abraham Karel 17 CZE AB Motoracing Honda 2'05.261
23 Bautista Alvaro 19 SPA Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia 2'05.595
24 De Angelis Alex 15 RSM E-Motion IodaRacing Team ART 2'06.145
25 Melandri Marco 33 ITA Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia 2'07.267
Location Information

The Circuit Of The Americas is the first purpose-built Grand Prix facility in the U.S. near Austin, Texas, with a 5.513km track and a capacity for 120,000 fans. Construction of the impressive 1000-acre facility was completed late in 2012, with MotoGP lining up at the track for the first time… read more.

Length 5.513 kilometres / 3.426 miles
Width 15 metres
Left corners 11
Right corners 9
Longest straight 1.2 kilometres / 0.746 miles
Constructed 2012

9201 Circuit of the Americas Blvd Austin, TX 78617 - View in Google Maps

circuitoftheamericas.com

Records

Pole Position 2m 02.135s (162.4 km/h) Marc Marquez (Honda, 2015)
Race Lap 2m 03.575s (160.6 km/h) Marc Marquez (Honda, 2014)
Race Time 43m 33.430s (158.9 km/h) Marc Marquez (Honda, 2014)
2017 Race Winner Marc Marquez (Honda)