Today Marc Marquez scored the 60th pole position of his career, his 32nd in the premier class and his fourth in a row at the Austin GP. Marc had started the day from where he left off yesterday, emerging first in both FP3 and FP4. Those sessions were held in slightly different conditions, perfectly dry in the morning, and less than ideal in the afternoon due to an earlier brief rain.

No matter the conditions, Marc set the pace, working with an eye toward the race. In FP3 and FP4 his RC213V was always fitted with the medium-spec rear tyre, as he only switched to the soft option for the qualifying session.

Despite working hard with his crew on every aspect of his bike setup, Dani Pedrosa hasn’t yet been able to connect all the dots, ending his day in eighth position, just over a tenth of a second away from the second row.

Marc Marquez

1st 2'03.188

“I’m really happy with this pole position. It looks like I feel good here in America. Maybe I didn’t do the perfect lap in qualifying and both Yamahas are closer but we’ll try to manage as best as possible tomorrow. I'm happy with how the weekend is going in general, I feel a little better with the bike every time I go out on track and our pace for the race seems competitive. The tyres are working quite well, but of course, as always here at Austin, making the right choice for the front will be crucial. It will be a tough race, both physically and in terms of lap times, because even though it doesn't seem like it, everything is pretty tight, but I feel comfortable and I think I have the chance to fight for the victory.”

Dani Pedrosa

8th 2'04.379

"This weekend has been a bit tough for us so far; we are working very hard but just not going fast, in particular due to the grip levels. This afternoon I tried the hard tyre, but it's not the one that works best for us. It has been difficult for us to find the best setup for the bike. We will continue working hard for the race; we have to be very focused and make a good start."

MotoGP 2016
Qualifying Round 3   Americas

Qualifying Results

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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
Modified 2018 (track repairs to the surface to smooth down bumps)

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


Pole Position 2m 00.864s (164.2 km/h) Maverick Viñales (Aprilia, 2024)
Race Lap 2m 02.575s (161.9 km/h) Maverick Viñales (Aprilia, 2024)
Race Time 41m 09.503s (160.7 km/h) Maverick Viñales (Aprilia, 2024)
2024 Sprint Winner Maverick Viñales (Aprilia)
2024 Race Winner Maverick Viñales (Aprilia)