Today Marc Marquez took his sixth pole out of six GPs held at the Circuit of the Americas, and his first this season, but tomorrow he will start from fourth place on the grid after being sanctioned and given a three-place grid penalty.
A turn 13 crash from his second flying lap forced Marquez to rush back to the pit and jump on his second bike to defend his provisional pole. He managed that but didn’t realize that Maverick Vinales was coming fast behind him and found himself in the way. This was the reason for the penalty.
After fighting hard in this morning’s FP3 to keep a top-10 position in order to gain direct access to QP2, a recovering Dani Pedrosa pushed himself to the limit to grab an impressive third-row start, with the ninth-fastest lap time.
Tomorrow’s 2:00pm race will be the first of the seven rounds in the 2018 calendar that will be shortened in distance. The Americas GP will be reduced by one lap, from 21 to 20.
|1||Marquez Marc||93||SPA||Repsol Honda Team||Honda||2'03.658|
|2||Vinales Maverick||25||SPA||Movistar Yamaha MotoGP||Yamaha||0.406|
|3||Iannone Andrea||29||ITA||Team Suzuki Ecstar||Suzuki||0.551|
|4||Zarco Johann||5||FRA||Red Bull KTM Factory Racing||KTM||0.552|
|5||Rossi Valentino||46||ITA||Movistar Yamaha MotoGP||Yamaha||0.571|
|6||Lorenzo Jorge||99||SPA||Ducati Team||Ducati||0.636|
|7||Crutchlow Cal||35||GBR||LCR Honda||Honda||0.798|
|8||Dovizioso Andrea||4||ITA||Ducati Team||Ducati||1.207|
|9||Pedrosa Dani||26||SPA||Repsol Honda Team||Honda||1.305|
|10||Petrucci Danilo||9||ITA||Alma Pramac Racing||Ducati||1.400|
|11||Rins Alex||42||SPA||Team Suzuki Ecstar||Suzuki||1.602|
|12||Espargaro Pol||44||SPA||Red Bull KTM Factory Racing||KTM||2.171|
|13||Nakagami Takaaki||30||JPN||LCR Honda||Honda||2'05.457 Q1|
|14||Rabat Tito||53||SPA||Reale Avintia Racing||Ducati||2'05.686 Q1|
|15||Smith Bradley||38||GBR||Red Bull KTM Factory Racing||KTM||2'05.761 Q1|
|16||Syahrin Hafizh||55||MAL||Monster Yamaha Tech 3||Yamaha||2'05.873 Q1|
|17||Morbidelli Franco||21||ITA||EG 0,0 Marc VDS||Honda||2'05.943 Q1|
|18||Miller Jack||43||AUS||Alma Pramac Racing||Ducati||2'05.966 Q1|
|19||Espargaro Aleix||41||SPA||Aprilia Racing Team Gresini||Aprilia||2'06.035 Q1|
|20||Luthi Tom||12||SWI||EG 0,0 Marc VDS||Honda||2'06.222 Q1|
|21||Bautista Alvaro||19||SPA||Angel Nieto Team||Ducati||2'06.296 Q1|
|22||Redding Scott||45||GBR||Aprilia Racing Team Gresini||Aprilia||2'06.370 Q1|
|23||Abraham Karel||17||CZE||Angel Nieto Team||Ducati||2'06.537 Q1|
|24||Simeon Xavier||10||BEL||Reale Avintia Racing||Ducati||2'06.726 Q1|
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|
|Longest straight||1.2 kilometres / 0.746 miles|
|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 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)|
|2018 Race Winner||Marc Marquez (Honda)|