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.

Marc Marquez

Pole position 2'03.658

“Basically, today was good for us, as we were the fastest in qualifying and, most importantly, were able to keep a good race pace in FP3 and FP4. Of course qualifying was a bit hectic. I crashed and had to take my second bike for the second run. I went out, and unfortunately I didn’t expect Maverick to arrive behind me because I was focused on Andrea (Iannone), who was waiting ahead and who I knew could be very fast. I apologized to Maverick but I didn’t realize he was behind me until I heard his engine. So tomorrow I’ll start from fourth. It will be important to choose the right tyre; we’ve worked a lot on used tyres and I was able to be consistent during the practices, but this track is quite physically demanding and tomorrow the temperature should be higher, so we’ll see. We’ll try and remain fully concentrated.”

Dani Pedrosa

9th 2'04.963

“Of course I’m quite satisfied because I honestly didn't expect to be able to ride, as this track is very hard. I was able to qualify directly to Q2, so I was already super-happy at that point. This morning I had to make a big effort, and I felt more pain compared to yesterday. I was expecting rain today, which would have let me have a little bit less stress on the hand so that I could recover more easily for tomorrow. But unfortunately, it was dry, and I had to go. My position wasn't so bad at one point in qualifying, but I wasn't able to improve, so I lost some positions. Anyway, I’m more than surprised just to be riding. For tomorrow, we’ll see if we can get some help from the medicines and see if this will let me give more effort, because the race is long.” 

MotoGP 2018
Qualifying Round 3   Americas

Qualifying Classification

Dry
Humidity
87%
Track Temp
23°C
Air Temp
22°C
Pos. Rider Num Nation Team Constructor Time/Gap
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 Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 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
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

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)
2018 Race Winner Marc Marquez (Honda)