Today at the Circuit of the Americas, Marc Marquez extended his record of most Pole Positions in Grand Prix history across all classes, taking the 67th pole in career (his 39th in the MotoGP class, his second in a row this season and his fifth in a row at Austin). Marc worked hard with his team on race pace on used tyres and despite suffering two crashes (without consequences) in FP3, he was able to regain good confidence on his RC213V and keep a fast pace.

Dani Pedrosa, who was another victim (among many others today) of the tricky track conditions and had a small, inconsequent tumble at the end of FP4, also lapped among the fastest during the day and set the fourth-fastest lap in qualifying, missing out on the front row by just 0.193”.

Marc Marquez

Pole position 2'02.741

“This pole makes me feel really good because I honestly didn’t expect it, or actually I thought it would be difficult. In fact, even considering that this circuit suits my riding style, I’ve been struggling a bit this weekend. We knew that our opponents were very strong on new tyres and we worked a lot on race distance, and I felt better on race pace than on qualifying pace. But anyway, this is a track I love, so I told myself, ‘Let’s try!’ and on my last lap I pushed to my maximum, doing my best, and we got another pole here in Austin which is very good. I’m happy with the team; we changed many things on the bike over the weekend and step-by-step we regained some confidence, so this afternoon we just focused on keeping a good pace and it worked well. We did a good job in FP4. I feel quite good on used tyres so we’ll see what we can do tomorrow.”

Dani Pedrosa

4th 2'03.866

“Fourth isn’t so bad. I could’ve been third but it’s okay, let’s hope tomorrow Valentino will return the favour! The day was demanding because of the weather conditions—quite a bit cooler than yesterday—and of the track in general. There were many crashes, so this morning we stayed very calm. In the afternoon we definitely improved our pace and only in the end we suffered a small crash (in turn 1), luckily with no consequences. In qualifying we gave our maximum but we suffered some chatter on the front and I couldn’t improve much. We’ll try to sort out some more little things before tomorrow and give our best in the race.”

MotoGP 2017
Qualifying Round 3   Americas

Results Session

Cloudy
Humidity
27%
Track Temp
63°C
Air Temp
18°C
Pos. Rider Num Nation Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Marquez Marc 93 SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 2'02.741
2 Vinales Maverick 25 SPA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 2'02.871
3 Rossi Valentino 46 ITA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 2'03.673
4 Pedrosa Dani 26 SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 2'03.866
5 Zarco Johann 5 FRA Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 2'03.928
6 Lorenzo Jorge 99 SPA Ducati Team Ducati 2'04.151
7 Dovizioso Andrea 4 ITA Ducati Team Ducati 2'04.431
8 Folger Jonas 94 GER Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 2'04.623
9 Crutchlow Cal 35 GBR LCR Honda Honda 2'04.661
10 Redding Scott 45 GBR Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia 2'04.673
11 Iannone Andrea 29 ITA Team Suzuki Ecstar Suzuki 2'05.741
12 Miller Jack 43 AUS Octo Pramac Racing Ducati 2'05.970
13 Petrucci Danilo 9 ITA Octo Pramac Racing Ducati 2'05.221 (Q1)
14 Baz Loris 76 FRA Reale Avintia Racing Ducati 2'05.231 (Q1)
15 Barbera Hector 8 SPA Reale Avintia Racing Ducati 2'05.541 (Q1)
16 Rabat Tito 53 SPA Reale Avintia Racing Ducati 2'05.920 (Q1)
17 Abraham Karel 17 CZE Pull&Bear Aspar Team Ducati 2'05.931 (Q1)
18 Smith Bradley 38 GBR Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 2'06.258 (Q1)
19 Bautista Alvaro 19 SPA Pull&Bear Aspar Team Ducati 2'06.295 (Q1)
20 Lowes Sam 22 GBR Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia 2'07.232 (Q1)
21 Espargaro Pol 44 SPA Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 2'07.601 (Q1)
22 Espargaro Aleix 41 SPA Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia 2'05.468 (FP2)
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)