Marc Marquez charged to his seventh consecutive pole in Texas as Jorge Lorenzo secured 11th place start.

Torrential morning rain and threats of severe lightning storms in Austin, Texas led to the cancellation of all Free Practice 3 sessions at the Circuit of the Americas. Fortunately conditions improved and the Repsol Honda Team were able to join the MotoGP field for Free Practice 4 as scheduled.

The FP4 session did allow riders to briefly test slicks on the drying track before heading into qualifying.

With the track more or less completely dry, Marc Marquez continued his perfect run of form on Texan soil to secure a seventh straight pole position. His lap of 2’03.787 put Marquez over a quarter of a second clear of second placed Rossi. While there are still areas to improve, the seven-time champion is feeling confident for tomorrow’s race.

Jorge Lorenzo took full advantage of the constantly improving conditions to advance through Q1 as the fastest rider. A technical issue halted Lorenzo’s first run in Q2 but he was able to return to track with five minutes remaining. Despite this, Lorenzo will line up 11th on the grid with the aim of fighting inside the top ten.

LCR Honda’s Cal Crutchlow completed the front row in third place.

The weather is predicted to stay dry for Sunday’s 20-lap race, which will start at 14:00 local time. Marc Marquez is out to maintain his perfect record on US soil and make it seven wins in a row at COTA.

Marc Marquez

1st 2'03.787

“I’m happy to be on pole position but for tomorrow nothing is certain yet. Today we were fastest and got pole, but no one knows about race pace or tyres yet as we lost FP3. We will have to work well in Warm Up to make up for the time we sadly lost to the weather. After Warm Up we will know more but there are many people who could be in the fight.”

Jorge Lorenzo

11th 2'05.383

“A challenging day today with the weather where we unfortunately lost some time. I was feeling strong in Q1 and pushed hard to get through then we had an issue in Q2 which upset our plan. The other bike had a different setting as we are trying a lot of different things so we couldn’t unlock our full potential. Tomorrow will be a physical race, it always is here.“

MotoGP 2019
Qualifying Round 3   Americas

Americas Grand Prix Qualifications

Pos. Rider Num Nation Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Marquez Marc 93 SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 2'03.787
2 Rossi Valentino 46 ITA Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 0.273
3 Crutchlow Cal 35 GBR LCR Honda Honda 0.360
4 Miller Jack 43 AUS Pramac Racing Ducati 0.629
5 Espargaro Pol 44 SPA Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 0.685
6 Vinales Maverick 12 SPA Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 0.702
7 Rins Alex 42 SPA Team Suzuki Ecstar Suzuki 0.747
8 Petrucci Danilo 9 ITA Ducati Team Ducati 0.909
9 Quartararo Fabio 20 FRA Petronas Yamaha SRT Yamaha 1.154
10 Morbidelli Franco 21 ITA Petronas Yamaha SRT Yamaha 1.491
11 Lorenzo Jorge 99 SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 1.596
12 Bagnaia Francesco 63 ITA Pramac Racing Ducati 2.100
13 Dovizioso Andrea 4 ITA Ducati Team Ducati 2'05.907 Q1
14 Mir Joan 36 SPA Team Suzuki Ecstar Suzuki 0.016
15 Nakagami Takaaki 30 JPN LCR Honda Honda 0.256
16 Espargaro Aleix 41 SPA Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia 0.433
17 Iannone Andrea 29 ITA Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia 0.496
18 Oliveira Miguel 88 POR Red Bull KTM Tech 3 KTM 0.512
19 Zarco Johann 5 FRA Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 0.793
20 Abraham Karel 17 CZE Reale Avintia Racing Ducati 1.098
21 Syahrin Hafizh 55 MAL Red Bull KTM Tech 3 KTM 1.277
22 Rabat Tito 53 SPA Reale Avintia Racing Ducati 1.386
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)
2019 Race Winner Alex Rins (Suzuki)