Record breaking Marquez nets USA pole

Marc Marquez on his way to pole position

Marc Marquez on his way to pole position

Honda’s Marc Marquez smashed his previous Circuit of the Americas lap record on the way to securing a second MotoGP pole position of the season.

Despite an ongoing recovery from a broken leg, the reigning world champion proved to be in a league of his own as he dominated qualifying from start to finish.

His blistering 2.02.773s effort broke his existing lap record by two tenths of a second leaving the rest of the field struggling to match his pace.

Team-mate Dani Pedrosa emerged as Marquez’s nearest challenger posting a time almost three tenths of a second adrift to secure second spot.

Germany’s Stefan Bradl confirmed his impressive practice pace to grab third for an all-Honda front row lockout.

Aleix Espargaro continued to turn heads as he was fourth fastest on his Open Class Forward Yamaha ahead of the works Yamaha duo of Jorge Lorenzo and Valentino Rossi respectively.

Ducati’s Cal Crutchow enjoyed his best showing for his new team by posting the seventh fastest time but he was a second adrift of pole man Marquez.

Tech 3 Yamaha’s Bradley Smith, Pramac Ducati’s Andrea Iannone and Ducati’s Andrea Dovizioso rounded out the top 10.

Australia’s Broc Parkes will start from 21st on the grid for Paul Bird Motorsport.

In Moto3, Queensland’s Jack Miller stormed to his maiden pole position in the category after a dominant display in qualifying.

The 19-year-old from Townsville, who won the opening round of the championship in Qatar, was a full three tenths of a second quicker than his closest challenger Efren Vazquez.

“It’s nice to start from pole position but the main focus of the weekend is to have a good race tomorrow,” said Miller

“In every session we were able to get more comfortable with the bike and found better settings.

“We have a good setup for the race, but we have to continue working tomorrow morning and we’ll see where we end up.”

MotoGP Qualifying Results – Circuit of the Americas

Pos Rider Team/Bike Times Gap
1 Marc Marquez Honda 2m02.773s
2 Dani Pedrosa Honda 2m03.062s +0.289s
3 Stefan Bradl LCR Honda 2m03.196s +0.423s
4 Aleix Espargaro Forward Yamaha 2m03.240s +0.467s
5 Jorge Lorenzo Yamaha 2m03.243s +0.470s
6 Valentino Rossi Yamaha 2m03.244s +0.471s
7 Cal Crutchlow Ducati 2m03.780s +1.007s
8 Bradley Smith Tech 3 Yamaha 2m03.800s +1.027s
9 Andrea Iannone Pramac Ducati 2m03.842s +1.069s
10 Andrea Dovizios Ducati 2m03.846s +1.073s
11 Pol Espargaro Tech 3 Yamaha 2m03.913s +1.140s
12 Alvaro Bautista Gresini Honda 2m03.923s +1.150s
13 Scott Redding Gresini Honda 2m04.617s Q1
14 Nicky Hayden Aspar Honda 2m05.062s Q1
15 Yonny Hernandez Pramac Ducati 2m05.677s Q1
16 Hiroshi Aoyama Aspar Honda 2m05.788s Q1
17 Karel Abraham Cardion Honda 2m06.239s Q1
18 Hector Barbera Avintia FTR-Kawasaki 2m06.270s Q1
19 Colin Edwards Forward Yamaha 2m06.741s Q1
20 Michael Laverty PBM Aprilia 2m06.939s Q1
21 Broc Parkes PBM Aprilia 2m07.403s Q1
22 Danilo Petrucci Ioda Aprilia 2m07.745s Q1
23 Mike di Meglio Avintia FTR-Kawasaki 2m07.761s Q1

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