Marquez Snatches Sensational Pole Position at COTA

Marc Marquez left himself and his MotoGP rivals breathless with a sensational pole position at the Circuit of the Americas. The world champion was forced to sprint the length of the pitlane with minutes remaining in Q2 after a failure on his Honda RC213V but showed remarkable composure to smash the lap record on his second machine moments later.

Everything looked to be following the formbook early in Q1 with Marquez taking provisional pole on a 2:02.803 but as he entered the pit straight to start his second run, the no.93 Repsol Honda ground to a halt with apparent gearbox problems. With no other option but to rest his machine against the pitwall, Marc leapt straight over the pitwall and embarked on a sprint towards his garage. On arrival, Marc’s second motorcycle was fired up and ready but the pre-session favourite needed to catch his breath and keep his cool as his rivals demoted him down the order.

Cal Crutchlow was the first to strike with two minutes remaining, the Briton setting a 2:02.613 on his LCR Honda but Jorge Lorenzo, having recovered from bronchitis, moved Yamaha to the top of the leaderboard with a new lap record. Ducati had been remarkably quiet through free practice but Andrea Dovizioso changed that in the final minute of Q2 with a 2:02.474 but Marquez had beaten the chequered flag and still had a chance.

Having now fallen to seventh, Marquez was under pressure to deliver but his team needn’t have worried as the 22 year old outpaced Dovizioso in all four sectors to set a 2:02.135, maintaining his unbeaten record in Austin. Ducati’s team leader will start second while Jorge Lorenzo will round out the front row, just ahead of teammate Valentino Rossi.

The championship leader will have two British riders for company on row two with Cal Crutchlow having been relegated to fifth, just ahead of the sensational Scott Redding, but Bradley Smith was left to rue electronic problems which left him with just one run to secure a grid position. The end result was tenth with Andrea Iannone, Aleix Espargaro and Pol Espargaro between himself and his compatriots.


2015 Red Bull Grand Prix of the Americas: Qualifying Classification

PosRiderConstructorTeamBest Time 
193. Marc MarquezHondaRepsol Honda Team2:02.135Q2
24. Andrea DoviziosoDucatiDucati Team2:02.474Q2
399. Jorge LorenzoYamahaMovistar Yamaha MotoGP2:02.540Q2
446. Valentino RossiYamahaMovistar Yamaha MotoGP2:02.573Q2
535. Cal CrutchlowHondaCWM LCR Honda2:02.613Q2
645. Scott ReddingHondaEstrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS2:02.674Q2
729. Andrea IannoneDucatiDucati Team2:02.792Q2
841. Aleix EspargaroSuzukiTeam Suzuki Ecstar2:02.869Q2
944. Pol EspargaroYamahaMonster Yamaha Tech 32:03.161Q2
1038. Bradley SmithYamahaMonster Yamaha Tech 32:03.440Q2
119. Danilo PetrucciDucatiPramac Racing2:03.741Q2
1225. Maverick VinalesSuzukiTeam Suzuki Ecstar2:03.754Q2
138. Hector BarberaDucatiAvintia Racing2:03.926Q1
146. Stefan BradlForward YamahaAthina Forward Racing2:04.275Q1
1568. Yonny HernandezDucatiPramac Racing2:04.313Q1
1663. Mike Di MeglioDucatiAvintia Racing2:04.392Q1
1750. Eugene LavertyHondaAspar MotoGP Team2:04.875Q1
187. Hiroshi AoyamaHondaRepsol Honda Team2:05.086Q1
1943. Jack MillerHondaCWM LCR Honda2:05.156Q1
2076. Loris BazForward YamahaAthina Forward Racing2:05.214Q1
2117. Karel AbrahamHondaAB Motoracing2:05.261Q1
2269. Nicky HaydenHondaAspar MotoGP Team2:05.569Q1
2319. Alvaro BautistaApriliaAprilia Racing Team Gresini2:05.595Q1
2415. Alex de AngelisARTOcto IodaRacing Team2:06.145Q1
2533. Marco MelandriApriliaAprilia Racing Team Gresini2:07.267Q1