MotoGP Austin: Marc Marquez Takes Seventh COTA Pole Position
- The Round 3 on MotoGP 2019, Red Bull Grand Prix of The Americas ran Qualifying at Circuit Of The Americas on April 13, 2019.
Reigning champion Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda) took his seventh consecutive pole position at Austin.
The second position was Valentino Rossi (Monster Yamaha) behind Marquez by 0.273s.Cal Crutchlow (LCR Honda) took the third position, who got unexpectedly result due to jump start penalty in previously race.
On the 2nd row starting members are Jack Miller (Pramac Ducati), Pol Espargaro (Red Bull KTM Factory) and Maverick Vinales (Monster Yamaha).
QATAR GP winner Andrea Dovizioso (Mission Winnow Ducati) was not able to advance to Q2. He will start at 13th place tomorrow.
Marc Marquez said, “Everything is closer than last year, when I had more margin. We’ll see tomorrow in the Warm Up because I still have a problem that we need to solve, I can’t tell you what it is, don’t ask me. I will give you a clue: is one of the circuits with more turns in 1st gear, normally in the other circuits there aren’t, and we are having some troubles here. That was our strong point in this circuit but now it’s our weakness, we can say.
We need to understand it for the pace, because the objective is to have a good pace. We need to cause troubles for the Yamahas, they are working so well here. Viñales struggled a little bit more, but when he has more laps he improved a lot. It’s related with electronics, and it’s normal when you do an evolution on your engine, there appear other problems that you didn’t have before. We need to analyse it to solve it for tomorrow.”
Cal Crutchlow said, “Yeah, and if I get a start like I did in Argentina I’ll lead into the first corner also, so I cannot wait for tomorrow’s start. No of course we’re happy overall, we were happy with our pace in Argentina, my team did a fantastic job – the LCR Honda Castrol Honda team and HRC have been working very hard lately to give us a bike capable of being at the front. And it shows we have that because at the last three Grands Prix we’ve been at the front in a lot of sessions. I’m positive for tomorrow of course, I look forward to having a good race. We share the front row with two great riders and we’ll go with.
I feel good, I feel good. I don’t know how fast Marc is compared to everyone else. He’s really difficult to understand because normally he goes a lot faster in the practice and qualifying than he does in the race so let’s see. I think for sure he has a superior pace but there’s a lot of guys that are close behind, so it’ll be a good battle for sure. We need to be able to make these guys not be able to breathe you know and we will try our best. But if he escapes, he escapes. We’ll try and get the best result after that.”
Red Bull Grand Prix of The Americas Qualifying Results
- Marc Marquez / Repsol Honda / 2m 3.787s
- Valentino Rossi / Monster Yamaha / 2m 4.060s
- Cal Crutchlow / LCR Honda / 2m 4.147s
- Jack Miller / Pramac Ducati / 2m 4.416s
- Pol Espargaro / Red Bull KTM Factory / 2m 4.472s
- Maverick Viñales / Monster Yamaha / 2m 4.489s
- Alex Rins / Suzuki Ecstar / 2m 4.534s +0.747s
- Danilo Petrucci / Mission Winnow Ducati / 2m 4.696s
- Fabio Quartararo / Petronas Yamaha SRT / 2m 4.941s
- Franco Morbidelli / Petronas Yamaha SRT / 2m 5.278s
- Jorge Lorenzo / Repsol Honda / 2m 5.383s +1.596s
- Francesco Bagnaia / Pramac Ducati / 2m 5.887s
- Andrea Dovizioso / Mission Winnow Ducati / 2m 05.907s
- Joan Mir / Suzuki Ecstar / 2m 06.147s
- Takaaki Nakagami / LCR Honda / 2m 06.324s
- Aleix Espargaro / Factory Aprilia Gresini / 2m 06.464s
- Andrea Iannone / Factory Aprilia Gresini / 2m 06.527s
- Miguel Oliveira / Red Bull KTM Tech3 / 2m 06.543s
- Johann Zarco / Red Bull KTM Factory / 2m 06.824s
- Karel Abraham / Reale Avintia Ducati / 2m 07.129s
- Hafizh Syahrin / Red Bull KTM Tech3 / 2m 07.308s
- Tito Raba / Reale Avintia Ducati / 2m 07.417s
- source : MotoGP