MotoGP 2016, Marquez scores fourth consecutive pole on Texan soil, Pedrosa eighth


Yesterday Marc Marquez scored the 60th pole position of his career, his 32nd in the premier class and his fourth in a row at the Austin GP. Marc had started the day from where he left off yesterday, emerging first in both FP3 and FP4. Those sessions were held in slightly different conditions, perfectly dry in the morning, and less than ideal in the afternoon due to an earlier brief rain. No matter the conditions, Marc set the pace, working with an eye toward the race. In FP3 and FP4 his RC213V was always fitted with the medium-spec rear tyre, as he only switched to the soft option for the qualifying session. Despite working hard with his crew on every aspect of his bike setup, Dani Pedrosa hasn’t yet been able yet to connect all the dots, ending his day in eighth position, just over a tenth of a second away from the second row.

MARC MARQUEZ – 1ST  2’03.188

I’m really happy with this pole position. It looks like I feel good here in America. Maybe I didn’t do the perfect lap in qualifying and both Yamahas are closer but we’ll try to manage as best as possible tomorrow. I’m happy with how the weekend is going in general, I feel a little better with the bike every time I go out on track and our pace for the race seems competitive. The tyres are working quite well, but of course, as always here at Austin, making the right choice for the front will be crucial. It will be a tough race, both physically and in terms of lap times, because even though it doesn’t seem like it, everything is pretty tight, but I feel comfortable and I think I have the chance to fight for the victory.”

DANI PEDROSA – 8TH  2’04.379

This weekend has been a bit tough for us so far; we are working very hard but just not going fast, in particular due to the grip levels. This afternoon I tried the hard tyre, but it’s not the one that works best for us. It has been difficult for us to find the best setup for the bike. We will continue working hard for the race; we have to be very focused and make a good start.

Qualifying Results

Pos. Rider Num Nation Team Time/Gap
1 MARQUEZ Marc 93 SPA Repsol Honda Team 2’03.188
2 LORENZO Jorge 99 SPA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP 2’03.257
3 ROSSI Valentino 46 ITA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP 2’03.644
4 IANNONE Andrea 29 ITA Ducati Team 2’03.913
5 VINALES Maverick 25 SPA Team Suzuki Ecstar 2’04.247
6 CRUTCHLOW Cal 35 GBR LCR Honda 2’04.265
7 DOVIZIOSO Andrea 4 ITA Ducati Team 2’04.339
8 PEDROSA Dani 26 SPA Repsol Honda Team 2’04.379
9 ESPARGARO Aleix 41 SPA Team Suzuki Ecstar 2’04.408
10 REDDING Scott 45 GBR Octo Pramac Racing 2’04.485
11 SMITH Bradley 38 GBR Monster Yamaha Tech 3 2’04.988
12 BAZ Loris 76 FRA Avintia Racing 2’05.159
13 ESPARGARO Pol 44 SPA Monster Yamaha Tech 3 2’04.867
14 BARBERA Hector 8 SPA Avintia Racing 2’04.944
15 LAVERTY Eugene 50 IRE Aspar MotoGP Team 2’05.425
16 BRADL Stefan 6 GER Aprilia Racing Team Gresini 2’05.625
17 PIRRO Michele 51 ITA Ducati Team 2’05.702
18 HERNANDEZ Yonny 68 COL Aspar MotoGP Team 2’06.029
19 BAUTISTA Alvaro 19 SPA Aprilia Racing Team Gresini 2’06.049
20 RABAT Tito 53 SPA Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS 2’06.562
21 MILLER Jack 43 AUS Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS 2’05.684