|LCR Honda rider Cal Crutchlow qualified on the third row for Sunday’s Red Bull Grand Prix of the Americas after a frustrating qualifying session. Conditions on Saturday proved much more testing at the Circuit of the Americas in Austin with cold weather ensuring the riders struggled to improve on their efforts from Friday.
Crutchlow performed well in the morning’s free practice sessions and went through to Q2 with the fifth fastest time in the field. However, the Briton could not capitalise and saw his hopes of a spot amongst the frontrunners quashed when he came off his RC213V when on a quick lap. That left him down in ninth spot on the grid, although the 31-year-old remains hopeful he can still challenge during Sunday’s main event.
Crutchlow’s fellow Honda rider Marc Marquez claimed his fifth consecutive pole in Texas, with championship leader Maverick Viñales just behind him.