Marc Marquez On Pole At Austin MotoGP. But For How Long?

Results of final qualifying at CoTA


Final qualifying at CoTA MotoGP was nearly the standard that we have begun to expect from Marc Marquez. He was a half second-faster than anyone, then crashed in a long effort to save it, got a ride back to the garage and went out on his spare bike, Then, he cruised on the racing line and became a rolling roadblock for Maverick Vinales, ruining a fast lap for MV25. Maverick was very angry about this and moments later race direction said that the incident is “under investigation”.

Iannone made a fast lap to snare the last spot on the front row. Zarco, Rossi and Lorenzo were all very fast until the last lap when they, along with Crutchlow, were bounced off the front row.

Marquez’s crash/save/crash alone was worth the price of admission.

Pos. Rider Team Bike Time
1 Marc Marquez Repsol Honda Team Honda RC213V 2:03.658
2 Maverick Vinales Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha YZR-M1 2:04.064
3 Andrea Iannone Team SUZUKI ECSTAR Suzuki GSX-RR 2:04.209
4 Johann Zarco Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha YZR-M1 2:04.210
5 Valentino Rossi Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha YZR-M1 2:04.229
6 Jorge Lorenzo Ducati Team Ducati GP18 2:04.294
7 Cal Crutchlow LCR Honda Honda RC213V 2:04.456
8 Andrea Dovizioso Ducati Team Ducati GP18 2:04.865
9 Dani Pedrosa Repsol Honda Team Honda RC213V 2:04.963
10 Danilo Petrucci Alma Pramac Racing Ducati 2:05.058
11 Alex Rins Team SUZUKI ECSTAR Suzuki GSX-RR 2:05.260
12 Pol Espargaro Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 2:05.829


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