Dramatic Austin qualifying as Marquez takes pole in final moments with record lap

Marquez speeds to pole

Repsol Honda’s Marc Marquez has taken his first pole position of 2015 in sensational fashion for tomorrow’s Red Bull GP of The Americas. His teammate, Hiroshi Aoyama – standing in for Dani Pedrosa – qualified in 18th for the twenty one lap race.

With rain threatening to arrive at any time, the MotoGP riders were thankful to have a dry day at the Austin track after yesterday’s difficult conditions. Marc led this morning’s FP3 and FP4 and confirmed his place in Q2. Hiroshi improved throughout the day but was unable to reach Q2 and sealed his 6th row start from 18th place with his time of 2’05.086.

As the 15-minute Q2 session got underway, Marc took provisional pole on his first exit. After returning to the pits for a fresh rear tire, Marc exited back on track but encountered a warning light on his dashboard, so as a safety measure he switched the bike off, HRC engineers are looking into this issue. Thankfully this happened on the pit straight and Marc was able to sprint back to his garage to jump on his second bike. The fast reactions of his team meant the bike was already running as he approached the garage and with 2’27 remaining Marc made it back out on track – demoted to 7th as other riders posted faster laps.

He passed the start / finish line with seconds to spare and immediately pushed his Honda RC213V to the limit. Marc lit up the timing screens in all sectors and took a stunning pole position with his time of 2’02.135 smashing his own record from 2014 by over half a second (2’02.773) and 0.339 faster than second place Dovizioso.


Marc Marquez
I'm happy, because after having a problem we were able to come back and set the fastest time. It was rather different to what we are used to, because when I crossed the line for the first time with the second tire I saw a warning light on the bike. When that happens, we are normally advised to shut off the engine. I was able to get out again on the second bike and cross the line right at the cut-off point to put in a final lap, which worked out well for us. It's important, because tomorrow we are expecting an eventful race with the unstable weather conditions. If the race is dry, then I'm ready. If it's wet, then we will have to see how things go in the moment!


Pos. Rider Num Nation Team Time
1 MARQUEZ Marc 93 SPA Repsol Honda Team 2'02.135
2 DOVIZIOSO Andrea 4 ITA Ducati Team 2'02.474
3 LORENZO Jorge 99 SPA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP 2'02.540
4 ROSSI Valentino 46 ITA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP 2'02.573
5 CRUTCHLOW Cal 35 GBR CWM LCR Honda 2'02.613
6 REDDING Scott 45 GBR Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS 2'02.674
7 IANNONE Andrea 29 ITA Ducati Team 2'02.792
8 ESPARGARO Aleix 41 SPA Team Suzuki Ecstar 2'02.869
9 ESPARGARO Pol 44 SPA Monster Yamaha Tech 3 2'03.161
10 SMITH Bradley 38 GBR Monster Yamaha Tech 3 2'03.440
11 PETRUCCI Danilo 9 ITA Pramac Racing 2'03.741
12 VINALES Maverick 25 SPA Team Suzuki Ecstar 2'03.754
13 BARBERA Hector 8 SPA Avintia Racing 2'03.926
14 BRADL Stefan 6 GER Athina Forward Racing 2'04.275
15 HERNANDEZ Yonny 68 COL Pramac Racing 2'04.313
16 DI MEGLIO Mike 63 FRA Avintia Racing 2'04.392
17 LAVERTY Eugene 50 IRE Aspar MotoGP Team 2'04.875
18 AOYAMA Hiroshi 7 JPN Repsol Honda Team 2'05.086
19 MILLER Jack 43 AUS CWM LCR Honda 2'05.156
20 BAZ Loris 76 FRA Athina Forward Racing 2'05.214
21 ABRAHAM Karel 17 CZE AB Motoracing 2'05.261
22 HAYDEN Nicky 69 USA Aspar MotoGP Team 2'05.569
23 BAUTISTA Alvaro 19 SPA Aprilia Racing Team Gresini 2'05.595
24 DE ANGELIS Alex 15 RSM Athina Forward Racing 2'06.145
25 MELANDRI Marco 33 ITA Aprilia Racing Team Gresini 2'07.267

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