MotoGP: Ducati power wins another pole – Bagnaia tops COTA

Reigning world champion Francesco Bagnaia claimed a first pole of the 2023 MotoGP season after smashing the lap record in qualifying for the Americas Grand Prix.

Qualifying quickly came around at the Red Bull Grand Prix of the Americas, and as ever the premier class did not fail to entertain. The mind games were in full swing in Q2, but the number 1 plated Ducati of Francesco Bagnaia (Ducati Lenovo Team) held strong to set a new lap record and take pole position at the Circuit of the Americas with a stunning 2:01.892.

Alex Rins (LCR Honda Castrol) shocked the paddock as he flew the flag for Honda and secured the middle spot on the front row, with Luca Marini (Mooney VR46 Racing Team) lining up alongside him in P3.

L to R: Rins, Bagnaia and Marini

Qualifying Results

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Behind
1 1 Francesco Bagnaia Ducati 2m01.892s 0.000s
2 42 Alex Rins Honda 2m02.052s 0.160s
3 10 Luca Marini Ducati 2m02.181s 0.289s
4 73 Alex Marquez Ducati 2m02.242s 0.350s
5 72 Marco Bezzecchi Ducati 2m02.268s 0.376s
6 41 Aleix Espargaro Aprilia 2m02.539s 0.647s
7 20 Fabio Quartararo Yamaha 2m02.749s 0.857s
8 12 Maverick Viñales Aprilia 2m02.882s 0.990s
9 5 Johann Zarco Ducati 2m03.062s 1.170s
10 43 Jack Miller KTM 2m03.084s 1.192s
11 33 Brad Binder KTM 2m03.107s 1.215s
12 89 Jorge Martin Ducati 2m03.292s 1.400s
13 36 Joan Mir Honda 2m02.743s 0.851s
14 21 Franco Morbidelli Yamaha 2m02.950s 1.058s
15 88 Miguel Oliveira Aprilia 2m03.065s 1.173s
16 49 Fabio Di Giannantonio Ducati 2m03.350s 1.458s
17 30 Takaaki Nakagami Honda 2m03.403s 1.511s
18 51 Michele Pirro Ducati 2m03.452s 1.560s
19 25 Raúl Fernández Aprilia 2m03.527s 1.635s
20 37 Augusto Fernandez KTM 2m03.798s 1.906s
21 6 Stefan Bradl Honda 2m03.907s 2.015s
22 94 Jonas Folger KTM 2m07.597s 5.705s


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