Fifth consecutive pole for Márquez for Grand Prix Of The Americas

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Repsol Honda rider sets best time in qualifying for second Grand Prix in a row this season. Dani Pedrosa will lead the second row, in fourth.

Márquez en saluda con el casco en la mano
Fifth consecutive pole for Márquez for Grand Prix Of The Americas

I’m happy with the team


Marc Márquez

Marc Márquez continues his streak of pole positions at Austin: It now stands at five in as many years.

The reigning MotoGP World Champion had two crashes in FP3, in which he finished in fourth place, and went fastest inFP4.

Dani Pedrosa was second in FP3 and FP4, and was only off the front row by 0.193s.

Marc Márquez

This pole makes me feel really good because I honestly didn’t expect it, or actually I thought it would be difficult. In fact, even considering that this circuit suits my riding style, I’ve been struggling a bit this weekend. We knew that our opponents were very strong on new tyres and we worked a lot on race distance, and I felt better on race pace than on qualifying pace. But anyway, this is a track I love, so I told myself, ‘Let’s try!’ and on my last lap I pushed to my maximum, doing my best, and we got another pole here in Austin which is very good. I’m happy with the team; we changed many things on the bike over the weekend and step-by-step we regained some confidence, so this afternoon we just focused on keeping a good pace and it worked well. We did a good job in FP4. I feel quite good on used tyres so we’ll see what we can do tomorrow.

Dani Pedrosa

Fourth isn’t so bad. I could’ve been third but it’s okay, let’s hope tomorrow Valentino will return the favour! The day was demanding because of the weather conditions—quite a bit cooler than yesterday—and of the track in general. There were many crashes, so this morning we stayed very calm. In the afternoon we definitely improved our pace and only in the end we suffered a small crash (in turn 1), luckily with no consequences. In qualifying we gave our maximum but we suffered some chatter on the front and I couldn’t improve much. We’ll try to sort out some more little things before tomorrow and give our best in the race.

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