Marc Marquez charged to his seventh consecutive pole in Texas as Jorge Lorenzo secured 11th place start.

Torrential morning rain and threats of severe lightning storms in Austin, Texas led to the cancellation of all Free Practice 3 sessions at the Circuit of the Americas. Fortunately conditions improved and the Repsol Honda Team were able to join the MotoGP field for Free Practice 4 as scheduled.

The FP4 session did allow riders to briefly test slicks on the drying track before heading into qualifying.

With the track more or less completely dry, Marc Marquez continued his perfect run of form on Texan soil to secure a seventh straight pole position. His lap of 2’03.787 put Marquez over a quarter of a second clear of second placed Rossi. While there are still areas to improve, the seven-time champion is feeling confident for tomorrow’s race.

Jorge Lorenzo took full advantage of the constantly improving conditions to advance through Q1 as the fastest rider. A technical issue halted Lorenzo’s first run in Q2 but he was able to return to track with five minutes remaining. Despite this, Lorenzo will line up 11th on the grid with the aim of fighting inside the top ten.

LCR Honda’s Cal Crutchlow completed the front row in third place.

The weather is predicted to stay dry for Sunday’s 20-lap race, which will start at 14:00 local time. Marc Marquez is out to maintain his perfect record on US soil and make it seven wins in a row at COTA.

Marc Marquez

Marc Marquez 93

I’m happy to be on pole position but for tomorrow nothing is certain yet. Today we were fastest and got pole, but no one knows about race pace or tyres yet as we lost FP3. We will have to work well in Warm Up to make up for the time we sadly lost to the weather. After Warm Up we will know more but there are many people who could be in the fight.

Repsol Honda Team
Jorge Lorenzo

Jorge Lorenzo 99

A challenging day today with the weather where we unfortunately lost some time. I was feeling strong in Q1 and pushed hard to get through then we had an issue in Q2 which upset our plan. The other bike had a different setting as we are trying a lot of different things so we couldn’t unlock our full potential. Tomorrow will be a physical race, it always is here.

Repsol Honda Team
Red Bull Grand Prix of the Americas

Circuit of the Americas, United States

MotoGP 2019, Round 3

Sunny / 21
Saturday 13 Apr 2019, 21:26 UTC
  • Track Condition: Dry
  • Air Temp: 21°C
  • Humidity: 70%
  • Ground Temp: 31°C
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Team Constructor Constr. Time/Gap
1 Marc Marquez 93 SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 2'03.787
2 Valentino Rossi 46 ITA Yamaha Factory Racing Team Yamaha +0.273
3 Cal Crutchlow 35 GBR LCR Honda Honda +0.360
4 Jack Miller 43 AUS Alma Pramac Racing Ducati +0.629
5 Pol Espargaro 44 SPA Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM +0.685
6 Maverick Viñales 12 SPA Yamaha Factory Racing Team Yamaha +0.702
7 Alex Rins 42 SPA Team SUZUKI ECSTAR Suzuki +0.747
8 Danilo Petrucci 9 ITA Ducati Team Ducati +0.909
9 Fabio Quartararo 20 FRA Petronas Yamaha SRT Yamaha +1.154
10 Franco Morbidelli 21 ITA Petronas Yamaha SRT Yamaha +1.491
11 Jorge Lorenzo 99 SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda +1.596
12 Francesco Bagnaia 63 ITA Alma Pramac Racing Ducati +2.100
13 Andrea Dovizioso 4 ITA Ducati Team Ducati +0.052
14 Joan Mir 36 SPA Team SUZUKI ECSTAR Suzuki +0.292
15 Takaaki Nakagami 30 JPN LCR Honda Honda +0.469
16 Aleix Espargaro 41 SPA Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia +0.609
17 Andrea Iannone 29 ITA Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia +0.672
18 Miguel Oliveira 88 POR KTM Tech 3 Racing KTM +0.688
19 Johann Zarco 5 FRA Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM +0.969
20 Karel Abraham 17 CZE Reale Avintia Racing Ducati +1.274
21 Hafizh Syahrin 55 THA KTM Tech 3 Racing KTM +1.453
22 Tito Rabat 53 SPA Reale Avintia Racing Ducati +1.562
Sunny / 26
Saturday 13 Apr 2019, 01:35 UTC
  • Track Condition: Dry
  • Air Temp: 26°C
  • Humidity: 41%
  • Ground Temp: 42°C
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Team Constructor Constr. Time/Gap
1 Maverick Viñales 12 SPA Yamaha Factory Racing Team Yamaha 2'03.857
2 Marc Marquez 93 SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda +0.044
3 Valentino Rossi 46 ITA Yamaha Factory Racing Team Yamaha +0.146
4 Jack Miller 43 AUS Alma Pramac Racing Ducati +0.148
5 Cal Crutchlow 35 GBR LCR Honda Honda +0.261
6 Alex Rins 42 SPA Team SUZUKI ECSTAR Suzuki +0.496
7 Pol Espargaro 44 SPA Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM +0.507
8 Franco Morbidelli 21 ITA Petronas Yamaha SRT Yamaha +0.691
9 Fabio Quartararo 20 FRA Petronas Yamaha SRT Yamaha +0.732
10 Francesco Bagnaia 63 ITA Alma Pramac Racing Ducati +0.733
11 Andrea Dovizioso 4 ITA Ducati Team Ducati +0.857
12 Joan Mir 36 SPA Team SUZUKI ECSTAR Suzuki +0.994
13 Danilo Petrucci 9 ITA Ducati Team Ducati +1.049
14 Aleix Espargaro 41 SPA Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia +1.096
15 Takaaki Nakagami 30 JPN LCR Honda Honda +1.163
16 Jorge Lorenzo 99 SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda +1.312
17 Johann Zarco 5 FRA Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM +1.634
18 Andrea Iannone 29 ITA Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia +2.098
19 Karel Abraham 17 CZE Reale Avintia Racing Ducati +2.305
20 Tito Rabat 53 SPA Reale Avintia Racing Ducati +2.347
21 Miguel Oliveira 88 POR KTM Tech 3 Racing KTM +2.419
22 Hafizh Syahrin 55 THA KTM Tech 3 Racing KTM +2.993
Rider Standings
Sunday, 31 Mar 2019 - Open world standings grid
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Points Pts. Team Constructor Constr.
1 Marc MARQUEZ 93 SPA 45 Repsol Honda Team Honda
2 Andrea DOVIZIOSO 4 ITA 41 Ducati Team Ducati
3 Valentino ROSSI 46 ITA 31 Yamaha Factory Racing Team Yamaha
4 Alex RINS 42 SPA 24 Team SUZUKI ECSTAR Suzuki
5 Danilo PETRUCCI 9 ITA 20 Ducati Team Ducati
6 Cal CRUTCHLOW 35 GBR 19 LCR Honda Honda
7 Takaaki NAKAGAMI 30 JPN 16 LCR Honda Honda
8 Aleix ESPARGARO 41 SPA 13 Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia
9 Jack MILLER 43 AUS 13 Alma Pramac Racing Ducati
10 Pol ESPARGARO 44 SPA 10 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM
11 Maverick VIñALES 12 SPA 9 Yamaha Factory Racing Team Yamaha
12 Fabio QUARTARARO 20 FRA 8 Petronas Yamaha SRT Yamaha
13 Joan MIR 36 SPA 8 Team SUZUKI ECSTAR Suzuki
14 Jorge LORENZO 99 SPA 7 Repsol Honda Team Honda
15 Miguel OLIVEIRA 88 POR 5 KTM Tech 3 Racing KTM
16 Franco MORBIDELLI 21 ITA 5 Petronas Yamaha SRT Yamaha
17 Johann ZARCO 5 FRA 2 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM
18 Andrea IANNONE 29 ITA 2 Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia
19 Francesco BAGNAIA 63 ITA 2 Alma Pramac Racing Ducati