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GP of The Americas Qualifying Report

Marc Marquez continues his domination of the Austin circuit, will he be able to make it three from three from pole tomorrow?

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After an opening day of wet practice sessions and several tumbles, qualifying mercifully took place under dry conditions.

MotoGP

MotoGP's qualifying is split into two parts. The riders are separated by virtue of their fastest times in Free Practice. The top 10 automatically qualify for Q2, while the remaining riders take part in Q1, where the two fastest riders join the top 10 in Q2. The remaining riders from Q1 fill in the grid from 13th downwards.

Marc Marquez set a new track record on his Repsol factory Honda, his time of 2'02.135 smashing his time from last year by six tenths of a second. This came after his bike stopped on track with just three minutes left in the session - he sprinted back to the pits, got on his second bike and duly smashed the field.

Ducati rider Andrea Dovizioso will start from second, three tenths behind Marquez, with Jorge Lorenzo third.

Andrea Iannone and Maverick Viñales made it through from Q1, with Iannone starting from seventh, and Viñales 12th.

Hiroshi Aoyama has taken Dani Pedrosa's place on the grid while the Spaniard recovers from arm pump surgery, and he starts from 18th.

MotoGP Starting Grid
1 (93) Marc Marquez 2 (4) Andrea Dovizioso 3 (99) Jorge Lorenzo
4 (46) Valentino Rossi 5 (35) Cal Crutchlow 6 (45) Scott Redding
7 (29) Andrea Iannone 8 (41) Aleix Espagaro 9 (44) Pol Espagaro
10 (38) Bradley Smith 11 (9) Danilo Petrucci 12 (25) Maverick Viñales
13 (8) Hector Barbera 14 (6) Stefan Bradl 15 (68) Yonny Hernandez
16 (63) Mike Di Meglio 17 (50) Eugene Laverty 18 (7) Hiroshi Aoyama
19 (43) Jack Miller 20 (76) Loris Baz 21 (17) Karel Abraham
22 (69) Nicky Hayden 23 (19) Alvaro Bautista 24 (15) Alex De Angelis
25 (15) Marco Melandri


Moto2

Xavier Simeon took the Moto2 pole on his last lap, pipping Sam Lowes by 0.054 seconds after the Brit decided to sit out the last few minutes of the session after crashing. Defending champion Tito Rabat will start from third after looking particularly quick in qualifying.

Axel Pons did not set a time in qualifying, so it remains to be seen if he takes to the grid tomorrow.

Moto2 Starting Grid
1 (19) Xavier Simeon 2 (22) Sam Lowes 3 (1) Tito Rabat
4 (5) Johann Zarco 5 (21) Franco Morbidelli 6 (30) Takaaki Nakagami
7 (60) Julian Simon 8 (40) Alex Rins 9 (77) Dominique Aegerter
10 (23) Marcel Schrotter 11 (36) Mika Kallio 12 (3) Simone Corsi
13 (95) Anthony West 14 (39) Luis Salom 15 (55) Hafizh Syahrin
16 (11) Sandro Cortese 17 (12) Thomas Luthi 18 (4) Randy Krummenacher
19 (94) Jonas Folger 20 (88) Ricard Cardus 21 (7) Lorenzo Baldassarri
22 (96) Louis Rossi 23 (73) Alex Marquez 24 (25) Azlan Shah
25 (70) Robin Mulhauser 26 (10) Thitipong Warokorn 27 (66) Florian Alt
28 (51) Zaqhwan Zaidi 29 (2) Jesko Raffin XX (49) Axel Pons


Moto3

Moto3 qualifying most definitely belonged to Danny Kent. The Leopard Racing Brit, who earlier in the day set the fastest lap around COTA on a Moto3 bike in the 3 years the championship has visited, then broke that record by posting a time of 2'15.344, a second faster than last year's pole time. His time was 0.5sec faster than second-placed Red Bull KTM rider Miguel Oliveira, with Gresini's Andrea Locatelli a further 0.26sec behind. The rest of the field was split by just 3.2 seconds.

Expect the race to be the usual cluster party that Moto3 invariably is, but Kent will feel confident in getting away and making the rest chase him.

Moto3 Starting Grid
1 (52) Danny Kent 2 (44) Miguel Oliveira 3 (55) Andrea Locatelli 4 (23) Niccolò Antonelli
5 (9) Jorge Navarro 6 (20) Fabio Quartararo 7 (32) Isaac Viñales 8 (33) Enea Bastianini
9 (21) Francesco Bagnaia 10 (10) Alexis Masbou 11 (41) Brad Binder 12 (88) Jorge Martin
13 (58) Juanfran Guevara 14 (11) Livio Loi 15 (17) John McPhee 16 (7) Efren Vazquez
17 (76) Hiroki Ono 18 (95) Jules Danilo 19 (5) Romano Fenati 20 (98) Karel Hanika
21 (31) Niklas Ajo 22 (16) Andrea Migno 23 (84) Jakub Kornfeil 24 (12) Matteo Ferrari
25 (25) Stefano Manzi 26 (19) Alessandro Tonucci 27 (2) Remy Gardner 28 (63) Zulfahmi Khairuddin
29 (24) Tatsuki Suzuki 30 (91) Gabriel Rodrigo) 31 (6) Maria Herrera 32 (65) Philipp Oettl
33 (22) Ana Carrasco 34 (40) Darryn Binder