Marquez Claims 7th Straight Pole: 2019 Austin MotoGP Qualifying

2019 Austin MotoGP Qualifying Honda's Marc Marquez

2019 Austin MotoGP Qualifying Results

Marc Marquez did it once again. Followed a delayed start to qualifying due to some heavy storms that canceled free practice 3 at Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas, the Repsol Honda pilot clocked the fastest time in the first qualifying session.

In qualifying two, the Spaniard claimed the pole position on lap second of six. This was his seventh-straight pole at COTA. Marquez has earned victory at every round held in Austin from pole since the track joined the series in 2013.

2019 Austin MotoGP Qualifying Marc MarquezMarquez claimed the pole position with a 2:03.787. To put this time into perspective, the Circuit Record at COTA is a 2:03.575, which was set by Marquez in 2014.

Joining Marquez on the front row for Sunday’s are Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP’s Valentino Rossi (-0.273) and LCR Honda’s Cal Crutchlow (-0.360).

“I’m happy to be on pole position but for tomorrow nothing is certain yet,” Marc Marquez said following 2019 Ausin MotoGP Qualifying. “Today we were fastest and got pole, but no one knows about race pace or tires 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.”

2019 Austin MotoGP Qualifying Valentino RossiPramac Racing Ducati’s Jack Miller heads up row two, the Australian qualifying ahead of Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Pol Espargaro and Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP’s Maverick Vinales, who led Friday’s free practice.

Rounding out the top 10 in qualifying were Team Suzuki Ecstar’s Alex Rins, Mission Winnow Ducati’s Danilo Petrucci, and the Petronas Yamaha SRT duo of Fabio Quartararo and Franco Morbidelli.

As for Repsol Honda’s Jorge Lorenzo, he qualified 11th, 1.596 seconds behind Marquez.

Sunday’s 20-lap Grand Prix of Americas at the 3.42-mile Formula 1 circuit gets underway at 3 p.m. ET Sunday. For television times, visit 2019 MotoGP US TV Times.

2019 Austin MotoGP Qualifying Cal Crutchlow

2019 Austin MotoGP Qualifying Results

Pos.RiderTime
1Marc Marquez02’03.787
2Valentino Rossi00’00.273
3Cal Crutchlow00’00.360
4Jack Miller00’00.629
5Pol Espargaro00’00.685
6Maverick Viñales00’00.702
7Alex Rins00’00.747
8Danilo Petrucci00’00.909
9Fabio Quartararo00’01.154
10Franco Morbidelli00’01.491
11Jorge Lorenzo00’01.596
12Francesco Bagnaia00’02.100

2019 Austin MotoGP Qualifying Results | Photos

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