2019 Austin MotoGP QP Result: A Closer Look

Marc Marquez set the weekend's fastest MotoGP lap and seized pole position Saturday at the Circuit of the Americas track near Austin, Texas. But familiar company lurks just behind the Repsol Honda rider who has taken pole position at all seven MotoGP races held at the American circuit. Valentino Rossi made the most of his penultimate lap to lock-down second place on the grid and to close to within three-tenths of a second behind the leader.

Rossi, second in the previous race in Argentina and third in the championship, has enjoyed consistently top-five lap times all weekend. The same can be said for Cal Crutchlow who finished qualifying another tenth back. Crutchlow set his fastest lap late in the session to push Jack Miller (4th) from the final spot on the front row. 

But the surprise of the session belonged to KTM's Pol Espargaro. With a 2'04.472 lap, the younger of the two Espargaro brothers racing in MotoGP gave KTM is best-ever qualifying position in fifth. (KTM joined the full-time MotoGP ranks in 2017.) Maverick Vinales, second in last year's race at COTA, put his factory Yamaha on the final slot in the second row.

Alex Rins, who briefly jumped into third place near the end of qualifying, was demoted to seventh as riders saved their best laps for late. Danilo Petrucci took top Ducati honors with eighth on the grid after advancing from Q1. Satellite Yamaha teammates Fabio Quartararo (9th) and Franco Morbidelli (10th) completed the top 10. Factory Ducati rider Andrea Dovizioso, who is second in the championship behind Marquez, didn't advance out of Q1 and will start the race on the fifth row in 13th. 

While a heavy rainstorm cancelled the morning's FP3 and created mixed conditions in FP4, COTA was dry for the two MotoGP qualifying sessions. While Marquez didn't quite reach his 2018 pole lap of 2'03.658 -- or come close to his all-time circuit record of 2'02.125 -- track conditions are predicted to be ideal for Sunday's race with a race-time temperature of 23C (74F) under a clear sky. 

Result:

Q2:

*Riders in bold advanced from Q1

Pos. Num. Rider Bike Time Gap 1st Prev.
POLE 93 Marc MARQUEZ Honda 2'03.787    
2 46 Valentino ROSSI Yamaha 2'04.060 0.273 0.273
3 35 Cal CRUTCHLOW Honda 2'04.147 0.360 0.087
4 43 Jack MILLER Ducati 2'04.416 0.629 0.269
5 44 Pol ESPARGARO KTM 2'04.472 0.685 0.056
6 12 Maverick VIÑALES Yamaha 2'04.489 0.702 0.017
7 42 Alex RINS Suzuki 2'04.534 0.747 0.045
8 9 Danilo PETRUCCI Ducati 2'04.696 0.909 0.162
9 20 Fabio QUARTARARO Yamaha 2'04.941 1.154 0.245
10 21 Franco MORBIDELLI Yamaha 2'05.278 1.491 0.337
11 99 Jorge LORENZO Honda 2'05.383 1.596 0.105
12 63 Francesco BAGNAIA Ducati 2'05.887 2.100 0.504

Q1:

Pos. Num. Rider Bike Time Gap 1st Prev.
Q2 99 Jorge LORENZO Honda 2'05.855    
Q2 9 Danilo PETRUCCI Ducati 2'05.891 0.036 0.036
13 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO Ducati 2'05.907 0.052 0.016
14 36 Joan MIR Suzuki 2'06.147 0.292 0.240
15 30 Takaaki NAKAGAMI Honda 2'06.324 0.469 0.177
16 41 Aleix ESPARGARO Aprilia 2'06.464 0.609 0.140
17 29 Andrea IANNONE Aprilia 2'06.527 0.672 0.063
18 88 Miguel OLIVEIRA KTM 2'06.543 0.688 0.016
19 5 Johann ZARCO KTM 2'06.824 0.969 0.281
20 17 Karel ABRAHAM Ducati 2'07.129 1.274 0.305
21 55 Hafizh SYAHRIN KTM 2'07.308 1.453 0.179
22 53 Tito RABAT Ducati 2'07.417 1.562 0.109

 

Round Number: 
3
2019
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Comments

Marquez in front as expected, Rossi quite strong in all sessions this weekend. I still fear Marc will check out soon.

Miller the best Ducati, if he keeps his form he will get Petruccis seat.

Vinalez a little bit dissapointing, at a track where he is normally (and was in the first sessions) good.

As someone said, the Ktm seems now a little bit like the old Ducati, where only one rider was able to get the best out of the understeering bike, impressive work from Espargaro and over two seconds faster than the next best Ktm with Oliviera.

I wonder if we will see a mechanical tomorrow, the bumps and jumps seem to put unusual stress on the bikes. The track condition is really ridiculous, with some riders nearly getting thrown of their bikes on the straight.

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