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Marquez smashes lap record in qualifying at Circuit of The Americas

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Repsol Honda‰Ûªs Marc Marquez scored another record this afternoon with his pole position lap for tomorrow‰Ûªs Red Bull Grand Prix of the Americas, at the track he celebrated his first pole position and victory in the premier class.

After leading every session so far in the weekend‰Ûªs Marquez topped his pole time of 2013 (2‰Ûª03.021) by 0.248s with a lap time of 2‰Ûª02.773 on his final lap of 7 in this afternoon‰Ûªs qualifying at the Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas.

Teammate Dani Pedrosa found an improvement in his setup from yesterday, and starts from second on the grid alongside his teammate, with a time of 2‰Ûª03.062. LCR Honda rider, Stefan Bradl, completed an all-Honda front row for tomorrow‰Ûªs 21 lap race which will start at 14h00 local time.

"I?m very happy with how the weekend is going and with the qualifying session ? especially taking pole position," the Spaniard said.

"I have a good feeling with the bike and have been setting a good pace ahead of tomorrow?s race. We will try to get a good start and I'm sure we'll be fighting with Dani, as he is our strongest rival. I think that the beginning of the race will be the most important part, because with this heat the tyres suffer a lot. I will try to remain focused and have a good race!" the defending champion conlcuded.?
Marc Marquez leading Dani Pedrosa during qualifying
Dani Pedros was happy to improve over the weekend and is looking to go one better in tommorows race.

"We improved the bike a lot today and I was able to ride much better than yesterday. I managed to come very close in qualifying and hope to take advantage of all my chances to win tomorrow's race. Last year we came second so I will look to take one step further tomorrow!" Pedrosa said.

The weather forecast predicts a slight chance of rain for tomorrow‰Ûªs twenty-one lap Americas Grand Prix which starts at 1400 local time (GMT -5). The riders will have one last chance to confirm their race setup during the twenty minute Warm Up session at 0940.

Yamaha took the next three positions with NGM Forward Racing's Aleix Espargaro finishing with the fourth spot on the grid ahead of a struggeling Jorge Lorenzo

‰ÛÏFirst open and 4th overall is a very good result," Espargaro said. "We definitely improved in the qualifying, but we don‰Ûªt have the strong pace that we had in Qatar. The bike is unstable in the hard braking and I struggled a lot. In these conditions the race becomes also very physically demanding. Anyway, we will take the start from a good grid position and I will do my best."

Lorenzo is happy with some progress but is predicting a tough day on the track tomorrow.

‰ÛÏThe progression from the first practice on Friday is very big, we were two seconds behind and now half a second," Lorenzo explained. "Anyway, as I thought it‰Ûªs going to be a hard race tomorrow. Our goal is to fight for fourth or third position, I think it would be a good result because here our competitors are really strong so we need to make the best result we can, to finish on the podium would be a good thing.‰Û
Stefan Bradl made it a Honda top 3 with third fastest
MotoGP Qualifying position
1 Marc Marquez 2'02.773 ESP HONDA Repsol Honda Team
2 Dani Pedrosa 2'03.062 ESP HONDA Repsol Honda Team
3 Stefan Bradl 2'03.196 GER HONDA LCR Honda MotoGP
4 Aleix Espargaro 2'03.240 ESP FORWARD YAMAHA NGM Forward Racing
5 Jorge Lorenzo 2'03.243 ESP YAMAHA Yamaha Factory Racing
6 Valentino Rossi 2'03.244 ITA YAMAHA Yamaha Factory Racing
7 Cal Crutchlow 2'03.780 GBR DUCATI Ducati Team
8 Bradley Smith 2'03.800 GBR YAMAHA Monster Yamaha Tech 3
9 Andrea Iannone 2'03.842 ITA DUCATI Pramac Racing
10 Andrea Dovizioso 2'03.846 ITA DUCATI Ducati Team
11 Pol Espargaro 2'03.913 ESP YAMAHA Monster Yamaha Tech 3
12 Alvaro Bautista 2'03.923 ESP HONDA GO&FUN Honda Gresini
13 Scott Redding 2'04.617 GBR HONDA GO&FUN Honda Gresini
14 Nicky Hayden 2'05.062 USA HONDA Drive M7 Aspar
15 Yonny Hernandez 2'05.677 COL DUCATI Pramac Racing
16 Hiroshi Aoyama 2'05.788 JPN HONDA Drive M7 Aspar
17 Karel Abraham 2'06.239 CZE HONDA Cardion AB Motoracing
18 Hector Barbera 2'06.270 ESP AVINTIA Avintia Racing
19 Colin Edwards 2'06.741 USA FORWARD YAMAHA NGM Forward Racing
20 Michael Laverty 2'06.939 WAL PBM Paul Bird Motorsport
21 Broc Parkes 2'07.403 AUS PBM Paul Bird Motorsport
22 Danilo Petrucci 2'07.745 ITA ART IodaRacing Project
23 Mike De Meglio 2'07.761 FRA AVINTIA Avintia Racing

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