Marquez makes pole in Texas
THIRD IN QATAR, POLE IN TEXAS: Honda's Marc Marquez on the podium after the 2013 Qatar MotoGP. He'll start from pole in the 2013 MotoGP of the Americas. Image: AFP
Author: STEVE KEATING
AUSTIN, Texas - Spanish rookie Marc Marquez out-gunned Honda team mate Dani Pedrosa to grab his first career pole at the Grand Prix of the Americas on Saturday.
Marquez clocked 2min3.021 around the twisting Circuit of the Americas and could become the youngest winner of MotoGP premier class race if he can continue his domination of the Austin, Texas track on Sunday.
The 20-year-old replaces 1983 World champion Freddie Spencer as the youngest pole-starter in the top class of the sport.
Marquez dominated free practice, posting the best time in three of four sessions.
Pedrosa had topped the morning practice but could not better Marquez when it counted and was denied pole by 0.254ec.
Double World champion Jorge Lorenzo, winner of the MotoGP season opener in Qatar two weeks earlier, was third quickest to complete an all-Spanish front row.
Britain's Cal Crutchlow ended the Spanish run, putting his non-works Tech3 Yamaha fourth on the grid, followed by Germany's Stefan Bradl (Honda) and Italian Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati).
Italian great Valentino Rossi, back on a Yamaha as Lorenzo's team mate after two years with Ducati, will race from eighth. on the grid.
Result from 2013 Texas MotoGP qualification
1 Marc Marquez (Spain) Honda 2min03.021
3 Jorge Lorenzo (Spain) Yamaha 2min04.100
4 Cal Crutchlow (Britain) Yamaha 3 2min04.267
5 Stefan Bradl (Germany) Honda 2min04.445
6 Andrea Dovizioso (Italy) Ducati 2min04.873
7 Alvaro Bautista (Spain) Honda 2min04.942
8 Valentino Rossi (Italy) Yamaha 2min05.380
9 Aleix Espargaro (Spain) Aspar 2min05.389
10 Nicky Hayden (US) Ducati 2min05.568
1 Scott Redding (Britain) Kalex 2min10.577
2 Takaaki Nakagami (Japan) Kalex 2min11.266
3 Nicolas Terol (Spain) Suter 2min11.287
4 Esteve Rabat (Spain) Pons Kalex 2min11.383
5 Dominique Aegerter (Switzerland) Suter 2min11.606
6 Simone Corsi (Italy) Speed up 2min11.725
7 Pol Espargaro (Spain) Pons Kalex 2min11.838
8 Xavier Simeon (Belgium) Kalex 2min11.859
9 Mika Kallio (Finland) Kalex 2min11.925
10 Julian Simon (Spain) Kalex 2min12.001
1 Alex Rins (Spain) Galicia 2min16.396
2 Luis Salom (Spain) KTM 2min16.879
3 Maverick Vinales (Spain) Laglisse 2min17.100
4 Jack Miller (Australia) 2min18.303
5 Jonas Folger (Germany) Aspar 2min18.570
6 Alex Marquez (Spain) Galicia 2min18.595
7 Niklas Ajo (Finland) Tecno 2min18.618
8 Danny Webb (Britain) Ambrogio 2min18.899
9. Alexis Masbou (France) Seta 2min18.906
10 Arthur Sissis (Australia) KTM 2min18.951