Márquez romps to pole position at Austin
12 April 2014 – Reigning MotoGP Champion Marc Márquez continued his fine start to the 2014 season as he stormed to pole position for the Grand Prix of the Americas at Austin.
Márquez set several times quick enough for pole position but his fastest time 2:02.773 enabled him to finish the session 0.289s clear of Repsol Honda team-mate Dani Pedrosa, with LCR's Stefan Bradl in third place.
Forward Racing rider Aleix Espargaró will start from fourth place, ahead of Yamaha's Jorge Lorenzo and Valentino Rossi, who were split by just 0.001s.
Britain's Cal Crutchlow was the quickest Ducati rider and will start from the head of the third row in seventh, ahead of compatriot Bradley Smith and Pramac's Andrea Iannone.
Andrea Dovizioso rounded out the top 10 while Pol Espargaró and Álvaro Bautista completed the Q2 runners.
Britain's Scott Redding narrowly missed the cut for Q2 as he set quick sector times across the first half of the lap but lost time as he hit traffic during the final few corners. He will line up from 13th place, just ahead of team-mate Nicky Hayden and Yonny Hernández.
Hiroshi Aoyama will line up from 16th place, ahead of Karel Abraham, Héctor Barberá and home favourite Colin Edwards. Michael Laverty, Broc Parkes, Danilo Petrucci and Mike Di Meglio will round out the grid.
The race will begin on Sunday at 2:00pm local time (GMT -5)