Race Results and summary for Moto2:
Race Results and summary for Moto3:
Dani Pedrosa set the quickest time in morning warm up with pole-sitting teammate Marc Marquez fourth fastest. Tech 3's Cal Crutchlow's lapped second-quickest and Jorge Lorenzo put his Yamaha into third place. Pedrosa's 2'04.341 would have been good for fifth in yesterday's qualifying. Valentino Rossi lapped two-tenths quicker than he did in qualifying. Note: Karel Abraham won't be racing today after suffering a broken collarbone in a crash in QP1.
One record down, one to go. By qualifying on pole in just his second MotoGP race, at the age of 20 years and 61 days, Marc Marquez becomes the youngest premier class polesitter in history, deposing the legendary Freddie Spencer of the crown he has held for 31 years. On Sunday, Marc Marquez will go after the next target: the record as the youngest winner of a premier class Grand Prix, also held by Spencer. If he fails to win on Sunday - a very distinct possibility - he still has until Indianapolis to take Spencer's record, making it very far from safe.
Marquez' pole was the crowning glory of an utterly impressive weekend so far. The Repsol Honda youngster has dominated most of practice, leading his teammate by a quarter of a second or more in every session but one. He was immediately fast, but his race rhythm is just as impressive. In FP3, as grip on the track improved, Marquez cranked out 2'04s and 2'05s like they were going out of style. He was consistent, too. Not quite Jorge Lorenzo consistent, but he was running a pace that would have let him build up a lead, with only Dani Pedrosa able to stay close.
Press releases from the MotoGP teams and Bridgestone after qualifying at Austin:
Press Releases from the Moto2 and Moto3 teams after qualifying at Austin:
Results and summary of qualifying for Moto2:
Results and summary of qualifying for MotoGP:
Dani Pedrosa's place at the top of the timesheets was short-lived as teammate Marc Marquez dropped into the 2'03s and rose to the top of the timesheets, making it appear as if it Sunday will be a race for second. Pedrosa was four-tenths back of his teammate and a very unhappy World Champion Jorge Lorenzo was another five-tenths back -- nearly a full second off Marquez's time heading into QP2.
Results and summary of qualifying for Moto3:
Pol Espargaro found his line and his confidence in FP3 moving up six places from the previous session and taking the top spot away from Scott Redding -- but not by much. Espargaro shaved a full two seconds from his prior practice time and it was barely enough to clip Redding by eight-hundreths of a second. Takaai Nakagami rounded out the top three at another three-tenths back.
Dani Pedrosa sent a clear message to his talented, younger teammate at the end of FP3 with a blistering lap nearly four-tenths quicker than Marc Marquez's best time. Marquez, who had dominated every practice and every test thus far at the new Circuit of the Americas track, didn't have much of a chance to answer as Pedrosa timed his quickest lap perfectly, leaving only 18 seconds on the clock for a response.
And none was coming in the final free practice in warm but breezy conditions. Marquez, who crashed heavily early in the practice session -- reportedly because of cold tires on an out lap -- will get another chance to better his time in the second qualifying practice. Jorge Lorenzo, who improved his lap times from FP2, pipped an increasingly quick Cal Crutchlow at the end of FP3 to grab the third slot.
In all, every factory bike appears likely to earn a spot in QP2 under the new MotoGP qualifying format, leaving CRT rider Aleix Espargaro (11th) and Bradley Smith (12th) and Andrea Iannone (13th) as the three riders who will lead the battle in QP1 in an effort to get into the second and final qualifying round later today.