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Marquez: “I didn’t do the perfect lap”

Marquez: “I didn’t do the perfect lap”

For the fourth year running Marc Marquez takes pole for the Red Bull Grand Prix of The Americas.

There was little doubt in the MotoGP™ World Championship paddock that Marc Marquez would take his fourth straight pole at the Circuit of the Americas after he had dominated the weekend. Never one to disappoint, Marquez produced a 2’03.189 to secure pole position for Sunday’s race. Every session Marquez has entered has seen him at the top over the course of the weekend, but Q2 saw the smallest gap of them all as Jorge Lorenzo (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP) ended the 15-minute session 0.069s behind him. This surprised the Repsol Honda Team rider somewhat and he knows both the factory Yamahas will be in the mix during Sunday’s 21 lap race. The session also saw Marquez fit his RC213V with the soft rear for the first time during Saturday. He was also able to celebrate a 60th career pole position.

On all of his previous seven premier class visits to the United States, Marquez has won. Signs currently point to the Spaniard making it eight out of eight, his pace strong in all the conditions that Texas has presented. Tyre choice will be a deciding factor for the race, the 20 corners of the Texan track pushing tyres to their limits in previous years. The weekend has seen Marquez test a number of aerodynamic modifications to his RC213V including bigger winglets and a revised front air intake.

Marc Marquez: “I’m really happy with this pole position. It looks like I feel good here in America. Maybe I didn’t do the perfect lap in qualifying and both Yamahas are closer but we’ll try to manage as best as possible tomorrow. I'm happy with how the weekend is going in general, I feel a little better with the bike every time I go out on track and our pace for the race seems competitive. The tyres are working quite well, but of course, as always here at Austin, making the right choice for the front will be crucial. It will be a tough race, both physically and in terms of lap times, because even though it doesn't seem like it, everything is pretty tight, but I feel comfortable and I think I have the chance to fight for the victory.”

Tags:
MotoGP, 2016, RED BULL GRAND PRIX OF THE AMERICAS, Q2, Marc Marquez, Repsol Honda Team

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