MotoGP: Qualifying Results from Austin

04/12/2014 @ 2:46 pm, by Jensen Beeler8 COMMENTS

MotoGP: Qualifying Results from Austin marc marquez repsol honda motogp cota scott jones 635x423

MotoGP Qualifying Results from the Grand Prix of the Americas at Austin, Texas:

Pos.RiderTeamBikeKM/HTimeDiff.
1Marc MARQUEZRepsol Honda TeamHonda332.42’02.773 -
2Dani PEDROSARepsol Honda TeamHonda335.72’03.0620.289
3Stefan BRADLLCR Honda MotoGPHonda336.82’03.1960.423
4Aleix ESPARGARO*NGM Forward RacingForward Yamaha325.72’03.2400.467
5Jorge LORENZOMovistar Yamaha MotoGPYamaha331.52’03.2430.470
6Valentino ROSSIMovistar Yamaha MotoGPYamaha331.52’03.2440.471
7Cal CRUTCHLOWDucati TeamDucati330.62’03.7801.007
8Bradley SMITHMonster Yamaha Tech 3Yamaha330.12’03.8001.027
9Andrea IANNONEPramac RacingDucati336.02’03.8421.069
10Andrea DOVIZIOSODucati TeamDucati333.32’03.8461.073
11Pol ESPARGAROMonster Yamaha Tech 3Yamaha334.42’03.9131.140
12Alvaro BAUTISTA*GO&FUN Honda GresiniHonda336.42’03.9231.150
13Scott REDDING*GO&FUN Honda GresiniHonda317.32’04.6170.177
14Nicky HAYDEN*Drive M7 AsparHonda314.72’05.0620.622
15Yonny HERNANDEZ*Energy T.I. Pramac RacingDucati326.12’05.6771.237
16Hiroshi AOYAMA*Drive M7 AsparHonda322.82’05.7881.348
17Karel ABRAHAM*Cardion AB MotoracingHonda316.52’06.2391.799
18Hector BARBERA*Avintia RacingAvintia319.02’06.2701.830
19Colin EDWARDS*NGM Forward RacingForward Yamaha320.62’06.7412.301
20Michael LAVERTY*Paul Bird MotorsportPBM312.52’06.9392.499
21Broc PARKES*Paul Bird MotorsportPBM304.72’07.4032.963
22Danilo PETRUCCI*IodaRacing ProjectART311.62’07.7453.305
23Mike DI MEGLIO*Avintia RacingAvintia320.02’07.7613.321

*Participated in Q1

Source: MotoGP; Photo: © 2014 Scott Jones / Scott Jones Photography – All Rights Reserved

Comment:

  1. Brandon says:

    Looks like the same as last year now…. I think we were all hoping for more battles with more bikes this year.. specially given all the hype around open class etc… looks like Qatar was a one off and that the factory bikes will fight with themselves again.

  2. Mike says:

    If these times were set on 2013 spec tires, which Lorenzo was fine with, then Rossi really is competitively fast on this year’s M1.

  3. L2C says:

    A. Espargaro is P4 only because he piggybacked Lorenzo’s slipstream on the Open class soft option tires that the factory bikes don’t have access to. During the race tomorrow, the reality will set in and Aleix is not going to like it.

    I don’t think that Aleix is doing himself any favors by constantly attempting to obscure his true potential. For him, those soft option tires are a menace. He’s only going to get his butt kicked and then pout and throw things afterwards. Then he’ll deliver a “I coulda, woulda, shoulda” Stanley Kowalski speech to boot.

    Let’s see if Aleix finishes better than Bradley Smith. My single George Washington greenback is on Smith.

  4. Mark says:

    @L2C

    What? Using the Open class soft option tires during qualifying is a rational decision for anyone in the open class. Sure, A. Espargaro will not be as fast during the race, but it is better to start from row 2 than row 4, even if you can’t hold the pace of the others in row 2 with you. That’s not “attempting obscure his true potential.” It’s taking every advantage allowed by the rules.

    Andrea Dovizioso also used an open class soft tire during qualifying. Is he “obscuring his true potential”?

  5. BBQdog says:

    Aleix Erpargaro on a 2 year old Open Yamaha qualifying for the factory Yamaha’s of Rossi and Lorenzo. After his excellent performance last year on the ART Aprilia I wondered why he wasn’t
    given a factory machine. But maybe this is the way Yamaha wants to test the possibilities
    of the Open class.

  6. L2C says:

    “It’s taking every advantage allowed by the rules.”

    Sure it is — but for Aleix, this doesn’t do him any favors in the long run. His confidence was nearly destroyed after the qualifying sessions at Qatar. And just after I wrote that comment above, I read over at Crash Net that Aleix recognizes that his P4 means nothing precisely because he used those tires during qualifying.

    A. Espargaro’s exact words: “It’s not real, I’m a realistic guy and know that it’s because of the soft tyre.”

    I’m actually happy to have read that because it means he hasn’t set himself up to unrealistic expectations. At Qatar he certainly did, though it now seems that he has learned from that experience.

  7. L2C says:

    “After his excellent performance last year on the ART Aprilia I wondered why he wasn’t
    given a factory machine.”

    One factor was that all of the factory slots had been filled.

  8. smiler says:

    Yawnathon. Honda 1,2,3 strange that when Bridgestone cannot produce enough tires for the year, which is utterly amazing. Is this a comedy? That April fool about Red Bull running MotoGP is unfortunate because I think anyone else would do a better job than Dorna.

    So unless Rossi gets in there is will be another procession.