MotoGP: Qualifying Results from Austin

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


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

Pos. Rider Team Bike KM/H Time Diff.
1 Marc MARQUEZ Repsol Honda Team Honda 332.4 2’02.773  –
2 Dani PEDROSA Repsol Honda Team Honda 335.7 2’03.062 0.289
3 Stefan BRADL LCR Honda MotoGP Honda 336.8 2’03.196 0.423
4 Aleix ESPARGARO* NGM Forward Racing Forward Yamaha 325.7 2’03.240 0.467
5 Jorge LORENZO Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 331.5 2’03.243 0.470
6 Valentino ROSSI Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 331.5 2’03.244 0.471
7 Cal CRUTCHLOW Ducati Team Ducati 330.6 2’03.780 1.007
8 Bradley SMITH Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 330.1 2’03.800 1.027
9 Andrea IANNONE Pramac Racing Ducati 336.0 2’03.842 1.069
10 Andrea DOVIZIOSO Ducati Team Ducati 333.3 2’03.846 1.073
11 Pol ESPARGARO Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 334.4 2’03.913 1.140
12 Alvaro BAUTISTA* GO&FUN Honda Gresini Honda 336.4 2’03.923 1.150
13 Scott REDDING* GO&FUN Honda Gresini Honda 317.3 2’04.617 0.177
14 Nicky HAYDEN* Drive M7 Aspar Honda 314.7 2’05.062 0.622
15 Yonny HERNANDEZ* Energy T.I. Pramac Racing Ducati 326.1 2’05.677 1.237
16 Hiroshi AOYAMA* Drive M7 Aspar Honda 322.8 2’05.788 1.348
17 Karel ABRAHAM* Cardion AB Motoracing Honda 316.5 2’06.239 1.799
18 Hector BARBERA* Avintia Racing Avintia 319.0 2’06.270 1.830
19 Colin EDWARDS* NGM Forward Racing Forward Yamaha 320.6 2’06.741 2.301
20 Michael LAVERTY* Paul Bird Motorsport PBM 312.5 2’06.939 2.499
21 Broc PARKES* Paul Bird Motorsport PBM 304.7 2’07.403 2.963
22 Danilo PETRUCCI* IodaRacing Project ART 311.6 2’07.745 3.305
23 Mike DI MEGLIO* Avintia Racing Avintia 320.0 2’07.761 3.321

*Participated in Q1

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

  • Brandon

    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.

  • Mike

    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.

  • L2C

    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.

  • Mark


    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”?

  • BBQdog

    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.

  • L2C

    “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.

  • L2C

    “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.

  • smiler

    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.