Marc Marquez Qualified on Pole for the Austin MotoGP 2017.
The Spanish Honda Repsol racer continues his fifth win strike at the Circuit of America’s during the qualification for the MotoGP’s Austin race in 2017.
The final results were tight; Vinales of Yamaha Movistar team came in second place after a breathtaking and fierce duel in the final lap, coming in second place with a 0.13 of a second gap. His Italian teammate, Valentino Rossi came in 3rd place with an overall timing 2:03:673 in Q2, which makes him 0.923 seconds behind Vinales.
The Yamaha Movistar teammates experienced a close call crash due to what can be clearly described as an aggressive riding incident. Vinale’s cornering speed was perfect, yet Rossi’s riding technique forced his teammate to back down and shift to a wider track line.
Let’s take a closer look……
Vinale made it clear that there are no hard feelings towards Valentino. He added that most probably the Italian racer didn’t see him coming and that he didn’t block him on purpose. In other words, this situation can happen to anyone including himself. Therefore, he totally understands the situation.
Vinales has been gaining some real momentum (and points if that matters) since the start of the 2017 season; finishing first place at Qatar and Argentina races made on top of the leaderboard with the highest points.
Even though this circuit has been very good to Marc during the past few years, yet the Yamaha’s Spanish rider will be pushing Marc’s limits to new places. That is clearly visible in Marc’s statement: “This circuit has been really good to me in the past years, but Maverick can push me,”.
Marc’s unpleasant crash in Argentina created some space for Vinales and other racers to climb positions on the leaderboard and making Honda’s favorite racer to be on the 8th place for now. Will he be able to find his way up again? Well, we`re about to see that….
The Circuit of the America’s Condition?
According to racers’ feedback, they were “battling” their way on the bumpy surface of this 6-years old circuit.
Actually, it was bumpy enough to be described as a supercross track by Jorge Lorenzo. Moreover, the weather conditions made it even worse; cool temperatures made things more challenging and lead to a series of unpleasant crashes during practice.
Alex Rins of Suzuki Team was left with a broken left wrist that knocked him out of today’s race. Marc was going to join Alex too, yet he was a little bit more fortunate than Alex.
Marc highlighted the fact that he tried two separate motorcycles with different setups to choose the best fit for this track. He also added that he managed to choose the one that gave him the perfect balance, which according to his sayings was the reason for his pole position achievement.
MotoGP enthusiasts are looking forward to watching today’s race. Will Marc shorten the gap? Will this circuit remain to be his lucky charm? Or will Vinales take over this one? We guess we’re about to find out very soon.