Marquez loses Austin Pole – Because Marc Marquez stood in the way Maverick Vinales qualifying for the GP of the United States, Marc Marquez gets a starting penalty – Pol Espargaro also offended
So, about two hours after the end of MotoGP qualifying at the Circuit of The Americas at Austin, Marc Marquez (Honda) is unlikely to get his sixth consecutive pole position on the track.
The reason: The blockade maneuver against Maverick Vinales (Yamaha) on his first flying round of the second Q2 attempt was punished by the race stewards.
Mark Marquez has moved three positions back on the grid and therefore starts from position four from the second row. Ironically, Viñales inherits the pole position. Also, Andrea Iannone (Suzuki) and Johann Zarco (Tech-3-Yamaha) move up and start on Sunday from the positions two and three.
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With Marc Marquez now starting fourth, he is lining up next to nemesis Valentino Rossi (Yamaha), who is starting in fifth. In addition to Marquez and Rossi, Jorge Lorenzo (Ducati, 6th) starts from the second row.
Pol Espargaro also received a penalty following qualifying. In Q1, the KTM rider had hindered the Swiss Tom Lüthi on his fast lap in Turn 2. The FIM Commissioners, therefore, impose the same penalty as Marquez. Espargaro will also be relegated to three places. So instead of twelfth, he will be in grid position 15.