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The front row for the MotoGP Grand Prix of the Americas is going to be very hot. The three drivers on whom the focus is placed in Austin will start in the first positions of the starting grid, with Pecco Bagnaia in pole position. The contender for the title has stopped the clock at 2: 02.781.
Fabio Quartararo will leave with him, but his time has already fallen three and a half tenths behind Bagnaia. And to complete the front row, the big favorite to victory, Marc Márquez, who made a mistake on his last lap launched and was unable to do another due to sheer bad luck with the timing, as the checkered flag fell just before starting it.
Jack Miller's slump in Q2, where he was almost a second off his time in free practice
Marquez looked like he was on his way to a new pole at Austin, but the return of Bagnaia has been sidereal to confirm himself as a true specialist on Saturdays. It is the third consecutive pole position for the Italian, who tomorrow will have to throw the rest to finish at least ahead of Quartararo.
As for Márquez, he still lacks explosiveness in a lap since he returned from injury and also failed at the key moment. It is the first time that he has not made pole in Austin, although he already has the experience of going further behind the first position in 2018, when he dragged a penalty. Still, he is still the big favorite.
The great disappointment of the classification has been Jack Miller, which has had a short circuit of the usual in it. After an almost pristine weekend, at the moment of truth he has only qualified in tenth position and, what is worse, his fastest lap was almost a second slower than the one he did in free practice.
Another who has had serious problems is Joan Mir, who blew up the engine of his Suzuki during the fourth free practice sessions. Luckily he was able to hit the track for Q1 and also made it through the cut, qualifying in eighth position on the grid, immediately behind his teammate, Alex Rins.
The power of the Ducati is also demonstrated by taking a look at the second row of the grid, where Jorge Martín is in fourth position and Johann Zarco, recently operated on his forearm, is sixth. They are separated by a formidable Takaaki Nakagami, who has been able to confirm Honda's improvement here.
In fact, the only Ducati that has been missing in Q2 is that of Enea Bastianini, since Luca Marini has given the surprise passing the Q1 and also with the best time. He will also start ninth, ahead not only of Miller but also Brad Binder, the best KTM, and Pol Espargaró, who failed at the key moment.
Follow the terrible weekend for Aleix Espargaró, who already has four falls throughout the Grand Prix, the last one in Q1. Of course, the Aprilia rider could not make it through the cut and, with Maverick Viñales dropped and seeing his performance, it seems difficult until Noale's men take some point from the United States.
Too Valentino Rossi rolled on the floor, who is going to come out second to last, only in front of Danilo Petrucci. However, his brand colleagues at Yamaha, Franco Morbidelli and Andrea Dovizioso, are slowly showing progress. Neither of them has made it through Q1 but both have come relatively close to doing so.