Marc Marquez 2nd on Laguna Seca grid, cautious Dani Pedrosa 7th
Despite a crash in the last minutes of Qualifying, Repsol Honda rookie Marc Marquez secured 2nd place for tomorrow’s Red Bull U.S. Grand Prix with teammate Dani Pedrosa, still affected by his collar bone injury, on the third row in 7th.
Marc, who was fastest this morning in FP3, suffered a small crash in turn six on his final flying lap of Q2. He was unable to return to the box in time and with his time of 1’21.193 lost out on pole position by just 0.017s to Honda rider Stefan Bradl, with Alvaro Bautista in 3rd to complete a full Honda front row. Dani, who did not take part in the morning FP3 to avoid stressing his shoulder too much, progressed comfortably through Q1 into Q2 and put in a great lap of 1’21.728 to secure 7th spot on the grid.
Marc Marquez – 2nd – 1’21.193
“I am happy, because despite the crash we are going to be starting from second on the grid for my first US Grand Prix. Obviously we would have liked to have taken pole, but I made a mistake at Turn 6 when I went in too fast. I lost the front end and couldn’t prevent the crash. I think that we’ve done a good job so far and have a strong pace, so we are confident that tomorrow we will be able to cap things off with a good race”
Dani Pedrosa – 7th – 1’21.728
“Today went a little better than yesterday. We were able to ride a little faster and I was able to make the cut for Q2. Getting seventh on the grid is very good and I’m happy with the placing, but the most important thing is that we had a good practice session and are in the mix to be able to have a good race tomorrow”
Source: Repsol Honda Team