Austin MotoGP: Marc Marquez storms to pole in all-Honda front row

Marc Marquez cruised to his second consecutive pole of the 2014 MotoGP season after breaking the lap record in qualifying at Austin

Austin MotoGP: Marc Marquez storms to pole in all-Honda front row

The practice pacesetter was once again on a different level to the rest of the field and went to the top of the timesheets on his first lap, where he remained until the end of the session.

The reigning champion beat his previous track lap record on his second tour of the circuit and continued to improve which each lap.

His best was saved until the last when he produced a blistering 2m02.773s, smashing the previous time by 0.273 seconds.

Dani Pedrosa was the only rider within 0.3s of his Honda team-mate, while LCR's Stefan Bradl underlined his practice pace in qualifying and completes an all-Honda front row.

Aleix Espargaro continued to be the quickest Open class competitor, but it was not plain sailing for the Forward rider as he was forced to participate in Q1 after struggling during practice.

The Yamahas of Jorge Lorenzo and Valentino Rossi line up alongside him on the second row, ahead of Cal Crutchlow who was the fastest Ducati, although his day ended with a mechanical issue and he had to push-start his bike.

His former Tech 3 team-mate Bradley Smith struggled to hook up a good lap and lost time in the final sector. The Briton starts ahead of Andrea Iannone in eighth.

Follow all the race day action from the Austin MotoGP round on AUTOSPORT Race Centre Live from 4pm UK time on Sunday April 13

Pos  Rider             Team/Bike             Time       Gap
 1.  Marc Marquez      Honda                 2m02.773s
 2.  Dani Pedrosa      Honda                 2m03.062s  +0.289s
 3.  Stefan Bradl      LCR Honda             2m03.196s  +0.423s
 4.  Aleix Espargaro   Forward Yamaha        2m03.240s  +0.467s
 5.  Jorge Lorenzo     Yamaha                2m03.243s  +0.470s
 6.  Valentino Rossi   Yamaha                2m03.244s  +0.471s
 7.  Cal Crutchlow     Ducati                2m03.780s  +1.007s
 8.  Bradley Smith     Tech 3 Yamaha         2m03.800s  +1.027s
 9.  Andrea Iannone    Pramac Ducati         2m03.842s  +1.069s
10.  Andrea Dovizioso  Ducati                2m03.846s  +1.073s
11.  Pol Espargaro     Tech 3 Yamaha         2m03.913s  +1.140s
12.  Alvaro Bautista   Gresini Honda         2m03.923s  +1.150s
13.  Scott Redding     Gresini Honda         2m04.617s  Q1
14.  Nicky Hayden      Aspar Honda           2m05.062s  Q1
15.  Yonny Hernandez   Pramac Ducati         2m05.677s  Q1
16.  Hiroshi Aoyama    Aspar Honda           2m05.788s  Q1
17.  Karel Abraham     Cardion Honda         2m06.239s  Q1
18.  Hector Barbera    Avintia FTR-Kawasaki  2m06.270s  Q1
19.  Colin Edwards     Forward Yamaha        2m06.741s  Q1
20.  Michael Laverty   PBM Aprilia           2m06.939s  Q1
21.  Broc Parkes       PBM Aprilia           2m07.403s  Q1
22.  Danilo Petrucci   Ioda Aprilia          2m07.745s  Q1
23.  Mike di Meglio    Avintia FTR-Kawasaki  2m07.761s  Q1
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