Alex Rins was not only the fastest in Saturday’s third and final practice session, he also ran the fastest time in qualifying in the Moto3 series, posting a blistering 2:16.396 on his No. 42 Estralla Galicia 0.0 bike on the new Circuit of The Americas™ Grand Prix racetrack. This will be his third pole position in this his second year on the Moto3 series. The 17-year-old rider from Barcelona will share the front row with the Moto3 points leader Luis Salom, who’ll be atop the No. 39 bike for the Red Bull KTM Ajo team, plus Maverick Viñales, riding the No. 25 KTM bike for Team Calvo.
Marc Marquez continued his mastery of the new Circuit of The Americas™ track Saturday, April 20, as his No. 93 Repsol Honda edged out the No. 26 bike of his teammate Dani Pedrosa, to take the pole position for the April 21 Red Bull MotoGP of The Americas in Austin. In the process the 20-year-old Spaniard, who celebrated a birthday in February, became the youngest driver to earn a pole in the history of MotoGP™. He did so by posting a scorching time of 2:03.021 in qualifying, with an average speed of just over 100 mph. Pedrosa was only a half-second slower, at 2:03.275. Sharing the front row with the two Hondas will be the reigning 2012 Moto GP champion Jorge Lorenzo, riding his No. 99 Yamaha Factory Team bike. Lorenzo, who posted a qualifying time of 2:014.100, was also the series champion in 2010. He has been running in the series since 2008 and has 24 wins on his resume.
Estrella Galicia 0,0’s Alex Rins has dominated the Moto3™ Qualifying session. The 17-year-old from Barcelona will share Sunday’s front row with championship leader Luis Salom and Maverick Viñales. -Photos by Keith Rizzo
Bradley Ray won the first race of the Red Bull MotoGP Rookies Cup for 2013 leading pole man Karel Hanika and Toprak Razgatlıoğlu. The 15-year-old had set off from 4th on the grid but soon overtook 17-year-old Hanika. -Photos by Keith Rizzo
On only his second MotoGP™ race weekend, 20-year-old Marc Marquez has achieved pole position for the Red Bull Grand Prix of the Americas. The Repsol Honda Team rider led teammate Dani Pedrosa and championship leader Jorge Lorenzo respectively. -Photos by Keith Rizzo
Moto2™ championship leader Pol Espargaro moved ahead of all rivals in Saturday morning’s final practice session. The Tuenti HP 40 rider led Scott Redding and Takaaki Nakagami, with whom he shared the Qatar podium two weeks ago. -Photos by Keith Rizzo