Capturing his first-ever pole position, LCR Honda’s Stefan Bradl will start from pole position with a qualifying time of 1.21.176. This is Bradl’s second year running in the premier class, after having captured the 2011 Moto2 World Championship.
Rounding out the top five are Repsol Honda Team’s Marc Marquez, Go&Fun Honda Gresini’s Alvaro Bautista, Yamaha Factory Racing’s Valentino Rossi and Monster Yamaha Tech3’s Cal Crutchlow.
Rookie sensation Marc Marquez of the Repsol Honda Team made a surprising and bold pass over Valentino Rossi in The Corkscrew to move into striking distance of pole sitter Stefan Bradl to win the Red Bull U.S. Grand Prix.
“I’m quite happy with the first day, it was not so bad and we stayed with the top guys in the two practices. It’s a very difficult race track to find the right settings. It is very physical for sure and Sunday will be a very long race. I feel quite confident with the bike, it’s not so bad but we have to try to do better and improve the balance, braking and acceleration. We are working to improve our performance as we are not so far from the top but we are not yet there. We hope to improve tomorrow to find a better balance for going faster and to get a good rhythm.”
The Red Bull U.S. Grand Prix kicked off Thursday with a pre-race press conference at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. Repsol Honda Team’s current championship leader Marc Marquez was joined by Monster Yamaha Tech3’s Cal Crutchlow, Yamaha Factory Racing’s Valentino Rossi, Ducati Team’s Nicky Hayden, NGM Mobile Forward Racing’s Colin Edwards, and NGM’s Alex de Angelis.