Marquez on pole as Vinales and Rossi come to blows

Marc Marquez holds off Maverick Vinales for pole as he also crashes with Valentino Rossi!

Marc Marquez has held off Maverick Vinales for pole position at the America MotoGP while the Movistar Yamaha rider avoided a collision with team-mate Valentino Rossi.

With Marquez and Vinales trading top lap times through the free practice sessions and into qualifying, the Repsol Honda rider got the better of his countryman to keep his unbeaten pole streak going at the Circuit of the Americas with a 2m 02.741s.

Vinales' 2m 02.871s saw him take second on the grid, almost a full second ahead of team-mate Rossi who completes the front row, but the factory Yamaha riders had a coming together midway through Q2.

On his opening flying lap Vinales was blocked off by Rossi at turn 19, with the pair narrowly avoiding a collision, which saw the Spaniard angrily gesticulating at the nine-time world champion.

With Rossi storming to third late on, it knocked Dani Pedrosa on to the front of the second row ahead of Tech 3 Yamaha’s Johann Zarco and Ducati’s Jorge Lorenzo. Fellow factory Ducati rider Andrea Dovizioso starts seventh with Jonas Folger and Cal Crutchlow also on row three – despite the British rider crashing midway through qualifying.

With Scott Redding 10th, Andrea Iannone and Jack Miller complete the fourth row in Q2 after also slipping off track in qualifying.

Alex Rins will miss the American MotoGP round with a broken wrist while Karel Abraham has also withdrawn from the event due to a hairline fracture in his right ankle.

Qualifying 2:     

1.           Marc Marquez  ESP        Repsol Honda Team (RC213V)    2m         2.741s              [Lap 7/7]             333km/h (Top Speed)

2.           Maverick Viñales             ESP        Movistar Yamaha MotoGP (YZR-M1)              2m         2.871s   +0.130s [7/7]     336km/h

3.           Valentino Rossi ITA        Movistar Yamaha MotoGP (YZR-M1)       2m              3.673s   +0.932s [7/7]     336km/h

4.           Dani Pedrosa     ESP        Repsol Honda Team (RC213V)    2m         3.866s              +1.125s [7/7]     344km/h

5.           Johann Zarco     FRA       Monster Yamaha Tech 3 (YZR-M1)*         2m              3.928s   +1.187s [6/6]     335km/h

6.           Jorge Lorenzo    ESP        Ducati Team (Desmosedici GP17)             2m              4.151s   +1.410s [5/6]     342km/h

7.           Andrea Dovizioso            ITA        Ducati Team (Desmosedici GP17)              2m         4.431s   +1.690s [3/7]     340km/h

8.           Jonas Folger       GER       Monster Yamaha Tech 3 (YZR-M1)*         2m              4.623s   +1.882s [3/7]     335km/h

9.           Cal Crutchlow    GBR       LCR Honda (RC213V)      2m         4.661s              +1.920s [3/5]     333km/h

10.         Scott Redding    GBR       Octo Pramac Racing (Desmosedici GP16)              2m         4.673s   +1.932s [6/7]     339km/h

11.         Andrea Iannone ITA        Team Suzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR)      2m         5.741s              +3.000s [5/6]     334km/h

12.         Jack Miller          AUS       Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS (RC213V)   2m              5.970s   +3.229s [4/5]     337km/h

Qualifying 1:     

13.         Danilo Petrucci  ITA        Octo Pramac Racing (Desmosedici GP17)              2m         05.221s 341km/h           

14.         Loris Baz             FRA       Reale Avintia Racing (Desmosedici GP15)              2m         05.231s 332km/h           

15.         Hector Barbera ESP        Reale Avintia Racing (Desmosedici GP16)              2m         05.541s 339km/h           

16.         Tito Rabat          ESP        Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS (RC213V)   2m              05.920s 335km/h           

17.         Karel Abraham  CZE        Pull&Bear Aspar Team (Desmosedici GP15)              2m         05.931s 339km/h           

18.         Bradley Smith    GBR       Red Bull KTM Factory Racing (RC16)        2m              06.258s 328km/h           

19.         Alvaro Bautista  ESP        Pull&Bear Aspar Team (Desmosedici GP16)              2m         06.295s 338km/h           

20.         Sam Lowes         GBR       Factory Aprilia Gresini (RS-GP)* 2m              07.232s 325km/h           

21.         Pol Espargaro    ESP        Red Bull KTM Factory Racing (RC16)        2m              07.601s 329km/h           

22.         Aleix Espargaro ESP        Factory Aprilia Gresini (RS-GP)    No Time

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