Marc Marquez on pole for today’s MotoGP race at Austin

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Marc Marquez set a new track-record lap at Circuit of the Americas to take the pole position going into this afternoon’s MotoGP Red Bull Grand Prix of the Americas in Austin, Texas.

Marquez, who began his World Championship defense with a win in the season opener last month in Qatar, lapped the circuit yesterday in 2 minutes, 2.886 seconds on his Repsol Honda to claim the pole.

The Spaniard also paced this morning’s warmup session ahead of the race, which begins at 3 p.m. ET and features a possibility for rain (check out the forecast from NBC’s Austin affiliate, KXAN).

Marquez’s teammate at Repsol Honda, Dani Pedrosa, will start in the middle of an all-Honda front row following his qualifying lap of 2 minutes, 3.062 seconds. LCR Honda’s Stefan Bradl logged a lap of 2 minutes, 3.196 seconds and will be on the outside of that row.

Yamaha riders make up the second row of the grid, with Aleix Espargaro, Jorge Lorenzo, and Valentino Rossi in positions fourth through sixth.

Nicky Hayden led the American riders in qualifying and will start 14th on his Honda (middle of Row 5). The other Yank in the field, “Texas Tornado” Colin Edwards, will start 19th on his Yamaha after announcing his retirement at the end of this season during the weekend at COTA.

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Wide range of tire selections for Mexican Grand Prix

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The focus this week is on the United States Grand Prix from¬†Circuit of The Americas in Austin, but because it’s Tuesday, the Pirelli tire selections for next week’s Mexican Grand Prix are also out.

And for once, there’s a wide variance in selections.

Both Red Bull and Ferrari have gone for a more balanced portion of supersoft and ultrasoft tires, with Red Bull only selecting six sets of ultrasoft tires.

Meanwhile all other teams have gone between eight to 10 sets of ultrasoft tires.

The full breakdown is below.