Updated: Sunday, 13 April 2014 04:48 | By Agence France-Presse

Marquez takes pole in Texas

World champion Marc Marquez set a new lap record on his way to securing pole position for the second race in succession on Saturday at the Grand Prix of the Americas.


Marquez takes pole in Texas

Marc Marquez of Spain and Repsol Honda Team rounds the bend during the Grand Prix of the Americas - Free Practice at Circuit of The Americas on April 11, 2014 in Austin, Texas

The Spaniard, who took pole in the season-opener in Qatar and then went on to win the race under the desert floodlights, clocked a record 2min 02.886sec on the factory Honda at the circuit where he celebrated his maiden MotoGP win last season.

Marquez's Honda teammate Dani Pedrosa was second-fastest while Stefan Bradl ensured a Honda lockout of the front row.

For Marquez, who broke his leg in February in a dirt-bike accident in his native Spain, it was an 11th premier class pole position and it was achieved with a 0.289sec advantage over Pedrosa.

German rider Bradl was 0.423sec off the top.

It will be an all-Yamaha second row for Sunday’s race, with Aleix Espargaro edging the superstar factory pair of Jorge Lorenzo and Valentino Rossi.

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