Bagnaia Shatters COTA Lap Record in Q2

April 15, 2023Ray Milton

Reigning world champion and championship leader Francesco ‘Pecco’ Bagnaia shattered the MotoGP track record at the Circuit of the Americas. Pecco set a 2m1.892s lap time; first sub 2m:02 lap time at COTA in MotoGP history. He secured pole on his final lap. Alex Rins on the LCR Honda finished second fatsest setting a 2m02.052 and Luca Marini who was fastest in FP1 ran 3rd third fastest with a 2m02.181.

Second place championship standing sitter Marco Bezzecchi was able to fight back to P5 after an earlier crash in FP2. Jack Miller who looked to be on pace for a successful qualifying crashed at turn 11 resulting in his 5th crash of the weekend. The KTM rider will start 10th. Marc Marquez’s Repsol Honda substitute Stefan Bradl will start 21st. Pol Espargaro’s who will be out with a spinal injury indefinitely was replaced by Jonas Folger who finished 22nd.

Qualifying 2 Results