Martin’s pole time of 2m02.039s was sufficient to interrupt Marc Marquez’s pole lap file on the Circuit of the Americas, a 2m02.135s set in 2015.
A dramatic Q2 session noticed reigning world champion Fabio Quartararo crash after sliding off his Yamaha on the penultimate nook whereas operating in fourth place.
He was in a position to get again out on his second YZR-M1 for the ultimate 5 minutes of the session, however settled for sixth on the one Yamaha inside the highest 12 – zero.595s adrift of the pole time.
Fabio Quartararo, Yamaha Manufacturing unit Racing
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Seven-time COTA poleman Marquez did not make any actual impression on the pole battle on his return to motion after two races on the sidelines as a result of imaginative and prescient issues.
The Honda rider will begin from ninth – his worst-ever COTA qualifying consequence – forward of LCR’s Takaaki Nakagami, the VR46 Ducati of Luca Marini and Pol Espargaro on the sister manufacturing unit group Honda.
Argentina race winner Aleix Espargaro was caught up in site visitors on considered one of his runs late on in Q1, with the Spaniard visibly annoyed as he backed off on that lap.
And on the next tour as he pushed to get into Q2, he crashed at Flip 6 and was resigned to 13th on the grid having taken pole only one week in the past.
The 2022 MotoGP Argentina GP will get underway at 2pm native time (7pm BST) on Sunday.
2022 Americas Grand Prix: Full qualifying outcomes: