Repsol Honda’s Marc Marquez has secured his eighth pole of the season for tomorrow’s Red Bull Indianapolis GP, despite a mistake on his first exit in qualifying, with teammate Dani Pedrosa enduring a difficult session resulting in a start from the third row in 8th position.

The lap times have been dropping significantly in every session of the weekend, due to the revised track layout and new asphalt, and qualifying was certainly no exception. Marc made a small error on his first exit and ran wide, but his second flying lap gave him provisional pole. Then on his second run, his time of 1’31.619 (lap 6 of 8) secured pole position – a full three seconds faster than his fastest lap in FP1 (1’34.885).

Dani, still not 100% happy with his setting and lack of grip, recorded his best time on his first exit in qualifying with a time of 1’32.331 (lap 3 of 8), over four seconds faster than his best lap on Friday morning (1’36.419 ). However, two small mistakes on his second run prevented him from improving on his time.

Marc has begun from the front row in Indianapolis for the past five years and tomorrow he will be hunting down his tenth consecutive win this season. Dani will be looking to make his way through the pack and battle for victory at a track where he’s enjoyed top two finishes for the past four years.

Marc Marquez

“I am happy to have taken this pole position, because it is important to start well after the summer break. The fundamental thing is that we have a good pace for tomorrow. The tyre choice tomorrow will also be important, especially with the rear. We will see what the temperature is like and, from there, decide which compound to use. I am happy with how I am feeling, and we will try to give 100%, as always.”

Dani Pedrosa

“In qualifying I wasn't able to improve my best time with my second tyre, because I couldn't do it on the three attempts I had at a hot lap. When you don't improve on this second run, you are always going to have people move ahead of you on the grid. The times are very close and unfortunately for us we had a bad qualifying session. In any case, I will work with the team tonight and tomorrow morning to try to find a faster pace for the race, and look for a little more rear grip.”

MotoGP 2014
Qualifying Round 10   Indianapolis

Results Session

Pos. Rider Num Nation Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Marquez Marc 93 SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 1'31.619
2 Dovizioso Andrea 04 ITA Ducati Team Ducati 1'31.844
3 Lorenzo Jorge 99 SPA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 1'31.869
4 Espargaro Aleix 41 SPA NGM Forward Racing Forward Yamaha 1'32.113
5 Rossi Valentino 46 ITA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 1'32.160
6 Espargaro Pol 44 SPA Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 1'32.243
7 Iannone Andrea 29 ITA Ducati 1'32.254
8 Pedrosa Dani 26 SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 1'32.331
9 Smith Bradley 38 GBR Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 1'32.343
10 Bradl Stefan 6 GER LCR Honda MotoGP Honda 1'32.514
11 Redding Scott 45 GBR Go & Fun Honda Gresini Honda 1'32.714
12 Crutchlow Cal 35 GBR Ducati Team Ducati 1'32.794
13 Hernandez Yonny 68 COL Energy T.I. Pramac Racing Ducati 1'33.166
14 Bautista Alvaro 19 SPA Go & Fun Honda Gresini Honda 1'33.294
15 Edwards Colin 5 USA Athina Forward Racing Forward Yamaha 1'33.625
16 Carnier Leon 2 GBR Aspar Team Honda 1'33.747
17 Petrucci Danilo 9 ITA Octo IodaRacing Team ART 1'33.837
18 Aoyama Hiroshi 7 JPN Aspar Team Honda 1'33.948
19 Di Meglio Mike 63 FRA Avintia Racing Avintia 1'34.244
20 Barbera Hector 8 SPA Ducati Team Ducati 1'34.332
21 Abraham Karel 17 CZE AB Motoracing Honda 1'34.369
22 Parkes Broc 23 AUS Paul Bird Motorsport PBM 1'34.764
23 Laverty Michael 70 GBR Paul Bird Motorsport PBM 1'34.814
Location Information

The first motorsport race which took place at Indy was a motorcycle one on August 14th 1909, on the 2.5 mile oval circuit, and despite its 100-year history it was not until 2008 that MotoGP arrived at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. To celebrate the event an intense modification of the… read more.

Length 4.170 kilometres / 2.591 miles
Width 16 metres
Left corners 10
Right corners 6
Longest straight 0.872 kilometres / 0.542 miles
Constructed 1909
Modified 2014

Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Indianapolis, IN, United States - View in Google Maps

www.indianapolismotorspeedway.com

Records

Pole Position 1m31.619s (163.8km/h) Marc Marquez (Honda, 2014)
Race Lap 1m32.625s (162km/) Marc Marquez (Honda, 2015)
Race Time 41m55.371s (161.1 km/h) Marc Marquez (Honda, 2015)
2015 Race Winner Marc Marquez (Honda)