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.
|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|
|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|
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|
|Longest straight||0.872 kilometres / 0.542 miles|
Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Indianapolis, IN, United States - View in Google Maps
|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)|