Marquez Too Strong in Indianapolis Qualifying

Marc Marquez looks set to maintain his phenomenal record of success in the United States after claiming pole position for the Indianapolis. The world champion set a phenomenal time on his very first hot lap of the session, leaving his rivals playing a fruitless game of catch-up for the remainder of the pole position shootout.

After an impressive showing in final practice, Bradley Smith headed into qualifying as the second fastest rider and the Briton went quickest initially on a 1:32.589. The Tech 3 rider was soon shuffled back down the order though when the Repsol Hondas got up to speed with Dani Pedrosa going four tenths faster while Marquez found even more time, smashing through the 1:32 barrier to clock a 1:31.884.

Curiously, Valentino Rossi had ducked back into the pits without registering a lap time on his first run but the championship leader shot straight up to third when he re-joined the fray. He was soon demoted down the order though in a frantic finish to the session, starting with an improved second run for Smith which bumped him back onto the front row.

Cal Crutchlow was the next to make progress with the LCR rider setting up a potential Honda 1-2-3 but Jorge Lorenzo eventually secured the last spot on the front row, pipping Crutchlow to third by 0.022s. Danilo Petrucci used a well-timed slipstream to snatch fifth from Smith while Andrea Iannone salvaged seventh for Ducati’s factory team, relegating Rossi to eighth.

Maverick Vinales produced another magnificent effort to qualify ninth, three places ahead of his Suzuki teammate Aleix Espargaro, while Andrea Dovizioso and Pol Espargaro will start between the GSX-RRs after being put in the shade by their respective teammates again.



PosRiderConstructorTeamBest Time 
193. Marc MarquezHondaRepsol Honda Team1:31.884Q2
226. Dani PedrosaHondaRepsol Honda Team1:32.055Q2
399. Jorge LorenzoYamahaMovistar Yamaha MotoGP1:32.186Q2
435. Cal CrutchlowHondaCWM LCR Honda1:32.208Q2
59. Danilo PetrucciDucatiOcto Pramac Racing1:32.243Q2
638. Bradley SmithYamahaMonster Yamaha Tech 31:32.269Q2
729. Andrea IannoneDucatiDucati Team1:32.468Q2
846. Valentino RossiYamahaMovistar Yamaha MotoGP1:32.511Q2
925. Maverick VinalesSuzukiTeam SUZUKI ECSTAR1:32.571Q2
104. Andrea DoviziosoDucatiDucati Team1:32.636Q2
1144. Pol EspargaroYamahaMonster Yamaha Tech 31:32.670Q2
1241. Aleix EspargaroSuzukiTeam SUZUKI ECSTAR1:32.814Q2
1345. Scott ReddingHondaEstrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS1:33.170Q1
148. Hector BarberaDucatiAvintia Racing1:33.199Q1
1568. Yonny HernandezDucatiOcto Pramac Racing1:33.278Q1
1643. Jack MillerHondaCWM LCR Honda1:33.381Q1
176. Stefan BradlApriliaAprilia Racing Team Gresini1:33.822Q1
1819. Alvaro BautistaApriliaAprilia Racing Team Gresini1:33.839Q1
1950. Eugene LavertyHondaAspar MotoGP Team1:33.978Q1
2069. Nicky HaydenHondaAspar MotoGP Team1:34.030Q1
2115. Alex de AngelisARTOcto IodaRacing Team1:34.226Q1
2263. Mike Di MeglioDucatiAvintia Racing1:34.322Q1
2324. Toni EliasHondaAB Motoracing1:35.167Q1