Marc Marquez will go for a fourth straight Indianapolis Motor Speedway win on Sunday, and his second in a row in MotoGP. Marc Marquez will go for a fourth straight Indianapolis Motor Speedway win on Sunday, and his second in a row in MotoGP. Photo courtesy motogp.com

Marquez claims eighth pole of season at Indy

Written by  on Sunday, 10 August 2014 09:01

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. - Reigning MotoGP World Champion Marc Marquez of Spain posted a lap of 1 minute, 31.619 seconds on Saturday on his Repsol Honda to win the pole for Sunday's Red Bull Indianapolis GP at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Marquez, the winner from the pole at last year's Red Bull Indianapolis GP, has now won eight pole positions this season and 17 in his MotoGP career. A perfect nine-for-nine in MotoGP races this season, Marquez will look to tie Australian legend Mick Doohan's modern-era record of 10 consecutive wins. He will also be chasing his fourth win at IMS to go along with his Moto2 victories in 2011 and 2012 and his MotoGP win last year.

The 27-lap MotoGP race starts at 2 p.m. on Sunday.

"We found a really good setup with the new layout and corners," Marquez said. "We changed a little bit from last year because it's less stop and go, and you need to keep more corner speed. So we tried to do that. And I feel good, especially for the race. I have a good rhythm. I feel comfortable. In the qualifying and practice, I'm happy for the pole because after holidays, again to get the confidence, it's important. Tomorrow I hope for a normal race, dry race, and try to fight for the victory."

A top-5 finisher in five of his six starts at Indianapolis, Andrea Dovizioso of Italy posted the second-fastest qualifying time of 1:31.844 on his Ducati and will start on the grid next to Marquez. This is Dovizioso's best qualifying effort of the season. He started third in France in his only other front-row start this season.

Rounding out the front row will be two-time MotoGP World Champion and 2009 Red Bull Indianapolis GP winner Jorge Lorenzo of Spain on his Movistar Yamaha, who turned a best lap of 1:31.869. With his performance Lorenzo continues his streak of starting on the front row in each of the seven years of this event.

Other notables in qualifying on Saturday include Valentino Rossi of Italy, the six-time MotoGP World Champion and winner of the inaugural Red Bull Indianapolis GP in 2008, who posted a lap of 1:32.160 on his Yamaha to land in the middle of Row 2.

Dani Pedrosa of Spain, last year's runner-up and winner in 2010 and 2012, will start on his Honda from the middle of Row 3 after posting a time of 1:32.331.

During an afternoon practice session, Pedrosa set the record trap speed for a motorcycle at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway of 216.9 mph (349.0km/h), topping the previous standard of 214.5 mph (345.2km/h) set during Saturday's morning practice session by Dovizioso.

American Colin Edwards, who will retire from racing at the end of this season, will start on the outside of Row 5 after turning a lap of 1:33.625 on his Forward Yamaha.

Mika Kallio of Finland won the pole for the Moto2 race on his Kalex bike with his time of 1:36.883. The 25-lap Moto2 race will start on Sunday at 12:20 p.m.

Current points leader Jack Miller of Australia, who crashed Saturday morning during a practice session, won his sixth Moto3 pole of the season with a lap of 1:40.727. The 23-lap Moto3 race will begin at 11 a.m.

--From Indianapolis Motor Speedway

MotoGP Qualifying Results

Pos.

Rider

Num.

Nation

Team

Constructor

Time/Gap

1

Marc Marquez

93

ESP

Repsol Honda Team

HONDA

1'31.619

2

Andrea Dovizioso

4

ITA

Ducati Team

DUCATI

1'31.844

3

Jorge Lorenzo

99

ESP

Yamaha Factory Racing

YAMAHA

1'31.869

4

Aleix Espargaro

41

ESP

NGM Mobile Forward Racing

YAMAHA

1'32.113

5

Valentino Rossi

46

ITA

Yamaha Factory

YAMAHA

1'32.160

6

Pol Espargaro

44

ESP

Monster Yamaha Tech 3

YAMAHA

1'32.243

7

Andrea Iannone

29

ITA

Pramac Racing

DUCATI

1'32.254

8

Dani Pedrosa

26

ESP

Repsol Honda Team

HONDA

1'32.331

9

Bradley Smith

38

GBR

Monster Yamaha Tech 3

YAMAHA

1'32.343

10

Stefan Bradl

6

GER

LCR Honda MotoGP

HONDA

1'32.514

11

Scott Redding

45

GBR

Go & Fun Honda Gresini

HONDA

1'32.714

12

Cal Crutchlow

35

GBR

Ducati Team

DUCATI

1'32.794

13

Yonny Hernandez

68

COL

Pramac Racing

DUCATI

1'33.166

14

Alvaro Bautista

19

ESP

Go & Fun Honda Gresini

HONDA

1'33.294

15

Colin Edwards

5

USA

NGM Mobile Forward Racing

YAMAHA

1'33.625

16

Leon Camier

12

GBR

IodaRacing Project

ART

1'33.747

17

Danilo Petrucci

9

ITA

IodaRacing Project

IODA-SUTER

1'33.837

18

Hiroshi Aoyama

7

JPN

Drive M7 Aspar

HONDA

1'33.948

19

Mike Di Meglio

63

FRA

Avintia Racing MotoGP

FTR-KAWASAKI

1'34.244

20

Hector Barbera

8

ESP

Avintia Racing MotoGP

FTR-KAWASAKI

1'34.332

21

Karel Abraham

17

CZE

Cardion AB Motoracing

HONDA

1'34.369

22

Broc Parkes

23

AUS

Paul Bird Motorsport

PBM

1'34.764

23

Michael Laverty

70

GBR

Paul Bird Motorsport

ART & PBM

1'34.814

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