Bridgestone: Marquez marches to eighth pole position of the year at the Brickyard

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Andrea Dovizioso rode brilliantly to secure second place.

Marc Marquez continued his dominating qualifying form today at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, the Repsol Honda rider setting a lap time of 1’31.619 to take his eighth pole position from ten rounds this season.

Having already shown impressive pace during long runs in the practice sessions, Marquez also showed his peerless pace over a single lap, ending the Qualifying Practice 2 session 0.225 seconds ahead of Ducati Team’s Andrea Dovizioso who rode brilliantly to secure second place on the grid for the race.

I am confident our tyre allocation at Indianapolis will help the riders manage whatever weather conditions we have for the race.

Masao Azuma

Third quickest in qualifying was Movistar Yamaha MotoGP’s Jorge Lorenzo who managed a best lap time of 1’31.869 to finish a quarter of a second behind Marquez. Both Marquez and Lorenzo used the combination of the medium compound front and rear slicks to set their quickest time, while Dovizioso used the soft compound rear slick paired with the medium compound front to set his personal best lap time.

Conditions were dry for all of today’s sessions with a peak track temperature of 40°C recorded at the start of Free Practice 4. The fine weather allowed riders to compare different tyre combinations during their race simulations, and the harder rear slick options; hard compound for the Factory Honda and Yamaha and medium compound for the Ducati and open-class riders were preferred by almost every rider. Rider feedback for the medium compound front slick, which was brought to Indianapolis for the first time this year has been overwhelmingly positive and this option will be the most widely used choice for the race.

The current weather forecast indicates a fair chance of rain tomorrow afternoon with similar ambient temperatures to today. The next MotoGP™ session is the twenty minute Warm Up session at 0940 local time (GMT-4) with the twenty-seven lap Indianapolis Grand Prix set to start at 1400.

Masao Azuma – Chief Engineer, Bridgestone Motorcycle Tyre Development Department
“As we expected the grip level of the new Indianapolis tarmac improved today with more rubber laid down, which resulted in better tyre durability and quicker lap times. Although the softer rear slick options offer better outright performance over short distances, the feedback from the riders is that the harder rear options offer more consistent performance on the new circuit so I expect the majority of riders will choose this for the race tomorrow.

Almost all riders confirmed today that the medium compound front slick offers the best balance between cornering performance and braking stability so this will be the most common choice for the race, although some riders experienced good feedback from the hard compound front. The weather forecast shows the possibility of rain tomorrow, but wet or dry I am confident our tyre allocation at Indianapolis will help the riders manage whatever weather conditions we have for the race.”

Pos

Rider

Team

QP2 Time

Gap

1

Marc MARQUEZ

Repsol Honda Team

1’31.619

 

2

Andrea DOVIZIOSO

Ducati Team

1’31.844

0.225

3

Jorge LORENZO

Movistar Yamaha MotoGP

1’31.869

0.250

4

Aleix ESPARGARO

NGM Forward Racing

1’32.113

0.494

5

Valentino ROSSI

Movistar Yamaha MotoGP

1’32.160

0.541

6

Pol ESPARGARO

Monster Yamaha Tech 3

1’32.243

0.624

7

Andrea IANNONE

Pramac Racing

1’32.254

0.635

8

Dani PEDROSA

Repsol Honda Team

1’32.331

0.712

9

Bradley SMITH

Monster Yamaha Tech 3

1’32.343

0.724

10

Stefan BRADL

LCR Honda MotoGP

1’32.514

0.895

11

Scott REDDING

GO&FUN Honda Gresini

1’32.714

1.095

12

Cal CRUTCHLOW

Ducati Team

1’32.794

1.175

Bridgestone Motorcycle

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Series MOTOGP
Event Indianapolis GP
Sub-event Saturday qualifying
Track Indianapolis Motor Speedway
Drivers Andrea Dovizioso, Jorge Lorenzo, Marc Marquez
Article type Qualifying report
Tags bridgestone, ducati, honda, yamaha