Indy MotoGP: Marquez scorches to pole, Rossi down in eighth

Reigning champion Marc Marquez scored his fourth pole position of the MotoGP season at Indianapolis, outpacing his Honda teammate Dani Pedrosa and Yamaha’s Jorge Lorenzo in qualifying.

Lorenzo’s first shot was a 1m32.715s, before Bradley Smith grabbed provisional pole on his Tech 3 Yamaha with 1m32.589s.

But then the Repsol Hondas lowered the bar, Pedrosa first with 1m32.209s and then Marquez with 1m31.884s, which stood as the fastest time of the day and only two-tenths off his pole time from last year.

Pedrosa was 0.325s off Marquez’s best time at this point, and went for it again on a second fresh rear tyre, his resulting 1m32.055s trimming Marquez’s advantage to 0.171s.

Points leader Valentino Rossi snatched provisional third at that stage with his best lap of the weekend of 1m32.511s, 0.627s down on Marquez, which demoted Yamaha teammate Lorenzo to sixth behind both Tech 3 Yamahas – the Spaniard 0.831s off the pace at the time.

Smith snatched third with 1m32.269s, only to be eclipsed by fellow Brit Cal Crutchlow on 1m32.208s. Danilo Petrucci quickly separated them in P4 on his Pramac Ducati.

Lorenzo made a last-gasp leap to third with 1m32.186s, where he will start ahead of Crutchlow, Petrucci and Smith.

Rossi – having slipped back to eighth – will start from the middle of the third row, as Ducati’s Andrea Iannone pipped him too.

Pos Rider  Bike   Time  Gap
Marc Marquez Honda 1m31.884  
Dani Pedrosa Honda 1m32.055 0.171
Jorge Lorenzo Yamaha 1m32.186 0.302
Cal Crutchlow Honda 1m32.208 0.324
Danilo Petrucci Ducati 1m32.243 0.359
Bradley Smith Yamaha 1m32.269 0.385
Andrea Iannone Ducati 1m32.468 0.584
Valentino Rossi Yamaha 1m32.511 0.627
Maverick Vinales Suzuki 1m32.571 0.687
10  Andrea Dovizioso Ducati 1m32.636 0.752
11  Pol Espargaro Yamaha 1m32.670 0.786
12  Aleix Espargaro Suzuki 1m32.814 0.930
13  Scott Redding Honda 1m33.170 1.286
14  Hector Barbera Ducati 1m33.199 1.315
15  Yonny Hernandez Ducati 1m33.278 1.394
16  Jack Miller Honda 1m33.381 1.497
17  Stefan Bradl Aprilia 1m33.822 1.938
18  Alvaro Bautista Aprilia 1m33.839 1.955
19  Eugene Laverty Honda 1m33.978 2.094
20  Nicky Hayden Honda 1m34.030 2.146
21  Alex de Angelis ART/Aprilia 1m34.226 2.342
22  Mike Di Meglio Ducati 1m34.322 2.438
23  Toni Elias Honda 1m35.167 3.283

 

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Series MotoGP
Event Indianapolis GP
Track Indianapolis Motor Speedway
Drivers Valentino Rossi , Bradley Smith , Jorge Lorenzo , Cal Crutchlow , Dani Pedrosa , Marc Marquez , Danilo Petrucci
Article type Qualifying report