Marc Marquez sealed the fourth MotoGP pole position of his career during today’s qualifying for the Red Bull Indianapolis Grand Prix and with it smashing the pole position record on his Repsol Honda RC23V machine with a scintillating lap time of 1m 37.958s. Jorge Lorenzo tried his best to catch his fellow countryman but the reigning MotoGP world champion had to settle for second with a best time of 1m 38.471s with Dani Pedrosa making it an all Spanish front row wit the Repsol Honda rider setting a best lap of 1m 38.485s.
I set a very good time and I think for tomorrow we are ready to fight for victory.
Valentino Rossi had a day to forget with the Yamaha Factory Racing rider setting the 9th best time of 1m 39.356s with Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati Team) starting from 10th tomorrow with a best time of 1m 39.555s and Andrea Dovizioso to start from 11th with the Energy TI Pramac Racing rider setting a best lap of 1m 40.042s and Colin Edwards securing the final place on the fourth row for the NGM Mobile Forward Racing team with a best lap time of 1m 40.372s. Aleix Espargaro had a heavy fall this afternoon but the Power Electronics Aspar rider managed to take part in the first part of qualifying but didn’t manage to get into the top 12 with a best lap of 1m 40.444s.
Danilo Petrucci will start from 14th with the Came IodaRacing Project rider setting a best lap of 1m 41.122s with Power Electronics Aspar’s Randy De Puniet close behind with a 1m 41.154s lap and Claudio Corti set the 16th fastest time of 1m 41.334s on the second of the NGM Mobile Forward Racing machines. Hector Barbera fell off his Avintia Blusens machine while circulating at a rapid rate but the Spaniard will have to settle for the 17th best time of 1m 41.527s while Paul Bird Motorsport’s Michael Laverty will start from 18th with a best time of 1m 41.618s.
There was more bad luck for the returning Ben Spies and the Ignite Pramac Racing team with the American rider going over the handlebars of his machine to fall heavily in the third free practice session this morning and following medical examinations when he returned to the on-site medical center, it was confirmed that Spies had broken his left collarbone and is unfit to take part in tomorrow’s race.
Marquez was very pleased with his performance today saying, “I'm happy with how things went in the qualifying session. Obviously taking pole is important, but it's tomorrow that really counts. Besides that, the conditions change a lot, tire durability suffers and it will be tough as the race progresses. We knew the qualifying session was all about the single flying lap, the tyres had a lot of grip then and I took advantage of it. I set a very good time and I think for tomorrow we are ready to fight for victory. As always, we will give one hundred percent.”
Lorenzo wasn’t too unsatisfied with his performance today and said afterwards, “I’m happy with the pace, it’s not bad. We still don't know how well our rivals are prepared for the race but I think I have a constant pace to finish the race with a good speed. The bike has improved by some small details every session so I’m happy with that also. I’m happy to be back on the first row and confident we can fight for the podium. You can see that Marc, Dani and Stefan are really strong, normally we are with them but it's clear that this track is not so suitable for our bike, but it’s much better than it was in 2011. I am confident that we can fight to be not far from first position or maybe to fight for first.”