Marc Marquez secures eighth pole of 2014

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Sunday 10th August, 2014 - 6:29am

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Marc Marquez scored yet another MotoGP pole

Marc Marquez scored yet another MotoGP pole

Marc Marquez will begin his quest for a 10th consecutive MotoGP victory from pole position after topping qualifying at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course.

The Spaniard’s best of 1:31.62s in Q2 proved 0.23s quicker than Italian Andrea Dovizisoso, who impressed on the first of the Ducatis.

Marquez had made a dramatic mistake on his opening lap of the session, running on through the Turn 1 grass and ending up on the circuit’s oval.

Typically unflustered, the reigning world champion shot to the top of the times on his very next lap, before improving by a further tenth to secure the pole.

“It is really good to be back on pole after the holidays,” he said.

“I am really happy and it gives us a lot of confidence. Our pace for tomorrow it high and if it’s dry I think we can fight for the victory.

“The new layout is good, maybe the old one was better for our bike but overall it’s better to ride,” he added.

“The surface is also a lot better, less bumpy and with more grip. I’ve been working hard with my rhythm on used tyres, I had a little moment because I was pushing.

“Hopefully it is a dry race tomorrow because I think that we can push for the victory.”

Dovizioso proved just 0.03s clear of third placed Jorge Lorenzo, who completes the front-row on his Yamaha.

Aleix Espagaro, Valentino Rossi and Pol Espagaro made it an all-Yamaha second row.

Pol Espagaro’s team-mate Bradley Smith will start back in ninth after walking away from a heavy crash in the closing stages of the session.

Factory Honda star Dani Pedrosa was meanwhile beaten by Andre Iannone for seventh place, continuing a lacklustre weekend for the Spaniard.

In Moto3, Australian Jack Miller continued his strong season, taking pole for Sunday’s race.

Just 0.08s separated the top three in a tight session for the entry level class.

“I’m looking forward to tomorrow; I think it will be very hard because the front group will feature many riders,” said Miller.

“Hopefully I can get the best possible result.”

Result: MotoGP qualifying, Indianapolis

 1
Marc Marquez
Honda
1m31.619s
 2
Andrea Dovizioso
Ducati
1m31.844s
+0.225s
 3
Jorge Lorenzo
Yamaha
1m31.869s
+0.250s
 4
Aleix Espargaro
Forward Yamaha
1m32.113s
+0.494s
 5
Valentino Rossi
Yamaha
1m32.160s
+0.541s
 6
Pol Espargaro
Tech 3 Yamaha
1m32.243s
+0.624s
 7
Andrea Iannone
Pramac Ducati
1m32.254s
+0.635s
 8
Dani Pedrosa
Honda
1m32.331s
+0.712s
 9
Bradley Smith
Tech 3 Yamaha
1m32.343s
+0.724s
10
Stefan Bradl
LCR Honda
1m32.514s
+0.895s
11
Scott Redding
Gresini Honda
1m32.714s
+1.095s
12
Cal Crutchlow
Ducati
1m32.794s
+1.175s
13
Yonny Hernandez
Pramac Ducati
1m33.166s
Q1
14
Alvaro Bautista
Gresini Honda
1m33.294s
Q1
15
Colin Edwards
Forward Yamaha
1m33.625s
Q1
16
Leon Camier
Aspar Honda
1m33.747s
Q1
17
Danilo Petrucci
Ioda Aprilia
1m33.837s
Q1
18
Hiroshi Aoyama
Aspar Honda
1m33.948s
Q1
19
Mike di Meglio
Avintia FTR-Kawasaki
1m34.244s
Q1
20
Hector Barbera
Avintia FTR-Kawasaki
1m34.332s
Q1
21
Karel Abraham
Cardion Honda
1m34.369s
Q1
22
Broc Parkes
PBM-Aprilia
1m34.764s
Q1
23
Michael Laverty
PBM-Aprilia
1m34.814s
Q1

 

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