2014 Indianapolis MotoGP QP Result: A Bridge Too Far

Results Below:

Marc Marquez put to rest any ideas that his sixth-place showing in the third free practice was the start of a trend. Wasting little time in Q2 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Saturday, Marquez dropped the fastest motorcycle lap ever at the historic track with seven minutes remaining in the session and then immediately improved on that lap with a 1'31.619.

As if that weren't ominous enough for the rest of the grid, Marquez has never lost a race at Indy in any class.

A quick Andrea Dovizioso closed within two-tenths on his Ducati -- a bike and rider combination that has shown genuine speed early in races this season, only to tail off in later laps as the bike chews through its tires.  Jorge Lorenzo completed the front row just a hair behind Dovizioso. Aleix Espargaro leads an all-Yamaha second row, closely followed by Valentino Rossi (5th) and the younger of the Espargaro brothers, Pol (6th).

Andrea Iannone, quick for much of the previous practices, couldn't match the late speed of Q2 and leads the third row in seventh. Surprisingly, Dani Pedrosa never found his form and will start Sunday's race in eighth. Pedrosa, who typically goes well at Indy and has won twice at the circuit, never seemed comfortable on the new surface and configuration, switching several times between the newly available medium compound and the standard hard to find extra speed. Bradley Smith, who suffered a massive highside at Turn 2, completed the third row. He has been cleared to race Sunday.

Stefan Bradl, who led the timesheet at the end of FP3, managed only tenth. Q1 escapees Scott Redding (11th) and Cal Crutchlow (12th) round out the fourth row.

Result:

Pos. No Rider Bike Time Diff. / Prev.
1 93 Marc MARQUEZ Honda 1'31.619  
2 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO Ducati 1'31.844 0.225 / 0.225
3 99 Jorge LORENZO Yamaha 1'31.869 0.250 / 0.025
4 41 Aleix ESPARGARO Forward Yamaha 1'32.113 0.494 / 0.244
5 46 Valentino ROSSI Yamaha 1'32.160 0.541 / 0.047
6 44 Pol ESPARGARO Yamaha 1'32.243 0.624 / 0.083
7 29 Andrea IANNONE Ducati 1'32.254 0.635 / 0.011
8 26 Dani PEDROSA Honda 1'32.331 0.712 / 0.077
9 38 Bradley SMITH Yamaha 1'32.343 0.724 / 0.012
10 6 Stefan BRADL Honda 1'32.514 0.895 / 0.171
11 45 Scott REDDING Honda 1'32.714 1.095 / 0.200
12 35 Cal CRUTCHLOW Ducati 1'32.794 1.175 / 0.080
13 68 Yonny HERNANDEZ Ducati 1'33.166 0.337 / 0.225
14 19 Alvaro BAUTISTA Honda 1'33.294 0.465 / 0.128
15 5 Colin EDWARDS Forward Yamaha 1'33.625 0.796 / 0.331
16 2 Leon CAMIER Honda 1'33.747 0.918 / 0.122
17 9 Danilo PETRUCCI ART 1'33.837 1.008 / 0.090
18 7 Hiroshi AOYAMA Honda 1'33.948 1.119 / 0.111
19 63 Mike DI MEGLIO Avintia 1'34.244 1.415 / 0.296
20 8 Hector BARBERA Avintia 1'34.332 1.503 / 0.088
21 17 Karel ABRAHAM Honda 1'34.369 1.540 / 0.037
22 23 Broc PARKES PBM 1'34.764 1.935 / 0.395
23 70 Michael LAVERTY PBM 1'34.814 1.985 / 0.050

 

Race Details
Round Number: 
10
2014

Comments

Redding

Brandl-Redding!!!

Also congs to Camier with 2 day experience on bike, tyres, brakes 0,122 from Forward Yamaha!

Total votes: 16

I would dare to say Leon

I would dare to say Leon Camier is GP material!

Total votes: 18

Yamaha

The new layout certainly helped the yamahas! I think maybe 3 or 4 Yamaha bikes fighting for the 2 available podium positions. Disappointing showing for Pedrosa although he is normally fast here...will see what he can do to make up ground to battle for the podium against Rossi, Pol, Jorge.

Pol with the save of the year earlier in the day. Unbelieavable that he stayed on the bike!

Total votes: 6

Time differences

Positions 13 to 23 have the time diff relative to position 1 in Q1 instead of the combined times.

Total votes: 5

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