Press releases from the MotoGP team after qualifying at Indianapolis:
Double front row start for Repsol Honda as Marquez thunders into Pole with record breaking lap
After leading every session of the weekend so far, Repsol Honda's Marc Marquez has taken his 4th pole position of the season for tomorrow's Red Bull Indianapolis GP. His sensational lap of 1'37.958 is almost a second faster than the previous record set by teammate Dani Pedrosa last year (1'38.813). Marc will be hoping to repeat his 2011 Moto2 performance where he emerged victorious after starting from Pole Position here at the famous Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
For teammate Dani, it was also a great qualifying session. Still feeling the effects from his recent injury, Dani was able to put in a great lap of 1'38.485 which secured him a front row start in 3rd position. Dani will be aiming for his 3rd win at this track in the MotoGP class.
Marc Marquez 1st 1'37.958
"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, tyre 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"
Dani Pedrosa 3rd 1'38.485
"Today went well, we were able to improve our times, so I'm happy! Starting from the first row is good for us and the feeling with the bike is more positive, but we still have to choose the rear tyre. The important thing for tomorrow is to start well and have a good race"
Lorenzo Back on the Front Row at the Brickyard
Indianapolis (Indiana, USA), 17th August 2013
Yamaha Factory Racing’s Jorge Lorenzo scored a front row position with second place in this afternoon’s qualifying for tomorrow’s Indianapolis Grand Prix.
The reigning world champion was on typical form for the 15 minute qualifying heat, ensuring he was the first man on track as the session began. Wasting no time, the first flying lap saw him smash the all-time record for the circuit with an impressive 1’38.648 second lap. Lorenzo’s hold on the top spot was short lived as championship rival Marc Marquez then moved into first however he was determined to hold the front row. After a stop for a fresh rear tyre he returned to the track with six minutes to go and delivered another hot lap, dropping his time to 1’38.471 to secure second place on the grid for the race.
Valentino Rossi endured a frustrating qualifying this afternoon, unable to find a set up with his YZR-M1 to challenge with the frontrunners. Rossi initially managed a 1’40.315 second lap to take ninth on his first outing before returning to the pits for fresh rubber. His second outing on track saw him improve considerably, taking a second off his time to lap in 1’39.356 seconds. Despite the improvement the time was not enough to move up the grid so the nine time champion will start from ninth on the third row of the grid tomorrow.
2nd / 1'38.471 / 8 laps
“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.”
9th / 1'39.356 / 8 laps
“I’m disappointed because in the practice we weren’t fantastic but better than we were this afternoon. Unfortunately in the fifteen minutes of the qualifying practice the other guys were able to improve more. Especially they are able to improve in braking and corner entry. Jorge did a fantastic job! I tried but when I put on the soft tyre I have more problems with the front and I cannot push a lot. I just managed to improve my time a bit from the used tyre when we had done already fifteen laps. Anyway, we have to look forward and try to improve tomorrow. My pace is nothing fantastic but it's better than 9th position so I have to try to recover some positions and make a good race.”
“We are very happy with the first row because we’ve come a long way from the last two races of injuries. Being on the front row for what is normally a difficult race for us is good. The bike is working well and improving step by step, the team has worked hard to understand what to do and where to get the time. Jorge pushed hard in qualifying and his pace is good so hopefully tomorrow we can fight for the podium again.”
“An impressive lap from Jorge, I think he has really proved once again that he has the speed. For sure tomorrow is not going to be an easy race but we expect to be there. In the practices we have found good information and I think we will try something else tonight to test in the warm up, in order to be ready for the race. Starting from the first row here is very important and I think tomorrow we will see him fighting as usual. Unfortunately Vale had some difficulties in the qualifying practice. It will be hard for him, he has to really attack from the beginning of the race but he has the capability to do that. Let’s see what we can put together tonight and what we can do tomorrow.”
Crutchlow and Smith confident for Brickyard battle
Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Team riders Cal Crutchlow and Bradley Smith are confident they have the speed to battle for top positions in tomorrow’s MotoGP race at the historic Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
Crutchlow narrowly missed out on clinching a fantastic fifth front row start in the 2013 campaign and he will start the 27-lap race from fourth position on the grid.
The 27-year-old clocked a best time of 1.38.502 that looked to have secured him a fourth front row in the last five races, only for Spaniard Dani Pedrosa to bump him out of third spot by just 0.017s in the closing moments of QP2.
Crutchlow remains optimistic that he can battle with Spanish trio Marc Marquez, Jorge Lorenzo and Pedrosa in tomorrow’s race, as he goes in search of a fifth rostrum of the season to strengthen his Championship challenge.
Rookie Smith’s outstanding qualifying form continued in hot conditions this afternoon, the 22-year-old securing a top 10 position on the grid for the fourth consecutive race.
Smith, who starts tomorrow’s race looking to move into the top 10 in the World Championship standings, set a best time of 1.39.255 that at one stage looked set to secure him a place on the second row for only the second time this season.
Today’s result though further underlined Smith’s growing experience and confidence with his Monster Yamaha Tech 3 YZR-M1 machinery and he was able claim the notable scalps of Stefan Bradl and Valentino Rossi’s in this afternoon's 15-minute session.
Cal Crutchlow 4th 1.38.502 – 8 laps
“I am a little bit disappointed not to be on front row because I’ve been inside the top three for most of the weekend. The positive point though is I am much stronger than in the past here at Indianapolis and I am looking forward to the race. I’ve returned from the summer break and picked up where I left off in the first half of the Championship and a podium is not out of the question tomorrow. Congratulations to Marc though because he has been in awesome form all weekend and he produced another incredible lap in qualifying. Hopefully we can put up a fight against him but we still have to work more on the set-up and at the moment I haven’t decided which tyre I will race.”
Bradley Smith 7th 1.39.255 – 8 laps
“I am happy to be on the third row because we made a really good improvement with the bike today. I did my best lap on my own and then I tried to follow Cal to improve a bit more but I made a small mistake. We’ve done a great job improving my feeling with a full fuel tank and this gives me a lot of confidence for the race, particularly in the first eight laps. I will be looking to make a good start and seeing what I can learn from those guys in front of me. Being precise and consistent is also going to be crucial at this track. It is easy to run off and if you do get off line it is very dirty, so making the least number of mistakes as possible will be crucial.”
SOLID SECOND ROW FOR ALVARO BAUTISTA
Team GO & FUN Honda Gresini rider Alvaro Bautista's hopes for tomorrow's Indianapolis Grand Prix are high after a solid performance in qualifying this afternoon that saw him seal a second row start in fifth place. The Span iard has set a strong pace throughout the weekend so far and he was able to meet his objective of the second row with a good lap that gives him a great chance of fighting at the front of the pack, just as he did in the last race at Laguna Seca. Bryan Staring also enjoyed a positive day, making up three positions from yesterday and closing the gap to the riders in front of him with a much improved performance on his first visit to this difficult track.
Alvaro Bautista (5th 1’ 38” 872) “ I am happy with the work we have done today and with my feeling on the bike compared to yesterday. It felt better from the start this morning and gave us time to test the hard tyre again but there was no advantage to it so we went back to the soft. I managed to put a good lap together this afternoon to qualify fifth fastest, which is a decent position for the race tomorrow. We have improved our pace by a second from last year so that shows what a good job we are doing this season. We are improving from race to race and building our confidence with the bike. Tomorrow I hope we can get a good start and put our pace together, have some fun and hopefully take some important points home. ”
Bryan Staring (20th 1’ 41” 786) “I am happy because I've improved my feeling with the bike and made up some positions. I really didn't think we had this in us but hopefully we can take another step forward tomorrow. I feel confident that we can and I am looking forward to getting out on track. It won't be an easy race but I'll do my best.”
Fausto Gresini “Alvaro has had a good weekend so far and he set a strong pace in qualifying this afternoon. It is a shame he couldn't make the front row again but the second row is still positive. He is confident and he has a good feeling with the bike. He is having fun riding it and that is helping us to improve from race to race. The team are doing a great job and I think Alvaro is in good shape to score a top result tomorrow. The level in MotoGP is very high so it won't be easy but I am confident. Bryan has also made a lot of progress this weekend and managed to improve his position today so hopefully he can score a good result tomorrow too.”
Indianapolis GP: Hayden improves to sixth on grid, Dovizioso tenth
The Ducati Team riders made good progress today in the decisive final qualifying session for the Indianapolis GP, with the tenth round of the MotoGP world championship set to take place tomorrow at legendary Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
Following a challenging Friday that had seen Nicky Hayden and Andrea Dovizioso finish in ninth and tenth positions, respectively, things improved today for the Kentucky rider, who enjoyed one of his best qualifying sessions of the year so far, lowering his time by over a second to take the sixth spot on the grid for his home GP. He’ll start the race on the second row.
Dovizioso, despite cutting his time by one second, made a couple of mistakes on his fast lap and will start tomorrow’s race from the fourth row, in tenth place.
Nicky Hayden - Ducati Team, 6th (1:39.142)
“All in all, I’m satisfied. Sixth on the grid isn’t a bad result, and my fast lap was the best I’ve been able to do this weekend. We made some changes for FP4 but they didn’t work so well, so I wasn’t too calm between sessions, but as soon as I went out for Q2, I felt a lot better. We’ve got a couple ideas for tomorrow to smooth it out over the bumps and help it to change directions better. The weather has been good so far, and we’re quite a bit faster than we’ve ever been around here, so I’m looking forward to tomorrow.”
Andrea Dovizioso - Ducati Team, 10th (1:39.555)
“I’m not pleased with my qualifying lap because I made a few too many mistakes. It’s a shame, because I’m sure I could’ve done a better time. During my ‘good’ lap, I made mistakes in turns 2 and 3; I closed the front twice and came close to crashing. After that, I wanted to attack the track, but there was no grip and I wasn’t able to do a perfect lap. Nicky did a nice time, and I think I could’ve done that as well. I’m disappointed to have the tenth position, on row four, but apart from the position, I think we have the right pace to battle with Nicky’s group. This is a very strange track without much grip, so I need to believe in myself and try to make up some positions on the start.”
FRONT-END ISSUES AFFECTS BRADL QUALIFYING AT INDIANAPOLIS
Indianapolis, 17 August: with track temperature increasing from 26ºC to 45ºC today at Indianapolis GP qualifying, the LCR racer Stefan Bradl has struggled to control the front end of his RCV. The grip levels improved dramatically from yesterday and the German qualified in the top three in all free sessions with the intention to occupy the front row ahead tomorrow’s 27-lap race. But Bradl’s performance was ruined by a crash at turn 1 during the 15-minute Q2 and he will start from the eighth place.
“Unfortunately we are only 8th in the qualifying because we have struggled a bit with the front tyre due to the increased temperature of the asphalt. I tried to push as hard as I could in my flying lap and I crashed. We were not capable to solve this issue with the front before the Q2 but we have been very fast for the whole weekend so I am not worried about my pace for tomorrow. It won’t be an easy race starting from the 8th spot on the grid but my confidence is still high”.
PETRUCCI THIRD AMONG THE CRT IN Q1, ZARCO IN FOURTH ROW
INDIANAPOLIS, Aug. 17 - Positive day of qualifying at Indianapolis for the CAME Iodaracing Team's colors with the excellent progression of Danilo Petrucci in MotoGP, always fighting for the top positions among the CRT machines.
The italian rider is proving a very good feeling with his Ioda-Suter-BMW, managing to improve its lap times to each exit in the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. In the morning free practice sessions, Petrucci has also managed to be the fastest of the CRT, while in the qualifying session of the GP of Indianapolis, the Q1, is third behind Colin Edwards and Aleix Espargarò, with his 1.41. 122 as best reference, gaining the fifth row and the fourteenth overall in the premier class. For the second CAME Iodaracing rider in the MotoGP, Lukas Pesek, there wasn't the satisfaction of earning positions on the grid, but the Indianapolis week end, so far, remains the best of the season for him.
In Moto2, despite the constant improvement of the lap times, there was the expected satisfaction in the time trials for the Indianapolis GP Johann Zarco. The French rider of the Team CAME Iodaracing, in fact, will start the race from the fourth row with the eleventh time in 1.43.565, behind and in front of Sandro Cortese Dominique Aegerter.
DANILO PETRUCCI - MOTOGP RIDER - 14th IN Q1 - 1.41.122 - FIFTH ROW "Definitely, we expected better after the first time clocked in free practice this morning. On test officer was going to be okay, then we made a change that does not has paid a lot and we could not go back because we did not have time to work. On the track, then, I also found a lot of traffic, among those who tried to follow me and those who were in the middle of the track so it was a good qualifying. Certainly the best time between CRT would be another satisfaction.I'm confident, there is still tomorrow to have a good race. "
LUKAS PESEK - MOTOGP RIDER - 22th IN Q1 - 1.41.808 - EIGHTH ROW "The qualifying was not particularly positive because I lost a lot of time in traffic. During the second exit I followed Colin Edwards but he went much stronger than me, doing an incredible lap time, I was close enough to the T3, but in T4 I made a mistake and I managed to make my 1.41.8. I'm happy with how things are going this weekend, I'm convinced I can do a good race tomorrow. "
JOHANN ZARCO - MOTO2 RIDER - 11th IN QP - FOURTH ROW - "Qualifying was not the best especially for the final position. Eleventh does not satisfy me. The positive thing is that we have continuously improved times in all exits, this is very important thing. I'll have to try to do pass as much riders as possible at the start to aspire to a good place. Despite the gaps are minimal in Moto2, this does not meme me happy, I needed to relax for tomorrow and hope for a good result. "
POWER ELECTRONICS ASPAR PAIR TO START FROM FIFTH ROW AT INDY
Aleix Espargaró qualifies thirteenth after FP4 crash with Randy De Puniet in fifteenth
Marc Márquez back up his free practice dominance with a new MotoGP pole record at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway this afternoon, the Spaniard clocking a 1'38.4 on just his second lap of qualifying practice before improving to a stunning 1'37.958. As such Márquez is a narrow favourite for the win tomorrow although he will no doubt have to contend with fellow title chasers Jorge Lorenzo and Dani Pedrosa, who will line up alongside him on the front row.
POWER ELECTRONICS Aspar rider Aleix Espargaró suffered a crash in the final turn during FP4 and after a quick visit to the medical centre he was back on track just a few minutes later to set the third fastest time of Q1 and secure thirteenth place on tomorrow's grid. The Spaniard returned to the medical centre after the session but x-rays showed up no fractures, although his fingers and left knee suffered heavy impacts. Randy De Puniet has struggled to find his pace here this weekend and is hoping to make some improvements before the race tomorrow after qualifying fifteenth fastest, two places behind his team-mate on the fifth row.
13th Aleix Espargaró 1.40.444: “Apart from the crash in the last free practice I am happy with the work we did today. My mechanics did a great job to get me back out in qualifying, as did the medical centre staff who even came to the garage to give me treatment. I want to give them all my sincere thanks. I couldn't brake as hard as normal because of the pain in my hands but I don't want to make any excuses because I was riding okay. Sometimes the thing that makes this sport so attractive – the adrenaline – can also make it dangerous. Luckily I wasn't hurt in a crash that could have been bad so now I am looking forward to a good race tomorrow.”
15th Randy De Puniet 1.41.154: “We had some problems yesterday that we managed to fix so we were hoping today would be easier but it didn't turn out that way. We are struggling a little more than we hoped to get on the pace here. I can't get the bike to turn and every time I try to push it I feel like it's going to fold. I didn't want to take any risks today and end up crashing. Tomorrow we need to use the warm-up to keep working on it and hopefully find a setting that is easier to ride tomorrow.”
Andrea Iannone very close to Q2
On the final lap of this morning’s free-practice 3, at which point direct transfers to Q2 are decided, Andrea Iannone was bumped to eleventh place by just .017 seconds by fellow Ducati rider Nicky Hayden.
The Italian will therefore participate in the Q1 session.
Andrea Iannone – Energy T.I. Pramac Racing Team
“This morning was a really positive session because I improved quite a bit compared to yesterday. My shoulder hurt a bit more, maybe because of the exertion I put it through yesterday. Before I went on track, I decided along with the Mobile Clinic to take a painkiller to help me during the session. Still, it hurts in the changes of direction. Anyway, I liked the changes we did to the bike, and I rode better, so all in all, I’m not so bad. I’m sorry to have barely lost out on going straight to Q2, but we’ll get ready for Q1 and the race. We have to improve our pace.”
Dislocated left clavicle for Ben Spies
The Indianapolis GP weekend ended with a 2nd-3rd degree dislocation of the acromioclavicular joint in his left shoulder, suffered in a turn-four crash approximately midway through the third free-practice session.
Fortunately, Spies’ right shoulder, which recently underwent a long rehabilitation process, wasn’t injured in the fall.
On Monday, the Texan will undergo additional, more thorough exams, after which it will be possible to better understand the necessary recovery time.
Fourth row for Andrea Iannone
It was a positive second day of this tenth round of the MotoGP World Championship, at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, for the Energy T.I. Pramac Racing Team rider, who ended qualifying with a time of 1'40.042 and eleventh place on the grid.
Despite constant pain in his injured shoulder, the Italian was forced to take part in all the scheduled sessions including Q1, by just a few thousandths of a second, but he constantly improved his lap time and moved closer to his fellow Ducati riders.
Andrea Iannone – Energy T.I. Pramac Racing Team
“I'm not very far from Nicky and Dovi, I'm happy, and I'm sure I did everything I could today. The only thing I regret is not having been able to do more with the soft tyre, but now I need to concentrate on tomorrow's race, and I have to stay calm. Today, after having had to do all the sessions using the entire body to compensate for lack of strength in my arm, I'm really tired, and it was tough in Q2. Anyway it's still a good weekend so far, I did not think I could do so much. Tomorrow, however, it’s going to be a long race. I’ll go to the Clinica Mobile in the morning to evaluate with the doctors what to do for the eventual pain. I will do everything I can and we’ll see how to deal with it.”
Ben Spies injured again
After a good first day back at work, Ben Spies suffered a crash in today’s FP3 session and dislocated his left clavicle. The Texan will be forced to sit out the remainder of the Indianapolis GP race weekend.
Ben Spies – Ignite Pramac Racing Team
“It’s obviously really unfortunate. Just when I was back and starting to feel good, now we have another shoulder injury, but this time on the left. Right now I still need to go back to Dallas have some CT scans on my wrist to see if there’s anything broken there, but definitely on my shoulder we have a grade 3 separation. Regarding the crash, I was going out on the first lap when I made a mistake and spun the rear tyre and high-sided. I’m just sorry for the team and frustrated for the fans because I was looking forward to being out there. We were starting to feel good but now we’re back at square 1.”
Colin Edwards is the fastest CRT in qualifying at Indy
NGM Mobile Forward Racing rider Colin Edwards takes part in Q2 for the first time this season at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway racetrack and will start the race from the twelfth place for tomorrow’s race. The American rider has proven to be not only the fastest FTR – Kawasaki bike but also the fastest CRT on track with the Aprilia bikes right behind him.
Teammate Claudio Corti will start the race from the sixth row after qualifying in sixteenth place at Indy. The Italian rider has proven to be very fast and has a very good pace that makes him confident for the race.
Both riders have shown a constant improvement in their lap times and believe they can aim to finish in the points and play their part in the battle for top CRT for tomorrow’s GP race.
“I am very satisfied and would like to thank Colin for his hard work, the great effort and for the performance that he has provided us with. It is not the first time that we go to parc ferme, last season we had been there with the Suter - BMW bike and this year we go back again with the FTR – Kawasaki bike. We have proven that we have a very professional team and for that I would like to thank them to.”
“I thought there was an age limit to get into park ferme, that I was too old, but they just let me right in today! We hadn’t spent that much time on the soft tire, we went out and got a good setup for the race on the hard tire. So we decided to try the soft tire, went out there and did 1´40.9 right off the bat and then 1´40.3 and it felt good. We are making it step by step. The bike is feeling pretty good. Looking forward to tomorrow’s race.”
“The feeling with the bike has definitely improved a lot since yesterday and it has allowed me to improve my race pace while using the hard tire, which will be our choice of tire for the race. Unfortunately it feels like even though today I have done my best it is still not enough to be among the top CRTs. Colin has done an extraordinary result today, he’s lap times were vey fast and I was unable to replicate them. Nonetheless it has been a good day, the race pace is good and that makes me hopeful, tomorrow’s race in 27 laps long and nothing is set yet.”
“For the second time this season we have been able to take part in Q2. At Sachsenring it was Claudio and today at Indy it has been Colin’s turn. >From the very beginning Colin has had a good start of the weekend and almost right from the start we were able to focus on the race setting. During qualifying we used the soft tire, which we will not be able to use for the race but that allowed Colin to do an amazing job and a lap time that will allow him to start tomorrow from the twelfth. Claudio was not able to improve his lap times during qualifying but has proven to have a very good pace for the race with the hard tire. We are hopeful for tomorrow and believe we can play an important part in the fight for top CRT.”
Unstoppable Marquez sets new MotoGP™ pole position record at Indianapolis
Round 10: Indianapolis MotoGP™ - Qualifying Practice
Indianapolis, Saturday 17 August 2013
Bridgestone slick compounds available: Front: Soft & Hard. Rear: Soft, Medium & Hard (Asymmetric)
Bridgestone wet tyre compounds available: Soft (Main), Hard (Alternative)
Weather: FP3 - Dry. Ambient 22-23°C; Track 31-37°C (Bridgestone measurement)
FP4/QP - Dry. Ambient 28-28°C; Track 50-56°C (Bridgestone measurement)
Repsol Honda’s Marc Marquez showed relentless pace in qualifying at Indianapolis MotorSpeedway, smashing the existing pole position record to claim the top spot on the grid for tomorrow’s Indianapolis Grand Prix.
Marquez completed three laps under the existing lap record during the QP2 session and ultimately set a time of 1’37.958 - cutting 0.855 seconds from the old mark set by his teammate Dani Pedrosa last year. Yamaha Factory Racing’s Jorge Lorenzo qualified in second place and 0.513 seconds behind Marquez, while Repsol Honda’s Dani Pedrosa completes the front row having set a time just 0.014 seconds behind Lorenzo. NGM Mobile Forward Racing’s Colin Edwards had the American fans cheering by being the top CRT qualifier, his personal best lap time of 1’40.750 sees him line up in P12 for tomorrow’s race. Overall, the pace in today’s qualifying session was vastly quicker than last year with the top four qualifiers setting times under the existing Circuit Best Lap record.
With more rubber laid down on the tarmac and warm conditions present throughout the day, track conditions for today’s sessions were improved from yesterday. Track temperatures peaked at 56°C in today’s QP1 session – one of the hottest track temperatures recorded this year. Out of the two front slick tyres, the harder compound option was preferred today due to its greater braking stability and is likely to be widely used for tomorrow’s race. Rear tyre choice for the works and CRT riders is likely to trend towards the softer rear option, although the greater durability of the harder rear makes it a viable race option at a circuit where the abrasive tarmac makes tyre management even more critical.
Fine and warm conditions are forecast for tomorrow’s twenty-eight lap race which is scheduled to start at 1400 local time (GMT -4), with the riders taking to track beforehand for the Morning Warm Up session at 0940.
Masao Azuma – Chief Engineer, Bridgestone Motorsport Tyre Development Department
“As expected track conditions were better today and the fine weather allowed riders to evaluate all the slick options to determine what would work best for the race. With the higher grip level from the tarmac and warm temperatures, all riders preferred the harder front slick as it gives better stability in the hard braking zones, and I expect this to option to be used by most riders tomorrow. The pace was very quick today; both over a single lap and over long runs with both rear slick compounds performing well, although it looks like the works riders are more likely to select the softer rear slick option for the race. Today was a very positive day and it is looking like we will see a fantastic contest tomorrow.”
MARQUEZ BREAKS TRACK RECORD, WINS RED BULL INDIANAPOLIS GP POLE
Lorenzo, Pedrosa, Crutchlow also eclipse IMS motorcycle mark in MotoGP qualifying
INDIANAPOLIS, Saturday, Aug. 17, 2013 - World Championship points leader Marc Marquez turned the quickest lap ever by a motorcycle at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, 1 minute, 37.958 seconds, on his Repsol Honda to win the pole Saturday, Aug. 17 for the Red Bull Indianapolis GP MotoGP race.
Marquez, from Spain, broke the record of 1 minute, 38.813 seconds set last year by his countryman, Repsol Honda teammate and two-time Red Bull Indianapolis GP winner Dani Pedrosa.
The 27-lap MotoGP race starts at 2 p.m. (ET) Sunday.
"Always I feel so good on this track with the other categories, and with MotoGP from FP1, I feel good with the track and the bike," Marquez said. "And this qualifying practice, I know that for one lap there, the tire give me very good grip. Tomorrow will be a tough race because everybody is struggling quite a lot at the end of the race with the tire. Anyways, I think we have a good base. We are ready for to fight for the win, but for sure, Jorge (Lorenzo) and Dani will be strong. We will monitor the situation."
This is the fourth pole of the season for sensational rookie Marquez, who won the Moto2 race in 2011 and 2012 at Indianapolis.
Reigning MotoGP World Champion Jorge Lorenzo of Spain and Pedrosa will join Marquez on the front row for the race Sunday. 2009 Red Bull Indianapolis GP winner Lorenzo posted the second-quickest time of 1:38.471 on his Yamaha Factory Racing machine in continuing his streak of qualifying on the front row all six years of this event. A two-time winner of the Red Bull Indianapolis GP, Pedrosa turned a lap of 1:38.485 placing him on the outside of Row 1.
Pedrosa reached a top trap speed of 210.1 mph during the second qualifying session today, the fastest speed ever recorded by a motorcycle at IMS. Pedrosa set the previous record of 209.2 mph (336.7 km/h) this afternoon during the fourth practice. The speed trap is located just past the Yard of Bricks start-finish line at IMS.
"I think, yeah, tomorrow it's going to be a very hard race," Pedrosa said. "It's a track where you move a lot on the bike, so the fitness is very important."
Cal Crutchlow of Great Britain joined Marquez, Lorenzo and Pedrosa in bettering the previous IMS motorcycle track record with his quickest lap of 1:38.502 on his Monster Yamaha Tech 3 machine. Crutchlow will start fourth Sunday.
Americans were led in qualifying by Nicky Hayden, who qualified sixth at 1:39.142 on his Ducati. Colin Edwards posted his best qualifying effort since he began riding a production-based Claiming Rules Team machine in 2012 by qualifying 12th in 1:40.372 on his NGM Mobile Forward Racing FTR Kawasaki. Edwards' previous-best CRT qualifying performance was 13th three times last season.
"We loaded the bike off the trailer, and it worked," Edwards said. "And it worked good yesterday, and we made a few small changes at the end. We got a good, really good race tire setup. I really hadn't used the soft tire, and then when we put it on for qualifying it was obviously, 'Bam, here we go.'"
American wild-card rider Blake Young qualified 24th in 1:44.472 on his Attack Performance Racing bike.
During this morning's MotoGP practice session, American Ben Spies fell in Turn 4 and was diagnosed with a dislocated left shoulder. He is unable to compete in the race Sunday.
Spies had his right shoulder surgically reconstructed in October 2012 after a heavy crash at the Grand Prix of Malaysia and returned to action in Indianapolis after missing the previous seven races due to injury.
Scott Redding of Great Britain won the pole for the 25-lap Moto2 race, which starts at 12:20 p.m. Sunday, with American wild-card rider James Rispoli of Daytona Beach, Fla., qualifying 29th. Alex Rins of Spain won the pole position for the Moto3 race, which starts at 11 a.m. Sunday.
Jeremy McWilliams of Northern Ireland won the first of two AMA Pro Vance & Hines Harley-Davidson Series races this weekend at IMS by .039 of a second over Tyler O'Hara of Petaluma, Calif.
Hafizh Syahrin of Malaysia finished third, .130 of a second behind McWilliams. Pole sitter Steve Rapp finished fourth, .188 of a second behind winner McWilliams after a thrilling race.
Shane Turpin won the pole for the inaugural FIM eRoadRacing World Cup electric motorcycle race at IMS, which starts at 4:30 p.m. Sunday. Turpin and No. 2 qualifier Eric Bostrom each ride Icon Brammo Empulse RR bikes.
Public gates open at 7 a.m. On-track action continues with a Moto3 warm-up at 8:40 a.m., with motorcycles on track for the rest of the day.
Red Bull Indianapolis GP Race Day tickets: General Admission is $50, with 12 and under free with purchase of adult General Admission ticket. Reserved seats begin at $70.
Tickets can be purchased from 7 a.m.-2 p.m. at the IMS Ticket Office at the IMS Administration Building on the corner of 16th Street and Georgetown Road. Remote locations also are available for ticket sales from 7 a.m.-2 p.m. outside of Gates 3, 6, 9 and 10.