Press releases from the MotoGP teams, Bridgestone and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway after qualifying:
Lorenzo Flies to First Row at Indianapolis
Indianapolis (USA), 9th August 2014
Despite a changeable forecast for this afternoon’s qualifying session it held dry for Movistar Yamaha MotoGP’s Jorge Lorenzo to secure third place on the grid for tomorrow’s Indianapolis Grand Prix. Teammate Valentino Rossi made a big improvement from practice, dropping into the low 1’32’s to take fifth.
Lorenzo started the 15-minute qualifying session from the back, leaving the pit lane last to be ensured of a clear path for his first flying laps. He quickly found his pace and led the qualifying session when he set his first hot lap of 1’32.177 seconds with ten minutes to go. Lorenzo came into the pits with seven minutes remaining for fresh rubber before returning to the track for a last five-minute dash. With less than a minute on the clock the Spaniard achieved a personal best time of 1’31.869 seconds, leaving him third, just a quarter of a second from pole man Marc Marquez. He had one lap left to improve his time, but was forced to slow his pace due to a crash by Bradley Smith and will start tomorrow’s race from the first row of the grid.
Teammate Rossi left the pits early for his first outing. With eight minutes to go the nine-time world champion put in a time of 1’32.692 seconds, moving him up to eighth position, before moving back one place as the pace quickened. The nine-time world champion then came in for a fresh set of tyres with seven minutes left and started his second outing on track five minutes before the end of the session. With 10 seconds to go he set a 1’32.160 on his eighth and final lap, moving him up to fourth in the standings until he was surpassed by Alex Espargarò. His time puts him on the second row of the grid for tomorrow’s race, just 0.541 seconds from the front.
99 Jorge Lorenzo
3rd / 1'31.869 / 8 laps
“We tried a new setting during Free Practice 4 with the hard tyre but it wasn’t good. We have to understand what the problem was; if the tyre wasn’t right or if the setting wasn’t good. With the soft tyre the bike was working quite well and when we tried the hard tyre yesterday it was working really good. Tomorrow in the warm-up we will see if the feeling is ok with the hard tyre. During the qualifying I tried to put in a very good lap time. After the first try I was very satisfied with the lap. The second time I wanted to improve a little bit more but I came across so many riders waiting for a tow that I couldn’t ride like I did before. I went just two tenths of a second faster, but it was enough to give me this first row, which is a good position.”
46 Valentino Rossi
5th / 1'32.160 / 8 laps
“I’m quite happy. It was possible to do a little better, especially because I was good this afternoon. During Free Practice 4 I was consistently fast, but starting from the top five is ok for the race. It would have been better to start from the first row, but it’s also ok from the top five. I’m quite happy because I’m riding the bike well. I have a good pace and we improved the setting a lot, but the rear tyre choice will be crucial. The soft and hard options are very similar, so it will be a very important decision for tomorrow’s race. Here, on the new tarmac, the track changes a lot with every practice session. It now looks like the softer tyre is becoming better while yesterday it was impossible to use, but the two options are very similar.”
“First and second row are good positions to be in for tomorrow's race. Jorge was fast from the start and definitely on good form. Vale found some clear space for a good lap on his second outing so made a big jump up to the second row which was great. We still have some room to improve and we still need to decide on tyres so we'll continue our work tonight and see what we can do for warm up tomorrow morning. We've worked hard this weekend to find a good pace for both Vale and Jorge so with a good start they can be competitive and fight at the front.”
Marquez takes eighth season pole in Indianapolis
Repsol Honda’s Marc Marquez has secured his eighth pole of the season for tomorrow’s Red Bull Indianapolis GP, despite a mistake on his first exit in qualifying, with teammate Dani Pedrosa enduring a difficult session resulting in a start from the third row in 8th position.
The lap times have been dropping significantly in every session of the weekend, due to the revised track layout and new asphalt, and qualifying was certainly no exception. Marc made a small error on his first exit and ran wide, but his second flying lap gave him provisional pole. Then on his second run, his time of 1’31.619 (lap 6 of 8) secured pole position – a full three seconds faster than his fastest lap in FP1 (1’34.885).
Dani, still not 100% happy with his setting and lack of grip, recorded his best time on his first exit in qualifying with a time of 1’32.331 (lap 3 of 8), over four seconds faster than his best lap on Friday morning (1’36.419 ). However, two small mistakes on his second run prevented him from improving on his time.
Marc has begun from the front row in Indianapolis for the past five years and tomorrow he will be hunting down his tenth consecutive win this season. Dani will be looking to make his way through the pack and battle for victory at a track where he’s enjoyed top two finishes for the past four years.
1st - 1'31.619
“I am happy to have taken this pole position, because it is important to start well after the summer break. The fundamental thing is that we have a good pace for tomorrow. The tyre choice tomorrow will also be important, especially with the rear. We will see what the temperature is like and, from there, decide which compound to use. I am happy with how I am feeling, and we will try to give 100%, as always”
8th - 1'32.331
“In qualifying I wasn't able to improve my best time with my second tyre, because I couldn't do it on the three attempts I had at a hot lap. When you don't improve on this second run, you are always going to have people move ahead of you on the grid. The times are very close and unfortunately for us we had a bad qualifying session. In any case, I will work with the team tonight and tomorrow morning to try to find a faster pace for the race, and look for a little more rear grip”
Dovizioso takes his Ducati to a fantastic second place in Indianapolis GP qualifying. Twelfth place and row 4 for Crutchlow.
Andrea Dovizioso put in a superb lap in the decisive qualifying session for the Indianapolis Grand Prix to clinch the second quickest time, thus guaranteeing himself a front row start for tomorrow’s race. The Italian rider finished the Q2 session with a time of 1’31.844, just two-tenths of a second away from Marquez’s pole time.
It is the second time that Dovizioso has obtained a front-row start this year, after the one at Le Mans, while it is also the 92nd time in the history of MotoGP that a Ducati will start from the front row.
Cal Crutchlow continues to have a difficult weekend, although today he made a significant improvement over yesterday, lowering his time by over one second. Cal had to take part in Q1 and after gaining access to Q2, had to settle for 12th place and a row 4 start tomorrow.
Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati Team #04) – 2nd (1’31.844)
“We needed that, the front row always helps! We have done a good job for the race and this weekend we have always been quick in all conditions. I am happy with the feeling and our speed, but I think in any case that the race will be a tough one so for the moment I’m enjoying the front row. I admit that following Marquez gave me a bit of a hand: I had the pace for a low 1’32 lap, but I followed him on his quick lap and I also got down under the 1’32 mark. Unfortunately after a few laps the tyres drop off quite a lot and for us it becomes more complicated. But we’ll see tomorrow: in any case starting up front helps a lot and I’ll try and take advantage of the situation as best as possible!”
Cal Crutchlow (Ducati Team #35) – 12th (1’32.794)
“We’ve obviously been having a difficult weekend again, but at least I made it into Q2. I think we made quite a big improvement today and as a result I’m more optimistic after today’s performance than what I was yesterday. I’m still a little slow over the initial first lap but I think we found a better feeling and a better overall pace. We need to make a few set-up improvements in the warm-up tomorrow morning and then I look forward to having a better race tomorrow.”
Impressive 4th position for Espargaro at the Brickyard
NGM Forward Racing rider Aleix Espargaro impressed again scoring a second row position with 4th place in this afternoon’s qualifying for the Indianapolis GP. It was a positive qualifying session also for his team mate Colin Edwards, who in front of his home crowd finished 15th and tomorrow he will take the start from the fifth row. Texas Tornado celebrated the US round with a special camouflage leather and helmet as a tribute to the American troops.
Wasting no time, the Spaniard made a very good lap time in his first flying lap and he further improved again at the end of the session with an impressive 1’32.113. Once again Espargaro is the fastest open in qualifying session.
Team mate Colin Edwards was also quiet satisfied with his lap time of 1’33.625 that ensured him the 15th position on the grid. After having struggled during the morning session, Colin could find a better set up in the afternoon and he is quiet confident for tomorrow’s race.
“I’m reasonably happy with this qualifying. This morning we had too much weight on the rear so during theFP4 we made some adjustments and the feeling improved a bit. I look forward to tomorrow’s race. The support of the crowd is amazing. I saw a lot of Texas flags along the track and tomorrow I will give my best to thank the fans of this great support”.
“I’m happy with today’s result. It has been a strange weekend, we did some chassis comparison and we worked a lot to improve the set up. It was important to start from the first two rows so I’m satisfied. Tomorrow it will be a tough race because, as we saw in the FP4 we are all very close so I expect a difficult race”.
Leon Camier makes swift adaptation to MotoGP
DRIVE M7 Aspar rider produces incredible performance to qualify sixteenth for his premier-class debut
Qualifying practice at Indianapolis saw two Englishmen (Redding and Crutchlow) progress from Q1 to Q2, when two Spaniards took over at the top of the timesheets as Marc Márquez overhauled Jorge Lorenzo for pole position. The reigning World Champion and runaway series leader gave Andrea Dovizioso a crucial tow on his final lap, allowing the Italian to edge out the unfortunate Lorenzo to the outside of the front row in third place, with Rossi and Pedrosa also outside contenders to deny Márquez his tenth straight win on Sunday.
It is rare for any rider to improve their lap times by six full seconds in just one day but that's what happened to Nicky Hayden's replacement in the DRIVE M7 Aspar Team today. Leon Camier has been the surprise package of the weekend so far, improving in every session during his first outing on a MotoGP bike to the point that he qualified sixth fastest in Q1, sealing sixteenth place on the grid for his premier-class debut. On the other side of the DRIVE M7 Aspar garage his team-mate Hiroshi Aoyama had a less satisfying day today, the Japanese rider citing a lack of traction and difficulty in turning for his disappointing 18th place on the grid.
16th Leon Camier 1.33.747: “I'm really happy today because we made a big step forward and I really enjoyed myself on the bike. We made a clear plan yesterday, which was to make the bike as easy for me to ride as possible. Everything is new to me so I have to learn as much as I possibly can this weekend. You can tell that this is an experienced team because they are able to help me go faster every time I go out and make the bike more and more comfortable for me to ride, Thanks to the hard work of the mechanics I am adapting quite quickly to the bike but I still have a lot to learn, such as the limits of the tyres and the suspension. We performed well today but the hardest part is still to come. Sometimes when you start out from scratch it is easy to make quick progress but you get to a certain point and things slow down. Anyway, I am really looking forward to tomorrow. It's too soon to predict a result, the goal for me is to get some more laps under my belt and learn as much as I can. I am sure that in the race I'll learn more than the rest of the weekend put together.”
18th Hiroshi Aoyama 1.33.948: “I felt comfortable on the bike this morning but in the afternoon my feeling changed and I wasn't confident for qualifying. We struggled for traction, I couldn't get the bike to turn and that limited us. With no feeling for the bike I couldn't ride it with conviction and we have qualified further back than we would like. We have to look at the positives, we still have a session to improve the set-up tomorrow and iron out the problems that we had today.”
INDIANAPOLIS GRAND PRIX
REDDING FLIES TO Q2 AND BEST QUALIFYING OF THE SEASON IN INDY. FIFTH ROW FOR BAUTISTA
It was a qualifying day with light and shadow today in Indianapolis for the Team GO&FUN Honda Gresini: Scott Redding has in fact entered into the Qualifying 2 for the first time this season, while Alvaro Bautista was not able to go beyond the fourth position in Qualifying 1, therefore missing to get into the decisive session for the first 12 positions on the grid.
Redding entered the Qualifying 2 session posting the fastest time during Q1, 1’32”829, ahead of compatriot Cal Crutchlow; then the English further lowered his limit in Q2, down to 1’32”714, thanks to which he ensured the eleventh position, his best qualifying of the season after the 13th place obtained in Austin and in Argentina.
His teammate, Bautista, took part at the qualifying after a spectacular high side during the third and final free practice session, this morning: the Spaniard, who was already struggling yesterday with rear grp issues, will start tomorrow’s race from the fifth row with the 14th fastest time, 1’33”294.
ALVARO BAUTISTA (14th - 1'33"294)
“Luckily I’m feeling okay now, but this morning’s crash was really scary; I had a high side and I think I have been flying for several seconds… Hovewer, like I said I’m physically fit, I’m just disappointed because the feeling with the bike is not the best; we have been struggling a lot with rear grip and this is the cause of the crash I had in FP3. In this condition I cannot ride, because if I try to go a little bit faster I risk to crash, like it happened this morning. This is frustrating. For sure tomorrow we will face a tough race, but we will try our best, as always”.
SCOTT REDDING (11th - 1'32"714)
“I’ve been feeling really good since the beginning of the weekend, and today it was really nice to get to the Qualifying 2 session for the first time this year. I’m happy also because in Q2 I improved my lap time again. Today I was able to push hard all the time, so I’m looking forward to tomorrow’s race; we’re just struggling a little bit with front grip: after 5 or 6 laps, even if you can’t see tyre wear, you feel less grip and less confidence, so we will work tonight to find something to fix it. For the race we will use the medium rear tyre, because after 1 or 2 laps the softer one drops a lot; however, even with the medium compound my lap times are good and I don’t feel a big difference, so I’m confident. We will see how it goes tomorrow”.
“Unfortunately Bautista is struggling a lot here in Indianapolis and definitely this morning’s crash penalized him further; consequently, Alvaro couldn’t do much, missing also to get into the Q2 for the first time this season. On the other hand, Scott is having a very positive weekend, crowned today with his best qualifying performance of the season. Right now it’s really a pity to see him so sacrificed on the straights, where he’s losing a lot of ground. This situation is not fair, but it will help him to grow and to be even stronger for the future”.
Espargaro on second row for Indy battle tomorrow
Pol Espargaro will start the 10th round of the 2014 MotoGP World Championship from the 2nd row of the grid after guiding his Monster Yamaha Tech3 MotoGP bike to 6th position during today's qualifying. The young Spanish rider kicked off proceedings in a highly notable manner this morning by clinching 5th with a lap time of 1’32.797, only 0.275 from the top of the timesheet which saw him glide straight through to qualifying practice 2. Before this he expertly completed the FP4 session in 2nd position. The 23 year old rider furthered his pace progression as he powered onwards in Q2 to set a best time of 1’32.243 on his 6th lap which resulted in being only 0.374 from the final front row and the best Yamaha position of Jorge Lorenzo. His qualifying result leaves Espargaro confident and prepared to complete a further points scoring rout tomorrow to build upon his hard fought 7th position in the World Championship standings in his debut season in the premier class.
On the other side of the garage, Britain’s Bradley Smith completed an effective qualifying campaign, despite falling on the final lap in qualifying practice 2 to place his Yamaha YZR-M1 on third row for tomorrow’s 27 lap sprint around the world famous Indianapolis circuit. Having began yesterday’s opening day of practice positively by clinching 2nd in the first session, Smith continued the forward momentum today in FP3 to post a best time of 1’33.202, seizing 8th position and allowing him to pass straight through to the final fifteen minute qualifying shootout. This afternoon the Monster Yamaha Tech3 rider posted a best time of 1’32.343 deep into the session and only two tenths from 4th place, yet unfortunately fell on his final lap. Smith again wounded his previously injured finger, but will still be able to compete tomorrow. His time was strong enough to retain 9th and he will now aim to undertake a trademark forward start before undertaking a spirited performance to achieve a competitive result
Position : 6th
Time : 1'32.243 Laps : 8
"Overall, I am quite satisfied with the second row as qualifying result today and I feel really confident for the race tomorrow. There are two open class bikes in front and I am convinced that I have a better race pace so with a strong start off the grid, we should be able to overhaul them and get into the top five which is what I am aiming for. As for tyres, we still haven’t made a full decision on what we will use for the race. The softer compound has really good grip but as the asphalt is aggressive here it may not last the full race distance. Therefore, we will evaluate the situation in the warm up tomorrow morning and make our decision then. Despite this, I am confident and happy with both compounds of tyres and really looking forward to the race where I hope to continue my strong run of results here."
Position : 9th Time : 1'32.343 Laps : 7
"It goes without saying that a fall is never the most ideal way to complete the session, but fortunately I am all ok for tomorrow’s race and have only reopened my finger. The cause of the fall was because I was asking a little too much of the rear tyre as it would have lasted a maximum of almost two laps, but I tried to do three. The time itself was acceptable and I am happy to be on the third row, even though I know I could have been faster. The team and I undertook some really positive work during FP4 to prepare ourselves for the race where I used the hard tyre which certainly felt comfortable. We have made no decision on the choice of compound for tomorrow, but we’ll wait and see how the grip levels are in warm up before tactfully deciding. Either way, I am happy with either choice of tyre as well as how the Yamaha feels and so am looking forward to getting a strong start plus having a positive race from the third row."
BRADL QUALIFIES 10th BUT HE IS OPTIMISTIC WITH HIS RACE PACE
Indianapolis, 9 August: in today’s second outing at Indianapolis race track, the LCR Honda racer Stefan Bradl had an “up-and-down” performance, firstly topping the FP3 in the morning and then qualifying 10th in QP2 session. Despite his intention to occupy the front positions ahead tomorrow’s 27-lap race, Bradl hesitated too much during the 15-min session and could not set a proper flying lap.
Bradl: “Well… strange day for us. P1 in the morning session and P10 in the qualifying which is not what we were expecting considering our pace. Unfortunately I was not able to put a good lap together with many riders, including myself, waiting too much time. I also made some small mistakes in my flying lap and finally I dropped back quickly. In the mean time we have worked a lot on our race pace with the tendency going to the hard rear tyre which is maybe some advantage for us compared to the open bikes and I hope we will be able to overtake some guys already at the start and hopefully we can have a good go with the guys in the front. It’s bit difficult to predict anything because of the “mix” of many riders in the list: for example sometimes the Ducati guys are in the front and sometimes in the back”.
Disappointment. Abraham will start from seventh row in Indianapolis
Karel Abraham will start to the race in Indianapolis from seventh row. Although Czech rider got faster in qualifying practice respect to Friday, it was enough just for twenty-first place on the grid. The Czech rider loses to the fastest Marc Marquez 2,75 seconds.
„Well, I´m really angry. I can say nothing except that I pushed on maximum, but I simply cannot be faster. We suffered some problems with the front, the bike is really unpredictable and I can´t rely on it. Tomorrow I´ll try to do my best to get better position.“
Marco Grana, chief mechanic Cardion AB Motoracing
„The true is that we didn´t expect to be so slow. We haven´t solved the problem with front tyre. Karel cannot trust the front wheel and he´s scared to push hard, because the bike is unpredictable. We had tried many options and setups, but the problem is still there. I think it´s coming from the new asphalt and almost all riders suffered this. The only way is to try to change Karel´s style. The positive thing is that we reached 1:34,4 completely alone without riding in slip stream behind another rider. This is quite promising for the race. If Karel make good start, he would stay around 18th place and we can still fight for points.”
Marquez marches to eighth MotoGP™ pole position of the year at the Brickyard
Round 10: Indianapolis Grand Prix - Qualifying
Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Saturday August 9 2014
Bridgestone slick compounds available: Front: Soft, Medium & Hard; Rear: Soft, Medium & Hard (Asymmetric)
Bridgestone wet tyre compounds available: Soft (Main), Hard (Alternative)
Weather: FP3 - Dry. Ambient 22-24°C; Track 34-38°C (Bridgestone measurement)
FP4/QP - Dry. Ambient 27-27°C; Track 36-40°C (Bridgestone measurement)
Marc Marquez continued his dominating qualifying form today at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, the Repsol Honda rider setting a lap time of 1’31.619 to take his eighth pole position from ten rounds this season.
Having already shown impressive pace during long runs in the practice sessions, Marquez also showed his peerless pace over a single lap, ending the Qualifying Practice 2 session 0.225 seconds ahead of Ducati Team’s Andrea Dovizioso who rode brilliantly to secure second place on the grid for the race. Third quickest in qualifying was Movistar Yamaha MotoGP’s Jorge Lorenzo who managed a best lap time of 1’31.869 to finish a quarter of a second behind Marquez. Both Marquez and Lorenzo used the combination of the medium compound front and rear slicks to set their quickest time, while Dovizioso used the soft compound rear slick paired with the medium compound front to set his personal best lap time.
Conditions were dry for all of today’s sessions with a peak track temperature of 40°C recorded at the start of Free Practice 4. The fine weather allowed riders to compare different tyre combinations during their race simulations, and the harder rear slick options; hard compound for the Factory Honda and Yamaha and medium compound for the Ducati and open-class riders were preferred by almost every rider. Rider feedback for the medium compound front slick, which was brought to Indianapolis for the first time this year has been overwhelmingly positive and this option will be the most widely used choice for the race.
The current weather forecast indicates a fair chance of rain tomorrow afternoon with similar ambient temperatures to today. The next MotoGP™ session is the twenty minute Warm Up session at 0940 local time (GMT-4) with the twenty-seven lap Indianapolis Grand Prix set to start at 1400.
Masao Azuma – Chief Engineer, Bridgestone Motorcycle Tyre Development Department
“As we expected the grip level of the new Indianapolis tarmac improved today with more rubber laid down, which resulted in better tyre durability and quicker lap times. Although the softer rear slick options offer better outright performance over short distances, the feedback from the riders is that the harder rear options offer more consistent performance on the new circuit so I expect the majority of riders will choose this for the race tomorrow. Almost all riders confirmed today that the medium compound front slick offers the best balance between cornering performance and braking stability so this will be the most common choice for the race, although some riders experienced good feedback from the hard compound front. The weather forecast shows the possibility of rain tomorrow, but wet or dry I am confident our tyre allocation at Indianapolis will help the riders manage whatever weather conditions we have for the race.”
MARQUEZ WINS POLE POSITION FOR SUNDAY'S RED BULL INDIANAPOLIS GP
INDIANAPOLIS, Saturday, Aug. 9, 2014 - Reigning MotoGP World Champion Marc Marquez of Spain posted a lap of 1 minute, 31.619 seconds on Saturday on his Repsol Honda to win the pole for Sunday's Red Bull Indianapolis GP at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
Marquez, the winner from the pole at last year's Red Bull Indianapolis GP, has now won eight pole positions this season and 17 in his MotoGP career. A perfect nine-for-nine in MotoGP races this season, Marquez will look to tie Australian legend Mick Doohan's modern-era record of 10 consecutive wins. He will also be chasing his fourth win at IMS to go along with his Moto2 victories in 2011 and 2012 and his MotoGP win last year.
The 27-lap MotoGP race starts at 2 p.m. on Sunday.
"We found a really good setup with the new layout and corners," Marquez said. "We changed a little bit from last year because it's less stop and go, and you need to keep more corner speed. So we tried to do that. And I feel good, especially for the race. I have a good rhythm. I feel comfortable. In the qualifying and practice, I'm happy for the pole because after holidays, again to get the confidence, it's important. Tomorrow I hope for a normal race, dry race, and try to fight for the victory."
A top-5 finisher in five of his six starts at Indianapolis, Andrea Dovizioso of Italy posted the second-fastest qualifying time of 1:31.844 on his Ducati and will start on the grid next to Marquez. This is Dovizioso's best qualifying effort of the season. He started third in France in his only other front-row start this season.
Rounding out the front row will be two-time MotoGP World Champion and 2009 Red Bull Indianapolis GP winner Jorge Lorenzo of Spain on his Movistar Yamaha, who turned a best lap of 1:31.869. With his performance Lorenzo continues his streak of starting on the front row in each of the seven years of this event.
Other notables in qualifying today include Valentino Rossi of Italy, the six-time MotoGP World Champion and winner of the inaugural Red Bull Indianapolis GP in 2008, who posted a lap of 1:32.160 on his Yamaha to land in the middle of Row 2. Dani Pedrosa of Spain, last year's runner-up and winner in 2010 and 2012, will start on his Honda from the middle of Row 3 after posting a time of 1:32.331.
During an afternoon practice session, Pedrosa set the record trap speed for a motorcycle at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway of 216.9 mph (349.0 km/h), topping the previous standard of 214.5 mph (345.2 km/h) set during today's morning practice session by Dovizioso.
American Colin Edwards, who will retire from racing at the end of this season, will start on the outside of Row 5 after turning a lap of 1:33.625 on his Forward Yamaha.
Mika Kallio of Finland won the pole for the Moto2 race on his Kalex bike with his time of 1:36.883. The 25-lap Moto2 race will start on Sunday at 12:20 p.m.
Current points leader Jack Miller of Australia, who crashed this morning during a practice session, won his sixth Moto3 pole of the season with a lap of 1:40.727. The 23-lap Moto3 race will begin at 11 a.m.
The winner of the first of two AMA Pro Vance & Hines Harley-Davidson Series races this weekend at IMS was pole-sitter Jeremy McWilliams of Northern Ireland, who grabbed the lead for good on Lap 8 of 10 laps.
McWilliams' winning margin over runner-up Ben Carlson of West Bend, Wis., was 0 .083 of a second, with Kyle Wyman of Macedon, N.Y., finishing third. McWilliams also won the first of two AMA Vance & Hines Harley Davidson races during last year's Red Bull Indianapolis GP weekend.
The second AMA Pro Vance & Hines Harley-Davidson Series race of the weekend will start Sunday at 3:30 p.m.
Public gates open tomorrow at 7 a.m. On-track action begins with a Moto3 warm-up at 8:40 a.m., with the Moto2 warm-up at 9:10 a.m., followed by the MotoGP warm-up at 9:40 a.m.