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.
|Pos.||No||Rider||Bike||Time||Diff. / Prev.|
|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|