2015 Indianapolis MotoGP QP Result: King Of America Or Captain America?

Results Below:

Marc Marquez continued his dominance on American soil with a with a lap of 1'31.884 to take pole position Saturday at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. This is Marquez's third-consecutive pole and brings his 2015 season pole-position total to five. 

Repsol Honda teammate Dani Pedrosa grabbed the second spot on the front row, one-tenth of a second behind Marquez. Jorge Lorenzo set his fastest lap on his final lap of the qualifying session to take the final, front-row position. Cal Cruthlow, who held a front-row position late in the session, was bumped to fourth with Danilo Petrucci -- who advanced from Q1 -- rounding out the top five.

Bradley Smith continued his strong form with a sixth-fastest time closely followed by Andrea Iannone (7th). Championship leader Valentino Rossi, who was on the front row until late in the session, was unable to improve his early time and was pushed into eighth. 

Maverick Vinales completed qualifying as the top factory Suzuki in ninth and Ducati's Andrea Dovizioso completed the top ten. Dovizioso also advanced from the first qualifying session. 

Result:

 

Pos. No. Rider Bike Time Diff. / Prev.  
1 93 Marc MARQUEZ Honda 1'31.884    
2 26 Dani PEDROSA Honda 1'32.055 0.171 / 0.171
3 99 Jorge LORENZO Yamaha 1'32.186 0.302 / 0.131
4 35 Cal CRUTCHLOW Honda 1'32.208 0.324 / 0.022
5 9 Danilo PETRUCCI Ducati 1'32.243 0.359 / 0.035
6 38 Bradley SMITH Yamaha 1'32.269 0.385 / 0.026
7 29 Andrea IANNONE Ducati 1'32.468 0.584 / 0.199
8 46 Valentino ROSSI Yamaha 1'32.511 0.627 / 0.043
9 25 Maverick VIÑALES Suzuki 1'32.571 0.687 / 0.060
10 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO Ducati 1'32.636 0.752 / 0.065
11 44 Pol ESPARGARO Yamaha 1'32.670 0.786 / 0.034
12 41 Aleix ESPARGARO Suzuki 1'32.814 0.930 / 0.144
13 45 Scott REDDING Honda 1'33.170 0.284 / 0.079
14 8 Hector BARBERA Ducati 1'33.199 0.313 / 0.029
15 68 Yonny HERNANDEZ Ducati 1'33.278 0.392 / 0.079
16 43 Jack MILLER Honda 1'33.381 0.495 / 0.103
17 6 Stefan BRADL Aprilia 1'33.822 0.936 / 0.441
18 19 Alvaro BAUTISTA Aprilia 1'33.839 0.953 / 0.017
19 50 Eugene LAVERTY Honda 1'33.978 1.092 / 0.139
20 69 Nicky HAYDEN Honda 1'34.030 1.144 / 0.052
21 15 Alex DE ANGELIS ART 1'34.226 1.340 / 0.196
22 63 Mike DI MEGLIO Ducati 1'34.322 1.436 / 0.096
23 24 Toni ELIAS Honda 1'35.167 2.281 / 0.845

 

Round Number: 
10
2015
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Comments

Rain may make an appearance tomorrow and shuffle things up a bit.
And at this little used green track it is much slicker off the race line than on it.

Conclusion: surprises expected.

Smith and Crutchlow are fast yet again. Conclusion? These two deserve their seats, are doing justice to the potential of their Satellite bikes, and this longer now is theirs in which to thrive or not. Rumors are that Crutchlow has been seat shopping over at Pramac for a GP15 as a safeguard in case his ride disappears at Could Windup Moneyless Let's Consider Reductions. I wish Cal needed luck and hope he is on the 2016 Landed Considerable Resources satellite Honda. Let's appreciate what Smith is up to this weekend, sublimation is majestic, and atop his slow maturation and unlikely opportunity it is fantastic. Go get em fellas!

Hey V4, did you get into the paddock yesterday buddy? How has your experience been? Have any observations for us?

Wrong guy :) As much as I'd love to be in the Indy paddock, I'm still stuck here in Australia... I think I saw the comment(er) you're referencing but don't recall their name or the topic.

Paddock was awesome got lots of pics with a lot of different riders, but I'm most proud of my Colin Edwards selfie hahahah
The coolest though was I caught my man Sam Lowes by himself. What a guy! Couldn't have been nicer. Asked him about battling Sofuoglu in WSS, then I say "Sam, what's up for next year???"
"Motogp mate!"
"Where?!"
He shrugs "Dunno yet, but it's Motogp!"

Awesome guy and now my new favorite rider hahaha
Had him sign my helmet. I turn into a little kid when I got to these!

Hooray! Thanks a bunch for checking in and glad to hear you are getting the most out of your paddock badge. I am right there with you - giddy as all get out around the riders and bikes. If you catch something more we should hear about fill us in!

Cheers!

Usually crashes or dnf's after a good qualifying result. Rain washes away Jlos championship. Let's hope for a dry incident free race. Pedrosa spoils everyone's day and clears off after a bad Marquez start.

Agreed for SURE re rain - my first and only thought was that JL99 was more inclined to have a negative rain experience aka slip off the bike, and that Rossi would adapt and thrive.

Thanks for not tossing out personal criticism of Crutchlow like lots of folks, it is right there with "but if Stoner was here..." comments for me. Blech.

The listed differences from pole lap from Redding down seem to be off by a second. I'd thought the first eighteen riders were within one second of each other, but that's only true of the top twelve. Still impressive, but slightly less noteworthy. :)

It's because that's where the split between QP1 and QP2 happens - same thing appears in each races QP results. I can't explain why - perhaps it's hard to reconcile the 'diff' gap between the two groups.

That makes sense, of course. I remember now seeing qualifying sessions where 13th and 14th on the grid had posted faster laps than 11th and 12th due to changing conditions between Q1 and Q2. Redding's gap to Aleix kept everyone in the proper order in this case and threw me off.

FP1 - 4th
FP2 - 7th
FP3 - 4th
FP4 - 3rd
QP - 2nd

Can Perdrosa stay with Marquez? As much as I'd love to see them fight for the win, probably not, but he could be a serious thorn in Lorenzo's side. Lorenzo needs the 20 points for a second place, if he finishes third or lower then Rossi gets that much closer to his 8th/10th title.

This is going to be an intriguing race...