Márquez cruises to Indianapolis pole
17 August 2013 – Marc Márquez has claimed a commanding pole position for the Indianapolis Grand Prix, the Repsol Honda rider posting a remarkable laptime of 1:37.958 to finish over half a second ahead of nearest rivals Jorge Lorenzo and Dani Pedrosa.
Having been the fastest man in every session so far, Márquez entered qualifying as a clear favourite, and duly recorded his fourth pole of the season after smashing the existing circuit record by 0.374 in his first flying lap. Ramping up his pace in the final stages, the Spaniard improved on his new record with his last lap on fresh tyres, leaving the rest of the field in his wake.
After appearing in the top three for most of the weekend, Stefan Bradl suffered a high speed crash under braking at the end of the back-straight, with the German rider subsequently finishing down in eighth after being unable to continue.
Valentino Rossi spent much of the session down in ninth, the Italian unable to make any inroads towards the front, eventually ending up 1.3 seconds down on Márquez’s benchmark time.
The final order saw Lorenzo and Pedrosa separated by just one hundredth of a second, the compatriots recording a 1:38.471 and 1:38.485 respectively. Cal Crutchlow leads the second row in fourth, with Alvaro Bautista and Ducati’s Nicky Hayden completing the top six. Bradley Smith was next up in seventh, followed by Bradl, Rossi and Andrea Dovisioso.
Carl Edwards, who had earlier topped Q1 to make his first Q2 appearance of the season, failed to capitalise on his initial performance and ended the day in 12th.
Sunday’s warm up session for the Indianapolis Grand Prix takes place at 09:40am local time (GMT -5)