Márquez on course to claim perfect weekend
18 August 2013 – Marc Márquez topped the timesheets in Sunday’s final warm-up session for the Indianapolis Grand Prix, leaving him the clear favourite to claim victory this afternoon.
The Spaniard has been quickest in every single session so far, and starts on pole fafter setting a record lap in qualifying. With glorious conditions again greeting the riders on race day, his name was to be inevitably found at the top of the standings throughout most of the warm-up. If the Repsol Honda rider clinches victory in the race, he will be the first rider to completely dominate a Grand Prix weekend since Casey Stoner at Australia in 2012.
Initially sitting on a 1:39.135, the Márquez smacked in a 1:38.776 in the final stages to move 0.3s clear of Cal Crutchlow and team-mate Dani Pedrosa, the reigning Moto2 champion obviously not content with beating the field by small margins.
After suffering three crashes on Saturday, Stefan Bradl had a clean session to finish in fifth. Having been amongst the front-runners for most of the weekend, the German will line up for the race in eighth, and may be the man to watch as the lights go out.
The Indianapolis Grand Prix starts at 14:00pm local time (GMT -5)