Márquez flies to pole at Indianapolis
9 August 2014 – Marc Márquez secured his eighth pole position of the season during Saturday's qualifying session at Indianapolis.
Repsol Honda's Márquez, who also topped the final pre-qualifying session, overcame a couple of early mistakes to clock a 1:31.619 – comfortably the fastest lap time of the weekend – on his opening run.
Ducati's Andrea Dovizioso was just over two tenths of a second adrift, while Yamaha's Jorge Lorenzo completed the front row.
The second works Yamaha of Valentino Rossi took fifth, splitting Espargaró brothers Aleix (Forward Racing) and Pol (Tech 3).
Pramac rider Andrea Iannone qualified seventh on his birthday, ahead of Dani Pedrosa's factory Honda.
Tech 3's Bradley Smith wound up ninth after dramatically dropping his bike at the exit of Turn 1 in the closing stages. Marshals helped him to his feet and he was swiftly taken to the circuit's medical centre for checks.
After setting the pace in morning practice, Stefan Bradl had to settle for 10th position. The LCR Honda rider will be joined on the fourth row by Gresini's Scott Redding and Ducati's Cal Crutchlow, who progressed from Q1.
Sunday's 27-lap Indianapolis Grand Prix gets underway at 2pm local time (GMT -4)