2014 Indy MotoGP Qualifying Results | Marquez Earns 8th Pole
2014 Indy MotoGP Qualifying Results
For the eighth time this season, the young sensation Marc Marquez qualified his Repsol Honda RC213V on pole.
The 21-year-old Spaniard’s latest arrived at a revised Indianapolis Motor Speedway Saturday, a circuit that Marquez won at the last three years in the MotoGP and Moto2 classes. Marquez took the pole with a blistering fast lap of 1:31.619.
Joining Marquez on the front row was Ducati Team’s Andrea Dovizioso and Movistar Yamaha MotoGP’s Jorge Lorenzo.
An eighth pole of the season for Marquez gives him a good chance of continuing his winning run as he seeks a tenth successive victory on Sunday. The only other rider to win the opening 10 races was Giacomo Agostini in 1971.
Dovizioso produced a good lap towards the end of Q2 to get within 0.225s of Marquez in second, while Lorenzo (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP) was a quarter of a second off pole as he completed the front row.
Aleix Espargaro (NGM Forward Racing) impressed again in fourth, whilst Valentino Rossi (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP) reached his usual target of a top five qualifying position. Aleix’s brother Pol Espargaro (Monster Yamaha Tech3) was provisionally on the front row but was eventually pushed back to sixth.
Andrea Iannone (Pramac Racing), Dani Pedrosa (Repsol Honda Team) and Bradley Smith (Monster Yamaha Tech3) will line up on row three. Smith was deemed fit to ride in the race after a big high side at Turn 2 in the final minutes of Q2, which left him with a painful finger injury.
Stefan Bradl (LCR Honda MotoGP) heads the fourth row after topping FP3 earlier in the day. Whilst Scott Redding (GO&FUN Honda Gresini) and Cal Crutchlow (Ducati Team) made it through from Q1 to qualify 11th and 12th respectively.
Substitute rider Leon Camier did well as he rides in place of Nicky Hayden for the Drive M7 Aspar team, qualifying 16th from Q1.
Alvaro Bautista (GO&FUN Honda Gresini) qualified 14th after surviving a big high side earlier in proceedings in FP3, whilst Broc Parkes (Paul Bird Motorsport) walked away from a Q1 crash and will start 22nd on the grid.
Photos by Ara Ashjian