MotoGP Indianapolis: Marc Marquez claims pole position in Honda 1-2

Marc Marquez led a Honda one-two in MotoGP qualifying to take pole position for this weekend's race at Indianapolis

MotoGP Indianapolis: Marc Marquez claims pole position in Honda 1-2

The reigning world champion set his best time of 1m31.884s on his first flying lap of the session, which at the time put him three tenths clear of factory Honda team-mate Dani Pedrosa.

While Pedrosa improved with four minutes to go in the pole-deciding Q2 segment, he could only reduce his deficit to Marquez.

Jorge Lorenzo salvaged Yamaha's day by climbing onto the front row with his final lap of qualifying, jumping from seventh to third as the chequered flag came out.

His team-mate, championship leader Valentino Rossi, continued to struggle on the Indianapolis road course, ending the session eighth having briefly been as high as third a few minutes before the end.

Lorenzo's lap knocked Cal Crutchlow off the front row on his LCR Honda, while Danilo Petrucci, who was fastest in Q1, landed fifth place after spending a lap tucked up behind the factory Ducati of Andrea Dovizioso.

That made Petrucci the leading Ducati in qualifying, with Andrea Iannone the first of the Italian manufacturer's factory bikes in seventh, and Dovizioso, who joined Petrucci in progressing from Q1 to the main session, only 10th.

QUALIFYING RESULTS:

Pos Rider Team Bike Time Gap
1 Marc Marquez Honda Honda 1m31.884s -
2 Dani Pedrosa Honda Honda 1m32.055s 0.171s
3 Jorge Lorenzo Yamaha Yamaha 1m32.186s 0.302s
4 Cal Crutchlow LCR Honda 1m32.208s 0.324s
5 Danilo Petrucci Pramac Racing Ducati 1m32.243s 0.359s
6 Bradley Smith Tech 3 Yamaha 1m32.269s 0.385s
7 Andrea Iannone Ducati Ducati 1m32.468s 0.584s
8 Valentino Rossi Yamaha Yamaha 1m32.511s 0.627s
9 Maverick Vinales Suzuki Suzuki 1m32.571s 0.687s
10 Andrea Dovizioso Ducati Ducati 1m32.636s 0.752s
11 Pol Espargaro Tech 3 Yamaha 1m32.670s 0.786s
12 Aleix Espargaro Suzuki Suzuki 1m32.814s 0.930s
13 Scott Redding Marc VDS Honda 1m33.170s 1.286s
14 Hector Barbera Avintia Racing Ducati 1m33.199s 1.315s
15 Yonny Hernandez Pramac Racing Ducati 1m33.278s 1.394s
16 Jack Miller LCR Honda 1m33.381s 1.497s
17 Stefan Bradl Aprilia Gresini Aprilia 1m33.822s 1.938s
18 Alvaro Bautista Aprilia Gresini Aprilia 1m33.839s 1.955s
19 Eugene Laverty Aspar Honda 1m33.978s 2.094s
20 Nicky Hayden Aspar Honda 1m34.030s 2.146s
21 Alex de Angelis IodaRacing Project ART/Aprilia 1m34.226s 2.342s
22 Mike Di Meglio Avintia Racing Ducati 1m34.322s 2.438s
23 Toni Elias AB Motoracing Honda 1m35.167s 3.283s
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