Another pole for Marquez


Reigning MotoGP World Champion Marc Marquez another pole position at Indianapolis but had Ducati’s Andrea Dovizioso for company as the Italian grabbed a tow from the Spaniard to bag second place. Marquez put in a 1’31.619 on the softest of his Bridgestone options while Dovizoso lapped at 1’31.844 and Movistar Yamaha’s Jorge rounded out the front row as the last man to get under the 1’32 barrier with his 1’31.869. The Repsol Honda man had to come back from an excursion across the grass at turn one at the start of his first flying lap, coming down from more than 210mph and managing to keep it upright. But the performance of the sessions went to Britain’s Leon Camier who, after only four stints on the production Drive M7 Honda, shot into 16th place during qualifying two with a lap of 1’33.747. Camier out-paced team-mate Hiro Aoyama by two tenths of a second and finished only half a second behind Alvaro Bautista’s factory-spec RC213V as well as trailing Scott Redding by less than a second. Redding himself put in best qualifying performance of the year so far, making it into qualifying two for the first time, and ending the session in 11th place, ahead of Ducati’s Cal Crutchlow who was almost a second slower than Dovizioso. Valentino Rossi had been mired in the wrong end of the top ten but stuck in a white-banded Bridgestone and lapped in 1’32.160 to finish right in the centre of row two, one place behind the Open class Yamaha of Aleix Espargaro. Pol Espargaro, on the Monster Yamaha, recovered from a trip around the oval to come back to sixth place while team-mate Bradley Smith had a massive highside right at the end of the session which saw him taken to the medical centre but he did walk away, albeit assisted from the crash. Smith ended in ninth place and has Andrea Iannone and Dani Pedrosa for company on row three. The second works Honda RC213V couldn’t match the pace of his team-mate on pole and finished on a 1’32.331. Stefan Bradl was tenth and only just ahead of Redding. Michael Laverty ended in 23rd, one place behind PBM team-mate Broc Parkes, with a 1’34.814.