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Two-time defending MotoGP World Champion Marc Marquez posted a time of 1:31.884 seconds aboard the No. 93 Repsol Honda on Saturday to capture the pole position for Sunday’s Red Bull Indianapolis GP at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
Marquez, who won from the pole during the last two MotoGP races at IMS, scored his fifth pole in 10 races this season. He has 27 poles in 46 starts in his MotoGP career.
The 27-lap MotoGP race starts at 2 p.m. on Sunday.
“Yesterday, I saw that Jorge (Lorenzo) was really strong, but today we got closer and we had a similar pace,” Marquez said. “Happy to be on the pole and we will see tomorrow because the tire degradation, it’s an important thing here. We will be there. The key of the race, I think, on the last laps everybody will be struggling with rear grip. But we will try to do our best and try to be there, ready for a fight.”
Marquez is the first to win three consecutive poles at the Red Bull Indianapolis GP. He was tied with teammate Dani Pedrosa for the most poles (two) overall in the event.
Starting next to Marquez on the grid will be Pedrosa, who posted a lap of 1:32.055. A two-time race winner (2010 and 2012) at Indianapolis, Pedrosa failed to make the podium at IMS for the first time since 2009 after finishing fourth last year.
An all-Spanish front row of the grid was assured when two-time world champion Jorge Lorenzo posted a lap of 1:32.186 on his No. 99 Movistar Yamaha, qualifying third-fastest. Lorenzo will be looking for his fifth win of the season to go along with victories at Jerez, Le Mans, Mugello and Barcelona.
Marquez has started from pole in every race on American soil in the MotoGP class except for Laguna Seca in 2013, making him six for seven in U.S. pole awards. He will be aiming for his fifth consecutive win at the Brickyard across all classes on Sunday (Moto2 in 2011 and 2012; MotoGP in 2013 and 2014).
CREDIT: Indianapolis Motor Speedway