Two-time world champion Marc Marquez claimed pole position for Sunday’s Indianapolis MotoGP in qualifying Saturday at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
The 22-year-old Spaniard, riding for the Repsol Honda Team, posted the quickest time with a lap in 1min 31.884secs.
Marquez, undefeated in MotoGP competition on US soil, will seek a third consecutive victory in the eight-year-old Indianapolis event.
Marquez said he was happy with Saturday’s performance.
“Looks like here we are able to be fast,” he added. “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. So tomorrow will be an interesting race.”
Counting 2011 and 2012 wins in Moto2, he’s in line for a fifth win at the famed IndyCar circuit.
Marquez became the first man to win three consecutive poles in this event. In ten MotoGP outings this season he’s won five poles. During his MotoGP career, Marquez has 27 poles in 47 races.
Spanish riders will have the front row for Sunday’s race.
Dani Pedrosa, Marquez’s Honda teammate, posted the day’s second-fastest qualifying time of 1:32.055 while Jorge Lorenzo of Yamaha starts in the third position after a qualifying run of 1:32.186.
Season points leader Valentino Rossi of Yamaha qualified eighth Saturday, which ties his lowest qualifying spot of the season.
In Moto3, Danny Kent of Honda grabbed the pole position with a qualifying time of 1:40.703.
Miguel Oliveira of Portugal and Zulfahmi Khairuddin of Malaysia will round out the front row.
Moto2 qualifying capped Saturday’s action, with another Spaniard winning the pole.
Riding a Kalex, 19-year-old Alex Rins qualified in 1:36.549.
Joining Rins in the first row will be two more Kalex riders, Tito Rabat of Spain and Mika Kallio of Finland. Rabat’s time was 1:36.686. Kallio, who won this race in 2014, qualified with a 1:36.865 lap.
“I knew I needed to push a little bit more to make a difference,” said Rins. “It’s important to be on the pole because in this series, it’s very competitive. I expect a good race (tomorrow).” – Agence France-Presse