SPEEDWAY, Ind. – MotoGP rookie Marc Marquez continued his quest for the 2013 season championship by winning the pole for the Red Bull Indianapolis Grand Prix at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Saturday.
Marquez’s pole time of 1:37.958 beat the previous MotoGP pole record by more than eight tenths of a second. The Repsol Honda Team rider will share Sunday’s front row with Jorge Lorenzo and teammate Dani Pedrosa.
Cal Crutchlow qualified fourth for Monster Yamaha Tech3. Alvaro Bautista delivered a solid lap for a top five spot, sealing a second row positoin as American Nicky Hayden led Ducati Team’s charge from sixth.
Bradley Smith will start seventh alongside Stefan Bradl, who had been inside the top three in all but one of the practice sessions. Bradl’s session was ruined by a crash in turn one. Valentino Rossi and Andrea Dovizioso completed the top 10.
After missing seven races as a result of injury, Ben Spies was set to return this weekend. However, he has again been ruled out of action following a crash in third free practice Saturday morning.