Motorsports Blog

10 August 2014

MotoGP: Eighth pole of 2014 for Marquez

The summer break was fairly long, but the reigning world champion showed no signs of rustiness at Indianapolis, taking his 17th premier class pole

Amaan Ahmed
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MotoGP's been on a brief summer holiday. In the meantime, a few changes have taken place - for the next season, Cal Crutchlow's decided to switch to LCR Honda, Andrea Iannone's jumping ship from Pramac Ducati to the factory team, and Stefan Bradl's replacing Colin Edwards at NGM Forward Yamaha. What hasn't changed, even a bit, though, is Marc Marquez's habit of acing out his opponents in Q2.

It was the same old story last night - Aleix Espargaro went out and notched up the first properly quick lap time, Jorge Lorenzo bettered it by a big margin, only for Marquez to flash right past him, with a time that just could not be matched.

Smartly enough, Andrea Dovizioso, who had been languishing down the order initially, latched onto Marquez's lines, and was 'towed' (aided by the slipstream) to second place by the reigning world champion. Lorenzo, meanwhile was content with third place.

Aleix's good run in Qualifying continued, as he pipped Valentino Rossi's factory bike yet again. Placed right behind the Doctor is Aleix's younger brother Pol, who was provisionally on the front row, but was pushed down in the closing stages.

Andrea Iannone secured seventh ahead of Dani Pedrosa, who looked a touch rusty after the brief summer break. Bradley Smith and Stefan Bradl rounded off the top ten.

By the looks of it, Marquez is on his way for a tenth consecutive victory this season. Anyone betting against that?

Qualifying
:
1. Marc Marquez
2. Andrea Dovizioso
3. Jorge Lorenzo
4. Aleix Espargaro
5. Valentino Rossi
6. Pol Espargaro
7. Andrea Iannone
8. Dani Pedrosa
9. Bradley Smith
10. Stefan Bradl
11. Scott Redding
12. Cal Crutchlow
13. Yonny Hernandez
14. Alvaro Bautista
15. Colin Edwards
16. Leon Camier
17. Danilo Petrucci
18. Hiroshi Aoyama
19. Mike Di Meglio
20. Hector Barbera
21. Karel Abraham
22. Broc Parkes
23. Michael Laverty

Tags: dovizioso, ducati, repsol honda, lorenzo, rossi, pedrosa, marquez, moto gp, motogp

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