Tickets purchase
VideoPass purchase

A record-breaking day for rookie Marquez

Repsol Honda Team’s remarkable MotoGP™ rookie sensation loves Indianapolis and demonstrated it again on Saturday with a new pole record, whilst teammate Dani Pedrosa expects a tough race at Round 10.

Having won at The Brickyard for the last two years in Moto2™, Marquez arrived at the American circuit on the back of two successive MotoGP™ wins before the summer break and set down a superb 1’37.958 marker in qualifying. The Spaniard’s lap was over half a second faster than any of his more experienced rivals could manage and shattered Pedrosa’s 2012 pole record of 1’38.813.

"I’ve always felt so good on this track in the other categories and, in MotoGP, from FP1 I have felt good with the track and the bike," Marquez said immediately after the Q2 session. "In qualifying I knew for one lap the tyre would give very good grip."

The 20 year-old is taking nothing for granted, though, and added: "Tomorrow will be tough because everybody will struggle with grip by the end of the race. We are ready to fight for the win, but Jorge (Lorenzo) and Dani will be strong so we will need to manage the situation."

Pedrosa was in agreement about the challenge lying ahead, having qualified third on the grid.

"I think tomorrow is going to be a very hard race," began the winner of 2010 and 2012. "It’s a track on which you move a lot on the bike, so fitness is very important. I feel better but still not 100%, but I’m very happy after practice. We just hope to improve a bit more and have a good bike for tomorrow. I hope for a good start and a good race."

Marquez currently leads the championship, 16 points ahead of his teammate.

Tags:
MotoGP, 2013, Marc Marquez, Dani Pedrosa, Repsol Honda Team

Other updates you may be interested in ›