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MotoGP: Marquez bags pole for Sunday’s Red Bull Indy GP

Aug 9, 2014, 7:15 PM EDT

Marc Marquez AP

Marc Marquez will look to continue his MotoGP rampage at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway from the pole position in Sunday’s 27-lap Red Bull Indianapolis Grand Prix.

The Repsol Honda rider and reigning MotoGP champion picked up his eighth pole of the year today by turning in a lap of 1 minute, 31.619 seconds around the IMS road course. On Sunday, Marquez will look to extend his season-long win streak in MotoGP to an even 10 races.

“It is really good to be back on pole after the holidays,” the Spaniard said to the MotoGP website. “I am really happy and it gives us a lot of confidence. Our pace for tomorrow it high and if it’s dry I think we can fight for the victory.

“The tires will be a big decision, especially for the rear.”

Sunday’s forecast in Indy calls for scattered showers and thunderstorms in the region, with temperatures in the high 70s to low 80s.

If Marquez can win Sunday, he will equal a feat of motorcycle legend Giacomo Agostini, who won the opening 10 races of the 1970 season in the top class that’s now known as MotoGP.

Joining Marquez on the front row will be Ducati rider Andrea Dovizioso (second, 1:31.844) and Yamaha rider Jorge Lorenzo (third, 1:31.869).

Aleix Espargaro, Valentino Rossi, and Pol Espargaro will go off from Row 2, followed by Andrea Iannone, Dani Pedrosa, and Bradley Smith in Row 3.

Smith fell on his final qualifying lap and sustained an injury to one of the fingers on his left hand according to the Associated Press, but his Monster Yamaha Tech 3 team says he’ll be able to race tomorrow.

40-year-old Colin Edwards, the sole American on the grid for Sunday’s race, will start 15th on his Yamaha. Indy will mark the final MotoGP event on home ground for the Texas Tornado, as he is set to retire soon.

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