MotoGP: Championship leader Marc Marquez secures Indianapolis pole
Last Updated: 18/08/13 6:41pm
Marc Marquez: On pole for Indianapolis Grand Prix
Marc Marquez secured pole for Sunday's Indianapolis Grand Prix after outpacing his rivals at the US circuit.
The Spaniard leads the title race on 163 points and the Honda rider will start from the front of the grid after setting a time of one minute 37.958 seconds.
That was half a second faster than anyone else, with his title challengers Jorge Lorenzo and Dani Pedrosa qualifying in second and third, respectively.
Marquez comfortably led the way but the battle for the places behind him was fierce, with Lorenzo, Pedrosa and Britain's Cal Crutchlow coming through qualifying in quick succession.
Alvaro Bautista made it three Hondas in the top five, with Ducati rider Nicky Hayden starting sixth.
Bradley Smith, Stefan Bradl, six-time world champion Valentino Rossi and Andrea Dovizioso completed the top 10.
Marquez lies 17 points ahead of Pedrosa in the overall standings ahead of race day, with his compatriot 10 points clear of the third-placed Lorenzo.
"(Sunday) will be a tough race because everybody is struggling quite a lot at the end of the race with the tire," said Marquez.
"I think we have a good base. We are ready for to fight for the win."