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2 qualifier Andrea Dovizioso of Ducati said keeping the tire alive for 27 laps will be a big issue on the track's new asphalt.
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"He's aggressive, and the (factory Honda motorcycle) is aggressive," said two time series champion Jorge Lorenzo, the last rider to beat Marquez in a race.
Marquez has qualified on the front row (top three) for the past 22 races, and he could skip the next three events and still have the series lead.
Marc Marquez works through a turn during today MotoGP practice session at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. He won the pole for tomorrow's Red Bull Indianapolis Grand Prix with a lap of 1 minute, 31.619 secondsRobert Scheer / The Star21Apparently there is a simple explanation for the MotoGP domination of 21 year old Marc Marquez, and it should be easy to spot in Sunday's Red Bull Indianapolis Grand Prix at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
Marquez's other miscue came in qualifying when he braked too late in Turn 1 on his first hot lap. He opted to drive through the grass rather than compromise himself or the bike.
The latest eruption came in Saturday's qualifying session, which Marquez dominated for the eighth time in 10 events this season. His lap of 1 minute, 31.619 seconds was more than two tenths of a second quicker than second place and more than a full second faster than 13 of the other 22 riders.
the necessary speed to compete for one of three spots on the podium.
"(The infield section) is less stop and go, and you generate more corner speed."
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"I had a small moment, but I was trying to do a good rhythm with used tires," he said. "But this afternoon I felt so good (on newer tires). We found something with the setup in that corner that changed a little bit from last year.
"I feel good, especially for the race," he said. "I feel comfortable."
Barring a Marquez mistake, the victory ceremony will look the same as it has for all nine races this season, and the reigning series champion will tie the sport's all time mark for consecutive wins to start the season. He already has 15 wins in 22 starts, and that's just one of many ways to measure his success.
Marquez conceded that an older tire could be a problem. He was experimenting with one in Saturday's pre qualifying practice when the back end slid out in Turn 16 and he nearly crashed.
That's not good for the others. Marquez not only won last year's MotoGP race here, he won at IMS the two previous years in lower divisions.
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Perhaps the only thing that can derail Marquez in Sunday's IMS race is his rear tire. He declined to commit which compound his Repsol Honda will choose _ hard or softer _ but Lorenzo and No. Puma Creepers Camel
"I know why I did the mistake," he said.
Marquez said winning the pole renews the confidence he had before the series took two weekends off for the annual summer break.
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