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2014 Indianapolis MotoGP Saturday Round Up: Fast Brits On Proddy Hondas, An Early Title For Marquez, And An Epic Moto3 Race

Is Indianapolis really a Honda circuit? With four Yamahas on the two front rows of the grid, you would have to say it wasn't any longer. There is a Honda on pole, but as that's Marc Marquez, that doesn't really count: alongside his perfect nine wins from nine races, he now also has eight poles from ten qualifying sessions. Any discussion of the relative strengths and weaknesses of the different manufacturers at a circuit really needs to disregard Marquez at the moment. In 2014, the Spaniard is just too much of an outlier, as his ability to put a couple of tenths or more on the opposition at will demonstrates.

Behind Marquez, the grid looks a lot more interesting. Behind Marquez is exactly how Andrea Dovizioso bagged another front row start, the Italian grabbing a tow off the Repsol Honda rider to set the second fastest time. The tow had allowed Dovizioso to follow Marquez' "crazy lines" as the Ducati rider put it, and the extra boost of the new engine Dovizioso has at his disposal may have contributed. The engine comes with a new fairing with revised cooling, suggesting the changes are more to do with making the engine more reliable at the top end, allowing it to be revved higher for longer. Given the Desmosedici's propensity for going up in a puff of smoke – Dovizioso has already lost three of his twelve engines this year, Andrea Iannone has got through four – reduced friction and reduced temperature would be a boon.

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2014 Indianapolis Moto2 Qualifying Practice Result: Smart Riding Bags Pole

Results and summary of qualifying for Moto2 at Indianapolis:

Mika Kallio will start from pole for the second time this year, as he chases his Marc VDS Racing teammate in the Moto2 championship. With gray skies threatening over the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Kallio went out and pushed for a fast lap early. Though the rain never came, Kallio's strategy paid off: nobody could catch the Finn, and Kallio took his second pole of the season.

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2014 Indianapolis MotoGP QP Result: A Bridge Too Far

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Marc Marquez put to rest any ideas that his sixth-place showing in the third free practice was the start of a trend. Wasting little time in Q2 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Saturday, Marquez dropped the fastest motorcycle lap ever at the historic track with seven minutes remaining in the session and then immediately improved on that lap with a 1'31.619.

As if that weren't ominous enough for the rest of the grid, Marquez has never lost a race at Indy in any class.

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2014 Indianapolis MotoGP FP4 Result: Marquez Drops The Hammer

Marc Marquez set the fastest time of the weekend in FP4, two-tenths of a second faster than Stefan Bradl's top time in the prior session. Marquez 1'32.391 left him half a second clear of the field with qualifying coming up in 40 minutes.

Pol Espargaro earned a confidence boost headed into qualifying with the second-fastest time, closely followed by Valentino Rossi to round out the top three.

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2014 Indianapolis Moto3 QP Result: Ongoing Plans For Consolidation

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Jack Miller's quest to extend his championship lead took a turn for the better at the Moto3 qualifying practice Saturday at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Miller's 1'40.727 put him eight hundredths clear of Efren Vazquez (2nd) and championship contender Alex Marquez (3rd). The Moto3 front row for Sunday's race is separated by less than a tenth of a second.

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2014 Indianapolis Moto2 FP3 Result: Aegerter Slips By Rabat

Dominique Aegerter continued his strong form at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Saturday with a 1'37.243 in FP3 that put him at the top of the timesheet. Aegerter, who also led the second free practice, just nipped second-fastest Tito Rabat by a mere two-hundredths of a second. And Mika Kallio, who had been languishing out of the top ten, finally had an Indy practice worthy of optimism with the third-fastest time.

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