Pole for Spanish rider as MotoGP roars back into life at the Red Bull Indianapolis Grand Prix.
Marc Márquez looks in fearsome shape this weekend at Indianapolis, where the 2013 MotoGP season has kicked back into gear.
There were no signs of rustiness from the Repsol Honda rider after a month-long hiatus in the World Championship following the previous round at Laguna Seca, where he won his second GP of the campaign.
Fastest in the four practice sessions that preceded qualifying at Indianapolis, Márquez stuck his RC213V on pole with a hot lap that was a massive half-a-second faster than his closest rival, defending World Champion Jorge Lorenzo.
Setting a new lap record on a MotoGP bike at the track, Márquez's blistering time of 1m37.958s set him well ahead of the rest of the field. There was only 0.014s separating Lorenzo and Dani Pedrosa in second and third respectively, as the duo completed an all-Spanish front row for Sunday's race.
Cal Crutchlow was a similar distance off Pedrosa as he was shuffled onto the second row late in the session. The Brit, who recently announced he will switch to Ducati in 2014, is the highest placed Yamaha on the grid with Álvaro Bautista on a Honda and Nicky Hayden on the machine Crutchlow will ride next year rounding out the top six.
Bradley Smith, Stefan Bradl and Valentino Rossi will comprise row three, while Ben Spies' return to action after four months without racing ended in misery as the American dislocated his left shoulder with a heavy fall in the third practice session on Saturday.
Moto2: Redding raises the bar
Championship leader Scott Redding put his Marc VDS machine in top spot for the Moto2 race with a lap time that beat his title rival Pol Espargaró to pole by just 0.027s.
The pair, who are currently separated by 23 points in the standings, will reignite their tussle for the title from the front row with Japanese rider Takaaki Nakagami for company. Rookie Sandro Cortese scored a top-ten spot on the starting grid, with Danny Kent qualifying 20th.
Moto3: Rins rockets to pole as Salom escapes crash
Alex Rins took pole in the Moto3 class with Alex Márquez and Maverick Viñales inside the top three, as Championship leader Luis Salom had a scare with a huge crash.
The Red Bull KTM Ajo rider highsided in Turn 1 and fortunately avoided injury, and will start from 10th.