Marc Marquez on pole for MotoGP at Indianapolis

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Spain’s Marc Marquez has earned pole position for tomorrow’s MotoGP Red Bull Indianapolis Grand Prix with a track-record lap of 1 minute, 37.958 seconds around the road course at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Marquez’s lap easily eclipsed the previous mark of 1 minute, 38.313 seconds, which was set by Dani Pedrosa last year.

Honda rider Marquez, who won last month at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, led every practice session of the weekend before besting fellow Spaniards Jorge Lorenzo (Yamaha; 1 minute, 38.471 seconds) and defending Indy GP winner Pedrosa (Honda; 1 minute, 38.485 seconds) for the top spot on the grid in qualifying.

Nicky Hayden landed sixth on the grid to lead the Ducati camp and the American contingent of riders. The other Americans, Colin Edwards and wild card entrant Blake Young, will start 12th and 24th, respectively.

One rider that will not be on the grid at Indy will be Ben Spies, who was set to race for the first time since April at Circuit of the Americas but crashed this morning in practice. He suffered a dislocated left shoulder in the incident and will be unable to compete on Sunday.

Last October, Spies underwent season-ending surgery on his right shoulder after injuring it in a crash at the Malaysian round. The effects of that injury had kept him out from Jerez in May all the way up to this weekend at Indy.

Verstappen doesn’t want F1 season to end after recent run of form

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Max Verstappen says he is not ready for the 2017 Formula 1 season to come to an end after enjoying a run of strong form through the closing stages of the campaign.

Verstappen endured a rocky run of form through to the end of the European season that saw him suffer a number of reliability issues and score just a single podium finish, taking third in China back in April.

However, the Dutchman has rallied to score more points than any other driver in the last five races, including victories in Malaysia and Mexico, as well as a podium finish in Japan.

Verstappen heads into next weekend’s Abu Dhabi Grand Prix chasing a third win of the year to sign off, but joked he does not want the season to end just as he’s got into a good groove.

“We will, of course, try and end the season with a strong result in Abu Dhabi,” Verstappen said. “Last year was actually quite a good race after skipping a pit stop following a spin at Turn 1, it was hard to manage the tires to the end of the race but we did it and finished fourth.

“I would say that my favorite part of the track is at Turns 2 and 3, the fast left, right. It’s also very cool driving underneath the hotel and racing in the darkness with all the lights.

“The final sector at Yas Marina is actually quite technical so you have to be really precise there, but it should also be our strongest part of the track.

“There are quite a few overtaking opportunities to make the race interesting, before the long straight at the hairpin and then at the end of the straight under braking for the next chicane section.

“Abu Dhabi is the last race on the calendar, but I don’t actually want the season to end. I’m really fired up at the moment and I just want to keep going.

“The nice thing will be to spend some time with friends and family over the winter break and then I will look ahead to January and get back into training before it all starts again.”