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Marquez takes MotoGP pole at Brno for Czech GP

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MotoGP championship leader Marc Marquez put aside his ongoing shoulder difficulties to take pole position for the Czech Grand Prix at Brno on Saturday.

Marquez entered the weekend with a 43-point advantage over Yamaha’s Jorge Lorenzo in the riders’ standings, but raised concerns about his long-run pace during practice on Friday.

Lorenzo looked to have edged out Marquez for pole position heading into the final laps of Q2, with the Honda rider losing time in the first sector.

However, Marquez lit up the remainder of his final lap – including a stunning overtake on Lorenzo’s teammate, Valentino Rossi at the final corner – to produce a time of 1:54.596, going two-tenths faster than his rival.

The time went down as a new lap record for MotoGP at Brno, and gives Marquez a golden opportunity to extend his championship lead in Sunday’s race.

“I’m happy with the pole but especially happy with the rhythm in FP4 because we were struggling a lot with the used tire, especially in the morning,” Marquez said.

“In FP4 we changed the bike and improved a lot so we’ll see how it will be tomorrow with the conditions.

“If it’s dry then I think we can fight for the podium – and maybe the victory.”

Lorenzo followed Marquez in second place ahead of Ducati’s Andrea Iannone, who remains in contention to follow up his maiden MotoGP victory in Austria last weekend with another on Sunday.

Aleix Espargaro and Hector Barbera were arguably the stand-out riders in qualifying at Brno, finishing the session fourth and fifth for Suzuki and Avintia Racing respectively.

Nine-time world champion Valentino Rossi was left to settle for sixth on the grid ahead of Andrea Dovizioso and Maverick Vinales, while Dani Pedrosa and Cal Crutchlow rounded out the top 10.

IndyCar race weekend doubleheader schedule at IMS road course

IndyCar weekend schedule Indianapolis
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The NTT IndyCar Series will return to Indianapolis Motor Speedway for the third time this season but with a weekend schedule that will put the action in front of fans for the first time in 2020.

The track’s 14-turn, 2.439-mile road course will play host to IndyCar and sports cars series over four days. The action will begin Thursday with practice and concluding with an eight-hour race Sunday featuring the Intercontinental GT Challenge and GT World Challenge America.

The NTT IndyCar Series will hold a Friday-Saturday race doubleheader called the Harvest GP presented by GMR.

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The name is a nod to the Harvest Classic, which was held Sept. 9, 1916 to help the track stay solvent during World War I. The event had three races of 20, 50 and 100 miles (all won by Johnny Aitken) that was the only racing held outside May at IMS from 1911-93.

A limited crowd of 10,000 will be allowed each day this weekend, and those fans will be the first to experience new video boards, concession stands, restrooms and 5G wireless connectivity.

Here’s the IndyCar weekend schedule for Indianapolis Motor Speedway Harvest GP:

(All times are Eastern)

IndyCar weekend schedule: Thursday, Oct. 1

Noon — Indianapolis 8 Hour/GT World Challenge America test session
2:25 p.m. — IndyCar practice (NBC Sports Gold)
6:20 p.m. — IndyCar qualifying for Harvest GP, Race 1 (NBC Sports Gold)

IndyCar weekend schedule: Friday, Oct. 2

10:20 a.m. — Indianapolis 8 Hour/GT World Challenge America practice
1:40 p.m. — Indianapolis 8 Hour/GT World Challenge America practice
3:30 p.m. — IndyCar Harvest GP, Race 1 (USA Network, NBC Sports Gold)

IndyCar weekend schedule: Saturday, Oct. 3

10:20 a.m. — IndyCar qualifying for Harvest GP, Race 2 (NBC Sports Gold)
12:10 p.m. — Indianapolis 8 Hour/GT World Challenge America qualifying
2:30 p.m. — IndyCar Harvest GP, Race 2 (NBC, NBC Sports Gold)
5:30 p.m. — Indianapolis 8 Hour/GT World Challenge America pole shootout

IndyCar weekend schedule: Sunday, Oct. 4

10 a.m. — Indianapolis 8 Hour/GT World Challenge America race