Rookie Scott Redding delivered his best MotoGP qualifying to date at Indianapolis, leading the Qualifying 1 session for his first appearance in the Q2 pole position shootout.

Redding concluded that session eleventh out of the twelve riders - ahead of Cal Crutchlow and just 1.095s from world champion Marc Marquez's pole position.

That was despite Redding's Open class Honda lacking between 10-21km/h of top speed relative to the other Q2 participants, along the famous Indy 500 main straight.

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"Scott is having a very positive weekend, crowned today with his best qualifying performance of the season," said team boss Fausto Gresini.

"Right now it's really a pity to see him so sacrificed on the straights, where he's losing a lot of ground. This situation is not fair, but it will help him to grow and to be even stronger for the future."

Redding's future is expected to involve taking over team-mate Alvaro Bautista's Factory class RC213V for 2015. Bautista qualified 14th after a massive highside in practice.