Valentino Rossi holds little hope of ending a five-year losing streak at the Indianapolis Grand Prix.
The nine-time world champion has qualified ninth, on the outside of the third row, for Sunday’s 27-lap race.
He was a massive 1.3 seconds off the pace of pole man Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda) and in a disconsolate mood after qualifying.
Rossi won the inaugural Indy MotoGP race in 2008 when a wild hurricane hit the Brickyard and forced the raced to be red-flagged after 20 laps.
But in qualifying for the 2013 edition, Rossi put in his worst Saturday performance of this season with his ninth-fastest time.
He has won just one race, the Dutch TT at Assen in June, since rejoining Yamaha at the beginning of this season.