Photo Credit: Getty Images

Photo Credit: Getty Images

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 (Repsol Honda) and in a disconsolate mood after qualifying.

Rossi won the inaugural Indy 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.

“I have a lot of problems on brake and entry to the corners, and when I try to push I have too much movement on the front,” Rossi said.

“Plus, I made some mistakes and had two moments on the front. I lost a lot of feeling.

“My position and the time from the top guy is very high. For the race pace I am not so behind, but there are lot of people fast and constant.”

Rossi experienced similar front-end handling issues at the beginning of the season, but a revised  suspension setup was the platform for his stunning win in the Dutch TT. He qualified fourth for that race.

“The modified front fork we used at Assen was a good step, but here the feeling is more like the beginning of the season,” he said.

“This track is the worst for me; I am always struggling a lot. Qualifying is a bad result and the race will be hard and tough.

“I expect that this track is more difficult, but I had hoped to be closer to the front.”

The record-setting pace set by Marquez in qualifying has made the leader of the world championship a hot favorite to win his third consecutive race following victories in Germany and Laguna Seca.