Marquez on course to set new record

Marc Marquez storms to Le Mans pole

Marc Marquez storms to Le Mans pole

Marc Marquez is on course to become the youngest rider to win five consecutive MotoGP grands prix after securing pole position for Sunday’s French Grand Prix at Le Mans.

The 21-year-old once again showcased his devastating speed as he claimed his fifth pole position of the season with an impressive display at the Bugatti circuit.

Marquez, who signed a new two-year contract with Honda this week, was almost seven tenths of a second quicker than nearest rival Pol Espargaro on the Monster Yamaha.

Ducati’s Andrea Dovizioso completed the front row in third just two hundredths of a second adrift of Espargaro.

Marquez dominated the session throughout despite running off the track twice. In the end, the reigning world champion ended qualifying with a personal best of 1.32.042s.

Pol Espargaro produced the surprise of the day as his last gasp effort saw him secure the best grid slot of his fledgling MotoGP career.

LCR Honda’s Stefan Bradl was fourth fastest ahead of the struggling works Yamaha’s of Valentino Rossi and Jorge Lorenzo, who were nearly a second adrift of Marquez.

Alvaro Bautista will start from seventh ahead of Forward Yamaha’s Aleix Espargaro and Honda’s Dani Pedrosa.

Bradley Smith rounded out the top 10 while Andrea Iannone, who had been running as high as second, was demoted to 11th after officials removed the Italian’s best time for taking a short cut on the circuit.

Australia’s Broc Parkes qualified in 20th position on board the Paul Bird Motorsport Aprilia.

In Moto3, Queenslander Jack Miller was pipped to pole position by title rival Efren Vazquez. The Red Bull KTM, who will start Sunday’s race from second spot, trailed Vazquez by just 0.025s in a hard fought qualifying session.

MotoGP French Grand Prix Qualifying Results    

Pos Rider Team/Bike Time Gap
1 Marc Marquez Honda 1m32.042s  
2 Pol Espargaro Tech 3 Yamaha 1m32.734s +0.692s
3 Andrea Dovizioso Ducati 1m32.755s +0.713s
4 Stefan Bradl LCR Honda 1m32.846s +0.804s
5 Valentino Rossi Yamaha 1m32.873s +0.831s
7 Jorge Lorenzo Yamaha 1m32.899s +0.857s
7 Alvaro Bautista Gresini Honda 1m33.006s +0.964s
8 Aleix Espargaro Forward Yamaha 1m33.015s +0.973s
9 Dani Pedrosa Honda 1m33.023s +0.981s
10 Bradley Smith Tech 3 Yamaha 1m33.058s +1.016s
11 Andrea Iannone Pramac Ducati 1m33.102s +1.060s
12 Cal Crutchlow Ducati 1m33.315s +1.273s
13 Nicky Hayden Aspar Honda 1m33.859s Q1
14 Yonny Hernandez Pramac Ducati 1m33.999s Q1
15 Colin Edwards Forward Yamaha 1m34.203s Q1
16 Scott Redding Gresini Honda 1m34.233s Q1
17 Hiroshi Aoyama Aspar Honda 1m34.457s Q1
18 Karel Abraham Cardion Honda 1m34.880s Q1
19 Hector Barbera Avintia FTR-Kawasaki 1m35.499s Q1
20 Broc Parkes PBM Aprilia 1m35.795s Q1
21 Michael Laverty PBM Aprilia 1m35.932s Q1
22 Mike di Meglio Avintia FTR-Kawasaki 1m36.163s Q1



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