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Marquez: Is there no stopping this guy?

2014-05-17 20:25

MARQUEZ THE MAN, AGAIN: Spanish Yamaha rider Pol Espargaro (left) has no hope against Marc Marquez who was in a zone of his own to take his fifth pole of 2014, this time for the French MotoGP. Image: AFP / Jean-Francois Monier

ALAN BALDWIN

LE MANS, France - Honda's MotoGP champion Marc Marquez on Saturday scorched to his fifth 2014 pole position in five races at ahead of the French MotoGP on Sunday.

The 21-year-old Spaniard, who also qualified on pole at the final race of 2013 and has won the first four of 2014, continued his perfect record with a record time of 1min32.042at the Le Mans circuit.

Rookie compatriot Pol Espargaro was second-fastest for Tech3 Yamaha in its home race and Italian Andrea Dovizioso completed  the front row for Ducati.

PEDROSA SLOWED BY ARM SURGERY

Two MotoGP champions took their places on the second row, with factory Yamaha team mates Valentino Rossi and Jorge Lorenzo qualifying fifth and sixth. Germany's Stefan Bradl lines up fourth on a Honda.

Marquez's Spanish team mate Dani Pedrosa, who recently underwent arm surgery, qualified only ninth.

Victory on Sunday will make Marquez, already the youngest MotoGP champion, the youngest rider to win five consecutive races in the premier class. The record was set by Britain's Mike Hailwood at the age of 22 years and 160 days in the 500cc class in 1962.

French GP promoters also announced on Saturday that they had extended their contract with rights-holder Dorna Sports for a further five years to 2021.

French MotoGP qualifying times
1 Marc Marquez (Spain) Honda 1min32.042
2 Pol Espargaro (Spain) Yamaha 1min32.734
3 Andrea Dovizioso (Italy) Ducati 1min32.755
4 Stefan Bradl (Germany) Honda 1min32.846
5 Valentino Rossi (Italy) Yamaha 1min32.873
6 Jorge Lorenzo (Spain) Yamaha 1min32.899
7 Alvaro Bautista (Spain) Honda 1min33.006
8 Aleix Espargaro (Spain) Yamaha 1min33.015
9 Dani Pedrosa (Spain) Honda 1min33.023
10 Bradley Smith (Britain) Yamaha min33.058

Moto2 qualifying
1 Jonas Folger (Germany) Kalex 1min37.619
2 Esteve Rabat (Spain) Kalex 1min37.623
3 Luis Salom (Spain) Kalex 1min37.731
4 Mika Kallio (Finland) Kalex 1min37.768
5 Thomas Luethi (Switzerland) Suter 1min37.773
6 Simone Corsi (Italy) Forward KLX 1min37.809
7 Maverick Vinales (Spain) Kalex 1min37.884
8 Ricard Cardus (Spain) Tech 3 1min37.929
9 Sandro Cortese (Germany) Kalex 1min37.963
10 Sam Lowes (Britain) Speed up 1min38.032

Moto3 qualifying
1 Efren Vazquez (Spain) Honda 1min42.491
2 Jack Miller (Australia) KTM 1min42.516
3 Alex Rins (Spain) Honda 1min42.718
4 Alexis Masbou (France) Honda 1min42.752
5 Niklas Ajo (Finland) Husqvarna 1min42.769
6 Isaac Vinales (Spain) KTM 1min42.815
7 Alex Marquez (Spain) Honda 1min42.896
8 John McPhee (Britain) Honda 1min42.936
9 Zulfahmi Khairuddin (Malaysia) Honda 1min42.991
10 Romano Fenati (Italy) KTM 1min43.068
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