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Update: Marquez takes 6th MotoGP pole

2014-05-31 16:37

'OH NO! NOT AGAIN...' Spanish Honda rider Marc Marquez (right), followed by team mate and fellow Spaniard Dani Pedrosa, during qualifying for the 2014 Italian MotoGP at Mugello. Marquez took pole, Pedrosa fourth. image: AFP

MUGELLO, Italy - Spain's MotoGP champion Marc Marquez secured his sixth consecutive pole in six 2014 races in qualifying for Sunday's (June 1 2014) Italian MotoGP here.

The 21-year-old Honda rider - he's won the opening five races this season to become the first rider since Giacomo Agostini in 1972 to do so - made is his 43rd career pole.

He edged out Italian Andrea Iannone and Spain's double champion Jorge Lorenzo (Yamaha) who  has had a poor season by his high standards and is only fifth in the Riders' championship, 80 points behind Marquez... but he was happy with his performance.

SPEED RECORD SET

"I'm satisfied with third," the 27-year-old said. "It's important to start in the first row here to try to avoid problems with the first laps and be with the front group."

Iannone and his Ducati set an official speed record during practice for the MotoGP championship - 349.6km/h. His compatriot, nine-times champion Valentino Rossi, was left fuming after a tyres mix-up which will see him start 10th in what will be his 300th race at this level.

"We made a big mistake in qualifying," said the 35-year-old who in 2013 ended a two-season wins drought at the Dutch MotoGP. "We decided to change the front tyre at the same time as the second rear. It was the wrong decision.

"I felt really bad with the softer front and was unable to improve my lap time. It's a great shame... I had good potential and could have started on the front row. My pace is good but tomorrow, from the fourth row, everything will be more difficult."

Qualifying times

MotoGP
1 Marc Marquez (Spain) Honda 1min47.270
2 Andrea Iannone (Italy) Ducati 1min47.450
3 Jorge Lorenzo (Spain) Yamaha 1min47.521
4 Dani Pedrosa (Spain) Honda 1min47.584
5 Pol Espargaro (Spain) Yamaha 1min47.612
6 Cal Crutchlow (Britain) Ducati 1min47.659
7 Bradley Smith (Britain) Yamaha 1min47.681
8 Andrea Dovizioso (Italy) Ducati 1min47.754
9 Stefan Bradl (Germany) Honda 1min47.765
10 Valentino Rossi (Italy) Yamaha 1min47.791

Moto3
1 Alex Rins (Spain) Honda 1min56.999
2 Jack Miller (Australia) KTM 1min57.264
3 Jakub Kornfeil (Czech Republic) KTM 1min57.326
4 Romano Fenati (Italy) KTM 1min57.435
5 Alexis Masbou (France) Honda 1min57.580
6 Alex Marquez (Spain) Honda 1min57.881
7 Karel Hanika (Czech Republic) KTM 1min57.937
8 Juanfran Guevara (Spain) Kalex 1min57.967
9 Brad Binder (South Africa) Mahindra 1min57.972
10 Efren Vazquez (Spain) Honda 1min58.021

Moto 2
1 Esteve Rabat (Spain) Kalex 1min52.718
2 Sam Lowes (Britain) Speed up 1min52.901
3 Sandro Cortese (Germany) Kalex 1min52.915
4 Jonas Folger (Germany) Kalex 1min53.008
5 Dominique Aegerter (Switzerland) Suter 1min53.093
6 Luis Salom (Spain) Kalex 1min53.162
7 Jordi Torres (Spain) Suter 1min53.167
8 Franco Morbidelli (Italy) Kalex 1min53.258
9 Thomas Luethi (Switzerland) Suter 1min53.291
10 Marcel Schroetter (Germany) Tech 3 1min53.313

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