Marquez takes sixth straight pole

Marc Marquez secures his sixth consecutive pole of the MotoGP season as he topped the timesheets in Italy.

    Marquez produced a lap of one minute 47.27 seconds early in the second qualifying session [AFP]
    Marquez produced a lap of one minute 47.27 seconds early in the second qualifying session [AFP]

    Marc Marquez made it six pole positions out of six this season when he was fastest in qualifying for the Italian MotoGP at Mugello.

    Although Marquez crashed out of the Italian MotoGP last year, he has been more than on top of his game this weekend. He was fastest in Friday's only free practice session.

    The second practice was cancelled due to spotty rain and Saturday’s qualifying, the Repsol Honda rider posted a 1:47.270 to take the top spot on the grid.

    The Spaniard produced a lap of one minute 47.27 seconds early in the second qualifying session while Italian Andrea Iannone was second, 0.18 seconds behind, and Jorge Lorenzo of Spain third.

    Defending champion Marquez has also won the first five races of the season and leads the standings with a maximum 125 points.

    The crowd in Tuscany will hope home-favourite Valentino Rossi can turn a series of second places to Marquez this season into his first victory to mark his 300th race.

    Rossi could only manage 10th fastest on his Yamaha in final qualifying, a substantial way off the pace set by Marquez.

    SOURCE: AP


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