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Le Mans: Marquez 'back on it' for pole

18 May 2013

Rookie MotoGP title leader Marc Marquez put a free practice fall behind him to claim his second pole position of the season, at Le Mans in France.

The 20-year-old lost control of his Repsol Honda on entry to the first chicane at the very end of final practice, forcing a switch to his spare bike for qualifying.

Marquez's confidence also took a bit of a knock, but he soon overcame any doubts - setting the fastest lap of the weekend to edge pole by 0.030s from Yamaha's world champion Jorge Lorenzo.

“Qualifying went very well. After FP3, in which we had a small front end crash and I lost my confidence a little, I was back on it immediately,” said Marquez.

“It was hard to heat up the tyres, but that was the same for everyone. I think that's the reason why there were so many crashes.

“I am very happy, because I think that we had a good session and have a good pace.

“Jorge has a very good rhythm for the race, but we will see what happens tomorrow with the weather. If it is wet, then we just have to do as well as we can.”

Team-mate Dani Pedrosa fell at the same place as Marquez, during qualifying, and will start just sixth on the grid.

Marquez, Lorenzo and Pedrosa will all be seeking to become the first double winner of the season on Sunday.


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