Reigning MotoGP champion Marc Marquez claimed a perfect sixth pole of 2014 at Mugello, his least successful circuit of last season.

After several practice accidents, including a 200mph incident at the end of the main straight, the Repsol Honda rider qualified sixth as a rookie at the 2013 Italian round, then made his only race mistake by falling in the closing stages of the grand prix.

"I'm very happy to have taken this pole position at a track that I found very difficult last year," said Marquez, unbeaten so far in 2014. "I've felt good on the bike right from the opening practice session this time around, and this shows that we are working well this season - because in 2013 it was much harder to be up at the front.

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"I have one more year of experience and I think that is the main reason things have gone so well this weekend. The setup is completely different. We have a different chassis and swingarm. Everything is different.

"The biggest improvement is from my riding style. Last year I was able to be fast, but only if I followed some other riders and this year when I am alone the pace is so good. That means after one year we have improved a lot and at a circuit where I struggled last year you notice that more."

Marquez may be a fan of close racing, but he hasn't faced a race-long victory battle since round one in Qatar. The 21-year-old believes it'll be harder to pull away from the pack at Mugello.

"It will be difficult to break away and do what I've been doing up to now, because at this track you tend to ride in a group and things are more tightly packed. However, I will try to give 100% in order to fight for the victory."

Marquez holds a 42 point lead over team-mate Dani Pedrosa, who will start fourth.


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Half of his laps he was riding up the exhausts from Iannone and Pedrosa from whom he probably learned to ride here properly one might think...:-) Time well spent it seems...especially Pedrosa's "low power-mode" qualifying run experiment did not hurt either.