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MotoGP Le Mans: Marquez pulls clear for French pole

Marc Marquez rides to his third pole position of 2015 after outpacing weekend pace setters Andrea Dovizioso and Jorge Lorenzo
Marc Marquez rode to his third pole position of the season as he comfortably outpaced Andrea Dovizioso in Saturday afternoon's MotoGP Qualifying shootout at Le Mans.

Track conditions continued to improve after a lunchtime shower soaked the track. Marquez's final time was just 0.2s slower than his outright circuit record from a year ago.

The Spaniard believes he has a set-up that, although not perfect, will allow him to challenge for the top honours on Sunday.

Over half a second back of Marquez came Dovizioso after a two-race absence from the front row of the grid. The Italian was unhappy with his performance however, as he was unable to be smooth enough to get the best from his GP15.

Likewise Jorge Lorenzo was unhappy with his performance in third, 0.6s off Marquez's time. In his own words it was 'one of the worst qualifying sessions of my life' as he didn't have the same confidence in drying conditions as before.

Cal Crutchlow placed fourth thanks to a late time while Andrea Iannone completed a positive day with the fifth fastest lap. Italian Iannone was as high as second with five minutes to play but will nonetheless be content considering the issues with his left shoulder that have afflicted him this weekend.

Behind came Bradley Smith, who struggled to find his Friday pace throughout the day. Still, Smith placed inside the top six in qualifying for the first time in 2015.

Heading the third row is Valentino Rossi who rescued the seventh fastest time as the chequered flag was prepared. Dani Pedrosa completed a good comeback from injury with eighth while Danilo Petrucci will start from ninth.

Like Petrucci, Aleix Espargaro qualified for Q2 through Q1 just hours after a spectacular high-side in the morning free practice session. He placed tenth overall.

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May 16, 2015 3:23 PM

You can safely count Rossi out of this one - he isn't on the same page as Lorenzo, Marquez and Dovizioso. Big mentions for the walking wounded - Pedrosa, Iannone and Idiot Espargaro. Brave men each and all.


May 16, 2015 4:45 PM
Last Edited 467 days ago

WashedUpRacer: screw rossi and lorenzo! go marc show him whos boss!
SCREW the billion dollar bike boy!! Go VR go JL show him hows its done
and the yamaha is a cheap knockoff right?
you follow motogp right. how many bikes did ducati bring for 2015? and how many bikes did yamaha bring for 2015? And how many bikes did honda bring for 2015? honda brought 8 different bikes for 2015. 3 pedro 5 mm. so in that perspective yes duc and yamaha are 8 times cheaper.
8 different bikes dont mean they are all totally different...maybe different swingarm etc... i bet u didnt like how Marq has been mopping the floor with those yamahas since he arrived.... and dont bring up the "Honda wrote all the rules" excuse, they wouldn't have been approved unless they had Yamaha's vote.

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