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Marquez pips Petronas duo to maiden pole at Motegi

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By Rohit Mundayur

Motegi (Japan), Oct 19 (IANS) Repsol Honda’s Marc Marquez on Saturday took pole for the first time at Motegi in his Moto GP career. The 26-year-old, who confirmed an eighth World Championship win — his sixth in the premier class at the Thailand GP earlier in October — registered a best time of 1:45.763 in the second qualifier and will be starting at the top of the grid on Sunday.

The Spaniard thus now has a pole position in every circuit of the calendar year.

He will be followed by the Petronas Yamaha SRT pair of Franco Morbidelli and Fabio Quartararo. While Morbidelli clocked 1:45.895 in the second qualifier on Saturday, Quartararo managed 1:45.944.

Maverick Vinales of Yamaha is fourth with a time of 1:46.090 while LCR Honda CASTROL’s Cal Crutchlow will start in fifth position having recorded a best time of 1:46.189.

Pramac Racing’s Jack Miller took up the sixth spot with a time of 1:46.337 and he will be followed Ducati duo Andrea Dovizioso and Danilo Petrucci with timings of 1:46.410 and 1:46.427 respectively.

Aprila Racing’s Aleix Esparago and Moto GP legend Valentino Rossi of Monster Energy Yamaha both had best times of 1:46.558 and it was the former who finished ninth due to him making the time in his seventh lap. Rossi on the other hand recorded the time in his eighth.

–IANS

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