Marquez storms to dominant pole in Le Mans

Author: Oli Rushby Posted: 16 May 2015

Marc Marquez is on pole in France

Marc Marquez has taken pole position for the sixth round of the 2015 MotoGP championship in Le Mans, some half a second quicker than second-placed Andrea Dovizioso.

A rainstorm during Moto3 qualifying left the circuit wet for FP4, but riders were able to switch to slick tyres by the end of the session as the track dried ahead of qualifying.

Marquez took the early lead, battling with Yamaha’s Jorge Lorenzo, who eventually secured third on the grid for tomorrow’s race.

Britain’s Cal Crutchlow qualified an impressive fourth, just 0.051 from a front row start with Andrea Iannone and Bradley Smith rounding out the second row.

Championship leader Valentino Rossi heads the third row from returnee Dani Pedrosa and Pramac Ducati’s Danilo Petrucci. Aleix Espargaro took tenth ahead of Hernandez and younger Espargaro brother, Pol.

Despite sitting in top two positions at various points in the session, Maverick Vinales, Nicky Hayden and Scott Redding qualified 13th, 14th and 15th respectively.

MotoGP – Le Mans – Qualifying Times

  1. Marc Marquez – Repsol Honda Team – 1’32.246
  2. Andrea Dovizioso – Ducati Team – 1’32.749
  3. Jorge Lorenzo – Movistar Yamaha – 1’32.846
  4. Cal Crutchlow – CWM LCR Honda – 1’32.897
  5. Andrea Iannone – Ducati Team – 1’33.001
  6. Bradley Smith – Monster Tech 3 Yamaha – 1’33.299
  7. Valentino Rossi – Movistar Yamaha – 1’33.352
  8. Dani Pedrosa – Repsol Honda – 1’33.419
  9. Danilo Petrucci – Pramac Ducati - 1’33.556
  10. Aleix Espargaro – Ecstar Suzuki – 1’33.665
  11. Yonny Hernandez – Pramac Ducati – 1’33.714
  12. Pol Espargaro – Monster Tech 3 Yamaha – 1’33.724

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