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Márquez takes surprise first ever pole

Márquez takes surprise first ever pole

Spanish youngster Marc Márquez is at the top of the 125cc grid at the Grand Prix de France.

Red Bull KTM rider Marc Márquez set pole at Le Mans right at the end of the 125cc qualifying session and the 16 year-old will look to follow it up with his second podium in two races having placed third at Jerez two weeks ago.

Behind the young Spaniard on the Grand Prix de France grid will be another 16 year-old, Scott Redding (Blusens Aprilia), who also registered his best time, 1’47.173, just 0.093s behind Márquez, in the final seconds of the qualifying practice as the track dried – following morning rain.

Completing the front row are another Spaniard Nico Terol (Jack & Jones Team) and Swiss rider Dominique Aegerter (Ajo Interwetten), who both also recorded hot laps right at the death.

The second row will feature the experienced Joan Olivé (Derbi Racing Team), Bancaja Aspar team-mates Bradley Smith and Julián Simón and Stefan Bradl (Viessmann Kiefer Racing).

Earlier in the session with the wet patches catching out a number of riders there were crashes for Smith, Sturla Fagerhaug (Red Bull KTM), Simone Corsi (Jack&Jones Team), Takaaki Nakagami (Ongetta Racing I.S.P.A.), Andrea Iannone (Ongetta Racing I.S.P.A.), Pol Espargaro (Derbi Racing Team) and Sandro Cortese (Ajo Interwetten).

Series leader Iannone qualified way down the order in 23rd position due to his crash but he will be fit to race on Sunday.


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