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Márquez in great company amongst youngest 125cc polemen

Márquez in great company amongst youngest 125cc polemen

Marc Márquez will be hoping for better luck in Italy this weekend after crashing out from pole at Le Mans, where he became the second youngest 125cc poleman of all time.

Spanish Red Bull KTM rider Marc Márquez is an undoubted talent, having taken his first podium last year in Great Britain in just his sixth Grand Prix, following that up with another rostrum appearance at Jerez this year.

Last time out at Le Mans less than two weeks ago he made history as he became the second youngest ever poleman in the history of the 125cc class – only to crash out with Joan Olivé during a chaotic wet race.

If Márquez can follow in the footsteps of some of his illustrious counterparts in the top ten list of youngest 125cc polemen – such as his compatriots Dani Pedrosa and Jorge Lorenzo – he is assured of a colourful and successful career.

Top ten youngest ever 125cc pole-setters:
Rider (Age when taking pole) Race
1. M. Melandri - (15 yrs 346 days) 1998/Sachsenring
2. M. Márquez - (16 yrs 89 days) 2009/Le Mans
3. J. Lorenzo - (16 yrs 161 days) 2003/Sepang
4. D. Pedrosa - (16 yrs 190 days) 2002/Suzuka
5. P. Espargaró - (16 yrs 364 days) 2008/Barcelona
6. A. Dovizioso - (17 yrs 63 days) 2003/Le Mans
7. B. Smith - (17 yrs 102 days) 2008/Losail
8. M. Simoncelli - (17 yrs 103) days 2004/Jerez
9. V. Rossi - (17 yrs 184 days) 1996/Brno
10. C. Stoner - (17 yrs 235 days) 2003/Mugello

See the accompanying tribute video for a top ten countdown of those 125cc starlets in action.

125cc, 2009, GRAN PREMIO D'ITALIA ALICE, Marc Marquez

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