Marquez all smiles over new qualifying record

Marquez all smiles over new qualifying record
Saturday, 20 April 2013

By sealing a highly impressive pole position for Sunday’s Red Bull Grand Prix of the Americas, Marc Marquez has become the youngest ever pole-sitter in the premier class of the World Championship. He undercuts double title winner Freddie Spencer by three months.

Having turned 20 in February, Marquez recovered from a crash in final practice to set a blistering pace of 2’03.021 in Q2 Qualifying. The reigning Moto2™ World Champion will share the front row with Repsol Honda Team partner Dani Pedrosa and Yamaha Factory Racing’s Jorge Lorenzo.

"We are happy of course because we have taken our first pole position, which is important and always exciting!" Marquez said after the session, complete with the wide smile that has already become a trademark of his.

"We knew beforehand that we could fight for pole, but you never know what will happen in the session. Both Dani and Jorge are fast over a single lap - and we managed to overcome them. The important stuff starts tomorrow because we have a long, physical race with many of changes of direction to deal with. We need to be ready because tomorrow is what really counts and I will do the best that I can!"

In Qatar two weeks ago, following an entertaining fight with multiple title winner Valentino Rossi, Marquez finished on the podium in his first MotoGP™ race.

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