Italian MotoGP: Marc Marquez on pole at Mugello

Last Updated: 31/05/14 3:10pm

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Marc Marquez: perennial pole-sitter

Marc Marquez: perennial pole-sitter

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Spain's Marc Marquez secured his sixth consecutive pole of the MotoGP season as he topped the timesheets in Italy on Saturday.

Marquez gave Honda their seventh successive top spot by edging out Andrea Iannone (Pramac Racing) and Jorge Lorenzo (Movistar Yamaha) in qualifying for the Gran Premio d'Italia at Mugello.

Marquez lapped the circuit in one minute 47.27 seconds while home hopeful Iannone was 0.18secs behind to book his first premier-class front-row start.

Lorenzo will start on the front row for the third time this year after lapping a quarter of a second off Marquez.

Dani Pedrosa (Repsol Honda) qualified in fourth and Pol Espargaro will take fifth place on the grid despite crashing his Monster Yamaha Tech3 on turn nine.

Cal Crutchlow outperformed his Ducati team-mate Andrea Dovizioso to clinch sixth. The Italian is sandwiched between seventh-placed Bradley Smith (Monster Yamaha Tech3) and Stefan Bradl (LCR Honda MotoGP) in ninth.

Valentino Rossi, meanwhile, will start his 300th grand prix down in 10th and Alvaro Bautista (GO&FUN Honda Gresini) and Aleix Espargaro (NGM Forward Racing) are in 11th and 12th respectively.

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