Moto GP: Marquez storms to seventh straight pole at Mugello

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Marc Marquez has continued his perfect start to the 2014 Moto GP season by claiming his seventh straight pole position at Mugello today.

The Spaniard became the youngest ever motorcycle world champion last year, and the first rookie to win the title since Kenny Roberts in 1978. Judging by his perfect start to the 2014 season, where he was won all five races so far from pole position, he looks set to go back-to-back, but more records could tumble.

Marquez edged out Andrea Iannone by 0.180 seconds at Mugello today to continue his streak of pole positions, which stretches back to the final round of last season at Valencia. Jorge Lorenzo qualified in third place ahead of Marquez’s Honda teammate, Dani Pedrosa.

This weekend’s race in Mugello marks six-time Moto GP champion Valentino Rossi’s 300th grand prix start, but he will start the race from down in 10th place.

Mercedes might be dominating Formula 1 at the moment, but in terms of a single person trouncing the rest of the field week in, week out, there are few on the same level as Marquez. At the age of just 21, he has a long and record-breaking career ahead of him.

Click here for the full qualifying results from Mugello.

Verstappen doesn’t want F1 season to end after recent run of form

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Max Verstappen says he is not ready for the 2017 Formula 1 season to come to an end after enjoying a run of strong form through the closing stages of the campaign.

Verstappen endured a rocky run of form through to the end of the European season that saw him suffer a number of reliability issues and score just a single podium finish, taking third in China back in April.

However, the Dutchman has rallied to score more points than any other driver in the last five races, including victories in Malaysia and Mexico, as well as a podium finish in Japan.

Verstappen heads into next weekend’s Abu Dhabi Grand Prix chasing a third win of the year to sign off, but joked he does not want the season to end just as he’s got into a good groove.

“We will, of course, try and end the season with a strong result in Abu Dhabi,” Verstappen said. “Last year was actually quite a good race after skipping a pit stop following a spin at Turn 1, it was hard to manage the tires to the end of the race but we did it and finished fourth.

“I would say that my favorite part of the track is at Turns 2 and 3, the fast left, right. It’s also very cool driving underneath the hotel and racing in the darkness with all the lights.

“The final sector at Yas Marina is actually quite technical so you have to be really precise there, but it should also be our strongest part of the track.

“There are quite a few overtaking opportunities to make the race interesting, before the long straight at the hairpin and then at the end of the straight under braking for the next chicane section.

“Abu Dhabi is the last race on the calendar, but I don’t actually want the season to end. I’m really fired up at the moment and I just want to keep going.

“The nice thing will be to spend some time with friends and family over the winter break and then I will look ahead to January and get back into training before it all starts again.”