Moto GP: Marquez secures ninth pole position of 2014 at Brno

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Marc Marquez has continued his devastating form in the 2014 Moto GP world championship by securing his ninth pole position of the season at Brno Circuit today.

The Spanish sensation has made an incredible start to the year, winning all ten races to keep his hopes of a perfect season alive. At just 21 years of age, he is perhaps the most talented and dominant individual in motorsport at the moment.

Following on from his win at Indianapolis last weekend, Marquez claimed pole position at Brno today ahead of tomorrow’s race in the Czech Republic that could see him surpass Mick Doohan’s tally of ten wins in a row set in 1997.

Marquez will be joined on the front row of the grid by Ducati’s Andrea Dovizioso and Pramac Racing’s Andrea Iannone. British racer Bradley Smith secured his best ever Moto GP qualifying result in fourth, with just 0.150 seconds covering pole to P4.

Smith starts ahead of Marquez’s teammate Dani Pedrosa – currently second in the championship – and compatriot Jorge Lorenzo on the Yamaha. Nine-time world champion Valentino Rossi will start from seventh place on the grid.

Interestingly, this race marks the first since the establishment of the Moto GP championship that there has been no American rider racing. Colin Edwards confirmed at the last race that he would be missing the rest of the season with the exception of the races in Great Britain and Valencia at the end of the season, which, coupled with Nicky Hayden’s absence, means that the star-spangled banner is not being represented on the grid in the Czech Republic.

Josef Newgarden wins pole for Grand Prix of Alabama

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With time running off the clock, Josef Newgarden lapped Barber Motorsports Park with a speed of 122.773 mph to win his third career pole and first on this track in the Grand Prix of Alabama.

Fast 12

Josef Newgarden topped this chart with a speed of 123.475 mph.

He brought Will Power, James Hinchcliffe, Scott Dixon, Ryan Hunter-Reay, and Sebastien Bourdais along with him to the Fast 6.

Marco Andretti (122.480 mph), Alexander Rossi (122.216), Simon Pagenaud (122.050), Robert Wickens (122.042), Zach Veach (121.784) and Ed Jones (120.984) failed to advance.

Round 1, Group 1

Newgarden posted the fastest single lap in round one, group one of qualification for the Grand Prix of Alabama with a speed of 122.550 mph.

Hunter-Reay, Hinchcliffe, Wickens, and Andretti also advance to the fast 12.

Taking the final slot was Jones with a speed of 119.835 after an off-course excursion in final practice.

This was Andretti’s first advancement to the fast 12 for the first time since 2014.

Round 1, Group 2

Power had the fastest lap of 121.570 mph

Bourdais, Veach (who is battling food poisoning-like symptoms), Rossi, and Pagenaud grabbed positions 2-4.

Scott Dixon had an uncharacteristically slow lap of 121.006, but managed to advance to the fast 12 when the session was red-flagged for an incident involving Tony Kanaan.

With three minutes remaining, Kanaan spun into the tire barriers while leaving pit road. Since he brought out the red flag, he lost his qualification time of 119.996 mph.

Takuma Sato had slipped off-course midway through the session and posted only the Ninth-fastest speed of 120.789 mph.