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.

Al Unser Jr. back in IndyCar after a decade away: ‘Life is very good’

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There’s been somewhat of a hole in Al Unser Jr.’s heart ever since he retired from racing in 2007.

It was a void, something was missing.

But now, after a decade away from racing, Unser has found the right medicine to fill that hole in his heart: he’s back in the racing game again.

No, he’s not driving again (although he does participate occasionally in vintage races), but the two-time Indianapolis 500 (1992 and 1994) winner is definitely back in the IndyCar world.

And he couldn’t be happier.

“For me, it’s a dream come true,” Unser told IndyCar.com. “Since I stepped out of the race car and retired from racing, there’s been something missing from my life, and it’s racing.”

Unser has hooked up with Harding Racing. The team competed in three races last season as a ramp-up for a full 17-race effort this season. While Unser’s official title with the team is “consultant,” he’s involved in so much more.

His main role is as a driving coach to 2015 IndyCar Rookie of the Year Gabby Chaves. But he’s also involved in so many other areas, including helping the team obtain sponsorships and much more.

He then added, “I’m involved in every sense of the word except actually driving the car. And I’m happy about that because I’m too old to drive the car.”

Unser, who won CART championships in 1990 and 1994, is now 55. He’s so involved with his new job that he even moved from his native New Mexico and has relocated to suburban Indianapolis.

Not only is it a new start for Unser, it also is for Chaves. After running all 16 races in 2015 for Bryan Herta Autosport with Curb-Agajanian, he competed in just seven races for Dale Coyne Racing in 2016 and only three races for Harding Racing last season.

But he definitely impressed the team, with a fifth- (Texas) and ninth-place (Indianapolis 500) finish in the first two races and 15th (Pocono) in the team’s final run of the season.

That’s why when Harding Racing decided to go fulltime in 2018, Chaves was their pick for behind the wheel. And Unser was their pick to help guide him to potential stardom in the series.

“(Team owner) Mike Harding is definitely a person that when he decides to do something, he does it right,” Unser told IndyCar.com. “The potential for this organization is through the sky. We’re all working really hard here and we see the potential.”

And as for Unser?

“Life is good, life is very good,” he told IndyCar.com. “We’re back full force, eager and better than ever.”

Click here for the full story about Unser from IndyCar.com.