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.
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Gabby Chaves is set to return to the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship at Watkins Glen International later this month.
The Columbian-American driver, who last competed in IMSA in 2016 – with the DeltaWing outfit – will sub for the injured Joao Barbosa – he hurt his wrist in a cycling accident earlier in June – in the No. 5 Mustang Sampling Racing Cadillac DPi-V.R in the Sahlen’s Six Hours of the Glen.
Chaves will partner Filipe Albuquerque and Christian Fittipaldi in the No. 5 Cadillac.
Chaves expressed gratitude for being asked to fill in, but kept his enthusiasm muted, noting that he is getting the opportunity ultimately because another driver got hurt.
“The first thing is of course that you never want to have an opportunity because someone got hurt, so this is an unfortunate circumstance with Joao having his injury,”said Chaves. “But I appreciate the opportunity to join the championship-leading team. Mustang Sampling Racing has had a strong start this year and hopefully I can help the team continue to have those kinds of results.”
Chaves added, “I love Watkins Glen, it is a great track and I am looking forward to racing the Cadillac Prototype there. I’m excited to be going back to endurance racing. With different classes all racing at the same time, there is a lot for the driver to deal with as you work through traffic. So I am looking forward to racing at the Glen again, and I really appreciate this opportunity with Mustang Sampling Racing.”
Chaves’ most recent IMSA event was the 2016 Sahlen’s Six Hours of the Glen, when he finished seventh in the Prototype class.
The No. 5 Action Express Cadillac currently sits tied with the sister No. 31 Whelen Engineer Racing Cadillac of Eric Curran and Felipe Nasr atop the IMSA standings, though Barbosa’s hopes of a driver’s championship are set to take an enormous hit with him missing Watkins Glen.