Moto GP: Marc Marquez on pole for Australian GP


After winning his second Moto GP world championship in Japan last weekend, Marc Marquez has showed few signs of easing off in the final few races of the season after securing pole position at Phillip Island in Australia today.

The Spanish rider has set the motorcycle racing world alight since making his premier class debut at the beginning of 2013, going on to become the first rookie champion since Kenny Roberts in 1978.

In Japan last weekend, Marquez clinched his second world title with three races to spare, and today equalled Casey Stoner’s record for the most pole positions in a single season, finishing two-tenths clear of the field.

In a close session on Saturday afternoon, Marquez’s fastest lap of 1:28.408 was good enough to give him pole ahead of Ducati’s Cal Crutchlow, who enjoyed his best qualifying of the season to line up second on the grid.

Having won the last two races, Yamaha’s Jorge Lorenzo will be hoping to complete his hat-trick this weekend from third place on the grid. He starts ahead of Bradley Smith and Honda rider Dani Pedrosa. Nine-time world champion Valentino Rossi will start from P8.

With victory on Sunday, Marquez could break Rossi’s record for the most wins in a single Moto GP season. The Italian scored 11 victories in 2002 and 2005, but could see yet another one of his milestones fall to the diminutive Spaniard this weekend.