Moto GP: Marquez breaks pole position record in Malaysia

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Marc Marquez has broken the record for the most number of pole positions in a single Moto GP season after topping the timesheets in qualifying for the Malaysian Grand Prix in Sepang today.

The Spanish sensation has set the motorcycle racing world alight since making his debut at the beginning of 2013, and clinched his second world title in as many years in Japan two weeks ago.

Marquez won the opening ten races of the 2014 season, and although he failed to keep his hopes of a perfect year alive, he continues to break record after record, with the latest falling in Malaysia today.

With his 13th pole position of the season, Marquez breaks Valentino Rossi’s record of 12 from 2002 and 2005 after he tamed the Sepang International Circuit to beat Honda teammate Dani Pedrosa by two-tenths of a second at the top of the timesheets.

Yamaha’s Jorge Lorenzo will start from third as he goes in search of an eighth straight podium finish, but Rossi could not match his teammate’s pace, qualifying down in sixth behind Stefan Bradl and Andrea Dovizioso.

Ducati rider Andrea Iannone will not be taking part in the race after injuring himself in a fall during practice on Friday.

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Santino Ferrucci will drive No. 14 for AJ Foyt Racing full time in 2023 IndyCar season

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Santino Ferrucci will return to full-time racing in the NTT IndyCar Series next season, joining AJ Foyt Racing.

Ferrucci had made eight IndyCar starts with three teams since his last full-time season in 2020 while also racing part time in the NASCAR Xfinity Series this year.

He will drive the storied No. 14 Dallara-Chevrolet for four-time Indy 500 winner A.J. Foyt’s team, which will field the car from its Waller, Texas headquarters.

“It’s incredibly exciting to be back in the INDYCAR Series full time,” Ferrucci said in a team release. “Being a part-time driver over the last two years has been hard for me, personally. I’m a race car driver, and I want to compete. Working with different teams has been exciting, and I’m proud that no matter which car I’ve raced, I’ve always shown speed and consistency. I couldn’t be more excited to join AJ Foyt Racing in the 14 Chevy. I can’t wait to make the best of it.”

Ferrucci, 24, had finished a career-best fourth in IndyCar four times, including the 104th Indy 500 in 2020. He was the 2019 Indy 500 rookie of the year with a sixth.

In nine Xfinity starts since 2021, Ferrucci has a career-best finish of 13th at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

“I am thrilled to welcome Santino to the team,” Larry Foyt said in a release. “He’s shown a knack for getting toward the front of the field, and I think he is a racer who moves forward on race day. A.J. sees the fire in him and has enjoyed their meetings together. I think Santino’s experience will help his rookie teammate as well, so he is a great addition to our roster.”

Ferrucci will be teamed at AJ Foyt Racing with Benjamin Pedersen, who finished fifth in the 2022 Indy Lights standings. The team has yet to specify the number for Pedersen’s entry, which will be fielded out of its Indianapolis race shop.

Foyt’s two full-time drivers last season were Dalton Kellett and Kyle Kirkwood, who is moving to Andretti Autosport.