Moto GP: Valentino Rossi claims 50th premier class pole

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Moto GP legend Valentino Rossi has capped off a superb 2014 campaign by claiming his first pole position in over four years in Valencia today for the final round of the season.

Yamaha rider Rossi last started on pole at the 2010 French Grand Prix at Le Mans, but today managed to re-find his old form to claim the 50th pole position of his Moto GP career, finishing one-tenth of a second ahead of Ducati’s Andrea Iannone.

In a season dominated by Spanish sensation Marc Marquez, Rossi has been one of the few riders to hold a candle to the Honda rider, claiming two victories and a further ten podium finishes to rank second in the standings behind the already-crowned champion.

Marquez could not claim a fourteenth pole position of the year on home soil today though, and was forced to settle for fifth place after crashing out part of the way through the session. He will line up on the grid behind Rossi, Iannone, Dani Pedrosa and Jorge Lorenzo in the final classification.

American rider Nicky Hayden will start the final race of the season from 16th position on the grid.

You can see the full classification from qualifying at Valencia by clicking here.