MotoGP: Marquez on pole for French GP at Le Mans

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Two-time MotoGP world champion Marc Marquez will start tomorrow’s French Grand Prix from pole position after finishing half a second clear of the field in qualifying at Le Mans on Saturday.

Marquez posted a fastest lap time of 1:32.246 on the Bugatti layout of the Circuit de la Sarthe to claim his 26th pole position in MotoGP and his third of the season.

The Spaniard has been dealing with a minor injury in the past two races after breaking his finger in a dirt bike accident last month, but appears to be back to his best.

Ducati rider Andrea Dovizioso finished as the best of the rest in second place, albeit half a second down on Marquez. Spanish GP winner Jorge Lorenzo completes the front row after qualifying in third for Yamaha.

One of the most surprising results of the session was that of championship leader Valentino’s Rossi, who could only qualify seventh on the sister Yamaha bike. The Italian’s best lap was over a second slower than Marquez’s, but as displayed in Qatar and Argentina, the nine-time champion has a knack of fighting his way through the field.

In just his second qualifying session of the season after a stint out with an injury, Honda’s Dani Pedrosa finished in eighth place.

For the complete results from Le Mans, click here.