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Marquez grabs pole for Spanish MotoGP

Jerez, de la Frontera (Spain) – Marc Marquez, the six-time MotoGP champion, secured his first pole position as a Ducati-Gresini rider and his 65th career pole overall for the Spanish MotoGP in Jerez de la Frontera on Saturday. The 31-year-old rider dominated the qualifying session, demonstrating his exceptional skill and speed on the track.

Marquez’s pole position not only grants him a favorable starting position for the main race but also for the sprint race scheduled for later on the same day. Joining him on the front row are Marco Bezzecchi and championship leader Jorge Martin, setting the stage for an exciting battle at the front of the grid.

Expressing his satisfaction, Marquez remarked, “It’s been a long time!” reflecting on his last pole position achieved back in March 2023. Despite facing injury setbacks in recent seasons, Marquez remains determined to perform well and aims to secure a podium finish in the upcoming races.

Having achieved two podium finishes already this season, Marquez’s confidence is high as he seeks to add more victories to his illustrious career. However, his last main race victory dates back to October 2021, making him eager to taste victory once again.

Meanwhile, two-time defending champion Francesco Bagnaia will start on the third row after posting the seventh fastest time in qualifying. Despite setting a new lap record the previous day, Bagnaia faces a challenging task ahead as he aims to make his way through the field.

Maverick Vinales, who dominated at the Grand Prix of the Americas earlier this month, faces a tougher challenge as he starts from 11th spot on the grid. Nonetheless, Vinales remains a formidable competitor and will be looking to showcase his racing prowess during the main race.

(Source: AFP)

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