Dominant Marquez takes pole position for Czech GP
BRNO, Czech Republic (AP) — Defending world champion Marc Marquez extended his dominance by taking pole position in Saturday’s qualifying for the Czech Grand Prix.
The 21-year-old Spanish rider with Repsol Honda secured his ninth pole of the season by covering the 3.358-mile Brno circuit in 1 minute, 55.585 seconds.
After winning all 10 previous MotoGP races, Marquez is seeking a record 11th victory in Sunday’s race. He heads the overall standings with 250 points, followed by his teammate Dani Pedrosa with 161, and Valentino Rossi with 157.
“Tomorrow, I expect a tough race because the rhythms are very similar,” Marquez said. “I think Dani will be the strongest. We need to improve my start, do my best and we will see.”
Andrea Dovizioso finished 0.129 seconds behind and Andrea Iannone was 0.141 back to complete the front row.
Rossi, the six-time MotoGP champion, crashed in the last free practice before the qualifying session but was declared fit after an X-ray of his left little finger.