Pol Espargaro
May 20

MotoGP: Rookie Pol Espargaro Delighted With Fourth In Le Mans

LE MANS, FRANCE - MAY 17:  Pol Espargaro of Spain and Monster Yamaha Tech 3 celebrates  at the end of the qualifying practice during the MotoGp of France - Qualifying on May 17, 2014 in Le Mans, France.  (Photo by Mirco Lazzari gp/Getty Images)

2013 Moto2 champ of Spain and Monster Yamaha Tech 3 currently sits seventh in the 2014 standings. (Photo: Mirco Lazzari/Getty Images)

MotoGP™ rookie Pol Espargaro produced a strong performance at the Monster Team’s home Grand Prix in , finishing in fourth position for his best result yet in the premier class.

The reigning Moto2™ World Champion qualified on the front row of the grid in second at the Monster Energy Grand Prix de France and, as the lights turned to green on Sunday, he made a good start to cross the line inside the leading pack for the first lap.

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May 17

MotoGP: Grid Facts Ahead Of Le Mans Contest

Pol Espargaro enjoyed his best-career premier-class qualifying performance on Saturday at Le Mans. (Photo: Getty Images)

enjoyed his best-career premier-class qualifying performance on Saturday at . (Photo: Getty Images)

A selection of key statistics relating to the grid at the Monster Energy Grand Prix de France.

- is the first rider to start from pole at six or more successive MotoGP races since Casey Stoner in 2008 riding a Ducati. If Marquez wins the race it will be the first time that a rider has won five or more successive premier-class races from pole since Mick Doohan in 1997, on a Honda.

- Pol Espargaro starts from second place on the grid in just his fifth race in the MotoGP class, the best qualifying result by a satellite Yamaha rider since Cal Crutchlow was on pole at Brno last year.

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May 17

MotoGP: New Pole Record For Marquez At Le Mans

Marc Marquez maintained his perfect pole record qualifying first for the MotoGP race at Le Mans. (Photo: Dorna Communications)

maintained his perfect pole record by qualifying first for the race at . (Photo: Dorna Communications)

Having secured MotoGP pole again at the Monster Energy Grand Prix de France Marc Marquez will head the grid for Sunday’s fifth race of 2014, with the front row also featuring and .

After the first flying laps Marquez was immediately top with a 1:32.567, to set a new fastest ever lap of Le Mans, the World Champion then improving to a remarkable 1:32.042 time to maintain his 100 percent qualifying record in 2014.

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Apr 1

Aleix Espargaro: ‘We will be fighting for podiums’

Aleix Espagaro during qualifying for the MotoGP season-opener at Qatar. (Photo: Mirco Lazzari GP/Getty Images)

Aleix Espagaro finished fourth in the season-opener at Qatar despite starting ninth on the grid. (Photo: Mirco Lazzari GP/Getty Images)

Seen very much as the revelation of the pre-season in 2014, experienced a dramatic opening race to the campaign in Qatar. The NGM Forward Racing rider now discusses the events of Losail, recent surgery, his own aspirations for the season and the premier class arrival of younger brother Pol.

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Mar 16

MotoGP: A Family Affair In The Premier Class

Aleix Espargaro (left) and younger brother Pol Espargaro (right) share a laugh during preseason testing in Qatar. (Photo: Getty Images)

(left) and younger brother (right) share a laugh during preseason testing in Qatar. (Photo: Getty Images)

Aleix and Pol Espargaro will be racing in in 2014, but they will not be the first brothers to line up on the same premier-class grid.

There are a number of milestones with respect to brothers racing together in the premier class – which the Espargaros can measure themselves against:

- The last time that two brothers competed together in a MotoGP race was at the USGP in 2010 at Laguna Seca, with Nicky Hayden on the factory Ducati and Roger Lee Hayden riding as a replacement for Randy de Puniet on the LCR Honda. Both riders scored points: Nicky finishing 5th and Roger Lee 11th.

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