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.MotoGP, Pol Espargaro, Yamaha Tech3
A selection of key statistics relating to the MotoGP grid at the Monster Energy Grand Prix de France.
- Marc Marquez 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.Andrea Dovizioso, Jorge Lorenzo, Le Mans, Marc Marquez, MotoGP, Pol Espargaro, Stefan Bradl, Valentino Rossi
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 Pol Espargaro and Andrea Dovizioso.
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.Andrea Dovizioso, Le Mans, Marc Marquez, MotoGP, Pol Espargaro
Seen very much as the revelation of the pre-season in 2014, Aleix Espargaro 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.Aleix Espargaro, MotoGP, Pol Espargaro
Aleix and Pol Espargaro will be racing in MotoGP 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.Aleix Espargaro, MotoGP, Pol Espargaro