Supreme Márquez claims another pole
17 May 2014 – Marc Márquez maintained his perfect start to the 2014 season by claiming his fifth pole of the year during qualifying for the French Grand Prix at Le Mans.
Márquez set a 1:32.567 during his first run to move comfortably clear of his rivals before lowering his own benchmark to a 1:32.042, a lap record time which no-one came near to beating.
Márquez's dominance was such that his gap to second place was more than the gap which separated second place with twelfth on the grid.
Tech 3 rider Pol Espargaró secured a fine second place, albeit some 0.692s down on reigning champion Márquez. Andrea Dovizioso will round out the front row of the grid for Ducati after setting the third quickest time.
Stefan Bradl in fourth place headed a train of several bikes separated by just over two-tenths of a second, with Valentino Rossi and Jorge Lorenzo completing the second row of the grid for Yamaha.
Álvaro Bautista will start seventh, ahead of Aleix Espargaró and Honda's Dani Pedrosa. Bradley Smith was tenth, while Andrea Iannone slipped back during the final part of the session after his lap time was deleted for cutting the circuit. Cal Crutchlow completed the Q2 line-up in 12th.
Nicky Hayden was the first of the Q1 runners to miss the Q2 cut and will start from 13th on the grid, ahead of Yonny Hernández and Colin Edwards, who held on to his Forward Yamaha bike despite a lurid moment at the final corner.
British rider Scott Redding will start from 16th on the grid, ahead of Hiroshi Aoyama, Karel Abraham and Héctor Barberá, who ended his session in the gravel trap after suffering a crash.
Broc Parkes, Michael Laverty and home rider Mike Di Meglio will round out the grid.