MotoGP Buriram: Marquez secures fifth pole in seven races - Bikesport News

MotoGP Buriram: Marquez secures fifth pole in seven races

Marc VDS Moto2 rider Alex Marquez secured his fifth pole position in the last seven races, as the Spaniard looks to further strengthen his position at the top of the World Championship in Buriram.

Marquez was out quickly with the entire Moto2 field after localised rain and dark clouds threatened during Q1 and the man leading the field after their first laps was local rider Somkiat Chantra. Unfortunately for Chantra and the home fans it was all downhill for the Thai rider from there as Tetsuta Nagashima smashed his lap time to sit on the provisional pole position.

The session the appeared to settle into the format in which the majority of Moto2 sessions, with the MotoGP Michelin grip wearing off and riders failing to improve.

Despite this, Marquez was able to post a near perfect lap to secure the pole position by just under a tenth of a second, to secure his fifth pole position across the last seven races, leaving him in the best position to extend his lead atop the Moto2 World Championship.

Nagashima held on for second place, with Moto2 rookie Jorge Martin rounding out the front row in third position. Luca Marini will head the second row from fourth position, with Remy Gardener and Augusto Fernandez joining the Italian on the second row, in fifth and sixth respectively.

Xavi Vierge will start from seventh with Tom Luthi in eighth and Nico Bulega in ninth. Iker Lecuona will round out the top ten and head off the fourth row with Enea Bastinianini and Brad Binder completing the fourth row.

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