Andrea Dovizioso
May 30

MotoGP: Marquez Fastest On Wet Friday At Mugello

Marc Marquez set the fastest time on Friday at Mugello Circuit. (Photo: Dorna Communications)

set the fastest time on Friday at Circuit. (Photo: Dorna Communications)

As the premier class action on the opening day of the 2014 Gran Premio d’Italia TIM concluded at Mugello, light rain restricted the riders’ activity – with Marc Marquez fastest on Friday courtesy of his FP1 best time.

Some late timed laps in FP2 for the riders saw Team’s test rider and wild card this weekend Michele Pirro top with a 2:05.435 in the mixed conditions, with only Nicky Hayden (Drive M7 Aspar), Alvaro Bautista (GO&FUN Honda Gresini) and Hiroshi Aoyama (Drive M7 Aspar) joining him on a relatively meaningless afternoon timesheet.

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May 24

MotoGP: Ducati Taking ‘Lots Of Steps In The Right Direction,’ Says Dall’lgna

Luigi Dall'lgna talks with Ducati engineers during testing. (Photo: Dorna Communications)

Luigi Dall’lgna talks with engineers during testing. (Photo: Dorna Communications)

The new General Manager of Ducati Corse this year, has already been able to enjoy a podium finish as well as a front row start. Following the French Grand Prix at , the Italian spoke with motogp.com about the latest developments at Borgo Panigale, the changes with the bike and his relationship with the riders.

It has not been long since you moved from Aprilia to Ducati. With this in mind, how have you settled into your new surroundings?
I am extremely happy with Ducati. I’ve found a group of people who are extremely valuable and the environment is very positive, even though we are facing some difficulties at the moment. We are a tight-knit group, working together in an incredible way in order to try and reduce the performance gap between ourselves and our competitors, Honda and Yamaha. It’s not easy, but we are trying so hard.

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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 . 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 was on pole at Brno last year.

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May 17

MotoGP: Ducati’s Crutchlow Down On Confidence

Cal Crutchlow qualified 12th for Sunday's Grand Prix of France. (Photo: Getty Images)

qualified 12th for Sunday’s Grand Prix of France. (Photo: Getty Images)

rider Cal Crutchlow admits he is struggling to regain confidence five weeks after his body bruising crash in the Grand Prix of the Americas at CoTA in Austin, Texas.

Crutchlow fractured his right hand and required recovery time in a hyperbaric chamber.

For Sunday’s French GP at Crutchlow has qualified 12th on a day that his Desmosedici teammate claimed Ducati’s first front row start of season.

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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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