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Nov 9

MotoGP: Crutchlow Questions Marquez’s Risky Riding Style

Cal Crutchlow (right) chats with the media as Marc Marquez (left) looks on. (Photo: Getty Images)

(right) chats with the media as (left) looks on. (Photo: Getty Images)

British rider Cal Crutchlow will have one of the best seats in the house for Sunday’s championship showdown.

Crutchlow has qualified sixth, outside of the second row, on the Monster Tech3 Yamaha with title aspirants Marc Marquez (pole) and (second) just ahead.

Crutchlow says he has been stunned by Marquez’s seemingly risky, all-out style during practice and qualifying for this crucial race.

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Nov 9

MotoGP: Magical Marquez Soars To Pole For Valencia Title Showdown

Marc Marquez (center), Jorge Lorenzo (left) and Dani Pedrosa (right) pose after qualifying. (Photo: Getty Images)

(center), (left) and (right) pose after qualifying. (Photo: Getty Images)

Marc Marquez blasted to pole position in track record fashion at Circuit Ricardo Tormo, beating title rival Jorge Lorenzo and teammate Dani Pedrosa.

Marquez registered a superb lap of 1:30.237 with just under two minutes remaining in qualifying to take over the top spot, crushing Pedrosa’s old record of 1:30.844 set in 2012.

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Nov 9

MotoGP: Marquez Makes Statement With Fastest Ever Valencia Lap

Marc Marquez rides during Free Practice 3 at Ricardo Tormo Circuit in Valencia. (Photo: Getty Images)

rides during Free Practice 3 at Ricardo Tormo Circuit in Valencia. (Photo: Getty Images)

With the Saturday activity at the GP Generali de la Comunitat Valenciana getting under way in FP3, Repsol Honda’s title chasing rider Marc Marquez recorded a scorching 1:30.803 lap, topping the timesheet ahead of and .

Despite the cloudy conditions Marquez put in his fast lap at the end of the morning practice, going quicker than ’s 2012 pole record of 1:30.844 at the Spanish track.

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Nov 8

MotoGP: Lorenzo Believes The Pressure Is On Title Rival Marquez

Jorge Lorenzo rides during Free Practice 2 at Ricardo Tormo Circuit in Valencia. (Photo: Getty Images)

rides during Free Practice 2 at Ricardo Tormo Circuit in Valencia. (Photo: Getty Images)

As one of the two candidates for the title this weekend, Yamaha Factory Racing’s Jorge Lorenzo said the pressure was on Friday’s fastest rider and championship leader after free practice.

The World Champion was third fastest overall on day one, with only a 0.158s gap to pace man and title rival Marquez, and with sandwiched between them.

Although Lorenzo feels the pressure is on Marquez rather than himself this weekend, he will be trying everything he can to beat his compatriot in Valencia and he knows that he must improve his pace in order to do so.

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Nov 8

MotoGP: Marquez Quickest As Opening Day At Valencia Concludes

Marc Marquez takes part in the second practice session at Valencia. (Photo: Getty Images)

takes part in the second practice session at Valencia. (Photo: Getty Images)

Championship leader Marc Marquez was once again the man to beat on Friday at Valencia, as the rookie set a best time of 1:31.220 to top the combined timesheets.

Despite windy conditions, Marquez managed to up his pace late in the session – coming within four-tenths of ’s pole record of 1’30.844 from last year.

Pedrosa trailed his Repsol Honda teammate by 0.066 seconds with 0.158 seconds off the pace in third.

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