MotoGP
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 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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May 16

MotoGP: I will not slow down, says Marquez

LE MANS, FRANCE - MAY 18:  Marc Marquez of Spain and Repsol Honda Team  lifts the front wheel during the qualifying practice of the MotoGp Of France - Qualifying on May 18, 2013 in Le Mans, France.  (Photo by Mirco Lazzari gp/Getty Images)

lifts the front wheel during qualifying in May, 2013 in , France. (Photo: Mirco Lazzari/Getty Images)

As the pressure builds for Marc Marquez to again ride into the record books, the young Spaniard is staying calm, and refuting any suggestion that he should slow down.

The illogical idea that Marquez take pity on his rivals, partly to spice the late race entertainment to the checkered flag, has not entered his thinking.

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May 16

MotoGP: Impressive Iannone finishes Friday practice in second

Ducati rider Iannone currently sits ninth place in the 2014 MotoGP World Championship standings. (Photo courtesy MotoGP.com)

rider currently sits ninth place in the 2014 World Championship standings. (Photo courtesy .com)

’s Andrea Iannone showed some good pace on Friday at to finish second overall after two practice sessions.

The Italian rider has had a strong start to his second MotoGP™ campaign with three top ten finishes, before crashing out in Jerez. This weekend he is looking to bounce back from the disappointment of that DNF in the south of Spain and he showed his determination on Friday as he trailed pace setter by just 0.007s in FP2.

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