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Marquez breaks lap record on way to pole at Italian MotoGP

Marquez breaks lap record on way to pole at Italian MotoGP


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SCARPERIA, Italy (AP) — Titleholder Marc Marquez set a lap record at Mugello on his way to pole position for the Italian MotoGP on Saturday.

Marquez, who rides for Honda, timed 1 minute, 45.519 seconds at the end of qualifying to be 0.214 ahead of Fabio Quartararo on his Yamaha SRT.

Danilo Petrucci, who had earlier beaten Valentino Rossi's record at the circuit, was third fastest, 0.362 behind Marquez.

The top five riders all beat the Ducati rider's previous benchmark.

Five-time champion Marquez leads Andrea Dovizioso by eight points in the standings after three wins in the past four grand prix.

There was disappointment for Rossi, last year's pole-sitter, who will start his home GP from 18th.

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