Marquez on pole in Qatar

<b>MARQUEZ ON POLE FOR QATAR:</b> Repsol Honda MotoGP rider Marc Marquez of Spain took a stunning pole position on Saturday evening for the 2014  Losail MotoGP in Doha on March 21 2014. <i>Image: AFP</i>
<b>MARQUEZ ON POLE FOR QATAR:</b> Repsol Honda MotoGP rider Marc Marquez of Spain took a stunning pole position on Saturday evening for the 2014 Losail MotoGP in Doha on March 21 2014. <i>Image: AFP</i>
Doha - World champion Marc Marquez stormed to pole position for the season-opening Qatar MotoGP on Saturday, just a month after breaking aleg.

The 21-year-old Spaniard, riding a factory Honda, claimed his 10th pole in the MotoGP class and 38th overall.

NOT 100% FIT

Marquez, who became the sport's youngest World champion when he triumphed in his rookie years in 2013, finished ahead of compatriot Alvaro Bautista on a Honda and Britian's Bradley Smith on a Yamaha Tech3.

Marquez broke his right leg in a dirt-bike accident in his native Spain at the end of February and had admitted in the run-up to the floodlit Qatar race that he was nowhere near 100% fit.

Qatar MotoGP qualification on Saturday
1 Marc Marquez (Spain) Honda 1min54.507
2 Alvaro Bautista (Spain) Honda 1min54.564
3 Bradley Smith (Britain) Yamaha 1min54.601
4 Andrea Dovizioso (Italy) Ducati 1min54.644
5 Jorge Lorenzo (Spain) Yamaha 1min54.661
6 Dani Pedrosa (Spain) Honda 1min54.703
7 Stefan Bradl (Germany) Honda 1min54.871
8 Cal Crutchlow (Britain) Ducati 1min54.888
9 Aleix Espargaro (Spain) Yamaha 1min54.986
10 Valentino Rossi (Italy) Yamaha 1min55.096

2014 Qatar Moto2 qualification
1 Esteve Rabat (Spain) Kalex 2min00.081
2 Sandro Cortese (Germany) Kalex 2min00.101
3 Takaaki Nakagami (Japan) Kalex 2min00.451
4 Thomas Luethi (Switzerland) Suter 2min00.459
5 Sam Lowes (Britain) Speed up 2min00.547
6 Mika Kallio (Finland) Kalex 2min00.621
7 Xavier Simeon (Belgium) Suter 2min00.696
8 Alex de Angelis (San Marino) Suter 2min00.764
9 Johann Zarco (France) Caterham Suter 2min00.806
10 Simone Corsi (Italy) Forward KLX 2min00.831

2014 Qatar Moto3 qualifying
1 Alex Rins (Spain) Honda 2min05.973
2 Alex Marquez (Spain) Honda 2min06.125
3 Jack Miller (Australia) KTM 2min06.365
4 Jakub Kornfeil (Czech Republic) KTM 2min06.515
5 Isaac Vinales (Spain) KTM 2min06.843
6 Danny Kent (Britain) Husqvarna 2min06.864
7 John McPhee (Britain) Honda 2min07.113
8 Romano Fenati (Italy) KTM 2min07.126
9 Niccolo Antonelli (Italy) KTM 2min07.205
10 Francesco Bagnaia (Italy) KTM 2min07.258
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