Updated: Saturday, 31 May 2014 22:17 | By Agence France-Presse

Marquez takes pole for Italy MotoGP

Spain's world champion Marc Marquez secured his sixth successive pole poition in six races this season as he timed fastest in qualifying for Sunday's Italian MotoGP at Mugello.

Marquez takes pole for Italy MotoGP

Spain's Marc Marquez (R) of the Honda team and Italy's Andrea Iannone of the Ducati team ride their bikes during a free practice session for Italian Grand Prix on Mugello on May 31, 2014 - by Andreas Solaro

The 21-year-old Honda rider, who has won the opening five races thusfar this season becoming the first rider since Giacomo Agostini in 1972 to achieve that feat, recorded the 43rd pole position of his career in edging out Italian Andrea Iannone and Spain's two-time world champion Jorge Lorenzo on a Yamaha.

Earlier Iannone on his Ducati had established in the practice session a new official top speed record for the MotoGP world championship of 349.6km/h (217.2 mph).    

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