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Marc Marquez: second youngest to start on GP pole

Marc Marquez took the pole position for the 125cc race at Le Mans to become the second youngest rider ever to start a Grand Prix race from pole. The only rider to have taken a pole at a younger age is Marco Melandri. He joins a list of very familiar names.

The following table shows the ten youngest riders to have started a Grand Prix from pole (all in the 125cc class):

1.   Marco Melandri 15 years 346 days Germany/1998/Sachsenring
2.   Marc Marquez 16 years 89 days France/2009/Le Mans
3.   Jorge Lorenzo 16 years 161 days Malaysia/2003/Sepang
4.   Daniel Pedrosa 16 years 190 days Japan/2002/Suzuka
5.   Pol Espargaro 16 years 364 days Catalunya/2008/Barcelona
6.   Andrea Dovizioso 17 years 63 days France/2003/Le Mans
7.   Bradley Smith 17 years 102 days Qatar/2008/Losail
8.   Marco Simoncelli 17 years 103 days Spain/2004/Jerez
9.   Valentino Rossi 17 years 184 days Czech/1996/Brno
10. Casey Stoner 17 years 235 days Italy/2003/Mugello

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