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MARC MAR­QUEZ is on course to ex­tend his five-point lead in the Mo­toGP ti­tle stakes as he starts his Rep­sol Honda from pole po­si­tion in this af­ter­noon’s Czech Repub­lic round at Brno.

Mar­quez left it late to eclipse his team-mate Dani Pe­drosa and then was un­der pres­sure to hold off Mo­vis­tar Yamaha’s Valentino Rossi, but there was lit­tle in it.

De­spite a scary mo­ment early on, he fired in a stun­ning lap in 1min 54.981secs, and he re­flected: “I pushed at the max­i­mum. Now it will be an in­ter­est­ing race.”

Else­where, Jake Dixon beat the Thrux­ton lap record as he scorched to his maiden pole ahead of this af­ter­noon’s sev­enth round of the MCE In­sur­ance British Su­per­bike Cham­pi­onship.

Rid­ing the RAF Kawasaki, Dixon pow­ered in a time of 1min 14.052secs, to head off the threat of for­mer cham­pion Josh Brookes.

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