Marquez Dominates Qualifying in Argentina

Marc Marquez was in a class of his own in qualifying for the Argentine Grand Prix, claiming pole position by half a second at Termas de Rio Hondo. The world champion was half a second clear of the rest of the field with Aleix Espargaro backing up his impressive practice form with a phenomenal second place, giving Suzuki a front row start in the third race of their MotoGP comeback.

After a problematic final practice session, Monster Yamaha Tech 3 found both of their riders in Q1 but only one would advance to the pole position shootout. Bradley Smith was the man that handled the pressure best, setting his quickest lap time of the weekend to top the session, but Pol Espargaro buckled and will subsequently start a disastrous eighteenth.

Despite the reprieve, Smith wouldn’t figure in the fight for pole as Jorge Lorenzo took up the challenge for Yamaha’s factory team. The Spaniard set a 1:38.485 on his first flying lap but was quickly usurped by Marquez who opened up a three tenth advantage on his opening run.

Unusually, Marquez was going for three runs and made full use of both Honda RC213Vs at his disposal, clocking a 1:37.873 on his second machine before returning for a third attempt in the dying seconds and shaving another tenth off his own benchmark. By the time he was done, Marc had half a second in his pocket but Espargaro had put in the performance of the afternoon to finish best of the rest.

Andrea Iannone put a third different manufacturer on the front row with a 1:38.467 on his Ducati, two hundredths clear of Cal Crutchlow who matched Lorenzo’s early time to steal fourth from the two-time champion. Andrea Dovizioso will start sixth with Danilo Petrucci impressing to head the third row, beating championship leader Valentino Rossi in the process.

Maverick Vinales gave Suzuki yet more positive news by rounding out the third row while Bradley Smith pipped compatriot Scott Redding to tenth spot on tomorrow’s grid.



PosRiderConstructorTeamBest Time 
193. Marc MarquezHondaRepsol Honda Team1:37.802Q2
241. Aleix EspargaroSuzukiTeam SUZUKI ECSTAR1:38.316Q2
329. Andrea IannoneDucatiDucati Team1:38.467Q2
435. Cal CrutchlowHondaCWM LCR Honda1:38.485Q2
599. Jorge LorenzoYamahaMovistar Yamaha MotoGP1:38.485Q2
64. Andrea DoviziosoDucatiDucati Team1:38.520Q2
79. Danilo PetrucciDucatiPramac Racing1:38.786Q2
846. Valentino RossiYamahaMovistar Yamaha MotoGP1:38.890Q2
925. Maverick VinalesSuzukiTeam SUZUKI ECSTAR1:39.187Q2
1038. Bradley SmithYamahaMonster Yamaha Tech 31:39.197Q2
1145. Scott ReddingHondaEstrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS1:39.380Q2
128. Hector BarberaDucatiAvintia Racing1:40.526Q2
1368. Yonny HernandezDucatiPramac Racing1:39.405Q1
1450. Eugene LavertyHondaAspar MotoGP Team1:39.434Q1
157. Hiroshi AoyamaHondaRepsol Honda Team1:39.715Q1
166. Stefan BradlForward YamahaAthina Forward Racing1:39.734Q1
1717. Karel AbrahamHondaAB Motoracing1:39.758Q1
1844. Pol EspargaroYamahaMonster Yamaha Tech 31:39.808Q1
1919. Alvaro BautistaApriliaAprilia Racing Team Gresini1:39.828Q1
2069. Nicky HaydenHondaAspar MotoGP Team1:39.876Q1
2143. Jack MillerHondaCWM LCR Honda1:39.888Q1
2276. Loris BazForward YamahaAthina Forward Racing1:39.972Q1
2363. Mike Di MeglioDucatiAvintia Racing1:40.133Q1
2433. Marco MelandriApriliaAprilia Racing Team Gresini1:40.403Q1
2515. Alex de AngelisARTOcto IodaRacing Team1:40.485Q1