Featured MotoGP: dominant Marquez romps to pole in Argentina

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    A flying Marc Marquez proved unstoppable in Argentina as he powered to pole.

    Saturday’s proceedings at the Argentina GP opened with the Free Practice 3 session and Marquez was fast from his first lap, quickly moving to top and becoming the first rider to set a 1’38 to move straight through to Q2.

    Marquez continued to show impressive speed aboard his Honda RC213V and claimed his fifth pole position at the sixth running of the Argentina GP with a lap of 1’38.304.

    Marquez said: “In Qualifying I was really focused to push to the maximum and fight for pole position. On the second tyre I made a small mistake at the first corner so I cancelled the lap and went back in. We had planned to do three runs and my team was ready. I am happy because it’s never easy to get pole position here, especially this weekend. Our rhythm is there but we need to wait and see what the weather does!”

    At over 120 kilometres long, Sunday’s Argentina GP is amongst the longest on the calendar. Lights go out on the 25-lap race at 15:00 local time.

    Argentina Grand Prix Qualifications
    Pos. Rider Num Nation Team Time/Gap
    1 MARQUEZ Marc 93 SPA Repsol Honda Team 1'38.304
    2 VINALES Maverick 12 SPA Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP 0.154
    3 DOVIZIOSO Andrea 4 ITA Mission Winnow Ducati 0.164
    4 ROSSI Valentino 46 ITA Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP 0.241
    5 MILLER Jack 43 AUS Pramac Racing 0.244
    6 MORBIDELLI Franco 21 ITA Petronas Yamaha SRT 0.582
    7 QUARTARARO Fabio 20 FRA Petronas Yamaha SRT 0.593
    8 CRUTCHLOW Cal 35 GBR LCR Honda 0.651
    9 NAKAGAMI Takaaki 30 JPN LCR Honda 0.734
    10 PETRUCCI Danilo 9 ITA Mission Winnow Ducati 0.789
    11 ESPARGARO Pol 44 SPA Red Bull KTM Factory Racing 1.185
    12 LORENZO Jorge 99 SPA Repsol Honda Team 1.216
    13 ESPARGARO Aleix 41 SPA Aprilia Racing Team Gresini 1'39.288 Q1
    14 OLIVEIRA Miguel 88 POR Red Bull KTM Tech 3 0.234
    15 ABRAHAM Karel 17 CZE Reale Avintia Racing 0.267
    16 RINS Alex 42 SPA Team Suzuki Ecstar 0.320
    17 BAGNAIA Francesco 63 ITA Pramac Racing 0.323
    18 ZARCO Johann 5 FRA Red Bull KTM Factory Racing 0.507
    19 MIR Joan 36 SPA Team Suzuki Ecstar 0.541
    20 RABAT Tito 53 SPA Reale Avintia Racing 0.914
    21 SYAHRIN Hafizh 55 MAL Red Bull KTM Tech 3 0.989
    22 IANNONE Andrea 29 ITA Aprilia Racing Team Gresini 1.054
     

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