MotoGP 2016, fantastic third Argentine pole for Marquez, Pedrosa fourth

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Marc Marquez clinched a fantastic pole position today, his third in a row in Argentina, while his Repsol Honda teammate Dani Pedrosa posted a very close fourth-fastest time to put him on the second row. Marc had already set the pace in both FP3 and in FP4, during which he alone had managed to lap under the 1’40 barrier. That session was red-flagged twice after Scott Redding suffered a rear-tyre issue that is still under investigation by the Michelin technicians. Two laps into the qualifying session, Marc set the fastest time of the day at 1’39.411. He suffered a small crash during his second attempt, and although he was uninjured, he was unable to lower his mark. Dani steadily improved his pace throughout the course of the day and missed a front-row spot by less than a tenth of a second, setting the fourth-best time of 1’40.011. The race will start today at 4:00 p.m. local time.

MARC MARQUEZ – POLE POSITION  1’39.411

I’m happy with how the bike is going and with the pace we have. Tomorrow it will be vital to choose our rear tyre well, because with the soft I feel very good but I do not know if we can use it. We will have to wait for the decision from Michelin. We know what my crashes today were due to; the first was down to changing the setup but the second was because we pushed too hard. That is what happens in the qualifying session. Tomorrow we’ll give everything we have in the race

DANIEL PEDROSA – 4TH  1’40.011

The grip level of the track has improved today. There was more traction than yesterday and although we have advanced in terms of pace, we will continue working to go faster and be more consistent tomorrow. With such an improvement in grip, we have to find a setup that best suits these conditions. Tomorrow we will start from fourth place and try to have a good race“.

Qualyfing Results – GP Argentine

Pos. Rider Num Nation Team Time/Gap
1 MARQUEZ Marc 93 SPA Repsol Honda Team 1’39.411
2 ROSSI Valentino 46 ITA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP 1’39.786
3 LORENZO Jorge 99 SPA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP 1’39.944
4 PEDROSA Dani 26 SPA Repsol Honda Team 1’40.011
5 DOVIZIOSO Andrea 4 ITA Ducati Team 1’40.198
6 IANNONE Andrea 29 ITA Ducati Team 1’40.272
7 VINALES Maverick 25 SPA Team Suzuki Ecstar 1’40.375
8 BARBERA Hector 8 SPA Avintia Racing 1’40.524
9 CRUTCHLOW Cal 35 GBR LCR Honda 1’40.528
10 ESPARGARO Pol 44 SPA Monster Yamaha Tech 3 1’40.654
11 ESPARGARO Aleix 41 SPA Team Suzuki Ecstar 1’40.708
12 SMITH Bradley 38 GBR Monster Yamaha Tech 3 1’40.893
13 BAZ Loris 76 FRA Avintia Racing 1’40.744
14 REDDING Scott 45 GBR Octo Pramac Racing 1’40.750
15 MILLER Jack 43 AUS Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS 1’40.881
16 BRADL Stefan 6 GER Aprilia Racing Team Gresini 1’40.897
17 LAVERTY Eugene 50 IRE Aspar MotoGP Team 1’40.990
18 PIRRO Michele 51 ITA Ducati Team 1’41.116
19 RABAT Tito 53 SPA Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS 1’41.157
20 BAUTISTA Alvaro 19 SPA Aprilia Racing Team Gresini 1’41.611
21 HERNANDEZ Yonny 68 COL Aspar MotoGP Team 1’41.692

(Redazione/Honda Racing Corporation)