Argentina Pole Goes To Marquez
TERMAS DE RIO HONDO, Argentina - Repsol Honda’s MotoGP World Champion Marc Marquez continued his dominance of the Gran Premio Red Bull de la Republica Argentina weekend Saturday, taking the pole at Autódromo Termas de Río Hondo ahead of Jorge Lorenzo and Dani Pedrosa.
Marquez appears to be enjoying every moment of the first World Championship visit to the new Termas de Rio Hondo track and he set a superb 1:37.683s late in the 15 minute showdown to maintain his 100 percent 2014 pole record.
Movistar Yamaha MotoGP’s 2010 and 2012 MotoGP title winner Lorenzo improved his best time significantly in the final stages to qualify second, a .742 of a second margin from pole. Pedrosa, meanwhile, was not far behind Lorenzo in third, his best time of 1:38.651s leaving him a second off the pole pace.
Another good performance from Aleix Espargaro (NGM Forward Racing) on the ‘Open’ Forward-Yamaha puts him at the head on the second row, with Italians Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati Team) and Valentino Rossi (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP) qualifying just behind him.
After making it through from Q1, Bradley Smith (Monster Yamaha Tech3) will shoot for another top five race result from the front of row three, with Andrea Iannone (Pramac Racing) and Stefan Bradl (LCR Honda MotoGP) behind him. Bradl walked away from a big highside crash but looked somewhat shaken.
Alvaro Baustista (GO&FUN Honda Gresini), Pol Espargaro (Monster Yamaha Tech3) and the other rider to make it through from Q1, Nicky Hayden (Drive M7 Aspar), will get away from the fourth row.