Marc Marquez takes Argentine pole, Dani Pedrosa lines up fourth
This year’s Argentinian Grand Prix will be the third consecutive season that Repsol Honda Team rider Marc Marquez will start from pole, as he set the fastest time in qualifying at Termas de Rio Hondo.
The Spaniard had also gone quickest in all three of the sessions held on Saturday, despite two crashes at Turn 1. In the qualifying session itself, Marquez stopped the clock at 1:39.411.
He was 6 tenths faster than teammate Dani Pedrosa, who finished fourth with a time of 1:40.110 and will head the second row on raceday. The Argentinian GP will start at 4:00pm local time.
“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.”
“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.”
Source: Repsol Media