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For the third straight year, Marc Marquez is set to start the Argentina GP from pole position thanks to a 1’39.411.
Never has a rider other than Marc Marquez started on pole position at the Argentina GP in the MotoGP™ World Championship, the Repsol Honda Team rider once again producing a little bit of magic on Saturday. His pace was dominant in the session, no rider able to get within a third of a second of his time. He was unable to improve on his fastest lap time due to a late crash at Turn 1, the heavy fall shaking him slightly but resulting in no serious injuries. Turn 1 has caught out a number of riders over the course of the weekend, including Jorge Lorenzo (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP). The result offers some hope for Honda after a difficult time in testing.
After the session it was announced that Michelin would withdraw the Medium and Hard compound rear tyres due to safety concerns and replace them with a new third compound. An additional Free Practice session will also be held ahead of Warm Up to allow riders to adapt to the situation. It may be an unusual circumstance, but it is a critical one as rider safety is paramount. In total, riders will have 50 minutes to gather as much data as they can about the new tyres.
Marc Marquez: “I'm happy with how the bike is going and with the pace we have. 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.
“After this decision from Michelin, I think that tomorrow will be a bit of an unknown because everyone will have a different tyre spec from what we’ve used for the whole weekend. We’ll wait and see how it works. We’ll have two warm-up sessions, one of 30 minutes and the other 20, to gather information, and we’ll have to see if everything goes well. Let’s hope there won’t be too many differences from the tyres we’ve been using so far.”
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