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Marquez takes pole by over 0.5s at #ArgentinaGP

 Marquez takes pole by over 0.5s at #ArgentinaGP

Repsol Honda’s Marc Marquez stamped his authority on proceedings in Q2 to claim pole ahead of Aleix Espargaro and Andrea Iannone.

After the excitement during Qualifying in Austin, there was a sense of anticipation in the air as riders took to the 4.8 km Termas de Rio Hondo circuit. Conditions had improved from Friday, with the sun coming out in force and the track temperature rising to 43 degrees in time for MotoGP™ Q2.

Earlier it was Monster Yamaha Tech 3’s Bradley Smith and Hector Barbera on the Avintia Racing Ducati that made it through from a hotly contested Q1, in a session that saw Smith’s teammate Pol Espargaro and the Satellite Pramac Racing machine of Yonny Hernandez fail to progress.

Marc Marquez dominated proceedings to take pole with a 1’37.802 ahead of the Team Suzuki Ecstar GSX-RR of Aleix Espargaro (+0.514s) and Andrea Iannone (+0.665s) on the Ducati Team GP15.

CWM LCR Hondas Cal Crutchlow (+0.683s) will start from the front of the second row in front of Movistar Yamaha’s Jorge Lorenzo (+0.683s), who matched the British riders time in 5th, and the second Ducati Team GP15 of Andrea Dovizioso (+0.718s).

Pramac Racings Danilo Petrucci will start from 7th on the grid, with Valentino Rossi over a second off the pace of Marquez in 8th. Maverick Viñales completed the third row in 9th, with Monster Yamaha Tech 3’s Bradley Smith rounding out the top ten. Hector Barbera leads the Open class in 12th, just behind the Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS Racing Honda of Scott Redding.

Click here for the full MotoGP™ Qualifying results and line up for Sundays race, which is due to start at 16:00 local time in Argentina.

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