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Major issues with the track condition produced a strange day for Marc Marquez and the MotoGP™ field, but he ends it on top.
A dirty and bumpy track saw all riders in the MotoGP™ World Championship struggle to find grip on the opening day of the Gran Premio Motul de la República Argentina. This didn’t worry Marc Marquez as he went about topping the timesheets ahead of Repsol Honda Team Teammate Dani Pedrosa. Aside from Pedrosa, there was no rider within 0.4s of Marquez as he expertly wrestled his RC213V around the 4.808km of the Termas de Rio Hondo circuit. A time of 1’41.579 was the best of the day, but still over three seconds off his own pole record, proof of the poor conditions.
Weather forecasts are also predicting rain and thunderstorms on both Saturday and Sunday in Argentina. Wet weather could turn the entire grid upside down, the riders yet to race with Michelin wet weather tyres. Rain overnight could also change the track conditions dramatically and Saturday could quite easily see riders start from zero again. Marquez enters the weekend as a more mature rider, no longer risking a crash to grab a risky first place and happier to settle for second.
Marc Marquez: “Today was a bit of a strange day, but the feeling was good in the end and we finished first on the timesheets. I think that the conditions will change a lot during the weekend, even from the first to the second session we saw the surface improve, although not as much as we had expected. So far track conditions are worse than last season so seems that the times will be a long way off those from last year, but it will be the same for everyone and we are trying to manage it in the best way possible and adapt the bike as best we can."
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