Marquez marches to third pole in Argentina

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Sunday 27th April, 2014 - 8:04am

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Marc Marquez

MotoGP world champion Marc Marquez secured his third pole position of the season after yet another dominant display in qualifying ahead of Sunday’s Grand Prix of Argentina.

The Honda rider was the only man to post a time inside the 1m37s bracket at the Termas de Rio Hondo circuit, finishing more then sevenths tenths of a second faster than nearest rival Jorge Lorenzo.

Team-mate Dani Pedrosa completed the front row in third with the Spaniard trailing Marquez by almost a second.

Forward Yamaha’s Aleix Espargaro continued to show his class as he guided his Open Class bike to fourth spot, ahead of Ducati’s Andrea Dovizioso and Yamaha’s Valentino Rossi.

The session began with Gresini Honda’s Alvaro Bautista briefly enjoying a spell at the top of the time sheets with Stefan Bradl in hot pursuit, before the German rider suffered a high side which ended his session prematurely

It wasn’t long before Marquez struck with a time to elevate himself into provisional pole. He would further improve his time to end the session with a best effort of 1.37.683s.

Tech 3 Yamaha’s Bradley Smith ended the session in seventh ahead of Pramac Ducati’s Andrea Iannone while Bradl claimed ninth.

Bautista completed the top 10 with Australia’s Broc Parkes showing glimpses of speed in 18th position for Paul Bird Motorsport.

Cal Crutchlow’s replacement Michele Pirro could only post a time good enough for 19th spot on the works Ducati.

MotoGP Grand Prix of Argentina Qualifying Results 

Pos Rider Team/Bike Time Gap
1 Marc Marquez Honda 1m37.683s
2 Jorge Lorenzo Yamaha 1m38.425s +0.742s
3 Dani Pedrosa Honda 1m38.651s +0.968s
4 Aleix Espargaro Forward Yamaha 1m38.794s +1.111s
5 Andrea Dovizioso Ducati 1m38.856s +1.173s
6 Valentino Rossi Yamaha 1m38.949s +1.266s
7 Bradley Smith Tech 3 Yamaha 1m38.958s +1.275s
8 Andrea Iannone Pramac Ducati 1m39.237s +1.554s
9 Stefan Bradl LCR Honda 1m39.297s +1.614s
10 Alvaro Bautista Gresini Honda 1m39.429s +1.746s
11 Pol Espargaro Tech 3 Yamaha 1m39.822s +2.139s
12 Nicky Hayden Aspar Honda 1m40.541s +2.858s
13 Scott Redding Gresini Honda 1m40.238s Q1
14 Colin Edwards Forward Yamaha 1m40.476s Q1
15 Karel Abraham Cardion Honda 1m40.615s Q1
16 Hiroshi Aoyama Aspar Honda 1m40.616s Q1
17 Yonny Hernandez Pramac Ducati 1m40.691s Q1
18 Broc Parkes PBM Aprilia 1m40.981s Q1
19 Michele Pirro Ducati 1m41.018s Q1
20 Michael Laverty PBM Aprilia 1m41.103s Q1
21 Hector Barbera Avintia FTR-Kawasaki 1m41.129s Q1
22 Mike di Meglio Avintia FTR-Kawasaki 1m41.267s Q1
23 Danilo Petrucci Ioda Aprilia 1m41.686s Q1