Miller braves wet to take Argentina MotoGP pole

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Sunday 8th April, 2018 - 6:59am

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Jack Miller has qualified on pole for the first time in MotoGP having braved a drying track on slick tyres in Argentina.

Miller knocked Dani Pedrosa (Repsol Honda) out of top spot at the end of Qualifying 2 with a 1:47.153s lap, and they will line up on the front row with Johann Zarco (Tech3 Yamaha).

Rain fell in Free Practice 4, leaving the track wet for qualifying, and slick tyres only appeared for the first time in the second runs of Q2.

Even then, only Miller, Marc Marquez, and Cal Crutchlow tried dry-weather rubber, with the latter two not attempting a flying lap before they changed back to wets.

The Queenslander, on the other hand, stayed out to take pole on his Pramac Ducati.

Marquez (Repsol Honda) qualified sixth and will start alongside fourth-placed Tito Rabat (Avintia Ducati) and fifth-placed Alex Rins (Suzuki Ecstar).

Aleix Espargaro was fastest in the first runs but ended up seventh on his Gresini Aprilia and will share Row 3 with Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati Team) and Maverick Viñales (Movistar Yamaha).

Cal Crutchlow (LCR Honda), Valentino Rossi (Movistar Yamaha), and Andrea Iannone (Suzuki Ecstar) start off Row 4.

Jorge Lorenzo (Ducati Team) will start only 14th after being bumped from the top two in Q1 by Aleix Espargaro then beaten also by Karel Abraham (Nieto Ducati).

Race start is Monday morning at 0400 AEST.

Qualifying: Argentina MotoGP

Pos Num Rider Nat Team Bike Time Gap 1st/prev
1 43 Jack MILLER AUS Alma Pramac Racing Ducati 1:47.153
2 26 Dani PEDROSA ESP Repsol Honda Team Honda 1:47.330 0.177 / 0.177
3 5 Johann ZARCO FRA Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 1:47.365 0.212 / 0.035
4 53 Tito RABAT ESP Reale Avintia Racing Ducati 1:47.681 0.528 / 0.316
5 42 Alex RINS ESP Team SUZUKI ECSTAR Suzuki 1:47.743 0.590 / 0.062
6 93 Marc MARQUEZ ESP Repsol Honda Team Honda 1:47.754 0.601 / 0.011
7 41 Aleix ESPARGARO ESP Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia 1:47.845 0.692 / 0.091
8 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO ITA Ducati Team Ducati 1:48.247 1.094 / 0.402
9 25 Maverick VIÑALES ESP Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 1:49.044 1.891 / 0.797
10 35 Cal CRUTCHLOW GBR LCR Honda CASTROL Honda 1:49.304 2.151 / 0.260
11 46 Valentino ROSSI ITA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 1:49.326 2.173 / 0.022
12 29 Andrea IANNONE ITA Team SUZUKI ECSTAR Suzuki 1:49.975 2.822 / 0.649
13 17 Karel ABRAHAM CZE Angel Nieto Team Ducati 1:49.878 Q1 / Q1
14 99 Jorge LORENZO ESP Ducati Team Ducati 1:50.063 Q1 / 0.185
15 45 Scott REDDING GBR Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia 1:50.175 Q1 / 0.112
16 44 Pol ESPARGARO ESP Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 1:50.324 Q1 / 0.149
17 10 Xavier SIMEON BEL Reale Avintia Racing Ducati 1:50.364 Q1 / 0.040
18 9 Danilo PETRUCCI ITA Alma Pramac Racing Ducati 1:50.449 Q1 / 0.085
19 19 Alvaro BAUTISTA ESP Angel Nieto Team Ducati 1:50.606 Q1 / 0.157
20 12 Thomas LUTHI SWI EG 0,0 Marc VDS Honda 1:50.833 Q1 / 0.227
21 38 Bradley SMITH GBR Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 1:51.007 Q1 / 0.174
22 21 Franco MORBIDELLI ITA EG 0,0 Marc VDS Honda 1:51.012 Q1 / 0.005
23 55 Hafizh SYAHRIN MAL Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 1:51.142 Q1 / 0.130
24 30 Takaaki NAKAGAMI JPN LCR Honda IDEMITSU Honda 1:51.387 Q1 / 0.245

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