The Argentina GP race weekend began today for the Repsol Honda Team riders, with Marc Marquez second-fastest at 1’39.778” after a very close FP2 session that ended with the top 15 riders separated by less than one second.

Following a busy FP1 on a dirty track and a crash without consequences in turn 2 early in the session, Marc made significant progress in the afternoon, knocking more than a second off his morning’s best and setting a promising pace with the Michelin hard front and rear tyres.

Dani Pedrosa also avoided injury in a small crash (in turn 13 during FP2) and then improved his lap times, but despite closing just 0.567” down on his teammate, his best time of 1’40.345” meant he had to settle for 13th place.

Marc Marquez

2nd 1'39.778

“I’m quite happy with today because although we still have some issues to sort out, we’re not far from the top. As always happens here in Argentina, today the track was quite slippery in the beginning, and I crashed this morning because I was pushing a little too hard and went a bit off line. Anyway, after that we worked really hard and found a promising setup. We’re still missing something, and tomorrow we’ll try to improve in the second sector, especially the acceleration at turns 3 and 4.”

Dani Pedrosa

13th 1'40.345

“Today wasn't the best day for us because we suffered a rear-tyre puncture in FP1 and couldn't fully exploit the session until the end. In FP2 we started well, testing some tyres when the track conditions were good enough like we had planned, but unfortunately, when I was improving during my second exit, I lost the front and had a small crash. I was trying the hard front for the first time, it was only my second lap of that run, and I may have pushed too hard. That wasn’t ideal for the time attack at the end of the session, because the feeling was different after the crash. Well, sometimes you have days like this, and hopefully the weather will stay good tomorrow and we’ll be able to improve.”  

MotoGP 2017
Practice Round 2   Argentina

Results Session

Pos. Rider Num Nation Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Vinales Maverick 25 SPA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 1'39.477
2 Marquez Marc 93 SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 0.301
3 Abraham Karel 17 CZE Pull&Bear Aspar Team Ducati 0.403
4 Bautista Alvaro 19 SPA Pull&Bear Aspar Team Ducati 0.445
5 Petrucci Danilo 9 ITA Octo Pramac Racing Ducati 0.483
6 Baz Loris 76 FRA Reale Avintia Racing Ducati 0.643
7 Crutchlow Cal 35 GBR LCR Honda Honda 0.647
8 Folger Jonas 94 GER Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 0.680
9 Espargaro Aleix 41 SPA Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia 0.698
10 Iannone Andrea 29 ITA Team Suzuki Ecstar Suzuki 0.773
11 Redding Scott 45 GBR Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia 0.861
12 Zarco Johann 5 FRA Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 0.863
13 Pedrosa Dani 26 SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 0.868
14 Dovizioso Andrea 4 ITA Ducati Team Ducati 0.922
15 Barbera Hector 8 SPA Reale Avintia Racing Ducati 0.954
16 Rossi Valentino 46 ITA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 1.054
17 Miller Jack 43 AUS Octo Pramac Racing Ducati 1.111
18 Lorenzo Jorge 99 SPA Ducati Team Ducati 1.122
19 Rabat Tito 53 SPA Reale Avintia Racing Ducati 1.431
20 Rins Alex 42 SPA Team Suzuki Ecstar Suzuki 1.606
21 Espargaro Pol 44 SPA Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 2.155
22 Smith Bradley 38 GBR Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 2.597
23 Lowes Sam 22 GBR Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia 2.702
Location Information

The Termas de Río Hondo Circuit is located 6km from the city which gives the venue its name, in the Province of Santiago del Estero. It was built in a 150 hectare area and officially inaugurated on May 11, 2008, during the visit of Argentina´s Touring Car Racing championship. In… read more.

Length 4.806 kilometres / 2.986 miles
Width 16 metres
Left corners 5
Right corners 9
Longest straight 1.076 kilometres / 0.669 miles
Constructed 2008
Modified 2013

Autódromo Provincial Termas de Río Hondo, Termas de Río Hondo, Santiago del Estero Province, Argentina - View in Google Maps

www.autodromotermas.com

Records

Pole Position 1m 37.683s (177.1km/h) Marc Marquez (Honda, 2014)
Race Lap 1m 39.019s (174.7 km/h) Valentino Rossi (Yamaha, 2015)
Race Time 34m13.628s (168.4 km/h) Marc Marquez (Honda, 2016) *shortened race
2017 Race Winner Maverick Vinales (Yamaha)