Marc Marquez clinched a fantastic pole position today, his third in a row in Argentina, while his Repsol Honda teammate Dani Pedrosa posted a very close fourth-fastest time to put him on the second row.

Marc had already set the pace in both FP3 and in FP4, during which he alone had managed to lap under the 1’40 barrier. That session was red-flagged twice after Scott Redding suffered a rear-tyre issue that is still under investigation by the Michelin technicians.

Two laps into the qualifying session, Marc set the fastest time of the day at 1’39.411. He suffered a small crash during his second attempt, and although he was uninjured, he was unable to lower his mark. Dani steadily improved his pace throughout the course of the day and missed a front-row spot by less than a tenth of a second, setting the fourth-best time of 1’40.011.

The race will start tomorrow at 4:00 p.m. local time

Marc Marquez

Pole Position 1'39.411

"I'm happy with how the bike is going and with the pace we have. Tomorrow it will be vital to choose our rear tyre well, because with the soft I feel very good but I do not know if we can use it. We will have to wait for the decision from Michelin. We know what my crashes today were due to; the first was down to changing the setup but the second was because we pushed too hard. That is what happens in the qualifying session. Tomorrow we'll give everything we have in the race".

Dani Pedrosa

4th 1'40.011

"The grip level of the track has improved today. There was more traction than yesterday and although we have advanced in terms of pace, we will continue working to go faster and be more consistent tomorrow. With such an improvement in grip, we have to find a setup that best suits these conditions. Tomorrow we will start from fourth place and try to have a good race."

MotoGP 2016
Qualifying Round 2   Argentina

Qualyfing Results

Sunny / Dry
Humidity
57%
Track Temp
44°C
Air Temp
30°C
Pos. Rider Num Nation Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Marquez Marc 93 SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 1'39.411
2 Rossi Valentino 46 ITA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 1'39.786
3 Lorenzo Jorge 99 SPA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 1'39.944
4 Pedrosa Dani 26 SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 1'40.011
5 Dovizioso Andrea 4 ITA Ducati Team Ducati 1'40.198
6 Iannone Andrea 29 ITA Ducati Team Ducati 1'40.272
7 Vinales Maverick 25 SPA Team Suzuki Ecstar Suzuki 1'40.375
8 Barbera Hector 8 SPA Avintia Racing Ducati 1'40.524
9 Crutchlow Cal 35 GBR LCR Honda Honda 1'40.528
10 Espargaro Pol 44 SPA Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 1'40.654
11 Espargaro Aleix 41 SPA Team Suzuki Ecstar Suzuki 1'40.708
12 Smith Bradley 38 GBR Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 1'40.893
13 Baz Loris 76 FRA Avintia Racing Ducati 1'40.744
14 Redding Scott 45 GBR Octo Pramac Yakhnich Ducati 1'40.750
15 Miller Jack 43 AUS Team EG 0,0 Marc VDS Honda 1'40.881
16 Bradl Stefan 6 GER Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia 1'40.897
17 Laverty Eugene 50 IRE Aspar Team Ducati 1'40.990
18 Pirro Michele 51 ITA Ducati Team Ducati 1'41.116
19 Rabat Tito 53 SPA Team EG 0,0 Marc VDS Honda 1'41.157
20 Bautista Alvaro 19 SPA Aspar Team Ducati 1'41.611
21 Hernandez Yonny 68 COL Aspar Team Ducati 1'41.692
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)