Marc Marquez and Dani Pedrosa showed great form on day one at the Argentine GP, topping the FP2 timesheet with the first and second best lap times, respectively. The Repsol Honda duo was separated by a mere 25 thousandths of a second. With Jack Miller and Cal Crutchlow finishing fourth and fifth, Honda riders occupied four of the five spots today.

Working with their crews on electronics and bike setup, Marquez and Pedrosa built on the positive work they had already carried out in the morning’s FP1 session. The afternoon was challenging, with greasy, slippery track conditions prompted by the soaring temperatures (33° C air, 55° ground) but the team made the most of the situation.

FP3 will commence tomorrow at 09:55 with weather forecast threatening rain.

Marc Marquez

1st 1'41.579

"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 it 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."

Dani Pedrosa

2nd 1'41.604

"On this first day we were able to ride on a dry track, and we saw that it was very dirty. It was a little difficult and the times were a little slower than we had expected. However, we worked as hard as we could with the setup of the bike, and we also made several tyre tests in case it will be raining tomorrow. It was a positive day, but as always we will try to keep improving."

MotoGP 2016
Practice Round 2   Argentina

Day-1 Results

Sunny
Humidity
51%
Track Temp
53°C
Air Temp
33°C
Pos. Rider Num Nation Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Marquez Marc 93 SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 1'41.579
2 Pedrosa Dani 26 SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 1'41.604
3 Vinales Maverick 25 SPA Team Suzuki Ecstar Suzuki 1'42.047
4 Miller Jack 43 AUS Team EG 0,0 Marc VDS Honda 1'42.375
5 Crutchlow Cal 35 GBR LCR Honda Honda 1'42.451
6 Redding Scott 45 GBR Octo Pramac Yakhnich Ducati 1'42.458
7 Rossi Valentino 46 ITA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 1'42.565
8 Espargaro Aleix 41 SPA Team Suzuki Ecstar Suzuki 1'42.576
9 Smith Bradley 38 GBR Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 1'42.595
10 Dovizioso Andrea 4 ITA Ducati Team Ducati 1'42.635
11 Barbera Hector 8 SPA Avintia Racing Ducati 1'42.664
12 Laverty Eugene 50 IRE Aspar Team Ducati 1'42.724
13 Espargaro Pol 44 SPA Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 1'42.774
14 Lorenzo Jorge 99 SPA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 1'42.819
15 Iannone Andrea 29 ITA Ducati Team Ducati 1'42.953
16 Baz Loris 76 FRA Avintia Racing Ducati 1'43.054
17 Hernandez Yonny 68 COL Aspar Team Ducati 1'43.242
18 Rabat Tito 53 SPA Team EG 0,0 Marc VDS Honda 1'43.538
19 Bautista Alvaro 19 SPA Aspar Team Ducati 1'43.800
20 Bradl Stefan 6 GER Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia 1'43.892
21 Pirro Michele 51 ITA Ducati Test Team Ducati
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)