Repsol Honda’s Marc Marquez has clinched his 24th MotoGP pole position – and second successive – for tomorrow’s twenty-five lap race in Argentina, with teammate Hiroshi Aoyama qualifying 15th.

With track temperatures almost doubling since this morning’s FP3 session, replacement rider Hiroshi was unable to find a better feeling with the Honda RC213V and did not manage to reach Q2. His time of 1’39.715 placed him 15th for tomorrow’s race. Marc, who has been fastest all day, opted for a three-stop strategy in Q2, in order to take maximum advantage of each new tyre. He was able to improve on each exit and his pole time of 1’37.802 was over half a second faster than second place Aleix Espargaro, and only 0.119 off his 2014 pole record.

Tomorrow’s race will start at 16h00 local time.

Marc Marquez

1st 1'37.802

“I am happy today, because we were able to fight for pole and eventually got it. It was a lot of fun, because we used a three-tyre strategy and it worked well. It was important to start from the front tomorrow, because the track is quite dirty and that makes it harder to overtake. We'll see what happens, we expect a pretty tough race with even higher temperatures than today. My strongest rivals - Jorge and Valentino - are starting from the second row, so I hope to have a good start and a strong race.”

Hiroshi Aoyama

15th 1'39.715

“Yesterday I struggled to find a good feeling with the bike and also this morning, I still wasn’t comfortable. Then this afternoon we changed something with the setup and I found some confidence on the bike which allowed me to push. In qualifying we made another step with the setup and improved the lap time but of course it’s not the position we had hoped for. We still have some areas to improve and I hope we can find a step in time for the race.”

MotoGP 2015
Qualifying Round 3   Argentina

Results Session

Dry
Humidity
70%
Track Temp
43°C
Air Temp
21°C
Pos. Rider Num Nation Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Marquez Marc 93 SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 1'37.802
2 Espargaro Aleix 41 SPA Team Suzuki Ecstar Suzuki 1'38.316
3 Iannone Andrea 29 ITA Ducati Team Ducati 1'38.467
4 Crutchlow Cal 35 GBR LCR Honda Honda 1'38.485
5 Lorenzo Jorge 99 SPA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 1'38.485
6 Dovizioso Andrea 4 ITA Ducati Team Ducati 1'38.520
7 Petrucci Danilo 9 ITA Pramac Racing Ducati 1'38.786
8 Rossi Valentino 46 ITA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 1'38.890
9 Vinales Maverick 25 SPA Team Suzuki Ecstar Suzuki 1'39.187
10 Smith Bradley 38 GBR Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 1'39.197
11 Redding Scott 45 GBR EG 0,0 Marc VDS Honda 1'39.380
12 Barbera Hector 8 SPA Avintia Racing Ducati 1'40.526
13 Hernandez Yonny 68 COL Pramac Racing Ducati 1'39.405
14 Laverty Eugene 50 IRE Aspar Team Honda 1'39.434
15 Aoyama Hiroshi 7 JPN Repsol Honda Team Honda 1'39.715
16 Bradl Stefan 6 GER Athina Forward Racing Forward Yamaha 1'39.734
17 Abraham Karel 17 CZE AB Motoracing Honda 1'39.758
18 Espargaro Pol 44 SPA Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 1'39.808
19 Bautista Alvaro 19 SPA Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia 1'39.828
21 Miller Jack 43 AUS LCR Honda MotoGP Honda 1'39.888
22 Baz Loris 76 FRA Athina Forward Racing Forward Yamaha 1'39.972
23 Di Meglio Mike 63 FRA Avintia Racing Ducati 1'40.133
24 Melandri Marco 33 ITA Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia 1'40.403
25 De Angelis Alex 15 RSM E-Motion IodaRacing Team ART 1'40.485
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)