Mixed weather conditions with cold temperatures and intermittent rain showers on day 2 of the Grand Prix of Argentina saw Dani Pedrosa setting the second fastest lap time on a wet-but-drying Autódromo Termas de Río Hondo track, the Repsol Honda rider earning a brilliant front row start for tomorrow’s race.

Marc Marquez was the quickest rider in FP3 and FP4 but had to settle for a second-row start following a hectic qualifying session which saw him finishing in sixth place. However, his blistering pace in dry and wet conditions alike makes him confident for tomorrow’s 3:00 p.m. MotoGP race, regardless of weather conditions.

Dani Pedrosa

2nd 1'47.330

“What a qualifying session. It was very tight and challenging with the mixed conditions. Once the rain stopped the track started to dry pretty quickly, and at a certain point there was a dry line. The problem was that turn 7 was completely wet, and then the final corner was pretty damp as well. Jack (Miller) made an incredible pole on slicks. After my first exit, which wasn’t perfect, I considered switching to slicks as well. In the end, I decided to stay with rain tyres and to try and push to the limit. I did a good lap and I’m very happy with the result, because being on the front row is important for tomorrow. Honestly, it’s difficult at the moment to know what tyre choice we’ll make for the race as conditions have changed so much over the weekend. So we’ll wait and see how the weather will be tomorrow, looking forward to a good race either way.”

Marc Marquez

6th 1'47.754

“Today was quite challenging but very positive as a whole. Qualifying didn’t go as expected but we are not that far. I struggled a bit in my first exit on rain tyres and I don’t know why, because in FP3 and FP4 I had a very good feeling. I decided to try the slick tyres but it was too risky. As soon as I exited the pit I realised that if I touched the wet side of the track the risk of crashing was great. When I passed turn seven and eight I started thinking that pole position is important but that the race is tomorrow, so I came back. It’s a pity we’re not on the front row but I’m happy because I think we’ve worked well this weekend. Yesterday on the dry we’ve been competitive and we’ve been fast today on the wet also. I prefer dry conditions for the race but we’re also ready in case it rains. We’ll see how the weather is tomorrow and what the track conditions are like, then go from there.”

MotoGP 2018
Qualifying Round 2   Argentina

Qualifying Results

Rain
Humidity
98%
Track Temp
20°C
Air Temp
19°C
Pos. Rider Num Nation Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Miller Jack 43 AUS Alma Pramac Racing Ducati 1'47.153
2 Pedrosa Dani 26 SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 1'47.330
3 Zarco Johann 5 FRA Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 1'47.365
4 Rabat Tito 53 SPA Reale Avintia Racing Ducati 1'47.681
5 Rins Alex 42 SPA Team Suzuki Ecstar Suzuki 1'47.743
6 Marquez Marc 93 SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 1'47.754
7 Espargaro Aleix 41 SPA Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia 1'47.845
8 Dovizioso Andrea 4 ITA Ducati Team Ducati 1'48.247
9 Vinales Maverick 25 SPA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 1'49.044
10 Crutchlow Cal 35 GBR LCR Honda Honda 1'49.304
11 Rossi Valentino 46 ITA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 1'49.326
12 Iannone Andrea 29 ITA Team Suzuki Ecstar Suzuki 1'49.975
13 Abraham Karel 17 CZE Angel Nieto Team Ducati 1'49.878
14 Lorenzo Jorge 99 SPA Ducati Team Ducati 1'50.063
15 Redding Scott 45 GBR Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia 1'50.175
16 Espargaro Pol 44 SPA Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 1'50.324
17 Simeon Xavier 10 BEL Reale Avintia Racing Ducati 1'50.364
18 Petrucci Danilo 9 ITA Alma Pramac Racing Ducati 1'50.449
19 Bautista Alvaro 19 SPA Angel Nieto Team Ducati 1'50.606
20 Luthi Tom 12 SWI EG 0,0 Marc VDS Honda 1'50.833
21 Smith Bradley 38 GBR Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 1'51.007
22 Morbidelli Franco 21 ITA EG 0,0 Marc VDS Honda 1'51.012
23 Syahrin Hafizh 55 MAL Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 1'51.142
24 Nakagami Takaaki 30 JPN LCR Honda Honda 1'51.387
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
2018 Race Winner Cal Crutchlow (Honda)