A day of progress for the Repsol Honda Team in Argentina as Marc Marquez worked towards the race and Jorge Lorenzo made continual gains.

Clear skies welcomed the MotoGP World Championship to the Termas de Rio Hondo circuit for round two of the 2019 championship. With the circuit in a good and clean condition, riders were able to get straight to work preparing for the Argentina GP.

Marc Marquez was immediately fast, jumping to the top of the Free Practice 1 timesheets and remaining there until the end of the session with a lap of 1’39.827. Free Practice 2 saw the ground temperature remain at 32°C as clouds gathered but culminated in an explosive time-attack shootout in the last ten minutes. The reigning champion cut his time down to a 1’39.497 and concluded the day eighth fastest.

On the other side of the Repsol Honda Team garage, Jorge Lorenzo began the process of adapting his Honda RC213V to the Argentinian circuit. A 1’41.340 saw the five-time champion conclude the opening session in 14th. Finding over a second during Free Practice 2, Lorenzo set a respectable 1’40.159 to finish a Friday which saw 21 riders within a second of the fastest rider.

Both riders and their crews have already begun preparations for tomorrow’s Free Practice 3 session at 10:50 local time with qualifying kicking off at 15:05 local time later in the day.

Marc Marquez

8th 1'39.497

"I’m very happy overall. This morning we were fast and then also this afternoon we managed the session in a good way. I did what we needed to try and we are focusing on finding the best pace for race distance. We worked in the same style as 2018, concentrating on our work and our pace and what we needed to do. Of course, we want to improve more as the track keeps changing. It’s still very early to say what will happen on Sunday."

Jorge Lorenzo

21st 1’40.159

"We knew that coming to Termas would be difficult as it is a track I have not gone well at in the past because it is a very slippery circuit and still I am trying to catch up for the kilometres on the bike I lost. The position is not great, but we are still within one second of the top and improved a lot between the two practices. We will keep going and I will not lose concentration or focus, it is just a matter of time until we are there."

MotoGP 2019
Practice Round 2   Argentina

Argentina Grand Prix Combined Free Practice Classification

Overcast
Humidity
72%
Track Temp
32°C
Air Temp
25°C
Pos. Rider Num Nation Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Dovizioso Andrea 4 ITA Ducati Team Ducati 1'39.181
2 Miller Jack 43 AUS Pramac Racing Ducati 0.009
3 Vinales Maverick 12 SPA Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 0.164
4 Crutchlow Cal 35 GBR LCR Honda Honda 0.165
5 Quartararo Fabio 20 FRA Petronas Yamaha SRT Yamaha 0.176
6 Rossi Valentino 46 ITA Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 0.260
7 Rins Alex 42 SPA Team Suzuki Ecstar Suzuki 0.270
8 Marquez Marc 93 SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 0.316
9 Morbidelli Franco 21 ITA Petronas Yamaha SRT Yamaha 0.322
10 Nakagami Takaaki 30 JPN LCR Honda Honda 0.448
11 Iannone Andrea 29 ITA Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia 0.473
12 Espargaro Aleix 41 SPA Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia 0.516
13 Petrucci Danilo 9 ITA Ducati Team Ducati 0.559
14 Bagnaia Francesco 63 ITA Pramac Racing Ducati 0.618
15 Mir Joan 36 SPA Team Suzuki Ecstar Suzuki 0.765
16 Espargaro Pol 44 SPA Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 0.770
17 Zarco Johann 5 FRA Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 0.775
18 Abraham Karel 17 CZE Reale Avintia Racing Ducati 0.814
19 Oliveira Miguel 88 POR Red Bull KTM Tech 3 KTM 0.825
20 Rabat Tito 53 SPA Reale Avintia Racing Ducati 0.929
21 Lorenzo Jorge 99 SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 0.978
22 Syahrin Hafizh 55 MAL Red Bull KTM Tech 3 KTM 1.571
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
Resurfacing Partly resurfaced before 2018 GP

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
2019 Race Winner Marc Marquez (Honda)