A flying Marc Marquez proved unstoppable in Argentina as he powered to pole, team-mate Jorge Lorenzo ready to fight forward on Sunday.

Saturday’s proceedings at the Argentina GP opened with the always-exciting Free Practice 3 session. Marc Marquez was fast from his first lap and quickly moved to top the session and became the first rider to set a 1’38. The final ten minutes of the session saw the customary time-attack for passage to Q2, Jorge Lorenzo finding another six tenths to lap the 4.805km long circuit in 1’39.190, meaning both Repsol Honda Team riders moved directly to Q2 together for the first time as team-mates.

Despite early fears, the weather held for qualifying and an ambient temperature of 27°C and track temperature of 39°C helped produce a riveting Q2 session. Marc Marquez continued to show impressive speed aboard his Honda RC213V and claimed his fifth pole position at the sixth running of the Argentina GP with a lap of 1’38.304. The reigning champion is confident in his race pace, but knows he will have to wait and see what weather Sunday brings.

Jorge Lorenzo’s first visit to Q2 in Repsol Honda Team colours saw him build his speed throughout the session before pushing hard at the end. Unfortunately the Mallorcan had his best time removed due to exceeding track limits and will line up for Sunday’s Grand Prix in 12th. Starting a row further forward than in Qatar presents Lorenzo with the opportunity to enter the fight at the front from the start of the race.

At over 120 kilometres long, Sunday’s Argentina GP is amongst the longest on the calendar. Lights go out on the 25-lap race at 15:00 local time.

Marc Marquez

1st 1’38.304

“In Qualifying I was really focused to push to the maximum and fight for pole position. On the second tyre I made a small mistake at the first corner so I cancelled the lap and went back in. We had planned to do three runs and my team was ready. I am happy because it’s never easy to get pole position here, especially this weekend. Our rhythm is there but we need to wait and see what the weather does!”

Jorge Lorenzo

12th 1'39.520

“This morning we went very well and improved the setting of the bike even more. The circuit had more grip and I was riding well so I was able to set a strong time and finish eighth. Then unfortunately in qualifying the temperature increased and with some setup changes I lost some feel on corner entry. This meant I couldn’t repeat my time from the morning and is why I was starting 11th and now finally 12th after exceeding track limits. We will keep working to improve the setting and obtain more kilometres.”

MotoGP 2019
Qualifying Round 2   Argentina

Argentina Grand Prix Qualifications

Sunny
Humidity
66%
Track Temp
39°C
Air Temp
27°C
Pos. Rider Num Nation Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Marquez Marc 93 SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 1'38.304
2 Vinales Maverick 12 SPA Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 0.154
3 Dovizioso Andrea 4 ITA Mission Winnow Ducati Ducati 0.164
4 Rossi Valentino 46 ITA Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 0.241
5 Miller Jack 43 AUS Pramac Racing Ducati 0.244
6 Morbidelli Franco 21 ITA Petronas Yamaha SRT Yamaha 0.582
7 Quartararo Fabio 20 FRA Petronas Yamaha SRT Yamaha 0.593
8 Crutchlow Cal 35 GBR LCR Honda Honda 0.651
9 Nakagami Takaaki 30 JPN LCR Honda Honda 0.734
10 Petrucci Danilo 9 ITA Mission Winnow Ducati Ducati 0.789
11 Espargaro Pol 44 SPA Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 1.185
12 Lorenzo Jorge 99 SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 1.216
13 Espargaro Aleix 41 SPA Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia 1'39.288 Q1
14 Oliveira Miguel 88 POR Red Bull KTM Tech 3 KTM 0.234
15 Abraham Karel 17 CZE Reale Avintia Racing Ducati 0.267
16 Rins Alex 42 SPA Team Suzuki Ecstar Suzuki 0.320
17 Bagnaia Francesco 63 ITA Pramac Racing Ducati 0.323
18 Zarco Johann 5 FRA Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 0.507
19 Mir Joan 36 SPA Team Suzuki Ecstar Suzuki 0.541
20 Rabat Tito 53 SPA Reale Avintia Racing Ducati 0.914
21 Syahrin Hafizh 55 MAL Red Bull KTM Tech 3 KTM 0.989
22 Iannone Andrea 29 ITA Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia 1.054
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)