Argentina Moto3: Martin leads as several Mahindra riders fall

Jorge Martin led the Mahindra pack in qualifying session for the Argentine Grand Prix, finishing 19th fastest with a time 1m51.024s.

Earlier this weekend, Martin had showed promising pace in the Aspar Mahindra, finishing ninth quickest in FP3.

However, in qualifying, he couldn’t keep up with the leading pack, setting a time that was 1.3 seconds off pole-sitter Brad Binder.

The Spanish rued the gearbox issue for the lack of pace in qualifying. "I was hoping for a good qualifying but we were denied by a problem with the gearbox," he said.

"And I lost three or four tenths on my best lap. Without that we could have been starting from eleventh or twelfth, which would have been an acceptable position."

Alexis Masbou was the highest classified non-factory Mahindra rider in 22nd place, with his Peugeot Saxoprint teammate John McPhee finishing in 28th position.

Meanwhile, Qatar podium finisher Francesco Bagnaia was involved in a multi-bike pile up at turn 2, leaving the Italian driver a disappointing 24th with a time of 1m51.408s.

Along with Bagnaia, the other Mahindra riders to fall when the flag came out were Team Italia's Lorenzo Petrarca, who finished 31st and Platinum Bay's Karel Hanika finishing 32nd.

Hanika was handed a three-place grid penalty to his original qualifying position of 29th. His teammate Darryn Binder ended 30th, after surviving a fall at the start of the session.

The leading CIP was Tatsuki Suzuki in 27th position, setting a time of 1m51.474s with teammate Fabio Spiranelli 33rd.

Petrarca's teammate Stefano Valtulini finished 29th.

Mahindra riders qualifying results

Rider

Team

Time

 Jorge Martin

Aspar Mahindra

1:51.024

 Alexis Masbou

Peugeot SaxoPrint

1:51.196

 Francesco Bagnaia

Aspar Mahindra

1:51.408

 Tatsuki Suzuki

CIP

1:51.474

 John McPhee

Peugeot SaxoPrint

1:51.729

 Stefano Valtulini

Team Italia

1:52.737

 Darryn Binder

Platinum Bay

1:53.310

 Lorenzo Petrarca

Team Italia

1:53.704

 Karel Hanika

Platinum Bay

1:52.392

 Fabio Spiranelli

CIP

1:54.463

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Series Moto3
Event Termas de Rio Hondo
Track Autodromo Termas de Rio Hondo
Drivers Tatsuki Suzuki , Francesco Bagnaia , Jorge Martin , Darryn Binder , Karel Hanika , Alexis Masbou , John McPhee , Livio Selva , Fabio Spiranelli , Stefano Valtulini
Article type Qualifying report