Argentina MotoGP: Iannone leads wet extended warm-up

Ducati's Andrea Iannone topped the times in an extended wet warm-up session for the Argentina MotoGP race, a session in which the top four riders were covered by under a tenth.

Following the cancellation of Sunday's morning's planned extra practice due to poor weather, warm-up was extended from its usual 20-minute run time to 30-minutes, and took place on a wet Termas de Rio Hondo track.

Iannone was the man to beat throughout much of the session, becoming the first rider to dip beneath the 1m50s with a benchmark of 1m49.518s 10 minutes in that stood until the closing stages.

Works Honda rider Dani Pedrosa beat the Italian by three tenths with a minute to go until the chequered flag with a 1m49.231s, which was fractionally bettered by teammate Marc Marquez after the clock hit zero.

However, Iannone's final effort of 1m49.177s was good enough to depose his former Moto2 rival by 0.030s, with Pedrosa slotting back into second with a time just 0.006s slower.

Hector Barbera was an impressive fourth on the Avintia Ducati, just 0.082s off the pace, with Valentino Rossi completing the top five on the best of the Yamahas, 0.279s off the pace.

Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati), Yonny Hernandez (Aspar Ducati), Jack Miller (Marc VDS Honda), Cal Crutchlow (LCR Honda) and Barbera's Avintia teammate Loris Baz completed the top 10, with reigning champion Jorge Lorenzo lapping 1.876s off the pace in 12th.

All eyes will now be on the weather conditions, as a dry track for the race would now mean a reduced race distance of 20 laps and a mandatory bike swap.

Warm-up results:

PosRiderTeamBikeTime
1 ItalyAndrea Iannone  Ducati Team Ducati Desmosedici GP16 1:49.177
2 SpainDani Pedrosa  Repsol Honda Team Honda RC213V 1:49.183
3 SpainMarc Marquez  Repsol Honda Team Honda RC213V 1:49.207
4 SpainHector Barbera  Avintia Racing Ducati Desmosedici GP14 1:49.259
5 ItalyValentino Rossi  Yamaha Factory Racing Yamaha YZR-M1 1:49.456
6 ItalyAndrea Dovizioso  Ducati Team Ducati Desmosedici GP16 1:49.473
7 ColombiaYonny Hernandez  Aspar Racing Team Ducati Desmosedici GP14 1:49.763
8 AustraliaJack Miller  Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS Honda RC213V 1:50.551
9 United KingdomCal Crutchlow  Team LCR Honda RC213V 1:50.872
10 FranceLoris Baz  Avintia Racing Ducati Desmosedici GP14 1:50.962
11 United KingdomScott Redding  Octo Pramac Yakhnich Ducati Desmosedici GP15 1:50.971
12 SpainJorge Lorenzo  Yamaha Factory Racing Yamaha YZR-M1 1:51.053
13 SpainMaverick Viñales  Team Suzuki ECSTAR Suzuki GSX-RR 1:51.064
14 GermanyStefan Bradl  Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia RS-GP 1:51.317
15 SpainAlvaro Bautista  Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia RS-GP 1:51.439
16 ItalyMichele Pirro  Octo Pramac Yakhnich Ducati Desmosedici GP15 1:51.556
17 SpainAleix Espargaro  Team Suzuki ECSTAR Suzuki GSX-RR 1:51.622
18 SpainPol Espargaro  Tech 3 Yamaha YZR-M1 1:52.000
19 SpainTito Rabat  Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS Honda RC213V 1:52.050
20 IrelandEugene Laverty  Aspar Racing Team Ducati Desmosedici GP14 1:52.209
21 United KingdomBradley Smith  Tech 3 Yamaha YZR-M1 1:52.566

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Series MotoGP
Event Argentinian GP
Track Autodromo Termas de Rio Hondo
Drivers Valentino Rossi , Jorge Lorenzo , Marc Marquez
Article type Practice report