Repsol Honda rider blitzes his own lap record ahead of Lorenzo and Pedrosa
Marc Marquez continues to re-write the MotoGP history books with the reigning World Champion soaring into pole position with another outright lap record at the Termas Di Rio Hondo circuit ahead of tomorrow’s GP Red Bull de la República Argentina. The Repsol Honda rider’s phenomenal talent was once again on show for all to see and a best time of 1m 37.683s was more than enough to take pole ahead of Movistar Yamaha rider Jorge Lorenzo with his best lap of 1m 38.425s taking second away from Dani Pedrosa on the second Repsol Honda machine.
Today I really felt good on the bike and I am happy to have taken pole position!
Stefan Bradl had a heavy fall in Q2 but the LCR Honda rider’s best time of 1m 39.297s was good enough for a 9th place start while Alvaro Bautista will start from the front of the fourth row with the GO&Fun Honda Gresini rider’s best lap time of 1m 39.429s better than that of Pol Espargaro for the Monster Yamaha Tech 3 team with the Spaniard nursing an injured finger following a high speed crash in FP3 this morning. Nicky Hayden will start form 12th after setting a best time of 1m 40.541s for the Drive M7 Aspar team.
Broc Parkes set the 18th best time today for the Paul Bird Motorsport team with a 1m 40.981s enough to start ahead of Michele Pirro on the Ducati Team GP14 While Michael Laverty starts from 20th on the second of the Paul Bird Motorsport machines with a best lap of 1m 41.103s. Hector Barbera starts from 21st for the Avintia Racing team with a best time of 1m 41.129s with his teammate Mike Di Meglio starting alongside him and Danilo Petrucci starting from 23rd for the IodaRacing Project team with a best time of 1m 41.686s.
Marquez was delighted with taking pole and believes tire choice is the key to adding another win to his tally tomorrow. Speaking afterwards he said, “Today I really felt good on the bike and I am happy to have taken pole position! In the morning and in FP4, we worked a lot with the used tire and this afternoon we obviously focused on qualifying. I put in a very good lap and I think that tomorrow it will be interesting to see which tire will be required for the race, because there are various options for both the front and the rear - it is going to be a difficult choice! One of the keys for the race will be tire management, in order to try to get to the end with optimal grip - which will allow us to make the difference”
Pedrosa wasn’t thrilled with his performance in qualifying but remains confident of a good result tomorrow saying, “Qualifying did not go perfectly. I wasn't as fast as I wanted to be and I know that I made a few mistakes - especially on the final corner - which hindered me a lot. However, I'm happy, because the important thing is that we had some good practice sessions. We are high up the grid for tomorrow, so we shall try to make the most of this and have a good race.”