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

Marc Marquez 93

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.

Repsol Honda Team
Jorge Lorenzo

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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.

Repsol Honda Team
Gran Premio Motul de la República Argentina

Termas de Río Hondo, Argentina

MotoGP 2019, Round 2

Friday 29 Mar 2019, 20:09 UTC
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Team Constructor Constr. Time/Gap
1 Andrea Dovizioso 4 ITA Ducati Team Ducati 1'39.181
2 Jack Miller 43 AUS Alma Pramac Racing Ducati +0.009
3 Maverick Viñales 12 SPA Yamaha Factory Racing Team Yamaha +0.164
4 Cal Crutchlow 35 GBR LCR Honda Honda +0.165
5 Fabio Quartararo 20 FRA Petronas Yamaha SRT Yamaha +0.176
6 Valentino Rossi 46 ITA Yamaha Factory Racing Team Yamaha +0.260
7 Alex Rins 42 SPA Team SUZUKI ECSTAR Suzuki +0.270
8 Marc Marquez 93 SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda +0.316
9 Franco Morbidelli 21 ITA Petronas Yamaha SRT Yamaha +0.322
10 Takaaki Nakagami 30 JPN LCR Honda Honda +0.448
11 Andrea Iannone 29 ITA Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia +0.473
12 Aleix Espargaro 41 SPA Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia +0.516
13 Danilo Petrucci 9 ITA Ducati Team Ducati +0.559
14 Francesco Bagnaia 63 ITA Alma Pramac Racing Ducati +0.618
15 Joan Mir 36 SPA Team SUZUKI ECSTAR Suzuki +0.765
16 Pol Espargaro 44 SPA Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM +0.770
17 Johann Zarco 5 FRA Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM +0.775
18 Karel Abraham 17 CZE Reale Avintia Racing Ducati +0.814
19 Miguel Oliveira 88 POR KTM Tech 3 Racing KTM +0.825
20 Tito Rabat 53 SPA Reale Avintia Racing Ducati +0.929
21 Jorge Lorenzo 99 SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda +0.978
22 Hafizh Syahrin 55 THA KTM Tech 3 Racing KTM +1.571
Rider Standings
Sunday, 10 Mar 2019 - Open world standings grid
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Points Pts. Team Constructor Constr.
1 Andrea DOVIZIOSO 4 ITA 25 Ducati Team Ducati
2 Marc MARQUEZ 93 SPA 20 Repsol Honda Team Honda
3 Cal CRUTCHLOW 35 GBR 16 LCR Honda Honda
4 Alex RINS 42 SPA 13 Team SUZUKI ECSTAR Suzuki
5 Valentino ROSSI 46 ITA 11 Yamaha Factory Racing Team Yamaha
6 Danilo PETRUCCI 9 ITA 10 Ducati Team Ducati
7 Maverick VIñALES 12 SPA 9 Yamaha Factory Racing Team Yamaha
8 Joan MIR 36 SPA 8 Team SUZUKI ECSTAR Suzuki
9 Takaaki NAKAGAMI 30 JPN 7 LCR Honda Honda
10 Aleix ESPARGARO 41 SPA 6 Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia
11 Franco MORBIDELLI 21 ITA 5 Petronas Yamaha SRT Yamaha
12 Pol ESPARGARO 44 SPA 4 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM
13 Jorge LORENZO 99 SPA 3 Repsol Honda Team Honda
14 Andrea IANNONE 29 ITA 2 Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia
15 Johann ZARCO 5 FRA 1 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM