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

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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!

Repsol Honda Team
Jorge Lorenzo

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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.

Repsol Honda Team
Gran Premio Motul de la República Argentina

Termas de Río Hondo, Argentina

MotoGP 2019, Round 2

Saturday 30 Mar 2019, 19:44 UTC
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Team Constructor Constr. Time/Gap
1 Marc Marquez 93 SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 1'38.304
2 Maverick Viñales 12 SPA Yamaha Factory Racing Team Yamaha +0.154
3 Andrea Dovizioso 4 ITA Ducati Team Ducati +0.164
4 Valentino Rossi 46 ITA Yamaha Factory Racing Team Yamaha +0.241
5 Jack Miller 43 AUS Alma Pramac Racing Ducati +0.244
6 Franco Morbidelli 21 ITA Petronas Yamaha SRT Yamaha +0.582
7 Fabio Quartararo 20 FRA Petronas Yamaha SRT Yamaha +0.593
8 Cal Crutchlow 35 GBR LCR Honda Honda +0.651
9 Takaaki Nakagami 30 JPN LCR Honda Honda +0.734
10 Danilo Petrucci 9 ITA Ducati Team Ducati +0.789
11 Pol Espargaro 44 SPA Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM +1.185
12 Jorge Lorenzo 99 SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda +1.216
13 Aleix Espargaro 41 SPA Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia +0.984
14 Miguel Oliveira 88 POR KTM Tech 3 Racing KTM +0.994
15 Karel Abraham 17 CZE Reale Avintia Racing Ducati +1.027
16 Alex Rins 42 SPA Team SUZUKI ECSTAR Suzuki +1.080
17 Francesco Bagnaia 63 ITA Alma Pramac Racing Ducati +1.083
18 Johann Zarco 5 FRA Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM +1.267
19 Joan Mir 36 SPA Team SUZUKI ECSTAR Suzuki +1.301
20 Tito Rabat 53 SPA Reale Avintia Racing Ducati +1.674
21 Hafizh Syahrin 55 THA KTM Tech 3 Racing KTM +1.749
22 Andrea Iannone 29 ITA Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia +1.814
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