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2014 Argentina MotoGP Qualifying Results | Marquez Earns 3rd Pole

  • 2014 Argentina MotoGP Qualifying Results | Marquez Earns 3rd Pole Repsol Honda's Marc Marquez, the poleman of Argentina MotoGP
  • 2014 Argentina MotoGP Qualifying Results | Marquez Earns 3rd Pole Repsol Honda's Dani Pedrosa
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  • 2014 Argentina MotoGP Qualifying Results | Marquez Earns 3rd Pole NGM Forward Racing's Aleix Espargaro
  • 2014 Argentina MotoGP Qualifying Results | Marquez Earns 3rd Pole 2014 Argentina MotoGP first-row qualifiers - Jorge Lorenzo, pole-sitter Marc Marquez and Dani Pedrosa

2014 Qualifying Results from Argentina’s Termas de Rio Hondo

You couldn’t underestimate Marc Marquez during his rookie 2013 MotoGP season, but the impressive performances are only growing stronger in 2014.

The Repsol Honda RC213V pilot, who became the youngest rider last season to earn a premier-class title at 20-years-old, won the opening round at Qatar from the pole just three weeks after breaking his right leg during a dirt-track training crash.

And two weeks ago at Austin’s Circuit of the Americas, Marquez, now 21, led every session – four free practices, qualifying, and warm-up – en route to taking his second-straight victory.

Fast forward to this Saturday’s qualifying sessions at Termas de Rio Hondo, and Marquez has done it again. The Spaniard didn’t led all practice sessions; he was more than two seconds off the top time set by two-time MotoGP Champion Jorge Lorenzo in free practice 1.

But after setting up the factory Honda, he led the second, third and fourth free practice sessions. And when qualifying finished, he was untouchable.

Marquez earned his third-straight pole of 2014 at Termas de Rio Hondo with a lap of 1:37.683 around the 2.986-mile circuit containing 14 corners. But what’s more impressive is how far ahead he was of the 23-rider grid; Lorenzo qualified second, 0.742 of a second off Marquez’s time, and the other factory Repsol Honda pilot, Dani Pedrosa, 0.968 of a second behind. Pedrosa was the final rider to post within a second of Marquez.

Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda RC213V MotoGP) says: “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 tyre 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 tyre management, in order to try to get to the end with optimal grip ‒which will allow us to make the difference.”

Heading up the second row is a rider who has created another amazing story with his performances in 2014 MotoGP – Open-class pilot Aleix Espargaro on the NGM Forward Racing Yamaha. The Spaniard was 1.111 seconds off his fellow countryman’s pace.

Joining Espargaro on the second row is Ducati Team’s Andrea Dovizioso, who gave the Italian manufacturer its first podium under dry race conditions in over a year, and nine-time World Champion Valentino Rossi, the other Movistar Yamaha MotoGP pilot.

Monster Yamaha Tech3’s Bradley Smith, who earned his best-ever MotoGP finish at Circuit of the Americas with fifth, qualified on top of the third row. He is joined by Pramac Racing Ducati’s Andrea Iannone and LCR Honda’s Stefan Bradl, who suffered a huge high-side during qualifying but walked unharmed.

The fourth row will be filled by GO&FUN Honda Gresini’s Alvaro Bautista, Smith’s teammate Pol Espargaro, and former Ducati rider Nicky Hayden aboard the Drive M7 Aspar Honda RCV1000R.

As for the other American in 2014 MotoGP, the retiring Colin Edwards placed his NGM Forward Racing Yamaha 14th on the grid.

As the series heads into the 25-lap third round of 2014 MotoGP, Marquez has a perfect 50 points, leading teammate Pedrosa by 14.

2014 Argentina MotoGP on TV

Fox Sports 1 will provide two hours of live coverage from Argentina’s Termas de Rio Hondo circuit beginning at noon ET Sunday, April 27.

2014 Argentina MotoGP Qualifying Results from Termas de Rio Hondo:

193Marc MARQUEZSPARepsol Honda TeamHonda327.31’37.683
299Jorge LORENZOSPAMovistar Yamaha MotoGPYamaha321.71’38.4250.742 / 0.742
326Dani PEDROSASPARepsol Honda TeamHonda324.51’38.6510.968 / 0.226
441Aleix ESPARGAROSPANGM Forward RacingForward Yamaha319.51’38.7941.111 / 0.143
54Andrea DOVIZIOSOITADucati TeamDucati324.31’38.8561.173 / 0.062
646Valentino ROSSIITAMovistar Yamaha MotoGPYamaha320.91’38.9491.266 / 0.093
738Bradley SMITHGBRMonster Yamaha Tech 3Yamaha321.81’38.9581.275 / 0.009
829Andrea IANNONEITAPramac RacingDucati324.71’39.2371.554 / 0.279
96Stefan BRADLGERLCR Honda MotoGPHonda323.41’39.2971.614 / 0.060
1019Alvaro BAUTISTASPAGO&FUN Honda GresiniHonda325.01’39.4291.746 / 0.132
1144Pol ESPARGAROSPAMonster Yamaha Tech 3Yamaha321.11’39.8222.139 / 0.393
1269Nicky HAYDENUSADrive M7 AsparHonda309.71’40.5412.858 / 0.719
1345Scott REDDINGGBRGO&FUN Honda GresiniHonda304.81’40.238
145Colin EDWARDSUSANGM Forward RacingForward Yamaha313.71’40.476
1517Karel ABRAHAMCZECardion AB MotoracingHonda309.21’40.615
167Hiroshi AOYAMAJPNDrive M7 AsparHonda309.41’40.616
1768Yonny HERNANDEZCOLEnergy T.I. Pramac RacingDucati317.91’40.691
1823Broc PARKESAUSPaul Bird MotorsportPBM305.51’40.981
1951Michele PIRROITADucati TeamDucati313.81’41.018
2070Michael LAVERTYGBRPaul Bird MotorsportPBM306.71’41.103
218Hector BARBERASPAAvintia RacingAvintia307.21’41.129
2263Mike DI MEGLIOFRAAvintia RacingAvintia304.61’41.267
239Danilo PETRUCCIITAIodaRacing ProjectART303.71’41.686

 

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