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 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:

1 93 Marc MARQUEZ SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 327.3 1’37.683
2 99 Jorge LORENZO SPA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 321.7 1’38.425 0.742 / 0.742
3 26 Dani PEDROSA SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 324.5 1’38.651 0.968 / 0.226
4 41 Aleix ESPARGARO SPA NGM Forward Racing Forward Yamaha 319.5 1’38.794 1.111 / 0.143
5 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO ITA Ducati Team Ducati 324.3 1’38.856 1.173 / 0.062
6 46 Valentino ROSSI ITA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 320.9 1’38.949 1.266 / 0.093
7 38 Bradley SMITH GBR Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 321.8 1’38.958 1.275 / 0.009
8 29 Andrea IANNONE ITA Pramac Racing Ducati 324.7 1’39.237 1.554 / 0.279
9 6 Stefan BRADL GER LCR Honda MotoGP Honda 323.4 1’39.297 1.614 / 0.060
10 19 Alvaro BAUTISTA SPA GO&FUN Honda Gresini Honda 325.0 1’39.429 1.746 / 0.132
11 44 Pol ESPARGARO SPA Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 321.1 1’39.822 2.139 / 0.393
12 69 Nicky HAYDEN USA Drive M7 Aspar Honda 309.7 1’40.541 2.858 / 0.719
13 45 Scott REDDING GBR GO&FUN Honda Gresini Honda 304.8 1’40.238
14 5 Colin EDWARDS USA NGM Forward Racing Forward Yamaha 313.7 1’40.476
15 17 Karel ABRAHAM CZE Cardion AB Motoracing Honda 309.2 1’40.615
16 7 Hiroshi AOYAMA JPN Drive M7 Aspar Honda 309.4 1’40.616
17 68 Yonny HERNANDEZ COL Energy T.I. Pramac Racing Ducati 317.9 1’40.691
18 23 Broc PARKES AUS Paul Bird Motorsport PBM 305.5 1’40.981
19 51 Michele PIRRO ITA Ducati Team Ducati 313.8 1’41.018
20 70 Michael LAVERTY GBR Paul Bird Motorsport PBM 306.7 1’41.103
21 8 Hector BARBERA SPA Avintia Racing Avintia 307.2 1’41.129
22 63 Mike DI MEGLIO FRA Avintia Racing Avintia 304.6 1’41.267
23 9 Danilo PETRUCCI ITA IodaRacing Project ART 303.7 1’41.686