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|