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2017 Argentina MotoGP Qualifying | Marquez on Pole at Termas de Rio Hondo

Marc Marquez has Record World Championship 66 Poles

This is the fourth year that Termas de Rio Hondo in Argentina has hosted MotoGP, and one rider has dominated qualifying: Repsol Honda’s Marc Marquez.

The 24-year-old Spaniard, who has two victories in Argentina, claimed the pole Saturday under wet conditions. Marquez posted 1:47.512, which is nearly 10 seconds slower than his best lap set there in 2014 (1:37.683).

Joining the three-time MotoGP Champion on the front row are Pull&Bear Aspar Team Ducati’s Karel Abraham, who finished 0.763 of a second behind, and LCR Honda’s Cal Crutchlow, who finished 0.766 behind.

2017 Argentina MotoGP Qualifying | Marquez on Termas de Rio Hondo Pole
2017 Argentina MotoGP Qualifying: Honda’s Marc Marquez

Octo Pramac Racing Ducati’s Danilo Petrucci heads up row two, finishing 1.396 seconds behind Marquez. The Italian will be joined by Repsol Honda Team’s Dani Pedrosa and the season-opener winner in Qatar, Movistar Yamaha MotoGP’s Maverick Vinales, who led Friday free practice.

Vinales teammate, nine-time World Champion Valentino Rossi qualified seventh, and will be joined on the third row by Aprilia Racing Team Gresini’s Aleix Espargaro and Reale Avintia Racing Ducati’s Loris Baz.

Jonas Folger (Monster Yamaha Tech 3) was top rookie in qualifying and the only rookie in Q2, lining up just ahead of Team Suzuki Ecstar’s Andrea Iannone after the Italian had a moment on his final charge.

Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati Team), Johann Zarco (Monster Yamaha Tech 3) and Scott Redding (Octo Pramac Racing) complete the top 15 – just ahead of a difficult day for Jorge Lorenzo (Ducati Team).

2017 Argentina MotoGP Qualifying Results:

1 Marc Marquez SPA Repsol Honda Team 1’47.512
2 Karel Abraham CZE Pull&Bear Aspar Team 1’48.275
3 Cal Crutchlow GBR LCR Honda 1’48.278
4 Danilo Petrucci ITA Octo Pramac Racing 1’48.908
5 Dani Pedrosa SPA Repsol Honda Team 1’49.008
6 Maverick Viñales SPA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP 1’49.218
7 Valentino Rossi ITA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP 1’49.272
8 Aleix Espargarò SPA Aprilia Racing Team Gresini 1’49.323
9 Loris Baz FRA Reale Avintia Racing 1’49.630
10 Alvaro Bautista SPA Pull&Bear Aspar Team 1’49.724
11 Jonas Folger GER Monster Yamaha Tech3 1’49.825
12 Andrea Iannone ITA Team Suzuki Ecstar 1’50.725
13 Andrea Dovizioso ITA Ducati Team 1’49.488
14 Johann Zarco FRA Monster Yamaha Tech3 1’49.916
15 Scott Redding GBR Octo Pramac Racing 1’50.048
16 Jorge Lorenzo SPA Ducati Team 1’50.310
17 Jack Miller AUS Team EG 0,0 Marc VDS 1’50.319
18 Pol Espargarò SPA Red Bull KTM Factory Racing 1’50.673
19 Bradley Smith GBR Red Bull KTM Factory Racing 1’50.676
20 Tito Rabat SPA Team EG 0,0 Marc VDS 1’50.910
21 Hector Barbera SPA Reale Avintia Racing 1’51.058
22 Sam Lowes GBR Aprilia Racing Team Gresini 1’51.199
23 Alex Rins SPA Team Suzuki Ecstar 1’52.340

Ron Lieback
Ron Lieback
One of the few moto journalists based on the East Coast, Ron Lieback joined the motorcycle industry as a freelancer in 2007, and is currently Online Editor at Ultimate Motorcycling. He is also the author of "365 to Vision: Modern Writer's Guide (How to Produce More Quality Writing in Less Time).

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