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Marquez on pole for Argentine MotoGP

2014-04-27 11:06

SPAIN RULES ARGENTINE GRID: Spanish bikers topped qualifying for the 2014 Argentine MotoGP. From left are Jorge Lorenzo (Yamaha, second), Marc Marquez (pole) and Honda team mate Dani Pedrosa (third). Image: AFP/Juan Mabromata

ALAN BALDWIN

BUENOS ARIES, Argentina MotoGP champion Marc Marquez took his third pole in three races with Spanish riders filling the top four places in qualifying on Saturday for the new Argentine GP at the Termas de Rio Hondo circuit.

The 21-year-old Honda rider set a best lap of 1min37.683, 0.742sec faster than Yamaha's double MotoGP champion Jorge Lorenzo.

Honda's Dani Pedrosa completed the front row with Aleix Espargaro fourth on a non-works Yamaha.

MARQUEZ LEADS PEDROSA

Germany's Stefan Bradl walked away from a heavy crash and will start ninth.

Marquez, the youngest MotoGP champion, has won both races so far this season in Qatar and Texas. He leads Pedrosa by 14 points.

Argentina is returning to the GP for the first time since 1999. The circuit, in Santiago del Estero province, is about 1000 km north of Buenos Aires.

Argentina MotoGP qualification
1 Marc Marquez (Spain) Honda 1min37.683
2 Jorge Lorenzo (Spain) Yamaha 1min38.425
3 Dani Pedrosa (Spain) Honda 1min38.651
4 Aleix Espargaro (Spain) Yamaha 1min38.794
5 Andrea Dovizioso (Italy) Ducati 1min38.856
6 Valentino Rossi (Italy) Yamaha 1min38.949
7 Bradley Smith (Britain) Yamaha 1min38.958
8 Andrea Iannone (Italy) Ducati 1min39.237
9 Stefan Bradl (Germany) Honda 1min39.297
10 Alvaro Bautista (Spain) Honda 1min39.429

Argentine Moto2 qualification
1 Esteve Rabat (Spain) Kalex 1min43.961
2 Johann Zarco (France) Caterham Suter 1min43.971
3 Xavier Simeon (Belgium) Suter 1min44.038
4 Maverick Vinales (Spain) Kalex 1min44.168
5 Jonas Folger (Germany) Kalex 1min44.174
6 Luis Salom (Spain) Kalex 1min44.322
7 Mattia Pasini (Italy) Forward KLX 1min44.376
8 Alex de Angelis (San Marino) Suter 1min44.384
9 Simone Corsi (Italy) Forward KLX 1min44.440
10 Takaaki Nakagami (Japan) Kalex 1min44.444

Argentine Moto3 qualification
1 Jack Miller (Australia) KTM 1min49.200
2 Efren Vazquez (Spain) Honda 1min49.252
3 Danny Kent (Britain) Husqvarna 1min49.617
4 Jakub Kornfeil (Czech Republic) KTM 1min49.785
5 Romano Fenati (Italy) KTM 1min49.856
6 Francesco Bagnaia (Italy) KTM 1min49.875
7 Niklas Ajo (Finland) Husqvarna 1min49.876
8 Alex Rins (Spain) Honda 1min49.918
9 Livio Loi (Belgium) Kalex 1min49.969
10 Alessandro Tonucci (Italy) Mahindra 1min50.161
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