MotoGP: Marc Marquez claims pole position in Argentina
Marc Marquez of team Honda will start in pole position during the Argentina Grand Prix, the second race of the 2016 MotoGP season.
The Spaniard who won the Moto Gp in his first two seasons with Honda in 2013 and 2014, set a time of 1 minute 39.411 seconds, 0.375 seconds faster than fan favourite Italian Valentino Rossi (Yamaha) and 0.533 seconds faster than his compatriot, Jorge Lorenzo (Yamaha) here on Saturday, Xinhua news agency.
In front of a packed circuit, Marquez nailed his third pole position in as many appearances at Termas de Rio Hondo circuit, although he did suffer a spectacular fall toward the end of qualifying.
In the same race in 2015, Rossi beat Marquez in a tightly contested race, which marked the birth of a severe rivalry between the two.
Back in 2014, Marquez won here on the circuit's inaugural MotoGP race.
Detailed Qualifying results:
1. Marc Marquez ESP Repsol Honda Team (RC213V) 1m 39.411s [Lap 2/7] 315km/h (Top Speed)
2. Valentino Rossi ITA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP (YZR-M1) 1m 39.786s +0.375s [8/8] 317km/h
3. Jorge Lorenzo ESP Movistar Yamaha MotoGP (YZR-M1) 1m 39.944s +0.533s [8/8] 318km/h
4. Dani Pedrosa ESP Repsol Honda Team (RC213V) 1m 40.011s +0.600s [7/8] 317km/h
5. Andrea Dovizioso ITA Ducati Team (Desmosedici GP) 1m 40.198s +0.787s [7/8] 323km/h
6. Andrea Iannone ITA Ducati Team (Desmosedici GP) 1m 40.272s +0.861s [8/8] 325km/h
7. Maverick Viñales ESP Team Suzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR) 1m 40.375s +0.964s [7/7] 318km/h
8. Hector Barbera ESP Avintia Racing (Desmosedici GP14.2) 1m 40.524s +1.113s [6/8] 317km/h
9. Cal Crutchlow GBR LCR Honda (RC213V) 1m 40.528s +1.117s [4/6] 314km/h
10. Pol Espargaro ESP Monster Yamaha Tech 3 (YZR-M1) 1m 40.654s +1.243s [3/8] 316km/h
11. Aleix Espargaro ESP Team Suzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR) 1m 40.708s +1.297s [7/7] 313km/h
12. Bradley Smith GBR Monster Yamaha Tech 3 (YZR-M1) 1m 40.893s +1.482s [3/5] 315km/h
13. Loris Baz FRA Avintia Racing (Desmosedici GP14.2) 1m 40.744s 315km/h
14. Scott Redding GBR Octo Pramac Yakhnich (Desmosedici GP15) 1m 40.750s 321km/h
15. Jack Miller AUS Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS (RC213V) 1m 40.881s 317km/h
16. Stefan Bradl GER Factory Aprilia Gresini (RS-GP) 1m 40.897s 314km/h
17. Eugene Laverty IRL Aspar MotoGP Team (Desmosedici GP14.2) 1m 40.990s 322km/h
18. Michele Pirro ITA Octo Pramac Yakhnich (Desmosedici GP15) 1m 41.116s 320km/h
19. Tito Rabat ESP Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS (RC213V)* 1m 41.157s 315km/h
20. Alvaro Bautista ESP Factory Aprilia Gresini (RS-GP) 1m 41.611s 313km/h
21. Yonny Hernandez COL Aspar MotoGP Team (Desmosedici GP14.2) 1m 41.692s 318km/h