Motorcycling - Marquez smashes pack to take easy Argentina pole

Repsol Honda’s Marc Marquez crucified the MotoGP opposition in qualifying today in Argentina, taking pole position by three-quarters of a second to leave Jorge Lorenzo and Dani Pedrosa floundering.

Motorcycling - Marquez smashes pack to take easy Argentina pole

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MotoGP Argentina: Marquez smashes pack to take easy pole

The youngster once again made his peers look ordinary with a 1’37.683 on his second flying lap. Movistar Yamaha’s Lorenzo had got to a tenth of Marquez with his 1’28.425 and would have breathed a brief sigh of relief but only seconds later, Marquez rattled in his final lap to blow his compatriot out of the water.

Pedrosa, on the second works RC213V, was another quarter of a second behind Lorenzo on 1’28.651 being chased hard by the Open class Yamaha of Aleix Espargaro who ended with a 1’38.794 to beat the Ducati of Andrea Dovizioso by a little over a tenth.

Valentino Rossi suffered another disappointing qualifying session and ended his day in sixth and on the outside of the second row, lapping in a 1’38.949 and just holding off a charge by Britain’s Bradley Smith who came through qualifying one to finish in seventh place.

Andrea Iannone was pushed down from fourth to eighth late in the session while Stefan Bradl’s opening lap of 1’39.297 was enough to keep him in ninth after he was pinged over the highside of his LCR Honda on his second flying lap and didn’t return to the track after banging his head.

Alvaro Bautista edged ahead of Pol Espargaro, who tried just failed to replicate his last-corner highside from earlier today, while Nicky Hayden was first of the Production Hondas in 12th. Scott Redding finished one place behind the former world champion.

Michael Laverty ended in 20th place with a 1'41.103, two places behind PBM team-mate Broc Parkes.

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