2014 Argentina MotoGP QP Result: Expansion Plans

Results Below:

Marc Marquez apparently had expansion plans for what had been a narrowing gap to the rest of the field. Marquez's stunning 1'37.683 during qualifying Saturday in Argentina put him seventh-tenths clear of next-fastest rider. Additionally, Marquez reclaimed the fastest times in every timing sector for a dominant performance at the Termas de Rio Hondo Circuit.

Still, it didn't stop what appears to be a resurgance for rival Jorge Lorenzo. His 1'38.683 -- only Marquez dropped into the 1'37s -- puts him firmly in the front row's second slot and marks a return to the top area of the timesheet for the Yamaha rider.  Dani Pedrosa, who has spent much of practice as the second-fastest rider (and second fastest Honda) dropped into third after Lorenzo's fast lap.

The good news for Aleix Espargaro is that he qualified fourth and is leading the second row. The bad news is that grid position directly behind Marquez's pole spot actually means he lapped more than a second slower than the leader. Andrea Dovizioso, third-place finisher at the COTA race two weeks ago, put his Ducati into fifth. Valentino Rossi, who briefly climbed into second late in qualifying, saw his postion drop to sixth in the session's final two minutes. His 1'38.949 was good for 1.2 seconds behind the leader and the final slot on the second row.

Just a touch behind Rossi were Bradley Smith (7th) and Andrea Iannone (8th). Iannone crashed hard in an earlier practice but the team reported that the Italian rider is bruised but will race. Also sore is Stefan Bradl (9th) who high-sided viscously early in the qualifying session and didn't return after experiencing dizzyness. He is expected to race although that could change after medical exams.

Rounding out the top 10 was Alvaro Bautista, 1.7 seconds behind the leader.

Result:

Pos. No. Rider Bike Time Diff. / Prev.
1 93 Marc MARQUEZ Honda 1'37.683  
2 99 Jorge LORENZO Yamaha 1'38.425 0.742 / 0.742
3 26 Dani PEDROSA Honda 1'38.651 0.968 / 0.226
4 41 Aleix ESPARGARO Forward Yamaha 1'38.794 1.111 / 0.143
5 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO Ducati 1'38.856 1.173 / 0.062
6 46 Valentino ROSSI Yamaha 1'38.949 1.266 / 0.093
7 38 Bradley SMITH Yamaha 1'38.958 1.275 / 0.009
8 29 Andrea IANNONE Ducati 1'39.237 1.554 / 0.279
9 6 Stefan BRADL Honda 1'39.297 1.614 / 0.060
10 19 Alvaro BAUTISTA Honda 1'39.429 1.746 / 0.132
11 44 Pol ESPARGARO Yamaha 1'39.822 2.139 / 0.393
12 69 Nicky HAYDEN Honda 1'40.541 2.858 / 0.719
13 45 Scott REDDING Honda 1'40.238 0.350 / 0.040
14 5 Colin EDWARDS Forward Yamaha 1'40.476 0.588 / 0.238
15 17 Karel ABRAHAM Honda 1'40.615 0.727 / 0.139
16 7 Hiroshi AOYAMA Honda 1'40.616 0.728 / 0.001
17 68 Yonny HERNANDEZ Ducati 1'40.691 0.803 / 0.075
18 23 Broc PARKES PBM 1'40.981 1.093 / 0.290
19 51 Michele PIRRO Ducati 1'41.018 1.130 / 0.037
20 70 Michael LAVERTY PBM 1'41.103 1.215 / 0.085
21 8 Hector BARBERA Avintia 1'41.129 1.241 / 0.026
22 63 Mike DI MEGLIO Avintia 1'41.267 1.379 / 0.138
23 9 Danilo PETRUCCI ART 1'41.686 1.798 / 0.419

 

Race Details
Round Number: 
3
2014

Comments

QP

There are three riders that cannot afford to make mistakes again, JL99, Rossi and Aleix. Well, Bradl too.

Total votes: 11

MM93

Seems to only be racing against himself at this point. He didn't need to go back out, but I guess he thought he needed to go break a few more wills. It's kind of cool to be watching history in real time. I was too late to the sport and missed VR46 making his debut, but this will do too.

Total votes: 12

TV direction

Somehow neither of MMs pole laps got any airtime. Considering how spectacular they must have looked the TV director ought to hand in his resignation or be sacked.

Total votes: 13

MSS 58!

Thank You for your post....I've been thinking the same thing. Every time MM throws his leg over a bike, we're watching history. I watched #46 his first year on 125's and he was special....just like I knew (ALLof us!) that this new kid was 'special'. The only person that can beat 'the kid' ....is himself! And your right...he didn't have to go out again, he just wanted to make a point!

Total votes: 10

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