Honda Repsol’s Marc Marquez overcame a fall to grab pole position for Sunday’s Argentinian MotoGP Grand Prix.
Qualifying delivered a dream scenario for Sunday’s race, with Yamaha duo Valentino Rossi and Jorge Lorenzo grabbing second and third place on the grid.
Marques set his pole lap of 1m39.411s early in the session. Lorenzo was second, followed by Ducati’s Andrea Iannone and Andrea Dovizioso.
But Rossi produced a flying lap mid-session to leapfrog all but Marquez, who also set out to improve his time only to lose the front end of his Honda mid-corner and crash out.
It didn’t hurt the Spaniard in the end, however, as he hung on for pole. Rossi was able to improve his initial lap time to pip Lorenzo, who had since moved back into second, although it was not enough to dethrone Marquez.
Dani Pedrosa leads the second row of the grid, followed by the Ducati duo Iannone and Dovizioso in fifth and sixth.
Maverick Vinales was seventh quickest for Suzuki.
Earlier in the day, the final practice session was disrupted after Pramac Ducati rider Scott Redding appeared to have a sudden tyre issue at Turn 6.
The session was red-flagged twice, first to clear the debris from the circuit, and then to investigate a possible safety issue related to the tyres.
Michelin later said via Twitter: “We are analysing what happened and will know more later.
“As yet there are no restrictions on the usage of tyres for qualifying.”
1 Marc Marquez Honda 1m39.411s –
2 Valentino Rossi Yamaha 1m39.786s 0.375s
3 Jorge Lorenzo Yamaha 1m39.944s 0.533s
4 Daniel Pedrosa Honda 1m40.011s 0.600s
5 Andrea Dovizioso Ducati 1m40.198s 0.787s
6 Andrea Iannone Ducati 1m40.272s 0.861s
7 Maverick Vinales Suzuki 1m40.375s 0.964s
8 Hector Barbera Avintia Ducati 1m40.524s 1.113s
9 Cal Crutchlow LCR Honda 1m40.528s 1.117s
10 Pol Espargaro Tech3 Yamaha 1m40.654s 1.243s
11 Aleix Espargaro Suzuki 1m40.708s 1.297s
12 Bradley Smith Tech3 Yamaha 1m40.893s 1.482s
13 Loris Baz Avintia Ducati 1m40.744s –
14 Scott Redding Pramac Ducati 1m40.750s –
15 Jack Miller Marc VDS Honda 1m40.881s –
16 Stefan Bradl Aprilia 1m40.897s –
17 Eugene Laverty Aspar Ducati 1m40.990s –
18 Michele Pirro Pramac Ducati 1m41.116s –
19 Tito Rabat Marc VDS Honda 1m41.157s –
20 Alvaro Bautista Aprilia 1m41.611s –
21 Yonny Hernandez Aspar Ducati 1m41.692s –