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2017 Argentina Saturday Round Up: Wild Weather, The Wizard Of The Wet, And The Great Tire Conspiracy

MotoGP's weird and wonderful Argentina trip continues to confuse, with qualifying turning out as topsy turvy as ever. Or perhaps not quite as topsy turvy as yesterday: though the front of the MotoGP grid still contains more than a couple of surprise names (more on that later), there are the first signs that some semblance of normality is starting to creep back. That doesn't mean it's going to be 2009 again any time soon, when the grid basically predicted the finishing order, bar accidents, but bookies everywhere are worrying less about the chance of a rank outsider staging an upset. On Friday, all bets were off. On Saturday, they were hedging their bets again.

Oddly enough, part of that was down to the weather. It was a peculiar day in terms of weather, the morning starting cool and dry, but rain starting to fall at the end of MotoGP FP3. It dried out again after that, allowing Moto3 to start their qualifying session on a dry track, before the rain returned with a few minutes to go. MotoGP FP4 took place on a wet track, but the rain lifted and the track started to dry during qualifying. Q1 was wetter than Q2, and tire choice became crucial. Vacillating between the soft and the hard tires cost more than one rider passage through to Q2.

By the time Moto2 took to the track, a dry line was starting to form. Andrea Iannone had gambled on going out on slicks during Q2 but came straight back into the pits when it turned out to be impossible. The Moto2 riders went out on wet tires at first, but were quickly able to switch to slicks. With the track improving with every lap the riders put in, pole position was changing hands just about every time a rider crossed the line. In the last 22 minutes of qualifying, the pole time was slashed by eight and a half seconds.

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2017 Argentina Moto2 FP3 Result: Baldassarri Fastest In Rain-Hit Session

The weather once again took center stage for the final session of free practice for the Moto2 class in Argentina. The rain which had fallen during the final fifteen minutes of the MotoGP session left the track in a pretty treacherous condition, leaving riders wary of pushing too hard. Conditions improved towards the end, with riders upping the pace, but still falling a couple of seconds short of the times set on Friday.

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2017 Argentina Friday Moto2 & Moto3 Press Releases

Press releases from the Moto2 and Moto3 teams after the first day of practice in Argentina:


#ARGENTINAGP: ON-TRACK FUN BEGINS FOR MARTIN AND DI GIANNANTONIO

The Argentine Grand Prix got underway at the spectacular Termas de Rio Hondo Circuit, with Moto3 being the first class to end up the on-track activities today in South America. Team Del Conca Gresini’s Jorge Martin and Fabio Di Giannantonio have ended up 12th and 16th, respectively, in the combined times of the day’s two free practice session, although not too far lap-time-wise from the leaders.

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2017 Argentina Moto2 FP2 Result: Morbidelli Beats Schrotter

Franco Morbidelli ended the second session of free practice for the Moto2 class on top of the timesheets. The Marc VDS rider put in a late charge to set the fastest time at the end of the session, dislodging his teammate Alex Marquez.

More riders would find their way between the two Marc VDS teammates. Marcel Schrotter impressed on the Suter, getting within two tenths of Morbidelli, while Taka Nakagami ended up in third. Lorenzo Baldassarri, who had been quickest in the morning, finished FP2 as fourth fastest, a quarter of a second off the pace of Morbidelli.

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