Marc Marquez extended his advantage to half a second while securing pole position Saturday at the Termas de Rio Hondo circuit in Argentina. And for the first time in his career, Marquez had to beat a Suzuki to do it.
Aleix Espargaro continued to give his Suzuki bosses reasons to be happy about the company's return to the paddock with a qualifying lap of 1'38.316, half a second from Marquez but good for the second position in the front row. It is Espargaro's first front-row start of 2015 and Suzuki's first since 2007. Also a newcomer to the neighborhood is Andrea Iannone who put in a fast lap near the session's end to grab the final front-row position.
Cal Crutchlow (4th) narrowly missed out the first group but leads the second team just a few hundredths of a second from Iannone. Jorge Lorenzo settled into fifth, just in front of Andrea Dovizioso (6th).
Consistently quick in 2015, Danilo Petrucci (7th) put his satellite Ducati into the lead spot in the third row. And for the first time in his career, he qualified in front of fellow countryman Valentino Rossi (8th) who has not threatened a top spot on his factory Yamaha all weekend. Maverick Vinales brought the other factory Suzuki in at 9th followed by Bradley Smith (10th) who was one of the top-two finishers in Q1.
Scott Redding was pushed into 11th after making Q2 and Hector Barbara remained in 12th after joining Smith in advancing from Q1.
|Pos.||No.||Name||Bike||Time||Diff. / Prev.|
|2||41||Aleix ESPARGARO||Suzuki||1'38.316||0.514 / 0.514|
|3||29||Andrea IANNONE||Ducati||1'38.467||0.665 / 0.151|
|4||35||Cal CRUTCHLOW||Honda||1'38.485||0.683 / 0.018|
|6||4||Andrea DOVIZIOSO||Ducati||1'38.520||0.718 / 0.035|
|7||9||Danilo PETRUCCI||Ducati||1'38.786||0.984 / 0.266|
|8||46||Valentino ROSSI||Yamaha||1'38.890||1.088 / 0.104|
|9||25||Maverick VIÑALES||Suzuki||1'39.187||1.385 / 0.297|
|10||38||Bradley SMITH||Yamaha||1'39.197||1.395 / 0.010|
|11||45||Scott REDDING||Honda||1'39.380||1.578 / 0.183|
|12||8||Hector BARBERA||Ducati||1'40.526||2.724 / 1.146|
|13||68||Yonny HERNANDEZ||Ducati||1'39.405||0.449 / 0.085|
|14||50||Eugene LAVERTY||Honda||1'39.434||0.478 / 0.029|
|15||7||Hiroshi AOYAMA||Honda||1'39.715||0.759 / 0.281|
|16||6||Stefan BRADL||Yamaha Forward||1'39.734||0.778 / 0.019|
|17||17||Karel ABRAHAM||Honda||1'39.758||0.802 / 0.024|
|18||44||Pol ESPARGARO||Yamaha||1'39.808||0.852 / 0.050|
|19||19||Alvaro BAUTISTA||Aprilia||1'39.828||0.872 / 0.020|
|20||69||Nicky HAYDEN||Honda||1'39.876||0.920 / 0.048|
|21||43||Jack MILLER||Honda||1'39.888||0.932 / 0.012|
|22||76||Loris BAZ||Yamaha Forward||1'39.972||1.016 / 0.084|
|23||63||Mike DI MEGLIO||Ducati||1'40.133||1.177 / 0.161|
|24||33||Marco MELANDRI||Aprilia||1'40.403||1.447 / 0.270|
|25||15||Alex DE ANGELIS||ART||1'40.485||1.529 / 0.082|