2016 Argentina MotoGP QP Result: Prepare For A Front-Row Row

Marc Marquez grabbed the top qualifying position Saturday with a 1'39.411 that puts him three-tenths clear of the field. Joining him on the front row, however, are the only other two riders to dip into the 1'39s: Valentino Rossi (2nd) and Jorge Lorenzo (3rd). 

Lorenzo, 2015 World Champion, just pipped Dani Pedrosa (4th) for the final position on the front row. The Ducatis of the Andreas fill out the second row with Dovizioso in fifth and Iannone in sixth. Maverick Vinales leads the third row as the top Suzuki closely followed by a surprising Hector Barbera (8th) and Cal Crutchlow (9th), who crashed early in the 15-minute Q2 but managed to climb into ninth on his backup bike and the session's end. 

Q1 refugees Pol Espargaro (10th) and Bradley Smith (11th) didn't improve much in Q2.

The race-fan delight of a combative front row complete with the three primary title rivals might be mitigated only by this: persistent rider problems at Turn 1 of the 4.8 km (2.6 mi.) track. Several riders have gone down at the corner including Lorenzo during FP4 and Marquez twice, the final time at the end of qualifying.  

Result:

Pos. No. Rider Bike Time Diff. / Prev.   
1 93 Marc MARQUEZ Honda 1'39.411    
2 46 Valentino ROSSI Yamaha 1'39.786 0.375 / 0.375
3 99 Jorge LORENZO Yamaha 1'39.944 0.533 / 0.158
4 26 Dani PEDROSA Honda 1'40.011 0.600 / 0.067
5 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO Ducati 1'40.198 0.787 / 0.187
6 29 Andrea IANNONE Ducati 1'40.272 0.861 / 0.074
7 25 Maverick VIÑALES Suzuki 1'40.375 0.964 / 0.103
8 8 Hector BARBERA Ducati 1'40.524 1.113 / 0.149
9 35 Cal CRUTCHLOW Honda 1'40.528 1.117 / 0.004
10 44 Pol ESPARGARO Yamaha 1'40.654 1.243 / 0.126
11 41 Aleix ESPARGARO Suzuki 1'40.708 1.297 / 0.054
12 38 Bradley SMITH Yamaha 1'40.893 1.482 / 0.185
13 76 Loris BAZ Ducati 1'40.744 0.192 / 0.029
14 45 Scott REDDING Ducati 1'40.750 0.198 / 0.006
15 43 Jack MILLER Honda 1'40.881 0.329 / 0.131
16 6 Stefan BRADL Aprilia 1'40.897 0.345 / 0.016
17 50 Eugene LAVERTY Ducati 1'40.990 0.438 / 0.093
18 51 Michele PIRRO Ducati 1'41.116 0.564 / 0.126
19 53 Tito RABAT Honda 1'41.157 0.605 / 0.041
20 19 Alvaro BAUTISTA Aprilia 1'41.611 1.059 / 0.454
21 68 Yonny HERNANDEZ Ducati 1'41.692 1.140 / 0.081

 

Round Number: 
2
2016
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Comments

Am I seeing things? Should I not have had that 23rd pint of stout? Or is that REALLY the front row? Missed qualifying, but colour me excited!

It's a shame that the track wasn't prepped better, but this should be a good race.  No need for soap-opera dramatics, just enjoy the skills and the on-track competition.

To me, the big question mark is whether passing will be possible because of how dirty the track is off-line.

Race tomorrow, hard to take away who's got the best pace after bizzare two days of practice and qualifying. Marquez holds the edge but that Honda of his doesn't look sorted out at all, keeps wobbling at the final corner and that front looks ready to fold at Turn 1. Similar problems for everyone really, Rossi has done well but his pace is bit of a mystery. Depends who has got the harder tyre to work for a dry race.

If it's a wet race (as predicted) then it really is a lottery, real test of skill and temperament for riders on a track that is already so low on grip. Wonder who'll be brave enough to make moves on the outside or on brakes. Turn 1 anyone?

With that grid order, Dorna shoud be charging double.  The 4 aliens all together with the Ducatis & Vinales pushing them all the way. Lipsmacking prospect. Turn 1 will be spectacular and the first 3-4 laps will be open warfare if it's dry.  If it's wet, oh boy!  I can see some DNFs amongst the title contenders - or finishing well down the order after some 'excursions'.