2019 Argentina MotoGP QP Result: Topping a Tight Field

Marc Marquez saved his best for the qualifying session's end with a pole position Saturday, topping a tightly bunched field. Marquez's place at the top of the grid at the Termas de Rio Hondo track -- the 81st pole of the Spaniard's career -- doesn't give him much breathing room, however. 

Just over one tenth back sits a surprising Maverick Vinales. Like most of the field, Vinales saved his best run for the session's end briefly jumping to the top of the sheet before Marquez's final fast lap. Andrea Dovizioso shed some early problems from Friday practice to complete the front row.

Leading the second row -- and only bumped there after Marquez's last blistering lap -- lurks Vaelntino Rossi. Yamaha has clearly discovered some inprovements at the 4.8 km (3 mi.) track with all four of the company's bikes in the top 10 for Q2. And not one of them had to go through Q1 to get there. 

Right next to Rossi will be Jack Miller, who has been fast all weekend. Miller got to the top of the sheet early but then drifted rearward during the hectic final two minutes. Franco Morbidelli (6th) finished the second row as the top satellite Yamaha, just one-hundredth of a second clear of teammate Fabio Quartararo (7th). Cal Crutchlow, who spent much of practice on Marquez's heel -- he was one-tenth from the World Champion a just an hour earlier in FP4 --  now finds himself a half a second in arrears and eighth on the grid.

Takaaki Nakagami, who finished at the top rider in Q1, parlayed that strong ride into ninth on the grid for Sunday's race, closely folowed by factory Ducati rider Danilo Petrucci. Jorge Lorenzo appears to be slowly returing to form by making it straight into Q2. But he was unable to improve on his position within the lead group and ended the session at the end of the fourth row. 

The forecast for Sunday's race is mixed at this point.  

QUALIFYING 2:

Pos. Num. Rider Bike Time Gap 1st Prev.
POLE 93 Marc MARQUEZ Honda 1'38.304    
2 12 Maverick VIÑALES Yamaha 1'38.458 0.154 0.154
3 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO Ducati 1'38.468 0.164 0.010
4 46 Valentino ROSSI Yamaha 1'38.545 0.241 0.077
5 43 Jack MILLER Ducati 1'38.548 0.244 0.003
6 21 Franco MORBIDELLI Yamaha 1'38.886 0.582 0.338
7 20 Fabio QUARTARARO Yamaha 1'38.897 0.593 0.011
8 35 Cal CRUTCHLOW Honda 1'38.955 0.651 0.058
9 30 Takaaki NAKAGAMI Honda 1'39.038 0.734 0.083
10 9 Danilo PETRUCCI Ducati 1'39.093 0.789 0.055
11 44 Pol ESPARGARO KTM 1'39.489 1.185 0.396
12 99 Jorge LORENZO Honda 1'39.520 1.216 0.031

QUALIFYING 1:

Pos. Num. Rider Bike Time Gap 1st Prev.
Q2 30 Takaaki NAKAGAMI Honda 1'39.064    
Q2 44 Pol ESPARGARO KTM 1'39.217 0.153 0.153
13 41 Aleix ESPARGARO Aprilia 1'39.288 0.224 0.071
14 88 Miguel OLIVEIRA KTM 1'39.298 0.234 0.010
15 17 Karel ABRAHAM Ducati 1'39.331 0.267 0.033
16 42 Alex RINS Suzuki 1'39.384 0.320 0.053
17 63 Francesco BAGNAIA Ducati 1'39.387 0.323 0.003
88 5 Johann ZARCO KTM 1'39.571 0.507 0.184
19 36 Joan MIR Suzuki 1'39.605 0.541 0.034
20 53 Tito RABAT Ducati 1'39.978 0.914 0.373
21 55 Hafizh SYAHRIN KTM 1'40.053 0.989 0.075
22 29 Andrea IANNONE Aprilia 1'40.118 1.054 0.065
Round Number: 
2
2019
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