Repsol Honda’s Marc Marquez clinched his 24th MotoGP pole position – and second in a row – for tomorrow’s twenty-five lap race in Argentina after delivering a sensational riding masterclass.
With track temperatures almost doubling since the morning’s FP3 session, Marquez, who has been fastest all day, opted for a three-stop strategy in Q2, in order to try and exploit the maximum from each new tyre. He was able to improve on each exit and his pole time of ￼￼1’37.802 was over half a second faster than second place Aleix Espargaro on the Suzuki , and only 0.119 off his 2014 pole record.
Marquez said: “I am happy today, because we were able to fight for pole and eventually got it. It was a lot of fun, because we used a three-tyre strategy and it worked well. It was important to start from the front tomorrow, because the track is quite dirty and that makes it harder to overtake. We’ll see what happens, we expect a pretty tough race with even higher temperatures than today. My strongest rivals – Jorge and Valentino – are starting from the second row, so I hope to have a good start and a strong race.”
Tomorrow’s race starts at 4pm local time.