TERMAS DE RIO HONDO, Argentina – Marc Marquez stormed to the pole position in MotoGP qualifying Saturday at Argentina’s Autódromo Termas de Río Hondo.
The reigning MotoGP champion earned his first pole of the season with a best time of 1:38.304. Maverick Vinales qualified second for Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP, .154 of a second off Marquez’s time.
“In qualifying I was really focused to push to the maximum and fight for pole position,” said Marquez. :On the second tire I made a small mistake at the first corner so I cancelled the lap and went back in. We had planned to do three runs and my team was ready. I am happy because it’s never easy to get pole position here, especially this weekend. Our rhythm is there but we need to wait and see what the weather does.”
Joining Marquez and Vinales on the front row for Sunday’s race will be Ducati rider Andrea Dovizioso, who won the season opener in Qatar on March 10.
Yamaha’s Valentino Rossi, Pramac’s Jack Miller and Petronas Yamaha SRT’s Franco Morbidelli qualified fourth through sixth, respectively, to fill out the second row.
The remainder of the top-10 included Fabio Quartararo, Cal Crutchlow, Takaai Nakagami and Danilo Petrucci.