Day two of the Argentina GP, and there was rain…surprise surprise. After the rain in Qatar threw a spanner in the works, it was feared that something similar may happen this weekend.
Thankfully, everything went seemingly to plan. We saw some huge names having to go through Q1 – including Valentino Rossi, Jorge Lorenzo, Andrea Dovizioso and Dani Pedrosa. Of course, only two could make it through. As Rossi went to the top of the times, it seemed as if Dovi would join him in Q2 – until a last minute blinding lap from Pedrosa saw him storm to the top.
On to Q2, and Marc Marquez sat on provisional pole for the majority of the session. The one thing that nobody expected was Karel Abraham on the Aspar swooping in and settling into 2nd. I certainly thought he’d get pushed back, but he stayed strong and will be starting the race tomorrow from the front row of the grid for the first time ever. A strong Q2 from Cal Crutchlow will see him start from P3, followed by Danilo Petrucci, Dani Pedrosa and Qatar winner Maverick Vinales.
Moto3 was the first of the Qualifying sessions, and will see John McPhee start on pole position, followed by Nicolo Bulega and Jorge Martin.
By the time Moto2 came around there was a clear, drying line on the track and the top Moto2 boys were doing times quicker than Marquez’s pole time. Miguel Olivera took KTM’s first ever Moto2 pole, ahead of the Marc VDS duo of Franco Morbidelli and Alex Marquez.
Photo taken from ultimatemotorcycling.com – photographer unknown.