Alex Marquez on Pole for Argentina Sprint

April 1, 2023Ray Milton

After running fastest in Q1 Alex Marquez was able to cut another 4 seconds off of his fastest lap time to complete a 1:43.881. The rain had an impact on others ability to bounce back in terms of final qualifying position for the Sprint race. Marquez had some early drama in qualifying after falling off of his Gresini Racing Ducati but was able to bounce back and take pole. He stated “I’m super happy. Q1 was so difficult with the wet tyres, I wasn’t really convinced to be on dries, it was too wet,” Championship leader Francesco Bagnaia set a 1:44.739 only earning P3 behind the of Marco Bezzecchi. After being fastest in FP2 Aleix Espargaro was only able to salvage P9 which will be disappointing for the Spaniard. Teammate Maverick Viñales will also be disappointed after finishing second fastest in FP2 and 4th fastest in FP3. The sprint race is in a few hours so we will see which riders can capitalize on their qualifying success.
Top 12 Argentina Qualifying Results

1Alex MarquezESGresini Racing MotoGPDucati333.601’43.881
2Marco BezzecchiITMooney VR46 RacingDucati335.301’44.053
3Francesco BagnaiaITDucati Lenovo TeamDucati337.101’44.739
4Franco MorbidelliITMonster Energy YamahaYamaha332.701’45.982
5Maverick ViñalesESAprilia RacingAprilia33001:46.236
6Johann ZarcoFRPrima Pramac RacingDucati331.801:46.463
7Luca MariniITMooney VR46 RacingDucati335.301:46.588
8Jorge MartinESPrima Pramac RacingDucati329.201:46.635
9Aleix EspargaroESAprilia RacingAprilia332.701:46.878
10Fabio QuartararoFRMonster Energy YamahaYamaha331.801:47.122
11Takaaki NakagamiJPLCR Honda IDEMITSUHonda323.201:48.209
12Alex RinsESLCR Honda IDEMITSUHonda325.701:48.209