Marquez takes pole despite late crash

Published: 02 April 2016

Marc Marquez has taken pole position for tomorrow’s Argentinian Grand Prix, despite a heavy crash at turn one towards the end of the fifteen-minute session. Controlling the entire session, he was able to guarantee pole by half a second despite the crash.

Valentino Rossi was second, setting a fast lap right at the end to demote his teammate Jorge Lorenzo to third, while Dani Pedrosa led the second row of the grid from factory Ducati duo Andrea Dovizioso and Andrea Iannone.

Maverick Vînales and Hector Barbera topped row three, with Cal Crutchlow the best of the Brits in ninth. Pol Espargaro rounded out the top ten.

Aleix Espargaro was 11th ahead of Q2 qualifier Bradley Smith, who lost out after a crash early in the session. Scott Redding was 14th after his FP4 incident, and Eugene Laverty was 17th.