Marc Marquez blew his rivals away in the maiden MotoGP qualifying session ahead of Sunday’s Argentinian Grand Prix. The country has not hosted a race since 1999, but Marquez proved an unfamiliar circuit was not going to halt his rampaging start to the 2014 season.
The reigning World Champion floored everyone when he posted a 1:38.3 as his first flying lap, some 0.9 seconds quicker than his previous best of the weekend and gave his opponents a benchmark time already seemingly out of reach; yet react they did as the track improved with further use and Jorge Lorenzo, Andrea Dovizioso and Dani Pedrosa all came within 0.5 of the younger Repsol Honda man.
That was until Marquez elected to go back out and duly obliterated their hopes with a 1:37:683 as his final bid for pole. The closest anyone came was Lorenzo, who wound up 2nd ahead of Pedrosa, leaving Aleix Espargaro to head up the second row ahead of Dovizioso and Valentino Rossi.
The session was interrupted early on with a nasty crash befalling Stefan Bradl, but the LCR Honda rider recovered quickly to take to the circuit and see out the remaining time, ending up 9th ahead of Alvaro Bautista and behind Andrea Iannone and Bradley Smith.
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