Jack Miller (Alma Pramac Racing) took a huge gamble to switch to slicks on a drying track that paid off, as he snatched his first Premier class MotoGP pole position off Repsol Honda rider Dani Pedrosa at the Gran Premio Motul de la Republica Argentina. Miller also becomes the first ever Ducati independent team rider to secure pole position.
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Johann Zarco (Monster Yamaha Tech 3) was 0.212 seconds off the Australian’s time to put himself third on the grid.
After impressing all weekend, Tito Rabat (Reale Avintia Racing) will launch from fourth – his best Premier class qualifying by some margin. Team Suzuki Ecstar rider Alex Rins lines up fifth after a great session, while Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda Team) couldn’t convert his superior Free Practice pace into pole – the reigning world champion starts sixth.
Q1 graduate Aleix Espargaro (Aprilia Racing Team Gresini) – who was the early pace setting in Q2 after eclipsing the Ducatis – heads up the third row of the grid in seventh. Championship leader Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati Team) starts eighth on the grid after progressing through from Q1, with Maverick Vinales (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP) lining up alongside the Italian in ninth.
After looking strong all weekend, Cal Crutchlow (LCR Honda Castrol) will aim to pick off some of the riders in front of him on Sunday when he shoots from 10th. Valentino Rossi (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP) couldn’t give the Termas de Rio Hondo grandstands a dream Saturday as he qualified in P11 – 0.022 back from Crutchlow. Andrea Iannone (Team Suzuki Ecstar) will start P12.
A breath-taking qualifying session left the Ducatis of Jorge Lorenzo (Ducati Team), who qualified P14, and Danilo Petrucci (Alma Pramac Racing) – who ended the day P18 –with plenty of work to do.