Marc Marquez continued to top the practice timesheet but the gap closed considerably Saturday at the Termas de Rio Hondo circuit in Argentina. Jorge Lorenzo, languishing in 14th in Friday's final practice, found his pace as the racing line improved and the threat of rain remained only a threat.
Lorenzo, who set his fast time with three minutes left in the session, finished only two-hundredths of a second behind Marquez. Andrea Iannone, another rider who struggled in FP2, climbed into third as all of the top eight riders dropped into the 1'40s. Hector Barbera suprised the field with a blistering final lap to jump into fourth, just in front of Maverick Vinales (5th).
Dani Pedrosa, who held a top-three spot for much of the session, was unable to improve much on his early pace and dropped into sixth. Aleix Espargaro, who had crashing problems Friday, held on for seventh -- only three-hundredths in front of Cal Crutchlow (8th).
Andrea Dovizioso (9th) and Valentino Rossi (10th) grabbed the final two slots that allow them to bypass Q1 and head straight into Q2.
Riders in bold advance directly to Q2.
|Pos.||No.||Rider||Bike||Time||Diff. / Prev.|
|2||99||Jorge LORENZO||Yamaha||1'40.392||0.024 / 0.024|
|3||29||Andrea IANNONE||Ducati||1'40.741||0.373 / 0.349|
|4||8||Hector BARBERA||Ducati||1'40.766||0.398 / 0.025|
|5||25||Maverick VIÑALES||Suzuki||1'40.796||0.428 / 0.030|
|6||26||Dani PEDROSA||Honda||1'40.807||0.439 / 0.011|
|7||41||Aleix ESPARGARO||Suzuki||1'40.893||0.525 / 0.086|
|8||35||Cal CRUTCHLOW||Honda||1'40.929||0.561 / 0.036|
|9||4||Andrea DOVIZIOSO||Ducati||1'41.040||0.672 / 0.111|
|10||46||Valentino ROSSI||Yamaha||1'41.101||0.733 / 0.061|
|11||43||Jack MILLER||Honda||1'41.145||0.777 / 0.044|
|12||44||Pol ESPARGARO||Yamaha||1'41.171||0.803 / 0.026|
|13||38||Bradley SMITH||Yamaha||1'41.246||0.878 / 0.075|
|14||76||Loris BAZ||Ducati||1'41.359||0.991 / 0.113|
|15||51||Michele PIRRO||Ducati||1'41.379||1.011 / 0.020|
|16||19||Alvaro BAUTISTA||Aprilia||1'41.679||1.311 / 0.300|
|17||45||Scott REDDING||Ducati||1'41.726||1.358 / 0.047|
|18||53||Tito RABAT||Honda||1'41.798||1.430 / 0.072|
|19||6||Stefan BRADL||Aprilia||1'41.909||1.541 / 0.111|
|20||68||Yonny HERNANDEZ||Ducati||1'41.924||1.556 / 0.015|
|21||50||Eugene LAVERTY||Ducati||1'42.106||1.738 / 0.182|