to view the Qualifying results and grid line-up for the 2014 MotoGP of Argentina.
- Marc Marquez ups stakes with stunning 1m 37s lap.
- Jorge Lorenzo splits Repsol Hondas on front row.
- Stefan Bradl misses most of Q2 after early high-side.
Marc Marquez decimated the opposition to grab a perfect third straight pole position of the 2014 MotoGP World Championship with a blistering performance in Argentina.
The Repsol Honda rider produced a searing lap of 1m 37.683s to take the number one position on the front row by a commanding 0.742s from Movistar Honda's Jorge Lorenzo.
It was an incredible display by defending champion Marquez, who starts Sunday's race at the Termas de Rio Honda circuit as the red-hot favourite to secure his third successive victory in succession and underscore his governance of the premier class so far this season.
Marquez was the only rider to smash the 1m 37s barrier, with Lorenzo's best time of 1m 38.425s securing second place on the grid and splitting the Repsol Honda riders, as Dani Pedrosa slotted into third with a time of 1m 38.651.
Pedrosa's best effort was almost a full second slower than Marquez, who quickly shot to the tip of the time sheets on his opening laps before turning the screw as the session progressed, culminating in his superb pole time with a minute remaining on the clock.
Stefan Bradl suffered the misfortune of a heavy high-side early in Q2, ruling him out of the remainder of the session. The LCR Honda rider's best lap of 1m 39.297s put him in ninth place on the third row along with Tech 3 Yamaha's Bradley Smith (1m 38.958s) and Andrea Iannone (1m 39.237s) in seventh and eighth respectively.
Aleix Espargaro put his special Open class soft rear to good use for fourth fastest on the NGM Forward Yamaha in 1m 38.794s, followed by Ducati's Andrea Dovizioso and Valentino Rossi, whose personal best time of 1m 38.949s left him 1.266s down on Marquez as he completed the second row.
Go&Fun Gresini Honda's Alvaro Bautista, Pol Espargaro (Tech 3 Yamaha) and Drive M7 Aspar's Nicky Hayden were the top 12 in Q1.
British rider Smith survived a scare after losing the rear of his satellite YZR-M1 in Q1 but went on to confirm his passage into Q2 with a time of 1m 39.888s, which was three-tenths faster than American star Hayden managed on the production RCV1000R as the 2006 world champion cemented second ahead of Gresini Honda's Scott Redding, but only by 0.040s.
1. Marc Marquez
2. Jorge Lorenzo
3. Dani Pedrosa
4. Aleix Espargaro
5. Andrea Dovizioso
6. Valentino Rossi
7. Bradley Smith
8. Andrea Iannone
9. Stefan Bradl
10. Alvaro Bautista
11. Pol Espargaro
12. Nicky Hayden