Repsol Honda's Marc Marquez is pondering his strategy for the Argentina MotoGP, with the reigning world champion saying he will defer a decision on whether or not to use the extra-hard Bridgestone tyre at the Termas de Rio Hondo circuit until the morning of the race.

The 22-year-old clinched pole on the RC213V by half-a-second from Suzuki's Aleix Espargaro in final qualifying with a red-hot lap in 1m 37.802s.

Marquez utilised a three-tyre strategy in Q2, setting his first flying lap before pitting to venture out on his spare machine and finally returning to the track with another fresh tyre on his number one machine to gain the advantage of three time attacks - with Espargaro adopting an identical ploy.

The two-time premier class champion says he feels confident with both the hard and extra-hard rear tyres, but will assess his tactics overnight before making a final choice for Sunday's race.

"It's been a difficult weekend because the track is changing quite a lot, the grip is improving but this afternoon was much hotter and much more competitive on the tarmac," he said.

"It was more difficult to improve the lap time and the pole position was nice because we used three tyres in the rear to try to avoid the pole position with the extra soft and we did it, so for tomorrow we know the main opponents are on the second and third row - Valentino [Rossi] and Jorge [Lorenzo] - but we will try to do our best and it will be an interesting race because it looks like in the beginning many riders can be there, but then in the second part of the race is when you need to manage well.

"Honestly with both tyres I feel well [hard and extra-hard rear]. With the front tyre I feel better with the hard, but with the rear with both tyres I feel well so tomorrow depending on the temperature I will choose one or the other one; it will be a difficult choice but also will be the key of the race if you want to improve," he added.

"But it also depends on the strategy you want to use because if you want to push in the beginning you need to use the soft one or it you want to try to keep power for the end you must use the extra-hard."

Marquez, who sealed his first victory of the season last time out at Austin to reduce the gap to Movistar Yamaha's Valentino Rossi to five points at the top of the standings, adopted a similar three-tyre strategy at Jerez in 2014 during qualifying and used it to his advantage once more in Argentina.

"Jerez last year I did the first time [three-tyre strategy in qualifying] and last year when I finished here in this qualifying practice I spoke with the team and we saw it was possible to use three tyres and we did it," he said.

"Aleix also had the same strategy like me and it was interesting and funny."



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