Part of the Termas de Rio Hondo circuit has been resurfaced ahead of this year's event. This weekend's tyre allocation has been increased to four different fronts and four different rear slicks as a result.

MotoGP Free Practice 2 saw intermittent raindrops during the session, but a strong wind soon dried the track and allowed the best laps of the day...

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  1. ^5 Marc Marquez ESP Repsol Honda (RC213V) 1m 39.395s [Lap 13/16] 325km/h (Top Speed)
  2. = Cal Crutchlow GBR LCR Honda (RC213V) 1m 39.799s +0.404s [12/14] 326k
  3. ^14 Tito Rabat ESP Reale Avintia (GP17) 1m 40.346s +0.951s [18/18] 325k
  4. ˅1 Andrea Iannone ITA Suzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR) 1m 40.455s +1.060s [16/17] 317k
  5. ˅4 Dani Pedrosa ESP Repsol Honda (RC213V) 1m 40.494s +1.099s [14/14] 319k
  6. ^7 Maverick Viñales ESP Movistar Yamaha (YZR-M1) 1m 40.510s +1.115s [18/18] 321k
  7. = Valentino Rossi ITA Movistar Yamaha (YZR-M1) 1m 40.577s +1.182s [13/14] 318k
  8. ^13 Alex Rins ESP Suzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR) 1m 40.592s +1.197s [14/14] 318k
  9. ^11 Alvaro Bautista ESP Angel Nieto Team (GP17) 1m 40.766s +1.371s [15/16] 321k
  10. ^2 Aleix Espargaro ESP Factory Aprilia Gresini (RS-GP) 1m 40.800s +1.405s [13/13] 314k
  11. ^4 Scott Redding GBR Factory Aprilia Gresini (RS-GP) 1m 40.839s +1.444s [12/13] 314k
  12. ˅7 Jack Miller AUS Pramac Ducati (GP17) 1m 40.842s +1.447s [14/14] 317k
  13. ˅3 Danilo Petrucci ITA Pramac Ducati (GP18) 1m 40.863s +1.468s [12/15] 327k
  14. ˅10 Johann Zarco FRA Monster Yamaha Tech3 (YZR-M1) 1m 40.974s +1.579s [18/18] 319k
  15. ˅1 Bradley Smith GBR Red Bull KTM Factory (RC16) 1m 41.198s +1.803s [16/17] 318k
  16. ˅5 Hafizh Syahrin MAL Monster Yamaha Tech3 (YZR-M1)* 1m 41.257s +1.862s [8/14] 316k
  17. ˅8 Jorge Lorenzo ESP Ducati Team (GP18) 1m 41.334s +1.939s [18/18] 324k
  18. = Takaaki Nakagami JPN LCR Honda (RC213V)* 1m 41.357s +1.962s [16/17] 314k
  19. ^5 Karel Abraham CZE Angel Nieto Team (GP16) 1m 41.784s +2.389s [17/18] 323k
  20. ˅1 Franco Morbidelli ITA EG 0,0 Marc VDS (RC213V)* 1m 41.832s +2.437s [16/19] 314k
  21. ˅5 Pol Espargaro ESP Red Bull KTM Factory (RC16) 1m 41.867s +2.472s [13/15] 321k
  22. ^1 Thomas Luthi SWI EG 0,0 Marc VDS (RC213V)* 1m 41.898s +2.503s [17/18] 314k
  23. ˅1 Xavier Simeon ESP Reale Avintia (GP16)* 1m 42.242s +2.847s [10/13] 320k
  24. ˅16 Andrea Dovizioso ITA Ducati Team (GP18) 1m 42.973s +3.578s [10/13] 319k

Key:
^X Rider is X positions higher than FP1.
= Rider is same position as FP1.
˅X Rider is X positions lower than FP1.

* Rookie

Combined top ten after FP2:

  1. Marc Marquez ESP Repsol Honda (RC213V)
  2. Cal Crutchlow GBR LCR Honda (RC213V)
  3. Dani Pedrosa ESP Repsol Honda (RC213V)
  4. Tito Rabat SPA Reale Avintia (GP17)
  5. Andrea Iannone ITA Suzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR)
  6. Maverick Vinales ESP Movistar Yamaha (YZR-M1)
  7. Valentino Rossi ITA Movistar Yamaha (YZR-M1)
  8. Alex Rins ESP Suzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR)
  9. Johann Zarco FRA Monster Yamaha Tech3 (YZR-M1)
  10. Jack Miller AUS Octo Pramac (GP17)

Fastest FP1 time:
Dani Pedrosa SPA Honda1m 40.303s

Official Argentina MotoGP records:
Pole Position:
Marc Marquez SPA Honda1m 37.683s (2014)
Fastest race lap:
Valentino Rossi ITA Yamaha 1m 39.019s (2015)

 

By Peter McLaren

 

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