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Jack Miller takes pole in Argentina

In wet conditions
Saturday, April 7, 2018


Jack Miller uses Ducati power to take pole
Jack Miller uses Ducati power to take pole
Jack Miller’s (Alma Pramac Racing) huge gamble to switch to slicks on a drying track certainly paid off, as he snatched his first ever 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.

Johann Zarco (Monster Yamaha Tech 3) was 0.212 seconds off the Australian’s time to put himself third on the grid and impress once again, with the Frenchman now having taken an incredible six front row starts in a row.

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. Initially heading out on his second run to gamble on slicks, the number 93 gave it one lap before coming back in to switch back to wets. “Too much risk,” says a rider thinking of the Championship.

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 Viñales (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 tenth. 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 MotoGP qualifying session left the Ducati’s 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. Which three riders will you choose in your MotoGP™ League?

An unfamiliar looking grid sets us up for a spectacular race at the Termas de Rio Hondo circuit, as the lights go out at 15:00 (GMT -3) for the premier class boys to do battle


1MILLER Jack 43AUSAlma Pramac RacingDucati1'47.153
2PEDROSA Dani 26SPARepsol Honda TeamHonda1'47.330
3ZARCO Johann 5FRAMonster Yamaha Tech 3Yamaha1'47.365
4RABAT Tito 53SPAReale Avintia RacingDucati1'47.681
5RINS Alex 42SPATeam Suzuki EcstarSuzuki1'47.743
6MARQUEZ Marc 93SPARepsol Honda TeamHonda1'47.754
7ESPARGARO Aleix 41SPAAprilia Racing Team GresiniAprilia1'47.845
8DOVIZIOSO Andrea 4ITADucati TeamDucati1'48.247
9VINALES Maverick 25SPAMovistar Yamaha MotoGPYamaha1'49.044
10CRUTCHLOW Cal 35GBRLCR HondaHonda1'49.304
11ROSSI Valentino 46ITAMovistar Yamaha MotoGPYamaha1'49.326
12IANNONE Andrea 29ITATeam Suzuki EcstarSuzuki1'49.975
13ABRAHAM Karel 17CZEAngel Nieto TeamDucati1'49.878
14LORENZO Jorge 99SPADucati TeamDucati1'50.063
15REDDING Scott 45GBRAprilia Racing Team GresiniAprilia1'50.175
16ESPARGARO Pol 44SPARed Bull KTM Factory RacingKTM1'50.324
17SIMEON Xavier 10BELReale Avintia RacingDucati1'50.364
18PETRUCCI Danilo 9ITAAlma Pramac RacingDucati1'50.449
19BAUTISTA Alvaro 19SPAAngel Nieto TeamDucati1'50.606
20LUTHI Tom 12SWIEG 0,0 Marc VDSHonda1'50.833
21SMITH Bradley 38GBRRed Bull KTM Factory RacingKTM1'51.007
22MORBIDELLI Franco 21ITAEG 0,0 Marc VDSHonda1'51.012
23SYAHRIN Hafizh 55MALMonster Yamaha Tech 3Yamaha1'51.142
24NAKAGAMI Takaaki 30JPNLCR HondaHonda1'51.387

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