MotoGP Argentina: Pramac Ducati's Jack Miller takes his first ever Premier Class pole position
- The Round 2 on MotoGP 2018, Argentina Grand Prix Qualifying ran at the Gran Premio Motul de la Republica Argentina on April 7, 2018.
Rain began falling in FP4 and although a dry line began to emerge early on in qualifying.
Jack Miller (Pramac Ducati) took a maiden MotoGP pole position in a wet-dry qualifying session in Argentina after he gambled by switching to slicks late-on.
Dani Pedrosa (Repsol Honda) qualified second behind Jack Miller by 0.177-seconds. Johann Zarco (Monster Yamaha Tech3) was third, just 0.035s slower than Pedrosa.
The second row start for Sunday's race will be completed by Tito Rabat (Reale Avintia) fourth, Alex Rins (Suzuki Ecstar) fifth and Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda) sixth.
Qatar GP winner Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati Team) was eighth and will start at the third row.
Jack Miller said;
“My mother always said I never listened and I guess it was the bike telling me something and I wasn’t listening. I knew if I could survive that one corner the rest of the track was more or less dry so I had to try to make up as much time as I could in the first two sectors, sacrifice that one, and then in the last corner it was more or less dry.
I was in survival mode at those points as it was so slippery. You cannot explain how slippery it is in the puddles with slick tyres, a minute bit of gas and the thing was going on its own. I was trying to survive.
I was just hanging on. In those moments I was a passenger when you are on the wet with slick tyres anything you do you’ve got to hang on and hope to God that you make it to the other side.
When you go from wets to slicks they are a lot heavier to turn, so you've got to get the timing right to stay in that wheel width of dry line. So just to get that flow, you've got to go out there and pretty much go all in straight away and try to get the heat, because these tyres don't work otherwise.
You've just got to go out there with a lot of confidence and try to muscle it as much as you can.
I would prefer a dry race as 25 laps around here in the wet is not going to be fun. We’ve seen what the rain is here which is very unpredictable, some sections can be dry and some sections can be wet, and the tyres overheat very quickly so I prefer it to be dry as it makes everything a lot easier.”
Grand Prix of Argentina Qualifying Results
- Jack Miller / Pramac Ducati / 1m 47.153s
- Dani Pedrosa / Repsol Honda / 1m 47.330s
- Johann Zarco / Monster Yamaha Tech3 / 1m 47.365s
- Tito Rabat / Reale Avintia / 1m 47.681s
- Alex Rins / Suzuki Ecstar / 1m 47.743s
- Marc Marquez / Repsol Honda / 1m 47.754s
- Aleix Espargaro / Factory Aprilia Gresini / 1m 47.845s
- Andrea Dovizioso / Ducati Team / 1m 48.247s
- Maverick Viñales / Movistar Yamaha / 1m 49.044s
- Cal Crutchlow / LCR Honda / 1m 49.304s
- Valentino Rossi / Movistar Yamaha / 1m 49.326s
- Andrea Iannone / Suzuki Ecstar / 1m 49.975s
- Karel Abraham / Angel Nieto Team / 1m 49.878s
- Jorge Lorenzo / Ducati Team / 1m 50.063s
- Scott Redding / Factory Aprilia Gresini / 1m 50.175s
- Pol Espargaro / Red Bull KTM Factory / 1m 50.324s
- Xavier Simeon / Reale Avintia / 1m 50.364s
- Danilo Petrucci / Pramac Ducati / 1m 50.449s
- Alvaro Bautista / Angel Nieto Team / 1m 50.606s
- Thomas Luthi / EG 0,0 Marc VDS / 1m 50.833s
- Bradley Smith / Red Bull KTM Factory / 1m 51.007s
- Franco Morbidelli / EG 0,0 Marc VDS / 1m 51.012s
- Hafizh Syahrin / Monster Yamaha Tech3 / 1m 51.142s
- Takaaki Nakagami / LCR Honda / 1m 51.387s
- source : MotoGP