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  • MotoGP Argentina: Aleix Espargaro Takes Historic Pole Position for Aprilia

  • The Round 3 of MotoGP 2022, Argentina Grand Prix took place at the Termas de Río Hondo Circuit in the Province of Santiago del Estero on April 2, 2022.
    It is the first Moto GP in Argentina in three years in 2019.
    Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda) announced he would withdraw this event due to violent warm-up crash at the previous Indonesian GP.
    Aleix Espargaro (Aprilia Racing) claimed his first pole position for Aprilia Team of MotoGP.
    Also, for him, it is the first pole position in 7 years since the 2015 Team SUZUKI ECSTAR.
    The second position was Jorge Martin (Pramac Ducati) behind Aleix Espargaro by 0.151s.
    Luca Marini (Mooney VR46 Ducati) took 3rd position, which marked his first front row.
    Pol Espargaro (Repsol Honda), Maverick Viñales (Aprilia Racing) and Fabio Quartararo (Monster Yamaha) will start on the 2nd row.
    Especially, for Maverick Viñales, it is his best result of Qualifying after leaving Yamaha.
    Jack Miller (Ducati Lenovo) was 11th, but was penalised 3 places for 'disturbing' Fabio Quartararo 'at the entry of Turn 7 in Qualifying 2', which will drop him from 11th to 14th on the grid.

    Aleix Espargaro said, “I'm happy and satisfied, but sincerely, for the rider it's nice to be fast on Saturday because the feeling you get on that lap is always special. It's great to feel that adrenaline and speed. But what would really make me happy is if tomorrow I can achieve a good result and keep making history for Aprilia. This is just Saturday. More than for me, I'm happy for Aprilia. When you, for example, if Jorge [Martin] makes a pole position then they [Pramac] are normal in their garage because he gets pole positions every weekend, but for Aprilia, when you do the first pole and arrive in the garage and see the face of everyone there, it's completely another story. Working six years on this project, and these small moments of joy and happiness is fantastic. I've been working a long time with them so I feel part of my second family. To see them happy like this makes me very happy. Everyone in the paddock congratulated us and this makes me very happy, very proud. But once again, it's just Saturday. I mean the bike with the hard front tyre felt so good today. I can brake late and maintain a very high corner speed. So the bike, sincerely it's working great today. The race pace is quite strong. But feet on the ground because this is a special GP with just one day of practice. We have a lot of things to analyse tonight and the warm-up is longer, so step-by-step; obviously today's result is an extra boost of confidence to myslef. Tomorrow I will try my best and push from lap one. The tyre consumption is quite good and we did a good job in FP2. I'm just trying to be as relaxed as possible.”

    Grand Prix Of Argentina Qualifying Results
    1. Aleix Espargaro / Aprilia Racing / 1'37.688s
    2. Jorge Martin / Pramac Ducati / +0.151s
    3. Luca Marini / Mooney VR46 Ducati / +0.431s
    4. Pol Espargaro / Repsol Honda / +0.477s
    5. Maverick Viñales / Aprilia Racing / +0.508s
    6. Fabio Quartararo / Monster Yamaha / +0.593s
    7. Alex Rins / Suzuki Ecstar / +0.767s
    8. Joan Mir / Suzuki Ecstar / +0.828s
    9. Johann Zarco / Pramac Ducati / +0.849s
    10. Takaaki Nakagami / LCR Honda / +0.888s
    11. Brad Binder / Red Bull KTM / +1.244s
    12. Enea Bastianini / Gresini Ducati / 1'38.566s
    13. Francesco Bagnaia / Ducati Lenovo / 1'38.61s
    14. Jack Miller / Ducati Lenovo / Penalty
    15. Franco Morbidelli / Monster Yamaha / 1'38.805s
    16. Miguel Oliveira / Red Bull KTM / 1'38.871s
    17. Marco Bezzecchi / Mooney VR46 Ducati / 1'38.877s
    18. Andrea Dovizioso / WithU Yamaha RNF / 1'38.938s
    19. Alex Marquez / LCR Honda / 1'39.095s 8/8 334k
    20. Fabio Di Giannantonio / Gresini Ducati / 1'39.126s
    21. Raul Fernandez / KTM Tech3 / 1'39.153s
    22. Remy Gardner / KTM Tech3 / 1'39.159s
    23. Darryn Binder / WithU Yamaha RNF / 1'39.38s
    24. Stefan Bradl / Repsol Honda / 1'39.487s

    Photo by MotoGP
  • source : MotoGP
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