Argentina MotoGP Results 2019 (Updated)

Michael Scott | March 31, 2019

Argentina MotoGP Results 2019

There was another great fighting MotoGP race at the Argentine GP. Unfortunately for all his rivals, it was for second place … because Repsol Honda’s Marc Marquez checked out into the first corner, and was never seen again.

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Marc Marquez checked out in Argentina, winning his 45th-career MotoGP race. (Gold & Goose photo)Marquez eventually won by an easy 9.8 seconds, after a lonely master-class in how to tame 25 laps and 120.15 kilometres of the scenic Termas de Rio Honda circuit in the north of Argentina.

“Today was a perfect day … with a really sweet feeling with the bike,” he said.

The fight for second went to the last lap, after Andrea Dovizioso (Mission Winnow) holding off Valentino Rossi (Monster Yamaha), preserving his tyres and energy for the final confrontation. But he came off second best to the hero of the crowd. Second place was Rossi’s first podium since the German GP last year, exactly 23 years to the day since his GP debut.

For most of the race there had been six riders in close company behind Dovi.

By the finish, fourth went to Pramac Ducati rider Jack Miller, fending off Ecstar Suzuki’s Alex Rins, who had picked his way steadily through after starting on the sixth row of the grid.

The pair had escaped from Danilo Petrucci (Mission Winnow Ducati), with Takaaki Nakagami taking seventh as something of a gift, after Franco Morbidelli (Petronas Yamaha) and slow-starting Maverick Vinales (Monster Yamaha) collided and crashed on the last lap.

With rookie Fabio Quartararo (Petronas Yamaha) eighth, Aleix Espargaro (Aprilia) passed brother Pol Espargaro (Red Bull KTM) for ninth on the final lap, with second KTM rider, rookie Miguel Oliveira, close in 11th.

Jorge Lorenzo (Repsol Honda) was still out of touch in 12th, after getting left off the line; erstwhile podium contender Cal Crutchlow (LCR Honda) came through to an angry 13th after serving a ride-through penalty for a jump start.

Marquez will take a four-point championship lead to the next round at COTA in Texas, where he is accustomed to dominate, 45 points to Dovi’s 41. Rossi has 31, Rins 21.

GRAN PREMIO MOTUL DE LA REPÚBLICA ARGENTINA
MotoGP Race Classification 2019
Termas de Río Hondo, Sunday, March 31, 2019

1 25 93 Marc MARQUEZ SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 172.7 41’43.688
2 20 46 Valentino ROSSI ITA Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 172.0 +9.816
3 16 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO ITA Mission Winnow Ducati Ducati 172.0 +10.530
4 13 43 Jack MILLER AUS Pramac Racing Ducati 171.9 +12.140
5 11 42 Alex RINS SPA Team SUZUKI ECSTAR Suzuki 171.8 +12.563
6 10 9 Danilo PETRUCCI ITA Mission Winnow Ducati Ducati 171.8 +13.750
7 9 30 Takaaki NAKAGAMI JPN LCR Honda IDEMITSU Honda 171.5 +18.160
8 8 20 Fabio QUARTARARO FRA Petronas Yamaha SRT Yamaha 171.3 +20.403
9 7 41 Aleix ESPARGARO SPA Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia 171.0 +25.292
10 6 44 Pol ESPARGARO SPA Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 171.0 +25.679
11 5 88 Miguel OLIVEIRA POR Red Bull KTM Tech 3 KTM 170.9 +25.855
12 4 99 Jorge LORENZO SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 170.8 +27.497
13 3 35 Cal CRUTCHLOW GBR LCR Honda CASTROL Honda 170.6 +31.398
14 2 63 Francesco BAGNAIA ITA Pramac Racing Ducati 170.5 +32.893
15 1 5 Johann ZARCO FRA Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 170.4 +33.372
16 55 Hafizh SYAHRIN MAL Red Bull KTM Tech 3 KTM 170.3 +35.545
17 29 Andrea IANNONE ITA Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia 170.1 +38.238
Not Classified
12 Maverick VIÑALES SPA Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 171.8 1 Lap
21 Franco MORBIDELLI ITA Petronas Yamaha SRT Yamaha 171.8 1 Lap
36 Joan MIR SPA Team SUZUKI ECSTAR Suzuki 168.1 4 Laps
53 Tito RABAT SPA Reale Avintia Racing Ducati 170.7 10 Laps
17 Karel ABRAHAM CZE Reale Avintia Racing Ducati 170.1 11 Laps

Moto2 Race – 23 Laps

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Lorenzo Baldassarri made it two wins in a row in Moto2 action at Termas de Río Hondo. (Gold & Goose photo)

Lorenzo Baldassarri made it two in a row in a thrilling Moto2 race, after a front-end battle of changing fortunes and fierce fighting, in the second race of the new Triumph-powered era.

The Flex-Box HP40 rider led a trio of Kalexes over the line after patiently waiting until there were just four laps to go to take the lead.

He rapidly escaped, to win by better than a second, and leaving the remnants of a race-long scrap behind him.

It was won, a first-ever podium, by son-of-a-champion Remy Gardner (ONEXOX Kalex), sweet revenge for his narrow defeat for a podium slot at Qatar by Dynavolt Kalex rider Marcel Schrotter.

By the end of the barging match, erstwhile leader Schrotter was banged back to sixth.

The last podium position went to Alex Marquez (EG-VDS Kalex), back after dropping to fifth mid-race.

Iker Lecuona (American Racing KTM) secured fourth, a couple of seconds clear by the end of Red Bull KTM’s Brad Binder. Schrotter was a tenth adrift; Luca Marini (SKY VR46 Kalex) a similar distance behind; and three seconds away Jorge Navarro (Beta Speed Up) led rookies Enea Bastianini’s (Italtrans Kalex) and a distant Somkiat Chantra (Idemitsu Kalex). completing the top ten.

But misfortune struck several leading riders. Pole qualifier Xavi Vierge (EG-VDS Kalex) suffered a mechanical failure on the warm-up lap; and front-running Tom Luthi (Dynavolt Kalex) and Sam Lowes (Federal Oils Kalex) crashed out almost simultaneously, although separately.

A perfect 50 gives Baldassarri an early points lead, from Gardner (33), Schrotter (26), Marquez (25) and Luthi (20).

GRAN PREMIO MOTUL DE LA REPÚBLICA ARGENTINA
Moto2 Race Classification 2019
Termas de Río Hondo, Sunday, March 31, 2019 

1 25 7 Lorenzo BALDASSARRI ITA Flexbox HP 40 Kalex 166.7 39’46.000
2 20 87 Remy GARDNER AUS ONEXOX TKKR SAG Team Kalex 166.6 +1.244
3 16 73 Alex MARQUEZ SPA EG 0,0 Marc VDS Kalex 166.6 +1.817
4 13 27 Iker LECUONA SPA American Racing KTM KTM 166.5 +2.704
5 11 41 Brad BINDER RSA Red Bull KTM Ajo KTM 166.4 +4.707
6 10 23 Marcel SCHROTTER GER Dynavolt Intact GP Kalex 166.4 +4.839
7 9 10 Luca MARINI ITA SKY Racing Team VR46 Kalex 166.4 +4.986
8 8 9 Jorge NAVARRO SPA Beta Tools Speed Up Speed Up 166.2 +7.459
9 7 33 Enea BASTIANINI ITA Italtrans Racing Team Kalex 166.1 +8.724
10 6 35 Somkiat CHANTRA THA IDEMITSU Honda Team Asia Kalex 165.7 +14.506
11 5 5 Andrea LOCATELLI ITA Italtrans Racing Team Kalex 165.6 +16.145
12 4 45 Tetsuta NAGASHIMA JPN ONEXOX TKKR SAG Team Kalex 165.6 +16.450
13 3 89 Khairul Idham PAWI MAL Petronas Sprinta Racing Kalex 165.6 +16.613
14 2 64 Bo BENDSNEYDER NED NTS RW Racing GP NTS 165.1 +23.007
15 1 2 Jesko RAFFIN SWI NTS RW Racing GP NTS 165.0 +24.736
16 72 Marco BEZZECCHI ITA Red Bull KTM Tech 3 KTM 165.0 +25.381
17 96 Jake DIXON GBR Sama Qatar Angel Nieto Team KTM 163.9 +41.684
18 3 Lukas TULOVIC GER Kiefer Racing KTM 163.6 +45.545
19 65 Philipp OETTL GER Red Bull KTM Tech 3 KTM 163.6 +45.811
20 77 Dominique AEGERTER SWI MV Agusta Idealavoro Forward MV Agusta 162.8 +56.934
21 18 Xavi CARDELUS AND Sama Qatar Angel Nieto Team KTM 162.1 +1’07.765
22 16 Joe ROBERTS USA American Racing KTM KTM 161.4 +1’18.707
23 20 Dimas EKKY PRATAMA INA IDEMITSU Honda Team Asia Kalex 135.5 4 Laps
Not Classified
24 Simone CORSI ITA Tasca Racing Scuderia Moto2 Kalex 166.4 2 Laps
88 Jorge MARTIN SPA Red Bull KTM Ajo KTM 166.0 5 Laps
11 Nicolo BULEGA ITA SKY Racing Team VR46 Kalex 162.0 5 Laps
21 Fabio DI GIANNANTONIO ITA Beta Tools Speed Up Speed Up 162.0 11 Laps
22 Sam LOWES GBR Federal Oil Gresini Moto2 Kalex 165.9 18 Laps
12 Thomas LUTHI SWI Dynavolt Intact GP Kalex 165.8 18 Laps
62 Stefano MANZI ITA MV Agusta Idealavoro Forward MV Agusta 159.3 22 Laps
Not Starting
97 Xavi VIERGE SPA EG 0,0 Marc VDS Kalex 0 Lap

 Moto3 Race – 21 laps

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In Argentina Jaume Masia went from pole to 13th to victory in the up-and-down world that is Moto3. (Gold & Goose photo)

A long straight and a narrow racing line combined to make a desperately close Moto3 race, with a brilliantly tactical win for first-time pole qualifier Jaume Masia (Bester Capital KTM).

The Spanish teenager had played an unobtrusive part in an all-action lead group still 17-strong after the 21 laps, dropping to as low as 13th mid-race. But he arrived at the front with perfect timing. Starting the last lap fifth, he picked his way to the front, and managed to resist a last-corner attack by a blazingly on-form Darryn Binder (Green Power KTM), through from 20th on the grid.

Front-row starter Tony Arbolino (Snipers Honda) was third, after a last-corner tangle dropped home hero Gabriel Rodrigo (Gresini Honda) from third to sixth.

Fourth and fifth went to two other Hondas, ridden by Nico Antonelli (Snipers Honda) and Ayumu Sasaki (Petronas Honda).

Qatar race winner Kaito Toba (Honda Team Asia) was tenth, and retains a narrow championship lead from today’s seventh-place finisher Lorenzo Dalla Porta and first-time winner Masia, on 31, 29 and 25 points respectively.

GRAN PREMIO MOTUL DE LA REPÚBLICA ARGENTINA
Moto3 Race Classification 2019
Termas de Río Hondo, Sunday, March 31, 2019

1 25 5 Jaume MASIA SPA Bester Capital Dubai KTM 155.6 38’54.562
2 20 40 Darryn BINDER RSA CIP Green Power KTM 155.6 +0.108
3 16 14 Tony ARBOLINO ITA VNE Snipers Honda 155.6 +0.295
4 13 23 Niccolò ANTONELLI ITA SIC58 Squadra Corse Honda 155.6 +0.386
5 11 71 Ayumu SASAKI JPN Petronas Sprinta Racing Honda 155.5 +0.519
6 10 19 Gabriel RODRIGO ARG Kömmerling Gresini Moto3 Honda 155.5 +0.550
7 9 48 Lorenzo DALLA PORTA ITA Leopard Racing Honda 155.5 +0.588
8 8 7 Dennis FOGGIA ITA SKY Racing Team VR46 KTM 155.5 +0.671
9 7 42 Marcos RAMIREZ SPA Leopard Racing Honda 155.5 +0.792
10 6 27 Kaito TOBA JPN Honda Team Asia Honda 155.5 +1.280
11 5 16 Andrea MIGNO ITA Bester Capital Dubai KTM 155.5 +1.629
12 4 44 Aron CANET SPA Sterilgarda Max Racing Team KTM 155.5 +1.775
13 3 24 Tatsuki SUZUKI JPN SIC58 Squadra Corse Honda 155.5 +1.836
14 2 13 Celestino VIETTI ITA SKY Racing Team VR46 KTM 155.5 +1.978
15 1 25 Raul FERNANDEZ SPA Sama Qatar Angel Nieto Team KTM 155.4 +2.092
16 55 Romano FENATI ITA VNE Snipers Honda 155.4 +2.273
17 79 Ai OGURA JPN Honda Team Asia Honda 155.4 +2.350
18 69 Tom BOOTH-AMOS GBR CIP Green Power KTM 154.9 +9.798
19 81 Aleix VIU SPA Sama Qatar Angel Nieto Team KTM 154.9 +9.904
20 76 Makar YURCHENKO KAZ BOE Skull Rider Mugen Race KTM 154.9 +10.136
21 17 John MCPHEE GBR Petronas Sprinta Racing Honda 153.8 +26.464
22 54 Riccardo ROSSI ITA Kömmerling Gresini Moto3 Honda 153.8 +27.044
23 22 Kazuki MASAKI JPN BOE Skull Rider Mugen Race KTM 153.0 +39.985
24 84 Jakub KORNFEIL CZE Redox PruestelGP KTM 152.9 +40.177
25 12 Filip SALAC CZE Redox PruestelGP KTM 151.8 +58.474
26 61 Can ONCU TUR Red Bull KTM Ajo KTM 148.0 1 Lap
Not Classified
77 Vicente PEREZ SPA Reale Avintia Arizona 77 KTM 155.7 8 Laps
21 Alonso LOPEZ SPA Estrella Galicia 0,0 Honda 155.9 10 Laps

Saturday

Marquez on the Pole in MotoGP Qualifying

With threatening forecasts of storms tomorrow, the weather stayed dry for qualifying at Termas de Rio Hondo. And Marc Marquez made the most of it, running a hectic two-stop/three run session to claim the 81st pole position in his glittering career.

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Honda’s Marc Marquez (center) earned his 53rd-career MotoGP pole Saturday in Argentina. He’s joined on the front row by Yamaha’s Maverick Vinales (left) and Ducati’s Andrea Dovizioso (right). (Gold & Goose photo)

The Repsol Honda rider had to change his strategy after a problem in Q4 – the chain jumping off the sprocket on his out lap – meant he had only one bike for that session; then his second run was spoiled with a near crash at the first corner.

“But I felt better on the third tyre, and I was able to get pole,” he smiled.

Second-fastest, one-and-a-half tenths down, was a beaming Maverick Vinales, the Monster Yamaha rider coming through strongly after a slow start yesterday, when he was struggling with wheelspin issues. “We have a lot to improve, but I think we can. The race will be difficult, but I feel great, and that is something really special,” he said.

The final front row position was slightly surprising for Qatar winner Andrea Dovizioso, and all the more gratifying after a rare crash in morning free practice. The Mission Winnow Ducati rider sounded a note of caution in the face of the changeable weather. “The speed is there, and the feeling is good. I’m really happy with the first row because tomorrow looks like conditions will be different … strange, like always in Argentina.”

After ultra-close times in free practice, the gaps grew slightly when it really mattered, with only the top ten within a second of pole.

All the same, less than a tenth separated Valentino Rossi (Monster Yamaha) from the front row, a radical improvement from the previous race, when he remained mired in Q1. He was just three thousandths clear of Jack Miller (Pramac Ducati), the Australian fast in all sessions, and disappointed not to hang on to the front row.

The strength of the Yamahas was underlined by Petronas riders Franco Morbidelli and class rookie Fabio Quartararo, placed sixth and seventh, just one hundredth apart. Before the final rush, Quartararo had been as high as second.

Several crucial slips left last year’s winner Cal Crutchlow (LCR Honda) a disappointed eighth, one place ahead of this team-mate Takaaki Nakagami, through from Q1, riding Crutchlow’s last-year’s bike.

Also disappointed, tenth-placed Danilo Petrucci (Mission Winnow Ducati), heading row four. If predictions of rain tomorrow come true, Petrucci might have hoped for an easier run if he had been further forward on the grid.

Pol Espargaro (Red Bull KTM) was a rewarding 11th, also through from Q1 and ahead of Jorge Lorenzo (Repsol Honda), whose best lap was disallowed after he had exceeded track limits. He was 1.2 seconds down on team-mate Marquez.

It was an unexpectedly disappointing afternoon for the Suzuki team, after both riders had been strong in free practice. Alex Rins was 16th, leading row six behind Aleix Espargaro (Aprilia), strong rookie Miguel Oliveira (Red Bull KTM) and Reale Avintia Ducati’s Karel Abraham.

Pecco Bagnaia (Pramac Ducati) was 17th and Red Bull KTM’s Zarco 18th; with Joan Mir (Suzuki) 19th.

GRAN PREMIO MOTUL DE LA REPÚBLICA ARGENTINA
MotoGP Qualifying Classification 2019
Termas de Río Hondo, Saturday, March 30, 2019

1 93 Marc MARQUEZ SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 325.6 1’38.304
2 12 Maverick VIÑALES SPA Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 319.2 1’38.458 0.154 / 0.154
3 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO ITA Mission Winnow Ducati Ducati 325.8 1’38.468 0.164 / 0.010
4 46 Valentino ROSSI ITA Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 321.3 1’38.545 0.241 / 0.077
5 43 Jack MILLER AUS Pramac Racing Ducati 328.3 1’38.548 0.244 / 0.003
6 21 Franco MORBIDELLI ITA Petronas Yamaha SRT Yamaha 317.9 1’38.886 0.582 / 0.338
7 20 Fabio QUARTARARO FRA Petronas Yamaha SRT Yamaha 321.9 1’38.897 0.593 / 0.011
8 35 Cal CRUTCHLOW GBR LCR Honda CASTROL Honda 327.7 1’38.955 0.651 / 0.058
9 30 Takaaki NAKAGAMI JPN LCR Honda IDEMITSU Honda 321.0 1’39.038 0.734 / 0.083
10 9 Danilo PETRUCCI ITA Mission Winnow Ducati Ducati 327.3 1’39.093 0.789 / 0.055
11 44 Pol ESPARGARO SPA Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 327.2 1’39.489 1.185 / 0.396
12 99 Jorge LORENZO SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 325.0 1’39.520 1.216 / 0.031
13 41 Aleix ESPARGARO SPA Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia 324.7 1’39.288 0.224 / 0.071
14 88 Miguel OLIVEIRA POR Red Bull KTM Tech 3 KTM 317.4 1’39.298 0.234 / 0.010
15 17 Karel ABRAHAM CZE Reale Avintia Racing Ducati 324.7 1’39.331 0.267 / 0.033
16 42 Alex RINS SPA Team SUZUKI ECSTAR Suzuki 317.8 1’39.384 0.320 / 0.053
17 63 Francesco BAGNAIA ITA Pramac Racing Ducati 321.9 1’39.387 0.323 / 0.003
18 5 Johann ZARCO FRA Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 321.8 1’39.571 0.507 / 0.184
19 36 Joan MIR SPA Team SUZUKI ECSTAR Suzuki 326.2 1’39.605 0.541 / 0.034
20 53 Tito RABAT SPA Reale Avintia Racing Ducati 325.5 1’39.978 0.914 / 0.373
21 55 Hafizh SYAHRIN MAL Red Bull KTM Tech 3 KTM 316.2 1’40.053 0.989 / 0.075
22 29 Andrea IANNONE ITA Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia 318.0 1’40.118 1.054 / 0.065

Argentine Moto2 Qualifying

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In Argentina Spaniard Xavi Vierge (EG-VDS Kalex) took a second career pole in Moto2. (Gold & Goose photo)

Spaniard Xavi Vierge (EG-VDS Kalex) took a second career pole in Moto2, one year after his first one, at the same circuit.

Vierge headed a close pack of times, with the front-row trio covered by 0.012 of a second, and all 18 candidates in Q2 within less than one second.

Vierge’s 1m 42.726s was a new circuit best lap, as the new 765cc Triumphs continue to erase the memory of the first-generation 600cc Honda-powered Moto2.

Marcel Schrotter (Dynavolt Kalex) was second; and Sam Lowes (Federal Oils Kalex) pushed through to place third after the chequered flag.

Two more Kalexes led row two, with Alex Marquez (EG-VDS Kalex) less than a tenth ahead of class come-back man Thomas Luthi (Dynavolt Kalex).

Brad Binder was barely two hundredths slower, his Red Bull bike top KTM.

Free practice leader Remy Gardner (ONEXOX Kalex) ended up seventh to lead row three from late-coming Qatar winner Lorenzo Baldassarri (Flexbox Kalex) and top rookie Nicolo Bulega (SKY VR46 Kalex).

Two more Kalexes – of Simone Corsi and second-best rookie Enea Bastianini (both through from Q1) straddle Jorge Navarro’s Speed Up on row four. Navarro was only 0.372 of a second off pole.

GRAN PREMIO MOTUL DE LA REPÚBLICA ARGENTINA
Moto2 Qualifying Classification 2019
Termas de Río Hondo, Saturday, March 30, 2019

1 97 Xavi VIERGE SPA EG 0,0 Marc VDS Kalex 279.5 1’42.726
2 23 Marcel SCHROTTER GER Dynavolt Intact GP Kalex 274.0 1’42.737 0.011 / 0.011
3 22 Sam LOWES GBR Federal Oil Gresini Moto2 Kalex 275.7 1’42.738 0.012 / 0.001
4 73 Alex MARQUEZ SPA EG 0,0 Marc VDS Kalex 277.8 1’42.773 0.047 / 0.035
5 12 Thomas LUTHI SWI Dynavolt Intact GP Kalex 275.3 1’42.856 0.130 / 0.083
6 41 Brad BINDER RSA Red Bull KTM Ajo KTM 276.0 1’42.873 0.147 / 0.017
7 87 Remy GARDNER AUS ONEXOX TKKR SAG Team Kalex 276.3 1’42.969 0.243 / 0.096
8 7 Lorenzo BALDASSARRI ITA Flexbox HP 40 Kalex 273.0 1’42.975 0.249 / 0.006
9 11 Nicolo BULEGA ITA SKY Racing Team VR46 Kalex 274.2 1’43.008 0.282 / 0.033
10 24 Simone CORSI ITA Tasca Racing Scuderia Moto2 Kalex 275.7 1’43.061 0.335 / 0.053
11 9 Jorge NAVARRO SPA Beta Tools Speed Up Speed Up 274.1 1’43.098 0.372 / 0.037
12 33 Enea BASTIANINI ITA Italtrans Racing Team Kalex 275.9 1’43.103 0.377 / 0.005
13 10 Luca MARINI ITA SKY Racing Team VR46 Kalex 279.9 1’43.119 0.393 / 0.016
14 5 Andrea LOCATELLI ITA Italtrans Racing Team Kalex 274.2 1’43.323 0.597 / 0.204
15 27 Iker LECUONA SPA American Racing KTM KTM 267.3 1’43.452 0.726 / 0.129
16 64 Bo BENDSNEYDER NED NTS RW Racing GP NTS 267.5 1’43.498 0.772 / 0.046
17 88 Jorge MARTIN SPA Red Bull KTM Ajo KTM 271.0 1’43.604 0.878 / 0.106
18 21 Fabio DI GIANNANTONIO ITA Beta Tools Speed Up Speed Up 268.9 1’43.677 0.951 / 0.073
19 35 Somkiat CHANTRA THA IDEMITSU Honda Team Asia Kalex 278.8 1’43.505 0.518 / 0.147
20 77 Dominique AEGERTER SWI MV Agusta Idealavoro Forward MV Agusta 269.9 1’43.576 0.589 / 0.071
21 72 Marco BEZZECCHI ITA Red Bull KTM Tech 3 KTM 278.8 1’43.619 0.632 / 0.043
22 45 Tetsuta NAGASHIMA JPN ONEXOX TKKR SAG Team Kalex 274.3 1’43.669 0.682 / 0.050
23 62 Stefano MANZI ITA MV Agusta Idealavoro Forward MV Agusta 270.7 1’43.727 0.740 / 0.058
24 2 Jesko RAFFIN SWI NTS RW Racing GP NTS 267.3 1’43.730 0.743 / 0.003
25 89 Khairul Idham PAWI MAL Petronas Sprinta Racing Kalex 277.6 1’44.037 1.050 / 0.307
26 16 Joe ROBERTS USA American Racing KTM KTM 275.1 1’44.226 1.239 / 0.189
27 3 Lukas TULOVIC GER Kiefer Racing KTM 276.4 1’44.233 1.246 / 0.007
28 96 Jake DIXON GBR Sama Qatar Angel Nieto Team KTM 274.3 1’44.571 1.584 / 0.338
29 20 Dimas EKKY PRATAMA INA IDEMITSU Honda Team Asia Kalex 272.2 1’44.690 1.703 / 0.119
30 65 Philipp OETTL GER Red Bull KTM Tech 3 KTM 277.2 1’44.825 1.838 / 0.135
31 18 Xavi CARDELUS AND Sama Qatar Angel Nieto Team KTM 276.9 1’45.363 2.376 / 0.538
32 40 Augusto FERNANDEZ SPA Flexbox HP 40 Kalex

Moto3 Qualifying Argentina

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Saturday saw Bester Capital KTM rider Jaume Masia (center) taking a career-first pole by an impressive three tenths of a second. Aron Canet and and Tony Arbolino join him on row one for Sunday’s Moto3 race. (Gold & Goose photo)

Moto3 will see a new face on pole position, with Bester Capital KTM rider Jaume Masia taking a career-first pole by an impressive three tenths of a second.

Spaniard Masia (18), in his second full season, came through to put compatriot and fellow KTM rider Aron Canet second. Canet, riding for Max Biaggi’s new Sterilgarda team, had to come through from Q1, the MotoGP style qualifying system introduced for the smaller classes this year.

Last year’s pole man Tony Arbolino pushed through in the dying seconds to become top Honda, the Snipers team rider pushing Lorenzo Dalla Porta (Leopard Honda) to lead the second row from Niccolo Antonelli (SIC58 Honda) and Andrea Migno (Bester KTM), who was also through from Q1.

Second Snipers Honda rider Romano Fenati heads row three from Qatar winner Kaito Toba (Team Asia Honda) and Ayumu Sasaki (Petronas Honda); with Raul Fernandez (Sama KTM) completing the top ten, and free practice leader John McPhee (Petronas Honda) dropped to 11th.

The top 15 were within one second of pole.

GRAN PREMIO MOTUL DE LA REPÚBLICA ARGENTINA
Moto3 Qualifying Classification 2019
Termas de Río Hondo, Saturday, March 30, 2019

1 5 Jaume MASIA SPA Bester Capital Dubai KTM 233.2 1’48.775
2 44 Aron CANET SPA Sterilgarda Max Racing Team KTM 225.3 1’49.094 0.319 / 0.319
3 14 Tony ARBOLINO ITA VNE Snipers Honda 230.2 1’49.122 0.347 / 0.028
4 48 Lorenzo DALLA PORTA ITA Leopard Racing Honda 226.3 1’49.128 0.353 / 0.006
5 23 Niccolò ANTONELLI ITA SIC58 Squadra Corse Honda 230.5 1’49.160 0.385 / 0.032
6 16 Andrea MIGNO ITA Bester Capital Dubai KTM 227.3 1’49.226 0.451 / 0.066
7 55 Romano FENATI ITA VNE Snipers Honda 226.4 1’49.255 0.480 / 0.029
8 27 Kaito TOBA JPN Honda Team Asia Honda 229.6 1’49.301 0.526 / 0.046
9 71 Ayumu SASAKI JPN Petronas Sprinta Racing Honda 229.9 1’49.309 0.534 / 0.008
10 25 Raul FERNANDEZ SPA Sama Qatar Angel Nieto Team KTM 223.3 1’49.327 0.552 / 0.018
11 17 John MCPHEE GBR Petronas Sprinta Racing Honda 226.5 1’49.459 0.684 / 0.132
12 42 Marcos RAMIREZ SPA Leopard Racing Honda 229.4 1’49.473 0.698 / 0.014
13 19 Gabriel RODRIGO ARG Kömmerling Gresini Moto3 Honda 229.5 1’49.550 0.775 / 0.077
14 24 Tatsuki SUZUKI JPN SIC58 Squadra Corse Honda 227.1 1’49.622 0.847 / 0.072
15 79 Ai OGURA JPN Honda Team Asia Honda 222.1 1’49.746 0.971 / 0.124
16 84 Jakub KORNFEIL CZE Redox PruestelGP KTM 226.3 1’49.974 1.199 / 0.228
17 21 Alonso LOPEZ SPA Estrella Galicia 0,0 Honda 227.4 1’49.975 1.200 / 0.001
18 77 Vicente PEREZ SPA Reale Avintia Arizona 77 KTM 230.1 1’50.340 1.565 / 0.365
19 22 Kazuki MASAKI JPN BOE Skull Rider Mugen Race KTM 226.7 1’49.868 0.372 / 0.036
20 40 Darryn BINDER RSA CIP Green Power KTM 227.5 1’50.013 0.517 / 0.145
21 13 Celestino VIETTI ITA SKY Racing Team VR46 KTM 220.9 1’50.015 0.519 / 0.002
22 7 Dennis FOGGIA ITA SKY Racing Team VR46 KTM 224.2 1’50.119 0.623 / 0.104
23 61 Can ONCU TUR Red Bull KTM Ajo KTM 225.9 1’50.234 0.738 / 0.115
24 12 Filip SALAC CZE Redox PruestelGP KTM 228.1 1’50.235 0.739 / 0.001
25 81 Aleix VIU SPA Sama Qatar Angel Nieto Team KTM 224.5 1’50.239 0.743 / 0.004
26 54 Riccardo ROSSI ITA Kömmerling Gresini Moto3 Honda 229.3 1’50.314 0.818 / 0.075
27 69 Tom BOOTH-AMOS GBR CIP Green Power KTM 224.3 1’50.943 1.447 / 0.629
28 11 Sergio GARCIA SPA Estrella Galicia 0,0 Honda 220.3 1’51.210 1.714 / 0.267
29 76 Makar YURCHENKO KAZ BOE Skull Rider Mugen Race KTM 224.8 1’51.564 2.068 / 0.354

Saturday News

Swingarm for Downforce or Rigidity?

The plot thickened in the swing-arm spoiler saga, after it was revealed that Honda’s application to fit a similar device to Ducati’s had been refused on one day, then allowed the next.

The difference lay in the wording of the application, and revealed a loophole in the guidelines to the regulations.

On the first application, on Thursday, Honda said the device was an aerodynamic aid. Technical director Danny Aldridge had no option but to refuse it.

A day later, Honda asserted that the primary object was to improve swing-arm stiffness. Once again, in terms of the wording of his own guidelines. Aldridge had to accept it.

The wording of the regulations specifically bans aerodynamic devices outside the homologated and approved bodywork; the loophole comes from guidelines issued by Aldridge, who has sole authority in enforcing the rules. The guidelines are confidential, but leaks during the weekend revealed that swing-arm additions would be permitted, but only as long as their “purpose” was not to generate aerodynamic forces.

This wording means that aero forces are not specifically banned, as long as they are not the primary purpose.

In this way, Ducati showed evidence that their spoiler, while it did generate downforce, had cooling the rear tyre as its primary purpose.

Honda’s double-think was more oblique, but cleverly revealed the failings of the guidelines.

The latest revelations go some way to explaining the histrionics of Aprilia’s new ex-F1 CEO Massimo Rivola, and push the blame onto Aldridge for his choice of wording.

This will surely be revised post-haste before the next GP, but whether the swing-arm spoilers will be present or absent remains to be seen.

Odendaal on the Mend

Steven Odendaal was again absent from the NTS Moto2 team, as he recovers from complications to a toe injury sustained in testing.

This became infected while he was on holiday in Bali, and the 26-year-old South African has now needed a bone graft. He is not expected back until the start of the European round at Jerez in May.

Odendaal’s place was again taken by former GP rider Jesko Raffin, who qualified 24th, two places ahead of team-mate Joe Roberts, the only American rider in all three classes.

Fernandez Tank Slaps Out of Argentina

Spaniard Augusto Fernandez was ruled out of the Argentine and possibly the next race as well after breaking bones in his left wrist in a spectacular free practice crash right in front of the pits.

The Pons HP40 Kalex rider actually sustained the injury before he hit the ground, after fighting to retain control as the bike developed an increasingly severe tank-slapper out of the final corner.

Finally he was flung up from the seat, throwing his weight onto his left hand still clutching the handlebar.

He landed heavily and was stretchered off, but while the airbags and safety equipment prevented further injury, the damage was already done.

Friday News

Ducati’s Aero Swingarm Fallout

Ducati swingarm

With the mass protest against Ducati’s swing-arm aero device comprehensively defeated at the Court of Appeal, and the protesters – Aprilia, Honda, KTM and Suzuki – left with egg on their faces, the race is on for imitation devices on their bikes.

The role of the under-suspension chin-piece has now been revealed. It is there to cool the rear tyre – with Ducati chief Gigi Dall’Igna telling press that it can make a difference of as much as seven degrees.

He added that the idea had come to him in imitation of Yamaha, who last year introduced a “water diffuser” at the bottom rear of their fairing – significantly, Yamaha declined to join the mass protest.

The air scoop was first seen at pre-season tests, and used by race winner Andrea Dovizioso as well as factory team-mate Danilo Petrucci and satellite rider Jack Miller at Qatar.

It had been approved by technical director Danny Aldridge, who ruled that its primary purpose was to cool the tyre. His decision was vindicated by the stewards at Qatar, and by the ruling of the Appeal Court, which was released on the Tuesday before the race.

But Dall’Igna, who had kept the purpose of the scoop secret, was angered by the protest, not only because there was the chance that Dovi would be stripped of a hard-fought win, but because of the need to reveal his secrets in full at the appeal hearing.

As well as the seven-degree lower tyre temperature, data provided by Ducati’s simulation (“we did not do any wind-tunnel testing”) revealed that there was a secondary effect of downforce, but so little as to be virtually negligible. It was, said Dall’Igna, “more or less 300 grams at 180 km/h”.

Ducati’s evidence included a report by academic technicians from MegaRide, a company that works with the factory.

A statement from company CEO Claudio Domenicali stated: “It is a shame that to get this result we had to spend our time and money with lawyers, and reveal to the competitors our understanding about tyre cooling.

In spite of denials by the protestors, whose mantra was that they were simply seeking clarification, Dall’Igna was convinced that had the appeal been successful, Dovizioso would have been disqualified, and likewise Petrucci, who had finished sixth.

Now rivals are expected to find their own ways of copying Ducati, with Honda’s Alberto Puig one to confirm that the company was working on its own tyre-cooling solution. Said Marc Marquez: “I don’t know what, but I know Honda, and they are trying to analyse the function, and how you can improve.”

Aprilia’s new ex-F1 (Ferrari) team manager Massimo Rivola, believed to be the architect of the mass protest, asserted that Aprilia had submitted proposals for a similar device, but been turned down by the FIM.

A stinging interview in Argentina smacked of being a poor loser, in spite of his assertions that development in this area could lead to runaway costs. He accused technical director Aldridge of inconsistency, in a largely semantic argument, and added: “First, the rules are not really clear. Second, they way they are policed is a joke.”

Footnote: The gaffe may be blown on the rear spoiler, but the purpose of Ducati’s front-wheel quadrant covers below the spindle remains mysterious. Pending, perhaps, a protest.

Tribute to New Zealand Shooting Victims

Miller NZ tribute

Australian rider Jack Miller had a personal tribute to the victims of the one-man mosque massacre in neighbouring New Zealand, in which the death toll had risen to more than 50. His number “43” on the front of his Pramac Ducati was rendered with a fern leaf. Although not the nation’s official flag (not yet, anyway), the silver fern is an important traditional symbol of New Zealand.

Garcia Debuts

Spanish teenager Sergio Garcia made his debut in Moto3 – after having turned 16 a week before the start of practice. Under-aged Garcia, riding an EG Honda, was obliged to sit out the opening round in Qatar – yet he is not the youngest in the class. That distinction belongs to last year’s Valencia GP winner Can Oncu (Red Bull KTM), allowed to ride at 15 as a reward for winning the Red Bull Rookies cup.

Updates for Binder’s Moto2 KTM

Lead KTM Moto2 rider Brad Binder was sporting a new swing-arm in Argentina, fresh from special tests at Jerez, after a disappointing drop out of the top ten in the opening round.

The problem there was a tyre that delaminated; but it was bike balance rather than Dunlop that took the blame.

Former Moto3 champion Binder was 13th in the first day of free practice, four tenths of Luthi’s Kalex on pole, and with rookie Red Bull KTM team-mate Jorge Martin (also a Moto3 champion) three places ahead.

Amazing Save by Gardner

Moto2 rider Remy Gardner put in an early challenge for Save of the Weekend, with a Marquez-style recovery after losing the front wheel in FP2 in the afternoon.

The Australian son of 1987 500c champion Wayne Gardner reacted like lightning, with both knee and elbow lifting the Kalex Triumph back onto its wheels.

With spots of rain a possible portent of a tricky Saturday to come, MotoGP’s second free practice burst into frantic life in the last ten minutes, ending up with two Ducatis on top at what is supposed to be a bogy track, and the top 21 riders all within one scintillating second. The iffy weather forecast means that, as always, today’s times might determine tomorrow’s chances of getting into Q2, and the crucial top ten was without at least one big name, as Team Winnow Ducati’s Danilo Petrucci was just 13th, albeit barely half a second down on his provisional pole-sitting team-mate, Qatar winner Andrea Dovizioso.

Argentina MotoGP Results 2019

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Qatar winner Andrea Dovizioso started in Argentina where he left off in Qatar by topping the MotoGP timing charts on his factory Ducati. (Gold & Goose photo)

It was Alma Pramac Ducati’s Jack Miller in a close second, back from an early low-speed spill to slot in nine little thousandths of a second down on Dovi.

Monster Yamaha’s Maverick Vinales had been languishing down the order and complaining of wheelspin, but a late gallop on a soft rear tyre put him up to third, ousting erstwhile leader Cal Crutchlow (LCR Honda), winner here last year.

Another sensational performance from class rookie Fabio Quartararo (Petronas Yamaha) put him a stunning fifth, almost a tenth clear of late-comer Valentino Rossi (Monster Yamaha); himself just one hundredth ahead of Ecstar Suzuki star Alex Rins.

All this pushed long-time session leader Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda down to eighth, although significantly Marquez was endurance-testing the same soft rear tyre all session long.

Second Petronas Yamaha rider Franco Morbidelli was bumped down to ninth in the closing flurry, with Takaaki Nakagami on the 2018 LCR Honda holding the coveted tenth place.

Then came the Aprilia pair, with new teamster Andrea Iannone four hundredths ahead of Aleix Espargaro, with Petrucci’s factory Ducati a similar distance behind.

Fancied rookie Pecco Bagnaia (Alma Pramac Ducati) was a late-comer in 14th, moving ahead of fellow rookie Joan Mir (Ecstar Suzuki). A little earlier in the session, Mir had been as high as fourth.

Pol Espargaro was top Red Bull KTM in 16th, one place ahead of new team-mate Johann Zarco, now beginning to find some rhythm. Jorge Lorenzo (Repsol Honda) was 0.978 off the leader, but down in 21st place.

GRAN PREMIO MOTUL DE LA REPÚBLICA ARGENTINA
MotoGP Free Practice Nr. 2 Classification 2019
Termas de Río Hondo, Friday, March 29, 2019

1 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO ITA Mission Winnow Ducati Ducati 331.2 1’39.181
2 43 Jack MILLER AUS Pramac Racing Ducati 332.5 1’39.190 0.009 / 0.009
3 12 Maverick VIÑALES SPA Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 328.5 1’39.345 0.164 / 0.155
4 35 Cal CRUTCHLOW GBR LCR Honda CASTROL Honda 334.4 1’39.346 0.165 / 0.001
5 20 Fabio QUARTARARO FRA Petronas Yamaha SRT Yamaha 325.7 1’39.357 0.176 / 0.011
6 46 Valentino ROSSI ITA Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 328.6 1’39.441 0.260 / 0.084
7 42 Alex RINS SPA Team SUZUKI ECSTAR Suzuki 329.5 1’39.451 0.270 / 0.010
8 93 Marc MARQUEZ SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 333.6 1’39.497 0.316 / 0.046
9 21 Franco MORBIDELLI ITA Petronas Yamaha SRT Yamaha 327.0 1’39.503 0.322 / 0.006
10 30 Takaaki NAKAGAMI JPN LCR Honda IDEMITSU Honda 328.3 1’39.629 0.448 / 0.126
11 29 Andrea IANNONE ITA Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia 327.1 1’39.654 0.473 / 0.025
12 41 Aleix ESPARGARO SPA Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia 332.4 1’39.697 0.516 / 0.043
13 9 Danilo PETRUCCI ITA Mission Winnow Ducati Ducati 329.7 1’39.740 0.559 / 0.043
14 63 Francesco BAGNAIA ITA Pramac Racing Ducati 329.2 1’39.799 0.618 / 0.059
15 36 Joan MIR SPA Team SUZUKI ECSTAR Suzuki 330.1 1’39.946 0.765 / 0.147
16 44 Pol ESPARGARO SPA Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 331.3 1’39.951 0.770 / 0.005
17 5 Johann ZARCO FRA Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 326.3 1’39.956 0.775 / 0.005
18 17 Karel ABRAHAM CZE Reale Avintia Racing Ducati 330.7 1’39.995 0.814 / 0.039
19 88 Miguel OLIVEIRA POR Red Bull KTM Tech 3 KTM 324.4 1’40.006 0.825 / 0.011
20 53 Tito RABAT SPA Reale Avintia Racing Ducati 326.9 1’40.110 0.929 / 0.104
21 99 Jorge LORENZO SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 329.8 1’40.159 0.978 / 0.049
22 55 Hafizh SYAHRIN MAL Red Bull KTM Tech 3 KTM 322.7 1’40.752 1.571 / 0.593

Moto2

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In Moto2 Friday Tom Luthi came out on top, the Dynavolt Kalex rider less than a tenth clear of fellow ex-MotoGP rider Sam Lowes. (Gold & Goose photo)

Times dropped in the afternoon too for Moto2, with the smaller classes also prey to potential weather problems and this year also having Q1 and Q2 sessions like MotoGP. today’s times might likewise prove crucial. And they were close: the top 20 on the sonorous new Triumph-powered bikes all within one second

Returned veteran Tom Luthi came out on top, the Dynavolt Kalex rider less than a tenth clear of fellow ex-MotoGP rider Sam Lowes (Gresini Kalex).

Kalexes held the top seven slots, with rising Australian star Remy Gardner (ONEXOX Kalex) a close third, ahead of Augusto Fernandez (Flexbox Kalex) and class rookie Nicolo Bulega, whose SKY VR46 team-mate Luca Marini was fastest in the morning, and now placed sixth.

Qatar winner Lorenzo Baldassarri (Flexbox Kalex) was next, then the first intruder – the Speed Up of Jorge Navarro.

Jorge Martin (Red Bull KTM) was ninth, four places ahead of team-mate Brad Binder, with Marcel Schrotter (Dynavolt Kalex) completing the top ten.

GRAN PREMIO MOTUL DE LA REPÚBLICA ARGENTINA
Moto2 Free Practice Nr. 2 Classification 2019
Termas de Río Hondo, Friday, March 29, 2019

1 12 Thomas LUTHI SWI Dynavolt Intact GP Kalex 284.1 1’43.353
2 22 Sam LOWES GBR Federal Oil Gresini Moto2 Kalex 282.4 1’43.445 0.092 / 0.092
3 87 Remy GARDNER AUS ONEXOX TKKR SAG Team Kalex 282.9 1’43.477 0.124 / 0.032
4 40 Augusto FERNANDEZ SPA Flexbox HP 40 Kalex 284.9 1’43.518 0.165 / 0.041
5 11 Nicolo BULEGA ITA SKY Racing Team VR46 Kalex 282.0 1’43.605 0.252 / 0.087
6 10 Luca MARINI ITA SKY Racing Team VR46 Kalex 285.0 1’43.613 0.260 / 0.008
7 7 Lorenzo BALDASSARRI ITA Flexbox HP 40 Kalex 284.7 1’43.633 0.280 / 0.020
8 9 Jorge NAVARRO SPA Beta Tools Speed Up Speed Up 281.1 1’43.645 0.292 / 0.012
9 88 Jorge MARTIN SPA Red Bull KTM Ajo KTM 281.1 1’43.651 0.298 / 0.006
10 23 Marcel SCHROTTER GER Dynavolt Intact GP Kalex 283.4 1’43.710 0.357 / 0.059
11 27 Iker LECUONA SPA American Racing KTM KTM 280.9 1’43.766 0.413 / 0.056
12 64 Bo BENDSNEYDER NED NTS RW Racing GP NTS 280.0 1’43.772 0.419 / 0.006
13 41 Brad BINDER RSA Red Bull KTM Ajo KTM 281.8 1’43.773 0.420 / 0.001
14 24 Simone CORSI ITA Tasca Racing Scuderia Moto2 Kalex 282.7 1’43.783 0.430 / 0.010
15 73 Alex MARQUEZ SPA EG 0,0 Marc VDS Kalex 289.4 1’43.806 0.453 / 0.023
16 21 Fabio DI GIANNANTONIO ITA Beta Tools Speed Up Speed Up 277.2 1’43.920 0.567 / 0.114
17 33 Enea BASTIANINI ITA Italtrans Racing Team Kalex 283.0 1’43.971 0.618 / 0.051
18 45 Tetsuta NAGASHIMA JPN ONEXOX TKKR SAG Team Kalex 286.7 1’43.989 0.636 / 0.018
19 77 Dominique AEGERTER SWI MV Agusta Idealavoro Forward MV Agusta 271.9 1’44.085 0.732 / 0.096
20 97 Xavi VIERGE SPA EG 0,0 Marc VDS Kalex 284.3 1’44.281 0.928 / 0.196
21 5 Andrea LOCATELLI ITA Italtrans Racing Team Kalex 280.1 1’44.367 1.014 / 0.086
22 89 Khairul Idham PAWI MAL Petronas Sprinta Racing Kalex 280.7 1’44.389 1.036 / 0.022
23 2 Jesko RAFFIN SWI NTS RW Racing GP NTS 269.9 1’44.522 1.169 / 0.133
24 72 Marco BEZZECCHI ITA Red Bull KTM Tech 3 KTM 281.7 1’44.556 1.203 / 0.034
25 35 Somkiat CHANTRA THA IDEMITSU Honda Team Asia Kalex 286.5 1’44.688 1.335 / 0.132
26 16 Joe ROBERTS USA American Racing KTM KTM 280.8 1’44.756 1.403 / 0.068
27 62 Stefano MANZI ITA MV Agusta Idealavoro Forward MV Agusta 276.5 1’44.979 1.626 / 0.223
28 65 Philipp OETTL GER Red Bull KTM Tech 3 KTM 278.4 1’45.342 1.989 / 0.363
29 20 Dimas EKKY PRATAMA INA IDEMITSU Honda Team Asia Kalex 279.5 1’45.679 2.326 / 0.337
30 96 Jake DIXON GBR Sama Qatar Angel Nieto Team KTM 277.6 1’45.700 2.347 / 0.021
31 3 Lukas TULOVIC GER Kiefer Racing KTM 278.4 1’45.903 2.550 / 0.203
32 18 Xavi CARDELUS AND Sama Qatar Angel Nieto Team KTM 278.1 1’46.682 3.329 / 0.779

Moto3

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Scotsman John McPhee (Petronas Honda) was fastest at 1m 49.892, less than a tenth quicker than last year’s pole qualifier Tony Arbolino in Moto3 action on Friday. (Gold & Goose photo)

Honda took first blood in Moto3, taking the top five position, with KTM riders placed from sixth to tenth, and a time of less than a second covering them all.

Scotsman John McPhee (Petronas Honda) was fastest at 1m 49.892, less than a tenth quicker than last year’s pole qualifier Tony Arbolino (Snipers Honda). Niccolo Antonelli (SIC58 Honda) was close, a couple of hundredths ahead of home hero Gabriel Rodrigo (ARG Honda) and Tatsuki Suzuki (SIC58 Honda).

New KTM rider Aron Canet, runner up last year here on a Honda, was sixth; from rookie Dennis Foggia (SKY VR46 KTM), and morning leader Jaume Masia (Bester KTM).

Qatar winner Kaito Toba (Team Asia Honda) was 13th, nine tenths down; rookie Can Oncu (Red Bull KTM) placed 17th.

GRAN PREMIO MOTUL DE LA REPÚBLICA ARGENTINA
Moto3 Free Practice Nr. 2 Classification 2019
Termas de Río Hondo, Friday, March 29, 2019

1 17 John MCPHEE GBR Petronas Sprinta Racing Honda 231.8 1’49.892
2 14 Tony ARBOLINO ITA VNE Snipers Honda 232.1 1’49.971 0.079 / 0.079
3 23 Niccolò ANTONELLI ITA SIC58 Squadra Corse Honda 227.5 1’50.061 0.169 / 0.090
4 19 Gabriel RODRIGO ARG Kömmerling Gresini Moto3 Honda 231.4 1’50.080 0.188 / 0.019
5 24 Tatsuki SUZUKI JPN SIC58 Squadra Corse Honda 232.5 1’50.132 0.240 / 0.052
6 44 Aron CANET SPA Sterilgarda Max Racing Team KTM 227.7 1’50.337 0.445 / 0.205
7 7 Dennis FOGGIA ITA SKY Racing Team VR46 KTM 234.3 1’50.390 0.498 / 0.053
8 5 Jaume MASIA SPA Bester Capital Dubai KTM 233.7 1’50.572 0.680 / 0.182
9 77 Vicente PEREZ SPA Reale Avintia Arizona 77 KTM 231.7 1’50.575 0.683 / 0.003
10 25 Raul FERNANDEZ SPA Sama Qatar Angel Nieto Team KTM 231.0 1’50.743 0.851 / 0.168
11 48 Lorenzo DALLA PORTA ITA Leopard Racing Honda 232.0 1’50.748 0.856 / 0.005
12 42 Marcos RAMIREZ SPA Leopard Racing Honda 233.0 1’50.774 0.882 / 0.026
13 27 Kaito TOBA JPN Honda Team Asia Honda 236.2 1’50.820 0.928 / 0.046
14 55 Romano FENATI ITA VNE Snipers Honda 232.4 1’50.851 0.959 / 0.031
15 71 Ayumu SASAKI JPN Petronas Sprinta Racing Honda 233.2 1’50.923 1.031 / 0.072
16 16 Andrea MIGNO ITA Bester Capital Dubai KTM 228.4 1’50.926 1.034 / 0.003
17 61 Can ONCU TUR Red Bull KTM Ajo KTM 226.9 1’51.033 1.141 / 0.107
18 22 Kazuki MASAKI JPN BOE Skull Rider Mugen Race KTM 230.9 1’51.080 1.188 / 0.047
19 40 Darryn BINDER RSA CIP Green Power KTM 227.5 1’51.091 1.199 / 0.011
20 11 Sergio GARCIA SPA Estrella Galicia 0,0 Honda 231.9 1’51.316 1.424 / 0.225
21 84 Jakub KORNFEIL CZE Redox PruestelGP KTM 228.6 1’51.330 1.438 / 0.014
22 13 Celestino VIETTI ITA SKY Racing Team VR46 KTM 231.3 1’51.360 1.468 / 0.030
23 54 Riccardo ROSSI ITA Kömmerling Gresini Moto3 Honda 229.7 1’51.458 1.566 / 0.098
24 76 Makar YURCHENKO KAZ BOE Skull Rider Mugen Race KTM 231.5 1’51.596 1.704 / 0.138
25 21 Alonso LOPEZ SPA Estrella Galicia 0,0 Honda 232.0 1’51.707 1.815 / 0.111
26 79 Ai OGURA JPN Honda Team Asia Honda 233.9 1’52.024 2.132 / 0.317
27 12 Filip SALAC CZE Redox PruestelGP KTM 227.4 1’52.080 2.188 / 0.056
28 81 Aleix VIU SPA Sama Qatar Angel Nieto Team KTM 225.4 1’52.114 2.222 / 0.034
29 69 Tom BOOTH-AMOS GBR CIP Green Power KTM 227.2 1’52.690 2.798 / 0.576

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Michael Scott | MotoGP Editor Scott has been covering MotoGP since long before it was MotoGP. Remember two-strokes? Scott does. He’s also a best-selling author of biographies on the lives of legendary racers such as Wayne Rainey and Barry Sheene.

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