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MOTOGP NEWS 

Argentina MotoGP: Marc Marquez stays on top in third practice

Marc Marquez remained the man to beat in the third MotoGP practice session at the Termas de Rio Hondo circuit in Argentina.

The reigning champion, who set the pace on Friday, was the last of the top 10 riders to improve upon his earlier practice best and set a time of 1m39.171s in the final few minutes of the session.

Several riders took turns to go second quickest, but a decent late run by Dani Pedrosa was enough to bring him within 0.159 seconds of his team-mate to make it the second successive Honda one-two in practice.

Valentino Rossi edged Aleix Espargaro for third - the Forward rider taking the Open class honours once again - as both finished within half a second of Marquez.

Andrea Dovizioso produced a late 1m39.771s to comfortably enter the top five, ahead of Stefan Bradl and Jorge Lorenzo, who set the early pace when everyone embarked upon their long runs.

Despite suffering a mid-session fall, Pol Espargaro managed to sneak into the top 10 and gained automatic entry into Q2 - at the expense of Tech 3 team-mate Bradley Smith.

Follow the MotoGP race at it happens on AUTOSPORT Race Centre Live from 17:30 UK time on Sunday April 27

Pos Rider             Bike                    Time       Gap      Laps
 1. Marc Marquez      Honda                   1m39.171s            19
 2. Dani Pedrosa      Honda                   1m39.330s  +0.159s   19
 3. Valentino Rossi   Yamaha                  1m39.458s  +0.287s   21
 4. Aleix Espargaro   Forward Yamaha          1m39.573s  +0.402s   18
 5. Andrea Dovizioso  Ducati                  1m39.757s  +0.586s   17
 6. Stefan Bradl      LCR Honda               1m39.771s  +0.600s   21
 7. Jorge Lorenzo     Yamaha                  1m39.782s  +0.611s   21
 8. Andrea Iannone    Pramac Ducati           1m40.050s  +0.879s   18
 9. Alvaro Bautista   Gresini Honda           1m40.223s  +1.052s   17
10. Pol Espargaro     Tech 3 Yamaha           1m40.422s  +1.251s   15
11. Bradley Smith     Tech 3 Yamaha           1m40.575s  +1.404s   23
12. Yonny Hernandez   Pramac Ducati           1m40.802s  +1.631s   17
13. Colin Edwards     Forward Yamaha          1m40.950s  +1.779s   18
14. Nicky Hayden      Aspar Honda             1m41.142s  +1.971s   20
15. Scott Redding     Gresini Honda           1m41.193s  +2.022s   19
16. Michele Pirro     Ducati                  1m41.457s  +2.286s   15
17. Karel Abraham     Cardion Honda           1m41.552s  +2.381s   14
18. Mike di Meglio    Avintia FTR-Kawasaki    1m41.904s  +2.733s   15
19. Broc Parkes       PBM Aprilia             1m41.935s  +2.764s   15
20. Hiroshi Aoyama    Aspar Honda             1m41.958s  +2.787s   20
21. Danilo Petrucci   Ioda Aprilia            1m42.419s  +3.248s   17
22. Hector Barbera    Avintia FTR-Kawasaki    1m42.482s  +3.311s   13
23. Michael Laverty   PBM Aprilia             1m42.932s  +3.761s   16
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