Argentina MotoGP: Marc Marquez stays on top in third practice
|Saturday, April 26th 2014, 13:42 GMT|
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.
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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