Marquez puts Honda on top as Rossi, Lorenzo struggle
Termas de Río Hondo (Argentina) (AFP)
Two-time world champion Marc Marquez set the fastest time in Friday practice for the Grand Prix of Argentina, hammering home Honda's dominance as bitter rivals Yamaha struggled.
Spanish rider Marquez, who won the 2014 race at this venue, clocked 1min 41.579sec with teammate and compatriot Dani Pedrosa 0.025sec off the pace. Maverick Vinales, on a Suzuki, was the third fastest.
Defending world champion Jorge Lorenzo, who won the season opener in Qatar, could only manage a lowly 14th place at 1.24 sec behind Marquez.
The 28-year-old Lorenzo has always struggled at Rio Hondo, finishing fifth in 2015 and third last year.
Teammate Valentino Rossi, marking 20 years as a world championship rider and the winner in Argentina in 2015, was seventh fastest on the other factory Yamaha, 0.986sec behind Marquez.
Friday's practice times:
1. Marc Marquez (ESP/Honda) 1:41.579, 2. Dani Pedrosa (ESP/Honda) 0.025, 3. Maverick Vinales (ESP/Suzuki) 0.468, 4. Jack Miller (AUS/Honda Marc VDS) 0.796, 5. Cal Crutchlow (GBR/Honda) 0.872, 6. Scott Redding (GBR/Ducati Pramac) 0.879, 7. Valentino Rossi (ITA/Yamaha) 0.986, 8. Aleix Espargaro (ESP/Suzuki) 0.997, 9. Bradley Smith (GBR/Yamaha Tech3) 1.016, 10. Andrea Dovizioso (ITA/Ducati) 1.056
14. Jorge Lorenzo (ESP/Yamaha) at 1.240
1. Johann Zarco (FRA/Kalex) 1:44.533, 2. Takaaki Nakagami (JPN/Kalex) at 0.190, 3. Sam Lowes (GBR/Kalex) 0.235, 4. Jonas Folger (GER/Kalex) 0.340, 5. Alex Marquez (ESP/Kalex) 0.388
1. Enea Bastianini (ITA/Honda) 1:51.137, 2. Romano Fenati (ITA/KTM) at 0.105, 3. Andrea Migno (ITA/KTM) 0.166, 4. Brad Binder (RSA/KTM) 0.213, 5. Jorge Navarro (ESP/Honda) à 0.274
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