Jack Miller took a bravely conquered pole position that saw the likes of Lorenzo and Petrucci unable to make it out of Q1.
Q1 was subject to drama today as yet more changeable weather hit the Termas De Rio Hondo Circuit, and it was Jorge Lorenzo and Danilo Petrucci who were the big losers in the first part of qualifying. Andrea Dovizioso also had to come through Q1 and set a best lap of 1:49.518 finishing up second behind Aleix Espargaro who sprung a late suprise to top the timesheets at the end of the Q1 session with a 1:49.128, knocking Jorge Lorenzo to 3rd and ensuring he was unable to progress to Q2, then to add to Lorenzo’s disaster he was knocked one place further back by fellow Ducati man Karel Abraham, adding to the Spaniard’s already frustrating beginning to his 2018 campaign.
As Q2 got under way the track was beginning to dry rapidly, however turns 7 and 8 were still water logged meaning all of the riders on track initially ventured out on wet tyres. However after the first run it was Marc Marquez who rolled the dice and decided to try slick tyres on the mainly dry track swiftly followed by Cal Crutchlow, Johann Zarco and Jack Miller. Marquez, Crutchlow and Zarco all aborted their run, Jack Miller however stayed out consistently, gaining a tremendous amount of time in sectors 1 and 2 but losing all the time and nearly the bike through turn 7 and 8.
Dani Pedrosa put in a outstanding last lap to take provisional pole ahead of Zarco and Tito Rabat, who has had the best MotoGP weekend of his career so far. As they came across the line it was seemingly done, no one else seemed to be on a hot lap so surely there was no threat? Especially from a man on slicks. The timing screens had temporarily gone down so no one knew if Miller had rolled out of his final lap, as he seemed to be stuck in the first sector, or was still trying to achieve pole. All of a sudden Jack Miller crosses the line to take his maiden pole position in absolutely spectacular fashion posting a 1:47.153 on slick tyres compared to Dani Pedrosa’s 1:47.330 on wet tyres.
Pole favourite Marc Marquez salvaged 6th place with fellow weekend front runner Cal Crutchlow lining his LCR Castrol Honda 10th, in between the two Movistar Yamaha bikes of Maverick Vinales (9th) and Valentino Rossi (11th), a worrying sign for Yamaha after 2017’s wet weather gremlins.
For tomorrows race we have potetially one of the most unpredictable grid line ups, with big title contenders subsequently out of place on the grid could this be the chance for riders such as Rabat, Miller, Rins and Aleix Espargaro to get a well deserved good result? All the ingredients are set for another classic MotoGP race tomorrow in Argentina.
We kick off tomorrows proceedings at 16:00 with the Moto3 race, 17:20 for Moto2 and 19:00 for the much anticipated MotoGP race. All times are BST time zone.
Full qualifying results can be found by clicking here.