Finally Aprilia! Historic first MotoGP pole with Aleix Espargaro. Marini in the front row (3rd)


Historic pole for Aprilia and Aleix Espargaro who in 1’37: 688 was the fastest in qualifying for the Argentine GP, at Termas de Rio Hondo. The last of the Italian brand in the top class dates back to 2000 (Phillip Island), with Jeremy McWilliams. Even Maverick Vinales, at the end of the fifth, in fact often alternated in the lead with his teammate, who however was more insightful until the end, burning Jorge Martin’s Ducati by 151 thousandths. The Italian party is completed by the front row of Luca Marini, third at 4 tenths.

Official Ducati at peak

In fact, only Jack Miller had access to Q2, but the Australian was practically ousted immediately from the fight for pole by slipping into turn 1. Miller will start 14th, penalized by 3 places for hindering Quartararo, but even worse went to his teammate Francesco Bagnaia, who remained out of Q2 as the world leader Enea Bastianini: for them a lackluster Saturday. Fifteenth Franco Morbidelli, 17th Bezzecchi.

Espargarò: “We are the fastest”

«I am happy for all the people of Noale, I am very interested in Sunday but it is nice because it means that we are the fastest. We are working well, Vinales is also making steps forward. It was a pleasure to ride this bike today ». He told Sky Sport Aleix Espargaro, Aprilia rider, after the pole position obtained in the Argentinian MotoGP GP.

Martin: “The pace is very good”

Second time for Jorge Martin, who congratulates Espargaro: «I am very happy – said the Spaniard of Ducati Pramac – even if we did not take pole. I didn’t expect such a lap from Aleix, but we’re in a good moment. The bike is back to that of last year and the pace is very good ».

Marini: “I have shown my potential”

Luca Marini takes a good front row with the third fastest time: «It is a great satisfaction, for the first time I was able to demonstrate the potential I have at my disposal. We had some problems with the bike at the beginning of the year, but with the work we managed to solve almost everything. I feel that our potential can bring us permanently to these positions. I want to thank the whole team ».

Albesiano: “We are at the level of the great”

The technical director of Aprilia, Romano Albesiano, does not hide his satisfaction: «We have always believed in it, since the beginning of this somewhat crazy adventure. The company has shown that it believes in it by investing resources and today we have shown that Aprilia and the Piaggio group are at the level of the great two-wheelers ».

Vinales: “You will have to use your head in the race”

«I am extremely happy for Aleix and Aprilia, I believe this result is deserved. The team is working well, I felt at ease right from the start despite the lack of grip on the asphalt. In the race tomorrow we will have to use our heads, I’m not worried because whatever the final result is, our growth remains and the step we took from Mandalika ».


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