Ducati Team Riders Secure Fifth and Sixth Row Starts For Argentina GP

Andrea Dovizioso 13th and Jorge Lorenzo 16th in qualifying

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Andrea Dovizioso, Ducati Team, Gran Premio Motul de la República Argentina Qualifying 2017Courtesy of Ducati Team

Dark clouds greeted the MotoGP riders this morning at the Termas de Río Hondo circuit and the rain began to fall shortly before the start of the FP3 session. As a result, the two Ducati Team riders did not have a chance to improve their times from yesterday and had to take part in Q1 early in the afternoon. Dovizioso immediately set an excellent time, but he was passed by Rossi and then Pedrosa in the final seconds of the session and finished third, missing out on access to Q2 by just a fraction. The Italian rider will start tomorrow's race from the fifth row of the grid in thirteenth place, while Jorge Lorenzo, sixth in Q1, will start from row 6 three places behind his team-mate.

The Argentina GP is scheduled to get underway tomorrow at 4 pm local time (21.00 CET).

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Andrea Dovizioso, Ducati Team, Gran Premio Motul de la República Argentina Qualifying 2017Courtesy of Ducati Team

Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati Team #04)
13th: 1'49.488

“Unfortunately this morning I wasn’t able to complete the FP3 session because it began to rain and so in the end I didn’t get into the top 10. In Q1, despite having set a good time, I ended up in third place in the final seconds of the session and it was a real pity because I’m sure that in Q2 we could have obtained a good position on the grid, which is very important here. If that’s the way it went, then it means that we still have to improve a lot of things, but even though I’m starting down the grid, I think we have every possibility of moving up and doing a good race.”

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Jorge Lorenzo, Ducati Team, Gran Premio Motul de la República Argentina Qualifying 2017Courtesy of Ducati Team

Jorge Lorenzo (Ducati Team #99)
16th: 1'50.310

“It was a pity about today’s rain, because I’m sure we could have improved our position in dry conditions a lot. Unfortunately in both FP3 and Q1 we couldn’t take advantage of the improvements that we found with a new riding position on the bike, even though I know I still need time to get used to it. Tomorrow however it should be dry and let’s see if I can manage to put in a better performance in the race than I did in practice.”

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STARTING GRID

FRONT ROW
1. M. MARQUEZ REPSOL HONDA TEAM 1'47.512
2. K. ABRAHAM PULL&BEAR ASPAR TEAM 1'48.275
3. C. CRUTCHLOW LCR HONDA 1'48.278
SECOND ROW
4. D. PETRUCCI OCTO PRAMAC RACING 1'48.908
5. D. PEDROSA REPSOL HONDA TEAM 1'49.008
6. M. VIÑALES MOVISTAR YAMAHA MOTOGP 1'49.218
THIRD ROW
7. V. ROSSI MOVISTAR YAMAHA MOTOGP 1'49.272
8. A. ESPARGARÒ APRILIA RACING TEAM GRESINI 1'49.323
9. L. BAZ REALE AVINTIA RACING 1'49.630
FOURTH ROW
10. A. BAUTISTA PULL&BEAR ASPAR TEAM 1'49.724
11. J. FOLGER MONSTER YAMAHA TECH3 1'49.825
12. A. IANNONE TEAM SUZUKI ECSTAR 1'50.725
FIFTH ROW
13. A. DOVIZIOSO DUCATI TEAM 1'49.488
14. J. ZARCO MONSTER YAMAHA TECH3 1'49.916
15. S. REDDING OCTO PRAMAC RACING 1'50.048
SIXTH ROW
16. J. LORENZO DUCATI TEAM 1'50.310
17. J. MILLER TEAM EG 0,0 MARC VDS 1'50.319
18. P. ESPARGARÒ RED BULL KTM FACTORY RACING 1'50.673
SEVENTH ROW
19. B. SMITH RED BULL KTM FACTORY RACING 1'50.676
20. T. RABAT TEAM EG 0,0 MARC VDS 1'50.910
21. H. BARBERA REALE AVINTIA RACING 1'51.058
EIGHTH ROW
22. S. LOWES APRILIA RACING TEAM GRESINI 1'51.199
23. A. RINS TEAM SUZUKI ECSTAR 1'52.340