Dominant Márquez storms to pole in Argentina
26 April 2014 – Marc Márquez's dominant start to the 2014 season continued as he claimed pole position for the third round of the season in Argentina.
World Champion Márquez laid down a marker early on in the session at the Autódromo Termas de Río Hondo and promptly lowered his own benchmark to end the session almost three-quarters of a second clear of Yamaha's Jorge Lorenzo.
Márquez was the only rider to dip beneath the 1:38 barrier as he lapped the circuit in 1:37.683 as he took his fourth successive MotoGP pole position.
Dani Pedrosa was the only other rider to get within a second of Márquez and will round out the front row of the grid in third place.
Aleix Espargaró will start from fourth on the grid, ahead of Italian riders Andrea Dovizioso and Valentino Rossi.
Bradley Smith progressed through from Q1 and set the seventh fastest time, with Andrea Iannone in eighth.
Stefan Bradl crashed at Turn 2 and landed heavily on his back shortly after setting his hot lap and sat out the remainder of the session. His initial time was nonetheless fast enough for ninth.
Álvaro Bautista will start from 10th, ahead of Pol Espargaró and Nicky Hayden.
Scott Redding and Colin Edwards briefly flirted with Q2 progression but they just missed out during Q1 and will start from 13th and 14th on the grid, ahead of Karel Abraham and Hiroshi Aoyama.
Yonny Hernández will start the race from 17th, with Broc Parkes in 18th and Ducati's Michele Pirro – replacing the injured Cal Crutchlow – in 19th.
Michael Laverty, Héctor Barberá, Mike Di Meglio and Danilo Petrucci rounded out the riders.