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Marc Marquez Clinches Breath-Taking Pole for Red Bull GP of Argentina

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Defending World Champion Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda Team RC213V) made sure of a second successive pole position for tomorrow‰Ûªs Argentine Grand Prix, taking an extra third outing in the crucial qualifying quarter-hour to extend his time advantage still further.

He is better than half a second ahead of closest rival Aleix Espargaro (Suzuki).

It was a repeat of his pole here last year, on the first visit to the far-flung but well-liked Termas de Rio Hondo circuit, more than 1,000 km north-west of Buenos Aires in the Argentine hinterland. Back then, Marquez went on to win the race, his third consecutive victory at the start of a run of ten wins in a row as he marched relentlessly to win a second MotoGP title.

‰ÛÏI am happy today, because we were able to fight for pole and eventually got it." Marquez said. "It was a lot of fun, because we used a three-tyre strategy and it worked well.

"It is important to start from the front tomorrow, because the track is quite dirty and that makes it harder to overtake. We‰Ûªll see what happens; we expect a pretty tough race with even higher temperatures than today.

"My strongest rivals ‰ÛÒ Jorge and Valentino ‰ÛÒ are starting from the second and third rows, so I hope to have a good start and a strong race.‰Û

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