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MotoGP Argentina: McPhee takes Moto3 pole position

Scotland’s John McPhee has taken pole position for tomorrow’s Moto3 race at the Argentine MotoGP round, fending off a late charge from Nico Bulega just as rain begin to fall on the Termas de Rio Honda circuit.

McPhee stuck in a 1’49.094 on his tenth lap and, just as MotoGP commentator Matt Birt speculated that the Oban rider would like some Scottish weather right now, the rain flags came out and it looked as if McPhee had his second career pole nailed.

However, Sky VR46’s Bulega had other ideas and put his nuts on the fire to put in a 1’49.248 on a damp surface and in traffic. Coming over the line, the Italian was celebrating like he had taken a world championship. Jorge Martin completes the front row.

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“I’m really happy with the weekend so far and to claim my first pole position of the year in what is actually the first official qualifying session this season. My pace has been strong from free practice one and I’m able to manage the tyres really well,” said McPhee.

“I did my fastest lap with 10-lap-old tyres so this gives me a lot of confidence going into what should be a really exciting race tomorrow. Really good job from all my team and HRC.”

Aron Canet (Estrella Galicia 0,0) put in a solid session to head the second row, with second Del Conca Gresini Moto3 rider Fabio Di Giannantonio taking fifth in a big leap of progress. Fellow Italian Romano Fenati (Marinelli Rivacold Snipers) locks out the second row in sixth.

Juanfran Guevara took seventh for RBA BOE Racing Team, ahead of Bulega’s team-mate Andrea Migno and an impressive performance from SIC58 Squadra Corse rider Tatsuki Suzuki. Südmetall Schedl GP Racing’s Philipp Oettl completed the top ten.

In the difficult damp conditions late on, championship leader Joan Mir (Leopard Racing) couldn’t improve from P16, with the Red Bull KTM Ajo Team also suffering the weather with Niccolo Antonelli in P14 and Bo Bendsneyder in P17.

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