Marquez storms to third MotoGP pole in Argentina

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Marc Marquez will start Sunday’s MotoGP Grand Prix of Argentina from pole position after setting the pace in qualifying despite crashing out late on.

Marquez and his Honda team suffered a difficult pre-season getting to grips with the new Michelin tires in the series, but returned to the front of the pack on Saturday at the Autodromo Termas de Rio Hondo.

An early Q2 lap of 1:39.411 proved to be good enough for pole, but a late crash left Marquez at risk of being beaten in the closing stages of the session.

However, Yamaha riders Valentino Rossi and Jorge Lorenzo were unable to capitalize on their rival’s mistake, finishing second and third respectively to hand Marquez his third pole in Argentina.

“I’m happy with how the bike is going and with the pace we have,” Marquez said after qualifying.

“Tomorrow it will be vital to choose our rear tire well, because with the soft I feel very good but I do not know if we can use it. We will have to wait for the decision from Michelin.

“We know what my crashes today were due to; the first was down to changing the setup but the second was because we pushed too hard. That is what happens in the qualifying session. Tomorrow we’ll give everything we have in the race.”

Michelin is set to decide on which tires can be used in tomorrow’s race overnight after final practice had to be halted twice due to concerns about its compounds following an issue for Scott Redding.

Following Marquez, Rossi and Lorenzo, Dani Pedrosa finished fourth for Honda ahead of the Ducati duo of Andrea Dovizioso and Andrea Iannone. Maverick Vinales qualified seventh for Suzuki, leading Hector Barbera and Cal Crutchlow. Pol Espargaro rounded out the top 10 in Q2.

Max Verstappen is PointsBet favorite to score sixth staight in 2022 Singapore Grand Prix

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Max Verstappen is the PointsBet Sportsbook odds favorite to win the 2022 Singapore Grand Prix on the Marina Bay Street course to stretch his current win streak to six consecutive. He shows odds of -200 this week.

Formula 1 did not compete in Singapore in 2020 or 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but Verstappen has podium finishes in his last two attempts on this track. he was second in 2018 and third in 2019. In the first 15 races of this season, he has failed to stand on the podium only twice and has an average finish of 2.73.

With minus odds, the way to determine a payout is by subtraction. In order for a bettor to earn $100, he must wager $200 this week; with that wager, he will get back his initial stake and winnings of $100.

For bettors more comfortable with fractional odds, a bet of +300 is the same as 3/1.

Charles Leclerc is ranked second this week with +400 odds. He has two previous Singapore GP starts to his credit with a best of second in 2019. He is coming off back-to-back podium finishes with a third in the Dutch GP and a second at Monza.

Ranked third is Carlos Sainz, Jr. with a line of +1100. He has top-five finishes in four of his last five starts, but only one of these, a third in the Belgian GP, was on the podium. Sainz is one of four winners other than Verstappen this season. His victory came in the British GP.

Lewis Hamilton shows a line of +1200. His last win came last fall in the Saudi Arabian GP and the Mercedes team has struggled to contend for victory in 2022. They are improving, however, with eight top-fives in the last nine races. Hamilton has two wins in his last three Singapore starts, which came in 2017 and 2018.

Rounding out the top five is Hamilton’s teammate George Russell at +1800. He has not won, but has shown remarkable consistency with top-fives in all but one race. Notably, his only bad finish came in his home GP in England. Russell has one previous start at Marina Bay; he finished last in the 2019 race. He finished fourth in 2019 as part of a four-race streak of top-fives.

The most recent Singapore GP winner from 2019, Sebastian Vettel is a longshot at +50000.

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