Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Team's Maverick Viñales and Valentino Rossi soldiered on during a wet second day at the Termas de Río Hondo Circuit. They secured a 9th and 11th starting position respectively for tomorrow's Gran Premio de la República Argentina.
Termas de Río Hondo (Argentina), 7th April 2018
Movistar Yamaha MotoGP's Maverick Viñales and Valentino Rossi qualified in 9th and 11th position on the grid for tomorrow's Gran Premio de la República Argentina.
Viñales didn’t waste any time to commence the 15-minute shoot-out. He was fast to leave the team’s pit box as he had planned on making a firm challenge for the front rows. However, it soon became clear that the mixed track conditions caused him to struggle to find grip, putting a damper on his time-attack efforts.
Opting for staying out on wet tyres throughout Q2, the Spaniard completed eight laps in total. His best time was set on his very last try, when he posted a 1'49.044s for ninth place, 1.891s from first.
Rossi also quickly headed out of pit lane at the start of the qualifying session, hoping to find clear space on track. However, the nine-time World Champion had the same non-stop strategy as his teammate and shared a similar experience, as he was unable to find a good feeling.
The treacherous conditions caused the Italian rider to run wide when he was on route for a hot lap, which led him to lose time and he got pushed back to twelfth place. But, not one to be defeated easily, he responded by picking up one place on his final attempt. He set a 1'49.326s for 11th position, 2.173s from the front.
Today's qualifying results will see Viñales and Rossi start tomorrow’s race from the third and fourth row of the grid. Tomorrow the Movistar Yamaha MotoGP teammates will continue the action at 10:40 - 11:00 (local track time, GMT-3) in the morning warm-up session, followed by the race at 15:00.