Take a look at the Combined Practice Times for Friday in Argentina. Two familiar names are at the top, Maverick Viñales (Yamaha) and Marc Marquez (Honda), but several top riders finished well down the pecking order. Dani Pedrosa (Honda) could manage only the 13th quickest lap, but he faired better than Valentino Rossi (Yamaha) in 16th and Jorge Lorenzo (Ducati) in 18th.
Why is Friday’s practice important for this weekend’s race? Because rain is predicted for tomorrow, and if riders are unable to improve their times, Pedrosa, Lorenzo, Rossi and even last week’s runner-up Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati) will not automatically qualify to move to Q2, where the top 10 grid positions are determined.
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