Spain's biker Marc Marquez, rides his Honda during the MotoGP free practice of the Argentina Grand Prix at Termas de Rio Hondo circuit, in Santiago del Estero, Argentina on April 7, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / JUAN MABROMATA (Photo credit should read JUAN MABROMATA/AFP/Getty Images)

The Argentina GP race weekend began last night with Repsol Honda Team rider Marc Marquez second-fastest at 1'39.778” after a very close FP2 session that ended with the top 15 riders separated by less than one second.

Following a busy FP1 on a dirty track and a crash without consequences in turn 2 early in the session, Marc made significant progress in the afternoon, knocking more than a second off his morning's best and setting a promising pace with the Michelin hard front and rear tyres.

"I'm quite happy with today because although we still have some issues to sort out, we're not far from the top. As always happens here in Argentina, today the track was quite slippery in the beginning, and I crashed this morning because I was pushing a little too hard and went a bit off line," he said.

"Anyway, after that we worked really hard and found a promising setup. We're still missing something, and tomorrow we'll try to improve in the second sector, especially the acceleration at turns 3 and 4.”