Race day in Argentina gave us some big surprises, but there was no surprise that Yamaha’s Maverick Vinales took his second victory of the season, securing his place at the top of the championship standings.
However, there were some big names that didn’t make it over the line. Jorge Lorenzo has been struggling after making the switch to Ducati. He qualified in a measly 16th position but didn’t even manage to make it through the first corner in the race. The Spaniard and his Desmo went sliding into the gravel, bringing his Argentinian GP to a premature end.
One crash we didn’t expect to see was from the reigning world champion Marc Marquez. He’d had a great start off the line after starting from pole position but unusually for the Honda rider he just couldn’t make it stick and slid out of the lead with 22 laps to go, practically handing the win to Vinales. In fact, it just wasn’t a good weekend for Honda at all as just a few laps after Marquez crashed out, his team mate Dani Pedrosa followed suit. Fortunately, both riders are okay.
Another team that just weren’t having any luck was Team Suzuki Ecstar. First, Andrea Iannone received a ride through penalty for a jump start off the line and then his already injured team mate Alex Rins suffered a small crash – talk about bad luck.
Do we all remember last year’s Argentina GP, where Iannone took out Dovizioso? Well poor Dovi must’ve been cursing as he was taken out of the race for the second year running – this time by Aleix Espargaro. Both riders were okay, and Espargaro proved to be the gentleman as he dashed over to make sure Dovi was okay.
In the end, Vinales reigned surpreme and Rossi wasn’t far behind. As he completed his 350th GP start, he brought it home in 2nd to complete the Yamaha 1 – 2. Britain’s Cal Crutchlow also had a solid ride, and rounded out the podium.
In Moto3, Joan Mir took his second win of the season. He was contested by John McPhee who was right on his tail until they crossed the line with just 0.261s separating the two of them. Jorge Martin rounded out the podium in 3rd.
And finally Moto2. It was a Marc VDS battle throughout between Franco Morbidelli and Alex Marquez. Franco got a good start off the line and had the advantage right up until the last few laps. Marquez managed to pass Franco, but with just half a lap to go until the chequered flag was waved, Marquez slid into the gravel and pulled the plug on what could’ve been his first win. Franco Morbidelli crossed the line in first, followed by Miguel Olivera and Thomas Luthi.
That’s your lot from this year’s Argentina GP. The MotoGP grid will next head to COTA, where we all know that Marquez is absolutely unstoppable. Will Vinales be able to break Marc’s winning streak?
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