Marc Marquez scored an awesome victory in Argentina today, cool-headedly managing a tricky situation.

Before the start, it was established that a dry race would be run 20 laps “flag to flag,” with a compulsory stop to change motorcycles at the end of lap 9, 10 or 11.

Both Marc and teammate Dani Pedrosa started well, but while Marc slotted into third place on his first lap, Dani was pushed wide by another rider in turn 1 and became stuck in the second group, unable to maintain contact with the front.

Marc took the lead on lap 2 by moving past Rossi and Dovizioso, and he was engaged in a thrilling battle with Rossi for first position until the bike change. On lap 10, he entered the pit a fraction ahead the Italian and re-joined the track in the lead. On his second bike, Marc put in a sequence of fast laps that nobody was able to match, and in five laps he opened up a gap that allowed him to comfortably cross the line with a 7.6-second advantage.

Although Dani’s pace wasn’t as fast as he would have liked, he remained cool and focused, and with Viñales, Dovizioso and Iannone all crashing, he was able to secure the third step of the podium and take over third position in the championship.

Heading to Austin for round 3, Marc now leads the championship by 8 points over Rossi and 14 over Pedrosa.

Marc Marquez

Winner

“I’m really happy with this win because we’ve worked very, very hard during the pre-season, in Qatar and here. Honda is working very well and I feel the support; we’re going in the same direction, and that’s the most important thing. It’s a special win, not only because it’s the first one of the year but also because with the team, we managed the situation very well, and after what happened in Australia on a similar occasion [in 2013], it was important for us to do well. I knew that the first part of the race would be tough because it was still damp in some places, and with the first bike I hadn’t felt as good as with the other one even during practice. I knew that the second part of the race was the key. I pushed 100% in the first five laps after the bike change, I opened a gap and after that I just kept the distance.”

Dani Pedrosa

3rd

“I had a good start but someone, I didn't know who, came straight through the first turn, and I had to pick up my bike and go wide in order to avoid him. If I had kept my line, for sure I would’ve crashed, so I went way out and then found myself in the middle of the group. It was very difficult because the lines they were doing were quite crazy, and of course I lost a lot of ground there. Anyway, my pace wasn’t good, and that’s disappointing, but I tried to keep my line for the entire race. Finally, this was maybe the luckiest day of my career because many riders crashed in front of me and I was able to take third. Last year I wasn’t even here, so it’s positive to be on the podium this time. Anyway, we have to look ahead and keep working hard to improve the bike to be faster.”

MotoGP 2016
Race Round 2   Argentina

Race Classification

Dry
Humidity
97%
Track Temp
27°C
Air Temp
23°C
Pos. Rider Num Nation Points Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Marquez Marc 93 SPA 25 Repsol Honda Team Honda 34'13.628
2 Rossi Valentino 46 ITA 20 Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 7.679
3 Pedrosa Dani 26 SPA 16 Repsol Honda Team Honda 28.100
4 Laverty Eugene 50 IRE 13 Aspar Team Ducati 36.542
5 Barbera Hector 8 SPA 11 Avintia Racing Ducati 36.711
6 Espargaro Pol 44 SPA 10 Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 37.245
7 Bradl Stefan 6 GER 9 Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia 41.353
8 Smith Bradley 38 GBR 8 Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 50.709
9 Rabat Tito 53 SPA 7 Team EG 0,0 Marc VDS Honda 50.983
10 Bautista Alvaro 19 SPA 6 Aspar Team Ducati 1'01.388
11 Espargaro Aleix 41 SPA 5 Team Suzuki Ecstar Suzuki 1'08.868
12 Pirro Michele 51 ITA 4 Ducati Ducati 1'18.987
13 Dovizioso Andrea 4 ITA 3 Ducati Team Ducati 1'33.419
14 Iannone Andrea 29 ITA 0 Ducati Team Ducati 1 lap
15 Crutchlow Cal 35 GBR 0 LCR Honda Honda 1 lap
16 Vinales Maverick 25 SPA 0 Team Suzuki Ecstar Suzuki 3 laps
17 Redding Scott 45 GBR 0 Octo Pramac Yakhnich Ducati 5 laps
18 Baz Loris 76 FRA 0 Avintia Racing Ducati 8 laps
19 Lorenzo Jorge 99 SPA 0 Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 15 laps
20 Miller Jack 43 AUS 0 Team EG 0,0 Marc VDS Honda 17 laps
21 Hernandez Yonny 68 COL 0 Aspar Team Ducati 18 laps
Location Information

The Termas de Río Hondo Circuit is located 6km from the city which gives the venue its name, in the Province of Santiago del Estero. It was built in a 150 hectare area and officially inaugurated on May 11, 2008, during the visit of Argentina´s Touring Car Racing championship. In… read more.

Length 4.806 kilometres / 2.986 miles
Width 16 metres
Left corners 5
Right corners 9
Longest straight 1.076 kilometres / 0.669 miles
Constructed 2008
Modified 2013

Autódromo Provincial Termas de Río Hondo, Termas de Río Hondo, Santiago del Estero Province, Argentina - View in Google Maps

www.autodromotermas.com

Records

Pole Position 1m 37.683s (177.1km/h) Marc Marquez (Honda, 2014)
Race Lap 1m 39.019s (174.7 km/h) Valentino Rossi (Yamaha, 2015)
Race Time 34m13.628s (168.4 km/h) Marc Marquez (Honda, 2016) *shortened race
2017 Race Winner Maverick Vinales (Yamaha)