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.
|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||EG 0,0 Marc VDS||Honda||50.983|
|10||Bautista Alvaro||19||SPA||6||Aprilia Racing Team Gresini||Aprilia||1'01.388|
|11||Espargaro Aleix||41||SPA||5||Team Suzuki Ecstar||Suzuki||1'08.868|
|12||Pirro Michele||51||ITA||4||Mission Winnow Ducati||Ducati||1'18.987|
|13||Dovizioso Andrea||4||ITA||3||Mission Winnow Ducati||Ducati||1'33.419|
|14||Iannone Andrea||29||ITA||0||Mission Winnow Ducati||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||EG 0,0 Marc VDS||Honda||17 laps|
|21||Hernandez Yonny||68||COL||0||Aspar Team||Ducati||18 laps|
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|
|Longest straight||1.076 kilometres / 0.669 miles|
|Resurfacing||Partly resurfaced before 2018 GP|
Autódromo Provincial Termas de Río Hondo, Termas de Río Hondo, Santiago del Estero Province, Argentina - View in Google Maps
|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|
|2018 Race Winner||Cal Crutchlow (Honda)|