Rain that fell just before the MotoGP race deeply affected the Grand Prix of Argentina, as well as Marc Marquez’s and Dani Pedrosa’s races.

Dani crashed out of the postponed race before the end of the first lap when he went off the dry line following a move by Johann Zarco. Dani suffered a hard blow to his right wrist and will undergo further medical examinations next week in Barcelona.

Marc was first given a ride-through penalty for returning to his grid position aboard his bike after restarting a stalled engine. He complied with the penalty at the end of lap six when he had been leading the way, 1.5 seconds clear of Jack Miller, and re-joined in 20th. Marc was quickly charging through the field to recover, but unfortunately he touched a wet patch and unintentionally clashed with Valentino Rossi on lap 20. An additional penalty of 30 seconds dropped Marc from fifth to 18th after the end of the race.

The race was won by Cal Crutchlow, who earned Honda its 750th Grand Prix win. This is the first time a manufacturer has reached this landmark in the 70-year history of Grand Prix motorcycle racing.

Marc Marquez

18th

“It was a tricky race, in very tough conditions, with several drawbacks. Just before the start I had an issue with the engine, which stopped. We’ll look into it later. Anyway, I put my hands up but nobody was there. I was able to restart the bike and then I looked for some input from the marshals, as I wasn’t sure if, with the bike running again, I should go to my place on the grid or back to the pits. One marshal raised his hands, and a second one gave the thumbs up, which I interpreted to mean I could stay. When I saw the penalty message on the dashboard, I didn’t understand why, but I of course complied. Then I obviously tried push to recover and unfortunately I made some mistakes, the biggest one I believe being with Aleix. I approached faster than him and I didn’t realize it. I tried my best to avoid contact but unfortunately I wasn’t able.  I saw the penalty and, to be safe, gave up two positions, not just one, before starting to push again. With Valentino it was different, as it was a consequence of the track conditions. I touched a wet patch, locked the front, and released the brakes. I tried to turn, again making my best effort to avoid contact. When he crashed I immediately apologised. It was a racing incident as happened earlier with Zarco and Dani, and then with Petrucci and Aleix. It was a tricky Sunday. Of course today I made some mistakes, which I recognize. Other mistakes were made by Race Direction on the grid, and others were due to the difficult conditions, but one thing I know for sure: never in my career have I intentionally hit another rider.”

Dani Pedrosa

DNF

“There’s not much to say about the race. I think we did a great job during the weekend, and I was also riding very well. My race ended before I finished the first lap. Race Direction needs to look after every rider’s safety. Right now I have a lot of pain in my right wrist. I’ll have it checked again in Barcelona on Tuesday.”

MotoGP 2018
Race Round 2   Argentina

Race

Mixed
Humidity
94%
Track Temp
23°C
Air Temp
22°C
Pos. Rider Num Nation Points Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Crutchlow Cal 35 GBR 25 LCR Honda Honda 40'36.342
2 Zarco Johann 5 FRA 20 Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 0.251
3 Rins Alex 42 SPA 16 Team Suzuki Ecstar Suzuki 2.501
4 Miller Jack 43 AUS 13 Alma Pramac Racing Ducati 4.390
5 Vinales Maverick 25 SPA 11 Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 14.941
6 Dovizioso Andrea 4 ITA 10 Ducati Team Ducati 22.533
7 Rabat Tito 53 SPA 9 Reale Avintia Racing Ducati 23.026
8 Iannone Andrea 29 ITA 8 Team Suzuki Ecstar Suzuki 23.921
9 Syahrin Hafizh 55 MAL 7 Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 24.311
10 Petrucci Danilo 9 ITA 6 Alma Pramac Racing Ducati 26.003
11 Espargaro Pol 44 SPA 5 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 31.022
12 Redding Scott 45 GBR 4 Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia 31.891
13 Nakagami Takaaki 30 JPN 3 LCR Honda Honda 32.452
14 Morbidelli Franco 21 ITA 2 EG 0,0 Marc VDS Honda 42.061
15 Lorenzo Jorge 99 SPA 1 Ducati Team Ducati 42.274
16 Bautista Alvaro 19 SPA 0 Angel Nieto Team Ducati 42.625
17 Luthi Tom 12 SWI 0 EG 0,0 Marc VDS Honda 43.350
18 Marquez Marc 93 SPA 0 Repsol Honda Team Honda 43.860
19 Rossi Valentino 46 ITA 0 Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 52.082
20 Abraham Karel 17 CZE 0 Angel Nieto Team Ducati 1'03.944
21 Simeon Xavier 10 BEL 0 Reale Avintia Racing Ducati 1'10.144
22 Smith Bradley 38 GBR 0 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM DNF
23 Espargaro Aleix 41 SPA 0 Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia DNF
24 Pedrosa Dani 26 SPA 0 Repsol Honda Team Honda DNF
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
2018 Race Winner Cal Crutchlow (Honda)