Moto GP

Rossi Rules MotoGP‰Û÷s Argentine Adventure


Movistar Yamaha MotoGP‰Û÷s Valentino Rossi ended his Argentine adventure in style today with a sensational victory in the Gran Premio de la Rep̼blica Argentina.

Starting from a less than perfect eighth position on the grid, Rossi was immediately in the middle of the pack fighting for first corner position. Taking a lap to find his rhythm he then started his move up the field, taking first Danilo Petrucci and then Aleix EspargarÌ_ to move into sixth.

With 20 laps to go his teammate Lorenzo was next as the Doctor continued his charge towards the front.

The next pack to be dispatched were Andrea Iannone, then Cal Crutchlow and finally Andrea Dovizioso to put the Movistar Yamaha MotoGP rider in second position. Rossi then had the seemingly impossible task of closing a gap of over four seconds to leading rider Marc Marquez.

The nine-time world champion then delivered a performance for the record books, putting the hammer down and cutting the lead lap by lap to reel Marquez in with just two laps remaining. A fast exchange of positions followed through turns two, three and four, with Rossi exiting turn five in the lead.

In his rush to counter attack, Marquez then clipped Rossi‰Û÷s back wheel on the exit, crashing out of contention.

"It's a great victory, we made the right decision and started with the extra hard tyre." Rossi said. "When I saw Marc start with the red one I knew that he would try to push at the beginning.

"I made a great start but on the first corner Iannone pushed me on the outside. Step by step I came back, and when I arrived in second Marc had a little more than four seconds lead. I knew the race was long, so I knew he could have some difficulty. Catching him lap by lap, I could see him far away but coming closer and closer, it was a great taste!

"I overtook him in braking, but he is a rider who is all or nothing, he touched me in the corner, then he touched me again as I was accelerating, I think he made a mistake and he crashed.

"It's a shame because it could have been a great fight on the last lap. In three races we have demonstrated we can be competitive everywhere and fight for the championship."

Repsol Honda's Marquez was obviously disappointed with the final out come and now has some work to do with Rossi taking a big points lead away from Argentina

‰ÛÏIt‰Ûªs a shame what happened, because we were having a good race!" Marquez stated. "It was interesting, because our tyre choice was different from Valentino‰Ûªs as I felt we were not as competitive with the harder compound.

"The strategy was working out well for us ‰ÛÒ it‰Ûªs just a pity about the last two laps. When I saw that he was closing in on me, I decided to conserve the tyres a little. On the final laps I went back to riding in the low 1'39s to check that the tyres were still in good shape, and knew that we would be fighting to the end.

"When he caught me, we fought for a few corners and unfortunately we touched and I crashed. I've always said that he's my idol and my reference, so you always learn things from him. Now we have to think about Jerez and begin to recover points."

Andrea Dovizioso secured yet another second place race result to hold down second place in the championship standings, just six markers behind Rossi.

Cal Crutchlow raced to his first podium finish with the LCR Honda team and was the leading Honda rider in the field, with the second Honda riding being Scott Redding down in 9th position.

Andrea Iannone just missed giving Ducati a 2-3 result, finishing a fraction of a second behind Crutchlow, while Jorge Lorenzo was left to settle for a fifth place finish.

Bradley Smith lead up the Monster Yamaha Tech3 team in 6th place, one position ahead of the ever improving Suzuki MotoGP team with Aleix Espargaro, while brother Pol aboard the second Monster Yamaha finished in 8th and Maverick VInales on the second Suzuki rounded out the top ten.

Australia's Jack Miller continued his rapid improvement in the MotoGP class locking down his best result to date in 12th position.

Race Results
1 Valentino Rossi 41'35.644 ITA YAMAHA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP 2 Andrea Dovizioso 5.685 ITA DUCATI Ducati Team 3 Cal Crutchlow 8.298 GBR HONDA CWM LCR Honda 4 Andrea Iannone 8.352 ITA DUCATI Ducati Team 5 Jorge Lorenzo 10.192 ESP YAMAHA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP 6 Bradley Smith 19.876 GBR YAMAHA Monster Yamaha Tech 3 7 Aleix Espargaro 24.333 ESP SUZUKI Team Suzuki MotoGP 8 Pol Espargaro 27.670 ESP YAMAHA Monster Yamaha Tech 3 9 Scott Redding 34.397 GBR HONDA Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS 10 Maverick Vinales 34.808 ESP SUZUKI Team Suzuki MotoGP 11 Danilo Petrucci 40.206 ITA DUCATI Pramac Racing 12 Jack Miller 42.654 AUS HONDA CWM LCR Honda 13 Hector Barbera 42.729 ESP AVINTIA Avintia Racing 14 Loris Baz 42.853 FORWARD YAMAHA Forward Racing 15 Stefan Bradl 43.037 GER FORWARD YAMAHA Forward Racing 16 Nicky Hayden 43.252 USA HONDA Drive M7 Aspar 17 Eugene Laverty 43.400 HONDA Drive M7 Aspar 18 Mike De Meglio 43.808 FRA AVINTIA Avintia Racing 19 Alvaro Bautista 44.878 ESP APRILIA Aprilia Racing Team Gresini 20 Marco Melandri 56.236 APRILIA Aprilia Racing Team Gresini 21 Karel Abraham 1'03.371 CZE HONDA AB Motoracing 22 Alex de Angelis 1'08.444 ART Octo IodaRacing Team 23 Hiroshi Aoyama DNF JPN HONDA Repsol Honda Team 24 Marc Marquez DNF ESP HONDA Repsol Honda Team 25 Yonny Hernandez DNF COL DUCATI Pramac Racing Championship standings 1 Valentino Rossi 66 pts 2 Andrea Dovizioso 60 pts 3 Andrea Iannone 40 pts 4 Jorge Lorenzo 37 pts 5 Marc Marquez 36 pts 6 Cal Crutchlow 34 pts 7 Bradley Smith 28 pts 8 Aleix Espargaro 22 pts 9 Danilo Petrucci 15 pts 10 Pol Espargaro 15 pts 11 Maverick Vinales 15 pts 12 Dani Pedrosa 10 pts 13 Scott Redding 10 pts 14 Hector Barbera 8 pts 15 Jack Miller 6 pts

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