MotoGP – super Cal is fantastic, Marquez is atrocious

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  1. Simon

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    LCR Honda rider Cal Crutchlow produced a stunning ride to emerge victorious in an action-packed Argentina Grand Prix.

    Mixed wet conditions, a delayed start, penalties and crashes ensured it was a wild race at the Autodromo Termas de Rio Hondo, but Crutchlow held his nerve superbly to see off the challenge of Johann Zarco to clinch his third career MotoGP win and the 750th for Honda in the premier class.

    Starting from the fourth row, Crutchlow moved through the field and took advantage of a start penalty that was handed to a charging Marc Marquez. Moving past Zarco and Alex Rins to claim second, the Briton hit the front seven laps from the end when leader and polesitter Jack Miller went wide at a corner.

    Crutchlow managed the closing stages expertly, keeping Zarco at bay to seal a memorable triumph.

    The Briton is currently leading the world classification with 38 points.

    Crutchlow, said: “It was nice to win, but it was to be expected to be honest. I came into the weekend thinking I could leave here with a chance of being first or second with Marc (Marquez) and we ended up winning. I was comfortable in the battle, I felt I took no risks and stayed with riders that I probably could have dropped should I have needed to.

    “We have to be pleased, the team has done a fantastic job in the last two races and I think we could have fought for victory no matter which circuit it would have been this weekend. Now we go to Austin and we’ll aim for the top five and look to come out of there with strong points. This year I said I wanted to win some races! It’s really nice to be part of that group of riders that have been able to win these 750 races for Honda. I’ve been supported very well by them in the last few years and this year the support is even better.”

    It was a race to forget for Repsol Honda's Marc Marquez, who dominated the post-race headlines for all the wrong reasons – stalling on the grid, riding the wrong way through the grid too reclaim his starting position, riding into Aprilia's Aleix Espargaro and then forcing Yamaha's Valentino track while battling for sixth.

    Rossi remounted his Yamaha to finish 19th and although Marquez finished in fifth, he was bumped down the pecking order to 18th after being slapped with a 30-second penalty.
    #1 Simon, Apr 9, 2018
    Last edited: Apr 9, 2018

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