Movistar Yamaha rider Maverick Vinales proved his win at MotoGP Round One was no fluke when he won round two convincingly last Sunday in Argentina.
From the grid it was reigning world champion Mark Marquez who hit the lead, pulling a gap of nearly two seconds on the field, but his pace was too hot and he lost the front wheel on the second lap to crash and hand the race to Vinales.
Vinales stayed ahead of all the drama behind him and finished with his team mate Valentino Rossi half a second behind and Cal Crutchlow on his LCR Honda crossing the line in third.
It was Rossi’s second consecutive podium and in his 350th World Championship start.
Behind the leaders Dani Pedrosa finally got past Johann Zarco after a hard duel. Pedrosa then put his head down to set the fastest lap of the race until he too crashed in the same corner as his Honda team mate Marquez.
Andrea Dovizioso on the Desmo Ducati was dicing with Aleix Espargaro on the Aprilia until he lost the front – sliding helplessly into the Italian and forcing both out the race.
Behind them Aussie Jack Miller finished well with another top ten result in ninth and the Red Bull KTM Factory Racing riders continued to edge closer to the action with Pol Espargaro and Bradley Smith scoring a 14th and15th place respectively. KTM is now scoring points from both riders in only their second MotoGP round.
Ducati’s Jorge Lorenzo started way back on the grid. After a strong start
the five-time World Champion crashed out early after tangling with Andrea Iannone on the Suzuki.
MotoGP Round Two Results – Argentina
- Maverick Viñales ESP Yamaha YZR-M1 41m 45.060s
2. Valentino Rossi ITA Yamaha YZR-M1 41m 47.975s
3. Cal Crutchlow GBR LCR Honda RC213V 41m 48.814s
4. Alvaro Bautista ESP Desmosedici GP16 41m 51.583s
5. Johann Zarco FRA Yamaha Tech 3
6. Jonas Folger GER Yamaha Tech 3
7. Danilo Petrucci ITA Desmosedici GP17
8. Scott Redding GBR Desmosedici GP16
9. Jack Miller AUS
10. Karel Abraham CZE
11.Loris Baz ITA
- Tito Rabat ESP
13. Hector Barbera ESP
14. Pol Espargaro ESP KTM RC16)
15. Bradley Smith GBR KTM RC16)
16. Andrea Iannone ITA Suzuki GSX-RR
Andrea Dovizioso ITA Desmosedici GP17
Aleix Espargaro ESP Aprilia Gresini RS-GP)
Dani Pedrosa ESP Honda Team RC213V
Sam Lowes GBR Aprilia RS-GP
Alex Rins ESP Suzuki GSX-RR
Marc Marquez ESP Honda RC213V)
Jorge Lorenzo ESP Desmosedici GP17