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April 9, 2017
Maverick Vinales won the 2017 MotoGP Argentina Grand Prix on the Termas de Rio Hondo circuit on Sunday, finishing ahead of Yamaha team-mate Valentino Rossi, while CWM LCR Honda’s Cal Crutchlow also made the podium in third.
Yamaha’s Vinales gained the lead shortly after Marc Marquez took a fall turning the corner at the second turn on the fourth lap. Marquez had entered the race on pole, but the tumble cost him dearly as Vinales seized a lead he never relinquished.
The 22-year-old has now made history by becoming the “first Yamaha rider since Wayne Rainey in 1991 to win the opening two races of the season,” per Ian Marsden of the Daily Telegraph.
Here are the results and timings from the race:
|MotoGP Argentina Grand Prix 2017 Results and Timings|
|3||Cal Crutchlow||CWM LCR Honda||+3.754|
|4||Alvaro Bautista||Aspar Racing||+6.523|
|5||Johann Zarco||Monster Yamaha Tech 3||+15.504|
|6||Jonas Folger||Monster Yamaha Tech 3||+18.241|
|7||Danilo Petrucci||OCTO Pramac Racing||+20.046|
|8||Scott Redding||OCTO Pramac Racing||+25.480|
|10||Karel Abraham||Pull&Bear Aspar Team||+26.403|
|11||Loris Baz||Reale Avintia Racing||+26.952|
|13||Hector Barbera||Reale Avintia Racing||+42.770|
|14||Pol Espargaro||Red Bull KTM Factory Racing||+43.085|
|15||Bradley Smith||Red Bull KTM Factory Racing||+43.452|
|16||Andrea Iannone||Team SUZUKI ECSTAR||+46.219|
Here’s what the overall standings for the MotoGP look after Vinales’ second-straight win this season:
|2017 MotoGP Standings: Round 2|
Defending champion Marquez looked to be in firm control of the race when he bossed the first lap, per MotoGP:
End of the first lap, #MM93 isn’t hanging around – already making a break for it! Crutchlow second from Viñales & Rossi
4/9/2017, 7:03:59 PM
However, disaster befell the favourite on the 12th lap. Marquez took a fall at a particularly tricky corner. The sudden crash was relayed by btsportmotogp:
.@marcmarquez93 is out!
The pole man slides out of this one when he was leading the #ArgentinaGP! 😮 https://t.co/l3jdXzBztH
4/9/2017, 7:10:36 PM
Marquez taking a fall naturally meant the race became wide-open. It also gave an opportunity to the other fancied riders.
Not surprisingly, it was Vinales, the rider chasing after history, who took full advantage:
Fastest lap goes to Viñales out front, while the battle for 4th intensifies between Petrucci, Pedrosa, Bautista & Zarco!
4/9/2017, 7:15:59 PM
Yet while Vinales was making his move, riders further back were finding the same corner that ended the race for Marquez a problem. Dani Pedrosa was the next to fall at the fateful corner, right at the time the 31-year-old was looking like he could make fourth place his own.
Pedrosa’s fall meant Johann Zarco began to force an advantage in the battle for fourth. Further forward, Rossi and Crutchlow were waging a terrific race for second.
Coventry native Crutchlow had the edge until Rossi made his move late on at Turn 5:
Rossi makes his move! He’s up into second past Crutchlow…
The hunt for Viñales begins… can he catch him? #ArgentinaGP https://t.co/jiB7sZnKTU
4/9/2017, 7:33:18 PM
Now it was a straight run for Rossi to try to haul in Vinales. However, the youthful Spaniard didn’t look like he was about to let his lead slip:
Looks like it could well be another masterclass from @maverickmack25 again!
3 laps to go! #ArgentinaGP https://t.co/KVt3u3kqfy
4/9/2017, 7:38:19 PM
True to form, Vinales won with some room to spare to further endorse his credentials as the sport’s burgeoning star.
Reaction to follow.