MotoGP 2018: Crutchlow wins in Argentina as Marquez plays around rules

MotoGP 2018: Crutchlow wins in Argentina as Marquez plays around rules

At an exciting race during which Honda's reigning world champion Marc Marquez was punished to get a crash using Yamaha's Italian wonderful Valentino Rossi, Frenchman Johann Zarco finished a close moment to Tech3 Yamaha.

Repsol Honda rider Marquez was earlier hit with a ride-through penalty after turning his bike back and riding the wrong way down the track before the race started.

Italy's Valentino Rossi has accused Marc Marquez of deliberately crashing into riders at the Argentina MotoGP, saying he is "scared" to race with him.

For more on what Rossi, Marquez and victor Cal Crutchlow had to say and a full analysis of the dramatic Argentinian Grand Prix, pick up Wednesday's MCN. Another independent rider and last race's pole position holder, Yamaha Tech-3 rider Johann Zarco impressed again, claiming thirrd spot on the grid with 1:47.350 seconds. He quickly built an advantage while his race start was under review, and the stewards ended up assessing a ride-through penalty. Other mistakes were made by Race Direction on the grid, and others were due to the hard conditions, but one thing I know for sure: "never in my career have I intentionally hit another rider". During this interview, attention turned to whether Marquez deserves to be disqualified for his race conduct: "He shouldn't be disqualified, he was already punished in the race".

Pole sitter Jack Miller finished fourth, behind victor Cal Crutchlow, at a damp and chaotic Argentine MotoGP race.

"Marquez is always there, Rossi nearly always". I mean Valentino also ran out a little bit. This left Miller's Ducati GP17 the only bike on the grid in his well-earned pole position. In total, Marquez receives an incredible three penalties throughout the race, so despite being the fastest man on the track, has an extreme battle on his hands to win this one.

With less than five laps remaining, the tussle for the race lead was getting serious as Rins managed to plunge ahead of Miller, but the Aussie rider always had better drive to regain the lead.

"But from Friday morning on, Marquez did this to (Maverick) Vinales, to (Andrea) Dovizioso, to me, and on Saturday morning, and (on Sunday) he went straight through four riders". In the end, it was Crutchlow who snatched victory from Zarco by just 0.251s!

Zarco would take second, with Alex Rins finishing third to take his first ever podium in the MotoGP class. Jack Miller would finish fourth. Andrea Dovizioso finished sixth, just in front of Tito Rabat who wrapped up a solid weekend with a great result in seventh.

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