The Argentina GP turned out to be the most memorable one in recent history. British rider Cal Crutchlow on his LCR Honda ended up the unlikely winner, for his third ever MotoGP win, ahead of Zarco and Rins. But there was a whole different race being battled out by Marc Marquez who ended up 18th ahead of Valentino Rossi in 19th.

The race began with a rather awkward arrangement on the starting grid to accommodate all the riders who chose to switch tyres in the changeable conditions ahead of the race. Only Jack Miller had selected properly and he was given a solitary start position well ahead of the whole pack who had their places marked out from the rear of the grid, to avoid a mass pitlane start.

Then to add to the confusion, Marc Marquez managed to stall his bike as he got back after the warm up lap. He managed to push start the bike but was all over the grid and didn’t seem to hear the marshal asking him to do a pitlane start. Back in his slot, Marquez was hot in pursuit of Miller on lights out, while teammate Dani Pedrosa got taken out by a racing incident with Johann Zarco on a wet patch of track.

For some time it looked like Marquez would get away ahead, till he was forced to take his ride through penalty, bringing him back to 19th. In the meantime, Miller was under pressure from the other three riders – Zarco, Crutchlow and Alex Rins on his Suzuki Ecstar. The fight saw Rins grab the lead for a short while, only to have a barging Crutchlow take it back.

in the meantime Marc Marquez was putting out quickest laps in succession, moving up the field, although his over aggressiveness saw him tail-end Aleix Espargaro, for which he had to give up a position. Then he went on hammer and tongs up behind the two Yamahas of Rossi and Viñales, managing to shove Rossi on to the wet grass and knocking him off the bike. Rossi managed a restart but was way down the order by then.

The finish saw Crutchlow come in ahead of a charging Zarco with Rins seemingly happy to stay on third. Marquez finished fourth, having managed to leapfrog Viñales, but a 30 second penalty given to him for the Rossi incident effectively took him back to 18th, just ahead of an aggrieved Rossi.

The championship battle is well and truly on, with Crutchlow actually ahead at the moment. And the old Marquez – Rossi feud is back on the burner, with Rossi rebuffing Marquez’ attempt at an apology post race.

2018 MotoGP Riders

Bike NoNameTeam2018 season2017 season
93Marc MarquezRepsol Honda321298
4Andrea DoviziosoDucati220261
46Valentino RossiMovistar Yamaha195208
25Maverick ViñalesMovistar Yamaha193230
42Alex RinsSuzuki Ecstar14959
5Johann ZarcoMonster Yamaha Tech3149174
35Cal CrutchlowLCR Honda148112
9Danilo PetrucciAlma Pramac144124
29Andrea IannoneSuzuki Ecstar13370
99Jorge LorenzoDucati130137
26Dani PedrosaRepsol Honda106210
19Alvaro BautistaAngel Nieto10575
43Jack MillerAlma Pramac9182
21Franco MorbidelliEG 0,0 Marc VDS50 
41Aleix EspargaroAprilia4462
55Hafizh SyahrinMonster Yamaha Tech340 
53Tito RabatReale Avintia3535
44Pol EspargaroRed Bull KTM3555
38Bradley SmithRed Bull KTM3029
30Takaaki NakagamiLCR Honda23 
45Scott ReddingAprilia1564
17Karel AbrahamAngel Nieto1032
36Mika KallioRed Bull KTM6
6Stefan BradlLCR Honda3
30Nakasuga KatsuyukiLCR Honda2
10Xavier SimeonReale Avintia1 
51Michele PirroDucati Test team1
12Thomas LuthiEG 0,0 Marc VDS0 

2018 MotoGP Teams

Team2018 season2017 season
Repsol Honda427508
Movistar Yamaha388438
Ducati363398
Suzuki Ecstar282130
Alma Pramac235188
Monster Yamaha Tech3189258
LCR Honda174112
Angel Nieto102107
Red Bull KTM6584
Aprilia5967
EG 0,0 Marc VDS50117
Reale Avintia3673

2018 MotoGP Races

LocationDateFirstSecondThird
Spain (Valencia)18-Nov   
Malaysia4-NovMarc MarquezAlex RinsJohann Zarco
Australia28-OctMaverick ViñalesAndrea IannoneAndrea Dovizioso
Japan21-OctMarc MarquezCal CrutchlowAlex Rins
Thailand7-OctMarc MarquezAndrea DoviziosoMaverick Viñales
Spain (Aragon)23-SepMarc MarquezAndrea DoviziosoAndrea Iannone
Italy9-SepAndrea DoviziosoMarc MarquezCal Crutchlow
Britain26-Aug   
Austria12-AugJorge LorenzoMarc MarquezAndrea Dovizioso
Czech Republic5-AugAndrea DoviziosoJorge LorenzoMarc Marquez
Germany15-JulMarc MarquezValentino RossiMaverick Viñales
Netherlands1-JulMarc MarquezAlex RinsMaverick Viñales
Spain (Catalunya)17-JunJorge LorenzoMarc MarquezValentino Rossi
Italy3-JunJorge LorenzoAndrea DoviziosoValentino Rossi
France20-MayMarc MarquezDanilo PetrucciValentino Rossi
Spain (Jerez)6-MayMarc MarquezJohann ZarcoAndrea Iannone
United States22-AprMarc MarquezMaverick ViñalesAndrea Iannone
Argentina8-AprCal CrutchlowJohann ZarcoAlex Rins
Qatar18-MarAndrea DoviziosoMarc MarquezValentino Rossi

 

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