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 Honda165298
46Valentino RossiMovistar Yamaha119208
25Maverick ViñalesMovistar Yamaha109230
4Andrea DoviziosoDucati88261
5Johann ZarcoMonster Yamaha Tech388174
99Jorge LorenzoDucati85137
9Danilo PetrucciAlma Pramac84124
35Cal CrutchlowLCR Honda79112
29Andrea IannoneSuzuki Ecstar7570
43Jack MillerAlma Pramac5782
42Alex RinsSuzuki Ecstar5359
26Dani PedrosaRepsol Honda49210
19Alvaro BautistaAngel Nieto4475
44Pol EspargaroRed Bull KTM3255
53Tito RabatReale Avintia3035
55Hafizh SyahrinMonster Yamaha Tech322 
21Franco MorbidelliEG 0,0 Marc VDS19 
41Aleix EspargaroAprilia1662
38Bradley SmithRed Bull KTM1329
45Scott ReddingAprilia1264
30Takaaki NakagamiLCR Honda10 
36Mika KallioRed Bull KTM6
17Karel AbrahamAngel Nieto432
12Thomas LuthiEG 0,0 Marc VDS0 
10Xavier SimeonReale Avintia0 

2018 MotoGP Teams

Team2018 season2017 season
Movistar Yamaha228438
Repsol Honda214508
Ducati173398
Alma Pramac141188
Suzuki Ecstar128130
Monster Yamaha Tech3110258
LCR Honda89112
Angel Nieto48107
Red Bull KTM4584
Reale Avintia3073
Aprilia2867
EG 0,0 Marc VDS19117

2018 MotoGP Races

LocationDateFirstSecondThird
Czech Republic5-Aug   
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
Austria12-Aug   
Britain26-Aug   
Italy9-Sep   
Spain (Aragon)23-Sep   
Thailand7-Oct   
Japan21-Oct   
Australia28-Oct   
Malaysia4-Nov   
Spain (Valencia)18-Nov   

 

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