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 Honda246298
4Andrea DoviziosoDucati174261
46Valentino RossiMovistar Yamaha159208
99Jorge LorenzoDucati130137
25Maverick ViñalesMovistar Yamaha130230
35Cal CrutchlowLCR Honda119112
9Danilo PetrucciAlma Pramac119124
5Johann ZarcoMonster Yamaha Tech3112174
29Andrea IannoneSuzuki Ecstar10870
42Alex RinsSuzuki Ecstar9259
26Dani PedrosaRepsol Honda87210
43Jack MillerAlma Pramac6882
19Alvaro BautistaAngel Nieto6475
53Tito RabatReale Avintia3535
44Pol EspargaroRed Bull KTM3255
21Franco MorbidelliEG 0,0 Marc VDS31 
41Aleix EspargaroAprilia2962
55Hafizh SyahrinMonster Yamaha Tech324 
38Bradley SmithRed Bull KTM1829
30Takaaki NakagamiLCR Honda18 
45Scott ReddingAprilia1264
36Mika KallioRed Bull KTM6
17Karel AbrahamAngel Nieto532
51Michele PirroDucati Test team1
12Thomas LuthiEG 0,0 Marc VDS0 
10Xavier SimeonReale Avintia0 

2018 MotoGP Teams

Team2018 season2017 season
Repsol Honda333508
Ducati304398
Movistar Yamaha289438
Suzuki Ecstar200130
Alma Pramac187188
LCR Honda137112
Monster Yamaha Tech3136258
Angel Nieto69107
Red Bull KTM5084
Aprilia4167
Reale Avintia3573
EG 0,0 Marc VDS31117

2018 MotoGP Races

LocationDateFirstSecondThird
Thailand7-Oct   
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
Japan21-Oct   
Australia28-Oct   
Malaysia4-Nov   
Spain (Valencia)18-Nov   

 

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