Rossi wins dramatic Argentinian Grand Prix

Author: Oli Rushby Posted: 19 Apr 2015

Rossi took a dramatic victory in Argentina

Valentino Rossi has taken a shock victory in the Argentinian MotoGP as Marc Marquez dramatically crashed out of the closing stages.

Aleix Espargaro took the holeshot on the Suzuki ahead of Marquez, Jorge Lorenzo and Cal Crutchlow. Marquez took the lead by the end of the lap with Lorenzo moving into second.

Marquez soon built a gap at the front but the battle for second was far from done, with Dovizioso and Iannone joining Crutchlow, Dovizioso and Lorenzo.

There was drama on lap 7 as Yonny Herndanez’s Ducati Desmosedici set on fire. Unbeknown, the Columbian continued riding until his rear tyre burst, forcing him off the track.

By lap ten Rossi had fought through to second, ahead of Dovizioso and Iannone with Crutchlow close in tow.

Marquez had established a clear lead with eight to go while Rossi and Dovizioso fought it out for second. Crutchlow moved into fourth ahead of Iannone.

Marquez crashed out trying to pass Rossi

On the hard tyre as opposed to the extra-hard, Marquez’ pace began to drop in the closing stages with Rossi, on the extra-hard, closing in on the Spaniard at a rate of 0.5sec per lap.

With three to go, Rossi was right on the Spaniard’s rear end, eventually making the pass into the second corner on lap 23 but Marquez came straight back on him. Rossi secured the lead a few corners later, Marquez pushed hard to return the pass but collided with the Italian and fell from his Repsol Honda.

This left Rossi to take a comfortable victory ahead of Dovizoso with Cal Crutchlow just beating Iannone to third at the line.

Lorenzo took fifth ahead of Bradley Smith and the Espargaro brothers, led by Aleix on the Suzuki. Scott Redding and Maverick Vinales rounded out the top ten.

MotoGP Argentina – Race Result 

1

46

V. ROSSI

41:35.644

2

4

A. DOVIZIOSO

+5.685

3

35

C. CRUTCHLOW

+8.298

4

29

A. IANNONE

+8.352

5

99

J. LORENZO

+10.192

6

38

B. SMITH

+19.876

7

41

A. ESPARGARO

+24.333

8

44

P. ESPARGARO

+27.670

9

45

S. REDDING

+34.397

10

25

M. VINALES

+34.808

 
Championship Standings

1

Valentino ROSSI

Yamaha

ITA

66

2

Andrea DOVIZIOSO

Ducati

ITA

60

3

Andrea IANNONE

Ducati

ITA

40

4

Jorge LORENZO

Yamaha

SPA

37

5

Marc MARQUEZ

Honda

SPA

36

6

Cal CRUTCHLOW

Honda

GBR

34

7

Bradley SMITH

Yamaha

GBR

28

8

Aleix ESPARGARO

Suzuki

SPA

22

9

Pol ESPARGARO

Yamaha

SPA

15

10

Maverick VINALES

Suzuki

SPA

15

 

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