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- MotoGP Argentina: Maverick Vinales Takes Consecutive Victories Following Qatar GP
- The Round 2 on MotoGP 2017, Argentina Grand Prix Race ran at Termas de Rio Hondo circuit on April 9, 2017.
Maverick Vinales (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP) took consecutive victories following Qatar GP. After Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda Team) crashing, he led the race and finished with keeping top. His team-mate Valentino Rossi (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP) was 2nd place behind Vinales by 0.915s. Cal Crutchlow (LCR Honda) finished 3rd place.
Beginning of the race, pole position starter Marc Marquez led the first three laps, but he crashed out at Turn 2 on lap four. Also his team-mate Dani Pedrosa (Repsol Honda Team) crashd out at same spot on 13 laps. In addtion to both riders, the triple MotoGP champion Jorge Lorenzo (Ducati Team) crashed out on first lap, and runner-up of Qatar GP Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati Team) crashed out with Aleix Espargaro (Factory Aprilia Gresini).
Qualifying star Karel Abraham (Aspar MotoGP Team) fell back to finish 10th, his first top-10 finish since 2012.
Andrea Iannone (Team Suzuki Ecstar) finished 16th with penalty for jumping the start.
This race marks Valentino Rossi's 350th World Championship race.
Maverick Vinales (P1):
“It was f*cking amazing! It was a difficult race, I started from sixth and this time was not so bad., I found my way to overtake as fast as I could until I got to cal – it was hard to overtake cal who is a good braker. I thought I had to catch marc because he was so fast. Then I just tried to run my own race – and Cal was still behind! So it was a difficult race. I need to say thanks to the team because they’re working so hard, and they’ve done great in these two races. They’re really motivated, I’m really motivated and I’m so happy and pleased – two victories in a row is incredible. Today I enjoyed it a lot, I was really calm and riding the bike was incredible. Marc is really strong in Texas but it’s also one of my favourite tracks. We know we have a competitive bike, I think it’s possible. It’s always been a good track for me and I’m confident we can make a good result.”
Valentino Rossi (P2):
“It was a good race, I feel better than in Qatar. We improved the setting a lot, we arrived there after another difficult weekend. After Qatar I hoped to arrive here and be stronger also in the practice, but I suffered a lot. Yesterday we were stronger and also lucky to get into Q2, then this morning I started with the first bike and it wasn’t so bad. But I stopped to try something else and it was important to understand the setting for the race. It was good, good start and first lap and I could push to the end – I felt comfortable on the bike and with my physical condition, because in Qatar I was very tired. The fight with Cal was great – I knew I would have to fight with him to get on the podium, but when I followed him I saw I had a bit more. It’s an important second place, for me, for my team, and for the whole team with a Yamaha 1-2 – and it’s good with the points in the Championship.”
Cal Crutchlow (P3):
“First of all, congratulations to Maverick and Vale. It’s fantastic to get a podium for the team after what happened in Qatar, but I had to manage the situation pretty much from the start – I had some warning light on the dash. But I didn’t panic, I could push, and when Maverick went past I thought ‘Ok I can manage the situation’ and I did…then I saw Vale plus zero, plus zero, and I started to push. Then the warning light came back so I had to back off. But I think we did well to manage the situation and bring the bike home on the podium after Qatar was a disaster when I felt so strong. So to start the season and have a podium already is good – the last time I finished a race was also on the podium!”
GRAND PRIX OF ARGENTINA MotoGP Race Results:
- Maverick Vinales / Movistar Yamaha MotoGP / 41'45.060s
- Valentino Rossi / Movistar Yamaha MotoGP / 41'47.975s
- Cal Crutchlow / LCR Honda / 41'48.814s
- Alvaro Bautista / Aspar MotoGP Team / 41'51.583s
- Johann Zarco / Monster Yamaha Tech 3 / 42'0.564s
- Jonas Folger / Monster Yamaha Tech 3 / 42'3.301s
- Danilo Petrucci / Octo Pramac Racing / 42'5.106s
- Scott Redding / Octo Pramac Racing / 42'10.540s
- Jack Miller / Estrella Galicia / 42'10.725s
- Karel Abraham / Aspar MotoGP Team / 42'11.463s
- Loris Baz / Reale Avintia Racing / 42'12.012s
- Tito Rabat / Estrella Galicia / 42'26.935s
- Hector Barbera / Reale Avintia Racing / 42'27.830s
- Pol Espargaro / Red Bull KTM Factory Racing / 42'28.145s
- Bradley Smith / Red Bull KTM Factory Racing / 42'28.512s
- Andrea Iannone / Team Suzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR) / 42'31.279s
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- source : MotoGP
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