Vinales charges to victory as Marquez crashes from lead

Maverick Vinales has claimed his second straight victory on the Movistar Yamaha.

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Submitted by Haydn Cobb on Sun, 09/04/2017 - 22:06

Maverick Vinales

Maverick Vinales has claimed his second consecutive race victory on the Movistar Yamaha in Argentina as reigning MotoGP world champion Marc Marquez crashed out while leading. 

Vinales became the first Yamaha rider since Wayne Rainey in 1990 to win the opening two rounds of the season to stretch his championship lead, while team-mate Valentino Rossi put a difficult weekend behind him to clinch the runner-up spot from Cal Crutchlow on the LCR Honda. 

It was a miserable day for Jorge Lorenzo, who came off on the opening lap at the first corner on the Ducati after appearing to run into the rear of Ecstar Suzuki's Andrea Iannone, who was later penalised for a jump start with a ride-through penalty.

After Marquez stormed into an early lead from pole positon he crashed at turn two, and later on in the race was followed by Repsol Honda team-mate Dani Pedrosa at the same turn, which allowed Vinales to maximise his advantage with Rossi behind Crutchlow.

With the Doctor still choosing his moment to strike, Vinales escaped up the road and hold a healthy lead over his team-mate to ease to victory in the closing stages to continue his perfect start to 2017 with Rossi second and Crutchlow a comfortable third.

Alvaro Bautista came through to take an excellent fourth on the Aspar Ducati ahead of Zarco and Jonas Folger on the Tech 3 satellite Yamaha machines. Danilo Petrucci finished seventh on the Octo Pramac Ducati in front of team-mate Scott Redding, while Aussie Jack Miller was ninth (EG 0,0 Marc VDS Honda). 

Karel Abraham, who qualified in second place on the Aspar Ducati GP15, rounded out the top ten narrowly from Avintia Racing's Loris Baz. 

KTM's Pol Espargaro and Bradley Smith finished 14th and 15th respectively behind Tito Rabat (EG 0,0 Marc VDS Honda) and Hector Barbera (Avintia Racing).

Full Argentina MotoGP results:

1. Maverick Viñales ESP Movistar Yamaha MotoGP (YZR-M1) 41m 45.060s
2. Valentino Rossi ITA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP (YZR-M1) 41m 47.975s
3. Cal Crutchlow GBR LCR Honda (RC213V) 41m 48.814s
4. Alvaro Bautista ESP Aspar MotoGP Team (Desmosedici GP16) 41m 51.583s
5. Johann Zarco FRA Monster Yamaha Tech 3 (YZR-M1)* 42m 0.564s
6. Jonas Folger GER Monster Yamaha Tech 3 (YZR-M1)* 42m 3.301s
7. Danilo Petrucci ITA Octo Pramac Racing (Desmosedici GP17) 42m 5.106s
8. Scott Redding GBR Octo Pramac Racing (Desmosedici GP16) 42m 10.540s
9. Jack Miller AUS Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS (RC213V) 42m 10.725s
10. Karel Abraham CZE Aspar MotoGP Team (Desmosedici GP15) 42m 11.463s
11. Loris Baz FRA Reale Avintia Racing (Desmosedici GP15) 42m 12.012s
12. Tito Rabat ESP Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS (RC213V) 42m 26.935s
13. Hector Barbera ESP Reale Avintia Racing (Desmosedici GP16) 42m 27.830s
14. Pol Espargaro ESP Red Bull KTM Factory Racing (RC16) 42m 28.145s
15. Bradley Smith GBR Red Bull KTM Factory Racing (RC16) 42m 28.512s
 

16. Andrea Iannone ITA Team Suzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR) 42m 31.279s

Andrea Dovizioso ITA Ducati Team (Desmosedici GP17) DNF
Aleix Espargaro ESP Factory Aprilia Gresini (RS-GP) DNF
Dani Pedrosa ESP Repsol Honda Team (RC213V) DNF
Sam Lowes GBR Factory Aprilia Gresini (RS-GP)* DNF
Alex Rins ESP Team Suzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR)* DNF
Marc Marquez ESP Repsol Honda Team (RC213V) DNF
Jorge Lorenzo ESP Ducati Team (Desmosedici GP17) DNF

16. Andrea Iannone ITA Team Suzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR) 42m 31.279s

Andrea Dovizioso ITA Ducati Team (Desmosedici GP17) DNF
Aleix Espargaro ESP Factory Aprilia Gresini (RS-GP) DNF
Dani Pedrosa ESP Repsol Honda Team (RC213V) DNF
Sam Lowes GBR Factory Aprilia Gresini (RS-GP)* DNF
Alex Rins ESP Team Suzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR)* DNF
Marc Marquez ESP Repsol Honda Team (RC213V) DNF
Jorge Lorenzo ESP Ducati Team (Desmosedici GP17) DNF

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