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Argentina MotoGP: Vinales leads Rossi home as Marquez crashes

Vinales, Rossi, Argentinan GP podium

Maverick Vinales scored a second successive MotoGP victory in Argentina, taking advantage of a crash for early leader Marc Marquez to win by three seconds from Yamaha team-mate Valentino Rossi.

Poleman Marquez established a cushion of more than two seconds as he led the first three laps for Honda.

But his charge came to an abrupt end as he lost the front end of the RC213V - which he fitted with a hard front tyre and a medium rear - at Turn 2 on lap four.

That gifted the advantage to Vinales, who from sixth on the grid had made his way up to third on the opening lap before clearing Cal Crutchlow's LCR Honda for second on lap three.

From there, it was plain sailing for Vinales as he repeated his victory from the season-opening Qatar Grand Prix a fortnight ago.

Crutchlow and Rossi battled for second in his wake, with the Yamaha shadowing the LCR Honda for a number of laps before Rossi finally made his move at Turn 5 with six laps left.

Vinales leads Rossi/Crutchlow, MotoGP, Argentina

Though Crutchlow kept close company with Rossi, he had to settled for third behind a Yamaha one-two as Vinales won by 2.915s.

Alvaro Bautista was a surprise fourth for Aspar Ducati, helped by Dani Pedrosa crashing at the same spot as team-mate Marquez 10 laps after the champion's fall.

Johann Zarco finished fifth, ahead of Tech3 Yamaha team-mate Jonas Folger - who passed Danilo Petrucci's Pramac Ducati on the penultimate lap.

It was a miserable day for the works Ducatis, starting when Jorge Lorenzo crashed at the first corner after making contact with the Suzuki of Andrea Iannone.

Lorenzo's team-mate Andrea Dovizioso found himself taken out by another rider for a second year in a row in Argentina, as Aleix Espargaro lost the front end of his Aprilia at Turn 5 and skittled into Dovizioso.

Qualifying star Karel Abraham fell back to finish 10th, his first top-10 finish since 2012, behind Scott Redding and Jack Miller.

KTM scored a double-points finish in its second race as a full MotoGP manufacturer, as Pol Espargaro and Bradley Smith rounded out the scorers in 14th and 15th.

Iannone trailed them in 16th after serving a ride-through for jumping the start - an error that compounded a dismal outing for Suzuki, as Alex Rins crashed out.

RESULTS - 25 LAPS:

PosRiderTeamBikeGap
1Maverick VinalesYamahaYamaha41m45.060s
2Valentino RossiYamahaYamaha2.915s
3Cal CrutchlowLCR HondaHonda3.754s
4Alvaro BautistaAspar DucatiDucati6.523s
5Johann ZarcoTech3 YamahaYamaha15.504s
6Jonas FolgerTech3 YamahaYamaha18.241s
7Danilo PetrucciPramac DucatiDucati20.046s
8Scott ReddingPramac DucatiDucati25.480s
9Jack MillerMVDS HondaHonda25.665s
10Karel AbrahamAspar DucatiDucati26.403s
11Loris BazAvintia DucatiDucati26.952s
12Tito RabatMVDS HondaHonda41.875s
13Hector BarberaAvintia DucatiDucati42.770s
14Pol EspargaroKTMKTM43.085s
15Bradley SmithKTMKTM43.452s
16Andrea IannoneSuzukiSuzuki46.219s
-Andrea DoviziosoDucatiDucatiRetirement
-Aleix EspargaroApriliaApriliaRetirement
-Dani PedrosaHondaHondaRetirement
-Sam LowesApriliaApriliaRetirement
-Alex RinsSuzukiSuzukiRetirement
-Marc MarquezHondaHondaRetirement
-Jorge LorenzoDucatiDucatiRetirement

RIDERS' STANDINGS:

PosRiderPoints
1Maverick Vinales50
2Valentino Rossi36
3Andrea Dovizioso20
4Scott Redding17
5Cal Crutchlow16
6Jonas Folger16
7Jack Miller15
8Alvaro Bautista13
8Marc Marquez13
10Johann Zarco11
10Dani Pedrosa11
12Aleix Espargaro10
13Danilo Petrucci9
14Loris Baz9
15Karel Abraham8
16Alex Rins7
17Hector Barbera6
18Jorge Lorenzo5
19Tito Rabat5
20Pol Espargaro2
21Bradley Smith1

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