Friday, 20 April, 2018

Motorcycling: Crutchlow wins in Argentina to Direct championship

Crutchlow wins in Argentina, whilst Marquez takes out Rossi MotoGP Grand Prix of Argentina 2018 Results: Cal Crutchlow Wins Dramatic Race
Elias Hubbard | 12 April, 2018, 07:19

"Then I start the race, "ride-through penalty" appears on the dashboard, something that I didn't understand, because if one marshal says you are allowed, why then in a few laps say you are not allowed and you need to have a ride-through?"

Spain's Marquez finished in 18th after being given a 30-second penalty for clashing with Rossi as he tried to overtake during the race, which was won by Britain's Cal Crutchlow.

The head of the DORNA group that runs MotoGP, Carmelo Ezpeleta, on Tuesday told Radio Marca that he would talk to Marc Marquez and Valentino Rossi after the Italian accused the Spaniard of deliberately crashing into riders at Sunday's Argentina GP. The 2018 MotoGP Argentina Grand Prix saw some unexpected results and taking a surprise win turned out to be Cal Crutchlow of LCR Honda satellite team in a last minute battle with Johann Zarco of Tech 3 Yamaha.

It came as Marquez scythed his way back through the order after serving his penalty in the early laps, the result of him illegally returning to his grid slot after stalling his works Honda. Team Suzuki Ecstar's Andrea Iannone was the only other rider to finish within a second of Marquez in P5. Factory Suzuki's Alex Rins completed the top three.

Dramatically, prior to the race start, a light shower had dampened the track and all the riders took their machines off the grid to change to slick tyres, except pole position man Jack Miller (Pramac Almac Ducati), who was already on slicks.

How much will this clash affect the championship standing in the future is uncertain, but relationship between Rossi and Marquez seem to have soured permanently.

The Catalan would exit the pit lane in 20th place, with Miller back in the lead. The previous race victor and Factory Ducati rider Andrea Dovizioso will start from eight, whereas his teammate and two-time world champion Jorge Lorenzo could do no better than 14th spot on the grid. He added: "I'm scared, I'm scared on the track when I am with Marquez".

"I did not make anything insane with Valentino", he explained. This left Miller's Ducati GP17 the only bike on the grid in his well-earned pole position. The Australian soon made a mistake on Turn 13, two laps later and was pushed down to fourth behind Rins, handing over the lead to Crutchlow followed by Zarco.

"In my career I never, never, never go straight to a rider thinking that he will crash". In the end, it was Crutchlow who snatched victory from Zarco by just 0.251s!

"It was nice to win but it was to be expected", a confident Crutchlow said.

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