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Marquez pulls off largest winning margin at MotoGP Round 2

Reigning Champion and pre-race favorite Marc Marquez has captured his first win of the year at the Termas de Rio Hondo, home of the MotoGP Round 2 race in Argentina. Though Marquez won the race, Valentino Rossi was the real highlight of the race as the Doctor pushed to the limits and finished in a remarkable runner-up spot.  Third place went to the first round winner, Andrea Dovizioso.

Marquez had a lightning start from pole and was quickly up by a second ahead of everyone else after just a lap. From there, the defending champion never once looked back. Rossi, meanwhile, started strong from fourth on the grid and held his position in the first corner, and shortly after moved up to second place. He aimed to prevent any riders from checking out at the front but didn’t succeed, as he fell back to fifth in the busy group. Not for long, though: he steadily worked his way back up. Dovizioso, too, was among the leaders as he feld second for most of the race.

Up front, Marquez was able to pull away lap after lap and had a 12-second at the three-quarters mark. In an amazing last dash to the finish line, Rossi decided to make his move to tussle with Dovizioso for second place. The pair gradually broke away from the others. The Yamaha rider observed the riding style of his rival and perfectly picked the place and moment to pounce: on the last lap, in Turn 7, he put his YZR-M1 on the inside and made it stick. He crossed the line in second place 9.816s from first.

Marquez was the winner and his win was accompanied the biggest winning margin in a dry MotoGP race, The Champion’s previous best coming at the 2016 Argentina GP (a gap of 7.679s) and is his 45th win in the premier class. Marquez leaves Argentina with 45 points and the championship lead

Fourth was the Satellite Pramac Racing Jack Miller who topped factory riders  Alex Rins (Suzuki) and Dnailo Petrucci (Ducati). Seventh through tenth were the Satellite teams.

MotoGP circus prepares to travel to Austin, Texas for round three at the Red Bull Gran Prix of The Americas, 12 – 14 April.

MotoGP Round 2 Termas de Rio Hondo results

1            MARQUEZ Marc              Repsol Honda Team       41’43.688

2            ROSSI Valentino       Yamaha MotoGP                           +9.816

3            DOVIZIOSO Andrea         Ducati   10.530

4            MILLER Jack               Pramac Racing   12.140

5            RINS Alex                    Suzuki Ecstar     12.563

6            PETRUCCI Danilo             Ducati                 13.750

7            NAKAGAMI Takaaki        LCR Honda         18.160

8            QUARTARARO Fabio      Yamaha SRT                     20.403

9            ESPARGARO Aleix           Aprilia Racing    25.292

10          ESPARGARO Pol 44          Red Bull KTM    25.679

Riders standings

1            MARQUEZ Marc              SPA       45

2            DOVIZIOSO Andrea         ITA        41

3            ROSSI Valentino ITA       31

4            RINS Alex            SPA       24

5            PETRUCCI Danilo             ITA        20

6            CRUTCHLOW Cal             GBR       19

7            NAKAGAMI Takaaki        JPN        16

8            MILLER Jack       AUS       13

9            ESPARGARO Aleix           SPA       13

10          ESPARGARO Pol SPA       10

MotoGP contingent tackle Termas de Rio Honda for Round 2

  After the exciting season-opener in Qatar, MotoGP crews gear up for round two at the Termas de Rio track in Argentina, this weekend. Both Yamaha MotoGP riders now hold the upper hand in the riders standings, following the excellent one- three finish at Losail circuit. Maverick Viñales and Valentino Rossi are keen to pour on the momentum at the second round race.

The Termas de Río Hondo Circuit first staged a MotoGP event in 2014. The 4.8km long track was purposely redesigned in 2012 to make it Latin America’s most modern and safest circuit. With an exciting layout that includes a mixture of fast corners (five left and nine right) and a 1076m longest straight, this year’s race in Argentina is expected to be another one for the books.

Viñales confirmed his rising star status in a demanding race at the Losail circuit and is determined to stay focused during the upcoming race weekend. The young gun aims to keep his form at the Grand Prix and to capture his first podium finish at the Argentine track. Having shown his grit at the opening round, he will again do his utmost to fight off the competition and land a place on the rostrum. Meanwhile, Rossi is also set on challenging amongst the front-runners again this weekend as he takes on his 350th GP.

Both Repsol Honda riders Marc Marquez and Dani Pedrosa are eager to challenge for the top flight after a rather disappointing first race. Marquez fought hard for the podium in the first half of the race in Qatar during the season opener, but the reigning Champion then crossed the line in fourth ruing his tyre choice on a difficult track for Honda. With a good record at the Argentine track, Marquez intends to fight for at least a podium spot, if not the top spot. The defending champion has three wins in a row at Termas de RIo Hondo.

Pedrosa had a solid start to the season in Qatar at a difficult track for bike and rider, crossing the line just behind Marquez to complete the top five. The Spaniard is positive looking ahead to Round 2 where he took second in 2014 and another podium, last year.

In the Ducatt camp, Andrea Dovizioso had a spectacular start to 2017 as he fought for the win at the Qatar GP. Following a private test at the Circuito de Jerez for ‘DesmoDovi’ and teammate Jorge Lorenzo, the Ducati riders are fired up and ready for round two. Dovizioso looks to add another good points haul to his 20 from Qatar and adapt to the challenging track conditions of Termas de Rio Hondo. “This track is really particular: the conditions change a lot between Friday, when the track is very dirty, and Sunday, and usually we always find the best conditions in the race, because the track improves a lot after each session,” Dovizioso said.

After suffering a partial fracture of the right talus in a motorcross training accident last week, Suzuki MotoGP’s Alex Rins has been cleared as fit to race in the upcoming race. Rins is again looking to continue the consistency during the season-opener where he finished ninth, while team mate Andrea Iannone wants to bounce back from the crash he sustained at the Qatar GP.

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Valentino Rossi excels at MotoGP’s first outing in Argentina

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Marquez makes it 3 for 3 at Termas De Rio Hondo

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MotoGP crews tackle Argentine track of Termas De Rio Hondo for the first time

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