It was plain sailing for pole man Marc Marquez who for the 30th time in his career converted a pole position to a win after beating the field by 9.8s.
Marc Marquez has continued his strong start to the season in Qatar, here at Argentina after dominating the 25 lap race at the Termas De Rio Hondo Circuit.
Marquez got a great start leading the two Ducati’s of Andrea Dovizioso and Jack Miller into turn 1, however, the attention was thrown at the two other Honda’s of Cal Crutchlow and Jorge Lorenzo. Crutchlow, starting 8th, the middle of the third row, jumped the start in an arguable matter and received a ride through penalty whilst Repsol Honda rider Jorge Lorenzo engaged his pit lane limiter instead of the start mode, dropping the Spaniard from 12th on the grid to last heading into the opening turn.
Valentino Rossi made a good start from 4th on the grid, passing his teammate Maverick Vinales who seemed to be over aggressive in places, ultimately costing him positions. Rossi was locked in battle with Miller as the pair came together on the opening lap with the Aussie just brushing the Medium rear tyre of Valentino Rossi.
Out front though was Marc Marquez who looked to use the Softer rear tyre, as did Dovizioso, to his advantage, pulling out a 1.1s lead after the opening lap of the Argentine Grand Prix.
Valentino Rossi managed to make the move stick on Miller and then went after Andrea Dovizioso who with the Ducati Horsepower made it a difficult pass for ‘The Doctor’.
Further down the grid the KTM’s of Factory rider Pol Espargaro and Tech 3 rider Miguel Oliveira were making up good positions in the opening half of the race, getting themselves comfortably in the points positions.
With Marquez 5 seconds clear and gaining, the attention was on the battle for 2nd with all four Yamaha’s getting involved with the 3 Ducati’s of Miller, Petrucci and the leading Ducati of Qatar race winner Andrea Dovizioso.
It was a tough day for the satellite Ducati team Avintia Racing who lost both riders at turn 1 on consecutive laps.
With Valentino Rossi leading Dovizioso for a small chunk of the race, Andrea decided it was time to switch positions, hooking up his soft tyre compared to Rossi’s Medium, and using the Ducati power made a comfortable pass out of turn 3 and onto the back straight.
After the halfway mark the Suzuki of Alex Rins who started down in 16th position started to make up ground, passing Quartararo and Nakagami and then locking himself in a battle with Miller and Petrucci which gave the two Italians in 2nd and 3rd a healthy advantage.
With 6 laps to go Maverick Vinales looked to be at his best, after running off the circuit at turn 5 a few laps before, and was making good ground, passing Nakagami and then catching Morbidelli and Petrucci who were just losing touch with Miller and Rins by a few tenths.
Joan Mir ran into problems with his Suzuki and went grass tracking with 4 laps to go, resulting in the rookie pulling into the pitlane early.
The final lap came with Marquez leading by 12.5s, a gap that would eventually be cut to 9 seconds after celebrations with the fans and team on the last lap.
Andrea Dovizioso was still leading the Monster Energy rider of 9x World Champion Valentino Rossi who looked to steal 2nd position from his fellow Italian, and that’s what he did at turn 7 with a neat block pass that meant Dovizioso couldn’t perform his famous ‘cross over’ and held the advantage to the line.
Further back, after what was a strong race for the VR46 Academy rider, Morbidelli was looking to repass Rossi’s teammate, Maverick Vinales who had made his way by the Petronas bike but got it wrong into turn 7, tagging the back of Maverick ending both of there races on the final lap.
Marquez eventually took the win by 9.816s ahead of Valentino Rossi and Andrea Dovizioso, with the Repsol Honda rider now leading the standings by 4 points over the Ducati.
Jack Miller bounced back from his Qatar upset for fourth whilst Alex Rins made a good comeback to secure a top 5 on his Suzuki, just getting the better of Petrucci who scored his second 6th place finish of the season.
Takaaki Nakagami continues to grow as he keeps getting to grips with the 2018 LCR Honda Idemitsu bike whilst Fabio Quartararo finished 8th, 5 seconds clear of the Espargaro brothers who rounded out the top 10 (Aleix beating Pol).
Miguel Oliveira completed what was a good weekend for the Portuguese rider with an 11th place finish, 0.2s behind fellow KTM rider and Podium finisher Pol Espargaro.
Jorge Lorenzo recovered from his bad start to finish 12th, where he started, whilst Crutchlow grabbed 3 points after serving his ride through.
Bagnaia and Zarco rounded out the points ahead of Hafizh Syahrin with Andrea Iannone bringing up the rear on his Aprilia.
After 47 laps of racing so far in 2019, Marc Marquez leads the championship four points clear of Andrea Dovizioso whilst Valentino Rossi sits 10 points behind his fellow Italian after his first podium since Germany, 15th July 2018.
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