Rossi victorious after late Marquez clash

Valentino Rossi on his way to victory in Argentina

Valentino Rossi on his way to victory in Argentina

Valentino Rossi emerged from a penultimate lap clash with Marc Marquez to take victory in the Grand Prix of Argentina.

Reigning world champion Marquez had led the majority of the race but a resurgent Rossi, who started from eighth on the grid, managed to reel in the Honda as the Spaniard began to suffer with tyre wear.

The pair played out an enthralling dice for the lead in the closing laps with both enjoying spells in front, before the two bikes made contact twice.

The final collision saw Marquez clip the back of Rossi’s Yamaha and fall from his bike at high speed, allowing Rossi to take the chequered flag with ease.

Marquez was unable to jump aboard his stricken Honda.

Race Direction at the Termas Rio Hondo circuit deemed the incident did not require any sanctions to be awarded following an investigation after the race.

Ducati’s Andrea Dovizioso claimed second position having surged into the position in then early stages.

Meanwhile, LCR Honda’s Cal Crutchlow snatched the final place on the podium with a last gasp move on the Ducati of Andrea Iannone at the final corner.

Yamaha’s Jorge Lorenzo endured a largely uneventful race to finish fifth ahead of the Tech 3 Yamaha’s Bradley Smith.

Despite starting from second on the grid, Aleix Espargaro could only manage seventh having been hampered by his Suzuki’s lack of top end speed.

Australia’s Jack Miller produced an impressive ride to claim four more world championship points with a 12th placed finish for LCR Honda.

Result: MotoGP Grand Prix of Argentina 

Position Rider Team Time/Gap
1 Valentino Rossi Yamaha
2 Andrea Dovizioso Ducati +5.685s
3 Cal Crutchlow LCR Honda +8.298s
4 Andrea Iannone Ducati +8.352s
5 Jorge Lorenzo Yamaha +10.192s
6 Bradley Smith Tech 3 Yamaha +19.876s
7 Aleix Espargaro Suzuki +24.333s
8 Pol Espargaro Tech 3 Yamaha +27.670s
9 Scott Redding Marc VDS Honda +34.397s
10 Maverick Vinales Suzuki +34.808s
11 Danilo Petrucci Pramac Ducati +40.206s
12 Jack Miller LCR Honda +42.654s
13 Hector Barbera Avintia Ducati +42.729s
14 Loris Baz Forward Yamaha +42.853s
15 Stefan Bradl Forward Yamaha +43.037s
16 Nicky Hayden Aspar Honda +43.252s
17 Eugene Laverty Apar Honda +43.400s
18 Mike Di Meglio Avintia Ducati +43.808s
19 Alvaro Bautista Gresini Aprilia +44.878s
20 Marco Melandri Gresini Aprilia +56.236s
21 Karel Abraham AB Honda +1:03.371s
DNF Alex de Angelis Ioda Aprilia +1:08.444s
DNF Hiroshi Aoyama Honda Retirement
DNF Marc Marquez Honda Retirement
DNF Yonny Hernandez Pramac Ducati Retirement

Championship Standings

Position Rider Points
1 Valentino Rossi 66
2 Andrea Dovizioso 60
3 Andrea Iannone 40
4 Jorge Lorenzo 37
5 Marc Marquez 36
6 Cal Crutchlow 34
7 Bradley Smith 28
8 Aleix Espargaro 22
9 Pol Espargaro 15
10 Maverick Vinales 15
11 Danilo Petrucci 15
12 Daniel Pedrosa 10
13 Scott Redding 10
14 Hector Barbera 8
15 Yonny Hernandez 6
16 Jack Miller 6
17 Hiroshi Aoyama 5
18 Nicky Hayden 3
19 Loris Baz 2
20 Stefan Bradl 1
21 Alvaro Bautista 1

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