Yamaha's Maverick Vinales clinched the second victory of MotoGP season in Argentina. The Spaniard headed home a Yamaha one-two, Valentino Rossi vaulting from seventh on the grid to finish second, with Cal Crutchlow rounding out the podium.
The race was a disaster for Marc Marquez. The reigning world champion took off like a jackrabbit from pole and immediately began building an imposing lead. At the end of Lap 1 it was over a second and a half. At the end of Lap 2 it was two seconds but on Lap 3 he crashed.
Vinales assumed the lead from Crutchlow and Rossi, the factory Yamahas scything their way forward in the early laps. Rossi pursued the Honda for much of the race, making his move with seven laps to go to take second place. But by that point Vinales was almost three seconds up the road.
A five-bike scrap had ensued behind them for fourth, Danilo Petrucci initially at the point before being overhauled by Johann Zarco, Dani Pedrosa and Alvaro Bautista. Pedrosa crashed out of fourth with 12 laps to go in a carbon-copy of his teammate’s spill at Turn 2.
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