Valentino Rossi on the other side, picked up a few spots as the satellite riders felt back. LCR Honda's Cal Crutchlow made a great race slipping into P2 for a very long time. As few laps passed by, Marc Marquez was seen at the front leading with almost a 3 second gap, soon after which Marc lost his front while changing direction under hard braking. By that time Maverick Viñales passed his teammate Rossi and Cal, to lead the race. "The Doctor" then shadowed Crutchlow for a very long time, only to make a pass at turn 5 with 7 laps remaining.
Behind the lead group, there was another fight for the top 6 spots between Dani Pedrosa, Danilo Petrucci, Alvaro Bautista, Johann Zarco, Jonas Folger and Andrea Dovizioso. Dani Pedrosa soon took charge by moving to P4, eventually crashing out in the same manner as his teammate. Andrea Dovizioso was soon taken down by an overexcited Aleix Espargaro. So it was game over for Repsol Honda and Ducati Team.
Maverick Viñales finally crossed the line almost 2 seconds in front of teammate Rossi, who was followed by Cal Crutchlow. Alvaro Bautista finished the race at P4, registering his best result after 2014. Monster Tech3 Yamaha riders Johann Zarco and Jonas Folger did an amazing race finishing P5 and P6 respectively. Danilo Petrucci, Scott Redding, Jack Miller and Karel Abraham completed the top 10. Redbull KTM Factory riders Pol Espargaro and Bradley Smith took points for the first time finishing at P14 and P15 respectively. After a great race at the Termas de Rio Hondo, Argentina, the MotoGP grid now moves to Circuit of the Americas (COTA) in Austin, Texas in two weeks time. Catch up all the action in a fortnight on April 23, from the American GP. Meanwhile stay tuned to BikesIndia for further updates on the 2017 MotoGP World Championship.
By: Aravind Rb