Argentina GP summary

“A sweet feeling with the bike”
The 2019 Motorcycle Grand Prix of Argentina’s drama splattered race was dominated by Marc Márquez, from start to finish nobody else got a look in, Márquez had the perfect race and would have finished the race some 13 seconds up the road had he not slowed right down into the final corner and gingerly crossed the line as he celebrated opposite his team cheering from the pit wall. The race’s main focus though, came from the battle behind, for 2nd position and beyond. With Andrea Dovizioso and Valentino Rossi exchanging places almost every other lap for 2nd place, with Pramac Ducati’s Jack Miller, Franco Morbidelli and the late race surging Alex Rins intermittently joining in the succulent battle.

Marc Marquez
Photo: HRC

Rider of the day has to go to Márquez just for the sheer dominance of his whole weekends performance, but notable rides went on all down the field. Taka Nakagami punched above his station managing a delicious 7th place and his best finish in the premier class. Alex Rins also had a good race, especially considering from how far back he came to finish a solid 5th position. Jack Miller also had a very strong result with a 4th place finish. As far as disappointing results go Morbidelli was also having a great race, until he ran into the back of Maverick Viñales in the closing laps who, himself seemed to struggle all race long to keep up with Rossi and co, much the same way as Joán Mir’s race went, almost at the very tail end of the pack until he retired on lap 22 listed as a tyre vibration issue.

Valentino Rossi
Photo: Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP

Britain’s Cal Crutchlow was given a ride-through penalty on lap one for what seemed to be a jump start. Until the replay during the race was shown, and it was impossible to see from the images on the world feed that a jump start even occurred. Whilst it’s not likely Cal would have challenged for the victory, it is worthy of note that this track is a track that Crutchlow normally does well at, and given his pace, he surely had the potential for a podium ruined by this penalty. In this case however, Cal, understandably was angry and perplexed as to why he was given a penalty for a jump start. Despite this, he did manage a handful of points by pulling it home in 13th position.

Pos. Points Num. Rider Nation Team Bike Km/h Time/Gap
1 25 93 Marc MARQUEZ SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 172.7 41’43.688
2 20 46 Valentino ROSSI ITA Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 172.0 +9.816
3 16 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO ITA Mission Winnow Ducati Ducati 172.0 +10.530
4 13 43 Jack MILLER AUS Pramac Racing Ducati 171.9 +12.140
5 11 42 Alex RINS SPA Team SUZUKI ECSTAR Suzuki 171.8 +12.563
6 10 9 Danilo PETRUCCI ITA Mission Winnow Ducati Ducati 171.8 +13.750
7 9 30 Takaaki NAKAGAMI JPN LCR Honda IDEMITSU Honda 171.5 +18.160
8 8 20 Fabio QUARTARARO FRA Petronas Yamaha SRT Yamaha 171.3 +20.403
9 7 41 Aleix ESPARGARO SPA Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia 171.0 +25.292
10 6 44 Pol ESPARGARO SPA Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 171.0 +25.679
11 5 88 Miguel OLIVEIRA POR Red Bull KTM Tech 3 KTM 170.9 +25.855
12 4 99 Jorge LORENZO SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 170.8 +27.497
13 3 35 Cal CRUTCHLOW GBR LCR Honda CASTROL Honda 170.6 +31.398
14 2 63 Francesco BAGNAIA ITA Pramac Racing Ducati 170.5 +32.893
15 1 5 Johann ZARCO FRA Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 170.4 +33.372
16 55 Hafizh SYAHRIN MAL Red Bull KTM Tech 3 KTM 170.3 +35.545
17 29 Andrea IANNONE ITA Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia 170.1 +38.238
Not Classified
12 Maverick VIÑALES SPA Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 171.8 1 Lap
21 Franco MORBIDELLI ITA Petronas Yamaha SRT Yamaha 171.8 1 Lap
36 Joan MIR SPA Team SUZUKI ECSTAR Suzuki 168.1 4 Laps
53 Tito RABAT SPA Reale Avintia Racing Ducati 170.7 10 Laps
17 Karel ABRAHAM CZE Reale Avintia Racing Ducati 170.1 11 Laps

The next event is on April 14th at the COTA Circuit in Austin, Texas.

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