If yesterday we said that MotoGP was unpredictable, today we had another lesson of how everything can change in just one minute at the Argentina Grand Prix with the MotoGP race.
Before the start of the race we had polemic with all the riders going to boxes to change their bike, everyone… except Miller, who had his bike with dry set-up for the race… That caused a delay for the start and the Pramac guys to become angry with race direction to let them to prepare all the bikes while they were ready before the start. To avoid problems, race direction decided to put the riders with some space. And again… before the start Marc Marquez caused another polemic because his bike wasn’t starting and race direction told him to start from the pitlane, but the spaniard returned to his position. That caused Marquez to receive a ride through penalty after the start.
Miller started on pole and most of the riders could keep their position. Marquez started really fast overtaking all the riders and reaching the first position, but then he received the penalty and had to make his ride through, something that let him in 19th position and having to make a comeback during the race.
His teammate, Pedrosa, crashed at the early laps of the race after being hit by Johann Zarco, a controversial maneuver that wasn’t investigated by the stewards. Same thing happened with Marquez after overtaking Aleix Espargaró, hitting the Aprilia rider. After overtaking another two riders, the #93 received another penalty, returning the position to one rider, and after that, he continued overtaking riders until reaching the top of the grid, but on the final laps, he tried to overtake Rossi, hitting him and causing the italian rider to crash. Marquez received a 30 second time penalty for that action. 3 in a row in one race.
What about the other riders? After the ride through, Miller kept the first position and had to defend against the attacks of Rins, who was running away every time he overtook Miller, and same thing happened with the Aussie, who lost a few positions and it was now Cal Crutchlow who had to defend the first position against Zarco. A great battle for the victory that give us Crutchlow as the winner of the race.
Cal Crutchlow won the Argentina Grand Prix with Johann Zarco 2nd and Alex Rins 3rd. The top 10 was completed with Miller, Marquez (who received a 30 second time penalty, leaving him in 18th position), Dovizioso, Rabat, Iannone, Syahrin and Petrucci.
Cal Crutchlow is now facing the next round of the championship in Austin as the championship leader. What will happen at the Circuit of the Americas in a couple of weeks? We can’t wait to know how this exciting, and polemic championship will continue.