MotoGP Argentina: Maverick Vinales, Valentino Rossi finish 1-2 for Yamaha after Marquez crashes out
Spaniard Maverick Vinales continued his perfect start to the MotoGP season on Sunday with a victory in Argentina after compatriot and reigning champion Marc Marquez crashed while leading from pole.
The 22-year-old Vinales, who switched from Suzuki at the end of last year, became the first Yamaha rider since US great Wayne Rainey in 1990 to win the first two races of a season in the premier class.
Italian Valentino Rossi celebrated becoming the first rider to make 350 grand prix starts across all categories by finishing second behind his team mate, 2.915 seconds behind, at the Termas de Rio Hondo circuit.
Britain’s Cal Crutchlow had to save fuel towards the end but was third on a non-works LCR Honda.
Vinales, who won in Qatar last month, started sixth on the grid but was third by the end of the first lap. He passed Crutchlow for second on lap three and took the lead a lap later when Marquez fell at turn two.
Vinales has 50 points with Rossi second on 36.
“It was a difficult race because I started quite good but already Marc was pushing so hard,” said Vinales. “So I was trying from the first lap to make my own pace, then I …read more