Rio Hondo, Argentina: LCR Honda Team Rider Cal Crutchlow won the second MotoGP 2018 race at Termas de Rio Hondo circuit, Argentina on Sunday, local time. Crutchlow was able to win the race after competing with three other racers at the forefront.
The Briton managed to win the competition against Tech 3 Yamaha Team rider Johann Zarco who eventually finished second. Similarly, drivers Suzuki Ecstar Team, Alex Rins who had led the race, but eventually finished in the third position.
Meanwhile, the fourth position occupied by Ducati Pramac Team racer, Jack Miller who actually started in the pole position. In the fifth position inhabited Yamaha Movistar Team Racer, Maverick Vinales, followed by the first series winner, Andrea Dovizioso in sixth place.
Crutchlow’s victory cannot be separated from the many dramas occur in this race. The drama begins with the riders who have to start outside of the usual layout. The reason the racers before the race must enter the pit lane to change the tires because the track conditions have been different. A back-to-back start is a MotoGP racing rule if the rider starts warming up from the pit lane and not on the starting line.
But it did not happen to the pole position winner Jack Miller. The Australian rider decided not to change the tire because it had been using wet tires from the beginning. As a result, Miller started the lead and was on a different line with the other racers.
The second drama took place on Team Repsol Honda racer Marc Marquez. The Spaniard was in the spotlight in this race. Everything stems from a failure in Marquez’s starting position which put him penalized at the start of the race.
After getting a penalty on the pit lane line, Marquez started from 19th position. However, The Baby Alien (Marquez nickname) made a great performance. Because he immediately skyrocketed to the fifth position to close the race in Argentina. But his performance was not accompanied by his various actions that disadvantage other racers. One of them is Valentino Rossi.
As the result of the incident, Rossi fell and had to settle for ending the race in 19th place. The emotional outburst of Rossi and his crew were clearly visible. While Marquez rewarded a 30-second penalty that finally made it ascertained failed to grab points and finish in 18th place.
Here are the full results of 2018 MotoGP Argentina race
- Cal Crutchlow GBR LCR Honda (RC213V) 40m 36.342s
- Johann Zarco FRA Monster Yamaha Tech3 (YZR-M1) 40m 36.593s
- Alex Rins ESP Suzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR) 40m 38.843s
- Jack Miller AUS Pramac Ducati (GP17) 40m 40.732s
- Maverick Viñales ESP Movistar Yamaha (YZR-M1) 40m 51.283s
- Andrea Dovizioso ITA Ducati Team (GP18) 40m 58.875s
- Tito Rabat ESP Reale Avintia (GP17) 40m 59.368s
- Andrea Iannone ITA Suzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR) 41m 0.263s
- Hafizh Syahrin MAL Monster Yamaha Tech3 (YZR-M1)* 41m 0.653s
- Danilo Petrucci ITA Pramac Ducati (GP18) 41m 2.345s
- Pol Espargaro ESP Red Bull KTM Factory (RC16) 41m 7.364s
- Scott Redding GBR Factory Aprilia Gresini (RS-GP) 41m 8.233s
- Takaaki Nakagami JPN LCR Honda (RC213V)* 41m 8.794s
- Franco Morbidelli ITA EG 0,0 Marc VDS (RC213V)* 41m 18.403s
- Jorge Lorenzo ESP Ducati Team (GP18) 41m 18.616s
- Alvaro Bautista ESP Angel Nieto Team (GP17) 41m 18.967s
- Thomas Luthi SWI EG 0,0 Marc VDS (RC213V)* 41m 19.692s
- Marc Marquez ESP Repsol Honda (RC213V) 41m 20.202s
- Valentino Rossi ITA Movistar Yamaha (YZR-M1) 41m 28.424s
- Karel Abraham CZE Angel Nieto Team (GP16) 41m 40.286s
- Xavier Simeon ESP Reale Avintia (GP16)* 41m 46.486s
- Bradley Smith GBR Red Bull KTM Factory (RC16) DNF
- Aleix Espargaro ESP Factory Aprilia Gresini (RS-GP) DNF
- Dani Pedrosa ESP Repsol Honda (RC213V) DNF
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