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Monster athletes compete in the 2017 MotoGP season stop in Termas de Río Hondo, Argentina
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Viñales triumphs in crash-tastic Argentine Grand Prix

Apr 102017

Maverick Viñales continues to helm MotoGP and has both hands firmly locked on the tiller after winning the Grand Prix of Argentina ahead of factory Yamaha teammate Valentino Rossi and LCR Honda’s Cal Crutchlow. Round two of eighteen at a busy, fast and fabulous Termas de Rio Hondo saw shock crashes by the likes of Jorge Lorenzo, Marc Marquez and Dani Pedrosa among others but Viñales kept cool to maintain a 100% win record since jumping on the works M1, and Rossi – in his 350th GP - also lifted his second podium trophy in row despite set-up concerns with the front of the #46 Yamaha. Crutchlow made the box for the first time since his historic win at Phillip Island in Australia last year.

“It was a difficult race and I started quite good but Marc started so hard,” Viñales said, who now has a 14 point lead over Rossi in the standings. “When I saw him crash I thought ‘bring home the maximum amount of points’. The bike was incredible so thanks to the team because they are doing a good job.”

 

“On the grid my mechanic said to me ‘this is the 350; make a good race’,” said Rossi. “I felt relax, concentrated and pretty good. It was a great battle with Cal at great pace but I had a little bit more. I felt good physically and this is a great result for all the team and for me.”

 

“[that was] A fantast ride by Vale again, and he’s not had that pace all weekend,” reviewed Cruthchlow on his first race finish of the year after crashing out of Losail for the season-opener two weeks ago. “The pace was not that fast I was managing the bike but I had a warning light. I pushed for Maverick a few times and I thought it was possible to catch him. When Vale went by I knew I had 5 seconds [gap]. It was easy to follow him but I had that light again. Anyway this is great for team, points for Honda and good to come back from disappointment of Qatar.”

 

“This is an amazing feeling, two victories in a row, just incredible and I hope I can keep this momentum going,” ‘Morbido’ said. “I was pushing really hard from the start and very quickly I saw that Álex was going very fast close behind so I was ready for the fight.  With a lap to go I had + 0.3s and pushed even harder for the win and did not know Álex had crashed until I took the chequered flag. It was a pity his race ended like this.”

 

Further down the order fellow VR46 Academy stars Lorenzo Baldassarri (4th), Pecco Bagnaia (7th) and Luca Marini (12th) also enjoyed the challenge of the Argentina layout while Moto3 was again the grip of Joan Mir, John McPhee and Jorge Martin.

 

MotoGP gathers together again in two weeks time at the wonderfully sweeping Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas.

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