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Argentina MotoGP - gritty Crutchlow takes deserving win

12 April 2018, 07:18 | Stacy Ballard

EPAValentino Rossi is eyeing victory at the Argentina GP

MotoGP Argentina GP

Valentino Rossi has admitted to feeling "scared" by the presence of reigning world champion Marc Marquez on the grid, warning that MotoGP could become "very dangerous" should he continue riding as he does.

The head of the DORNA group that runs MotoGP, Carmelo Ezpeleta, on Tuesday told Radio Marca that he would talk to Marc Marquez and Valentino Rossi after the Italian accused the Spaniard of deliberately crashing into riders at Sunday's Argentina GP.

It came as Marquez scythed his way back through the order after serving his penalty in the early laps, the result of him illegally returning to his grid slot after stalling his works Honda.

Rossi admits he is scared to ride next to Marquez on the track and confirmed he had words with race director Mike Webb about taking strict action for such infringements. Spanish Suzuki rider Alex Rins was third, 2.50 seconds off the pace.

Marquez was charging through the pack following his penalty when he came up on Rossi.

The Catalan would exit the pit lane in 20th place, with Miller back in the lead.

"One marshal raised his hands, and a second one gave the thumbs up, which I interpreted to mean I could stay".

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After a start delay due to safety conditions, with every MotoGP rider on the starting grid except Jack Miller on wets but opting to switch to slick tyres as circuit conditions dried up, all 23 riders apart from Miller started nine rows back in qualifying order.

"What happened yesterday between Marquez and Rossi has happened to everyone, has happened to me, to Valentino Rossi and even happened again in that race when [Johann] Zarco knocked out [Dani] Pedrosa".

With less than five laps remaining, the tussle for the race lead was getting serious as Rins managed to plunge ahead of Miller, but the Aussie rider always had better drive to regain the lead. As a result, Zarco kind of got away with the incident with Pedrosa, while Marquez was handed a ride-through-penalty, meaning he not only lost the lead but also lost 19 positions in doing so!

"But from Friday morning on, Marquez did this to [Maverick] Vinales, to [Andrea] Dovizioso, to me, and on Saturday morning, and today he went straight through four riders".

At the front Crutchlow made his move into the lead around the penultimate corner up the inside of Zarco to set up a final lap sprint for victory.

Andrea Dovizioso, Tito Rabat, Andrea Iannone, Hafizh Syarhin, Danilo Petrucci and Pol Espargaro rounded out the top 10. Enea Bastianini (Honda) threatened late in the race to take his first podium of the season, but a mistake on the last lap ended his chances, and he finished a solid fourth.



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