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2014 Argentine MotoGP wrapped

2014-04-27 20:22

THREE IN A ROW: Honda's Marc Marquez hit his 2014 MotoGP hat trick on Sunday by winning in Argentina. image: AFP

LES STEPHENSON

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina - The waiting game... it's Honda's MotoGP champion Marc Marquez' favourite tactic and he played it again on Sunday (Apl 27 2014) to snatch the 2014 MotoGP here.

Jorge Lorenzo (Yamaha) led for all but the last few laps with Marquez patiently shepherding him along until the chequered flag was almost in sight then the Honda rider simply rode past through Turn 5.

There was nothing Lorenzo could do - but that wasn't the end of his troubles. Marquez' team mate Dani Pedrosa was waiting in the near distance and over the last three laps gradually closed on Lorenzo too.

The master of so many MotoGP races couldn't fend off the second assault by Honda and finished a heartbreaking third, 3.2sec behind the winner.

CLEAN SWEEP

Reuters ALAN BALDWIN reports that Marquez' win maintained his 100 percent record for the season with three wins from three races.

The 21-year-old Spaniard fought back from a poor start at the new Termas de io Hondo circuit - indeed at one point he was running seventh. He's now the first rider in 43 years to have won all of the first three races in the premier category from pole position.

The last to be so dominant was Italian great Giacomo Agostini in 1971.

The Marquez/Pedrosa/Lorenzo podium meant a Spanish sweep from the race. Italian Valentino Rossi, who won the opening three 500cc races of the 2001 season, was fourth.

Marquez now has a maximum 75 points with Pedrosa on 56 and Rossi third on 41.

Race results for MotoGP, Moto2 and Moto3, with their points standings, below.

2014 Argentine MotoGP result

1 Marc Marquez (Spain) Honda 41min39.821
2 Dani Pedrosa (Spain) Honda 41min41.658
3 Jorge Lorenzo (Spain) Yamaha 41min43.022
4 Valentino Rossi (Italy) Yamaha 41min44.719
5 Stefan Bradl (Germany) Honda 41min54.850
6 Andrea Iannone (Italy) Ducati 41min59.268
7 Bradley Smith (Britain) Yamaha 42min04.013
8 Pol Espargaro (Spain) Yamaha 42min08.939
9 Andrea Dovizioso (Italy) Ducati 42min13.494
10 Hiroshi Aoyama (Japan) Honda 42min23.100
11 Nicky Hayden (U.S.) Honda 42min23.173
12 Yonny Hernandez (Colombia) Ducati 42min24.640
13 Karel Abraham (Czech Republic) Honda 42min24.999
14 Scott Redding (Britain) Honda 42min28.477
15 Aleix Espargaro (Spain) Yamaha 42min32.071

Post-Argentine MotoGP championship standings
1 Marc Marquez (Spain) Honda 41min39.821
2 Dani Pedrosa (Spain) Honda 41min41.658
3 Jorge Lorenzo (Spain) Yamaha 41min43.022
4 Valentino Rossi (Italy) Yamaha 41min44.719
5 Stefan Bradl (Germany) Honda 41min54.850
6 Andrea Iannone (Italy) Ducati 41min59.268
7 Bradley Smith (Britain) Yamaha 42min04.013
8 Pol Espargaro (Spain) Yamaha 42min08.939
9 Andrea Dovizioso (Italy) Ducati 42min13.494
10 Hiroshi Aoyama (Japan) Honda 42min23.100
11 Nicky Hayden (U.S.) Honda 42min23.173
12 Yonny Hernandez (Colombia) Ducati 42min24.640
13 Karel Abraham (Czech Republic) Honda 42min24.999
14 Scott Redding (Britain) Honda 42min28.477
15 Aleix Espargaro (Spain) Yamaha 42min32.071

Moto2 result

1 Esteve Rabat (Spain) Kalex 40min06.114
2 Xavier Simeon (Belgium) Suter 40min08.208
3 Luis Salom (Spain) Kalex 40min09.816
4 Dominique Aegerter (Switzerland) Suter 40min10.982
5 Simone Corsi (Italy) Forward KLX 40min11.214
6 Alex de Angelis (San Marino) Suter 40min14.678
7 Mika Kallio (Finland) Kalex 40min19.271
8 Sam Lowes (Britain) Speed up 40min25.870
9 Sandro Cortese (Germany) Kalex 40min26.422
10 Jordi Torres (Spain) Suter 40min26.492
11 Marcel Schroetter (Germany) Tech 3 40min27.084
12 Anthony West (Australia) Speed up 40min27.613
13 Franco Morbidelli (Italy) Kalex 40min32.913
14 Nicolas Terol (Spain) Suter 40min33.107
15 Takaaki Nakagami (Japan) Kalex 40min33.253

Moto2 points standings
1 Esteve Rabat (Spain) Kalex - 70
2 Mika Kallio (Finland) Kalex - 42
3 Maverick Vinales (Spain) Kalex - 38
4 Simone Corsi (Italy) Forward KLX - 33
5 Dominique Aegerter (Switzerland) Suter - 29
6 Thomas Luethi (Switzerland) Suter - 26
7 Xavier Simeon (Belgium) Suter - 20
8 Anthony West (Australia) Speed up - 20
9 Luis Salom (Spain) Kalex - 18
10 Sam Lowes (Britain) Speed up - 18
11 Alex de Angelis (San Marino) Suter - 18
12 Sandro Cortese (Germany) Kalex - 18
13 Jordi Torres (Spain) Suter - 14
14 Marcel Schroetter (Germany) Tech 3 - 12
15 Ricard Cardus (Spain) - 10

Moto3 result
1 Romano Fenati (Italy) KTM 38min34.451
2 Alex Marquez (Spain) Honda 38min34.550
3 Jack Miller (Australia) KTM 38min34.991
4 Livio Loi (Belgium) Kalex 38min35.075
5 Alex Rins (Spain) Honda 38min39.981
6 Efren Vazquez (Spain) Honda 38min40.107
7 Isaac Vinales (Spain) KTM 38min43.416
8 Niklas Ajo (Finland) Husqvarna 38min49.436
9 Danny Kent (Britain) Husqvarna 38min49.494
10 Enea Bastianini (Italy) KTM 38min51.761
11 Alexis Masbou (France) Honda 38min53.272
12 Juanfran Guevara (Spain) Kalex 38min53.489
13 Alessandro Tonucci (Italy) Mahindra 38min53.648
14 Brad Binder (South Africa) Mahindra 39min03.452
15 Zulfahmi Khairuddin (Malaysia) Honda 39min12.575

Moto3 points standings
1 Jack Miller (Australia) KTM - 66
2 Romano Fenati (Italy) KTM - 49
3 Efren Vazquez (Spain) Honda - 42
4 Alex Marquez (Spain) Honda - 40
5 Alex Rins (Spain) Honda - 35
6 Alexis Masbou (France) Honda - 24
7 Jakub Kornfeil (Czech Republic) KTM - 21
8 Danny Kent (Britain) Husqvarna - 18
9 Livio Loi (Belgium) Kalex - 17
10 Isaac Vinales (Spain) KTM - 17
11 Francesco Bagnaia (Italy) KTM - 15
12 Miguel Oliveira (Portugal) Mahindra - 14
13 John McPhee (Britain) Honda - 12
14 Niklas Ajo (Finland) Husqvarna - 10
15 Enea Bastianini (Italy) KTM - 9
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