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2015-04-19 23:11

FOUR AT THE FINISH... Three Italians and a Brit line astern for the top four positions at the 2015 Argentine MotoGP - Rossi, Iannone, Dovizioso and Crutchlow - but who didn't make the podium? Image AFP / Juan Mabromata

Italian Valentino Rossi won the Argentine MotoGP with a thrilling display after a clash with 2014 champion Marc Marquez in the second-last lap saw the latter crash out.

Championship leader Rossi won by more than five seconds from compatriot Andrea Dovizioso with Britain's Cal Crutchlow finishing third.

The stage seemed set for Marquez to win his second consecutive 2015 GP after building a lead of more than four seconds but nine-times champion Rossi weaved his way to the front from eighth at the start.

READY TO POUNCE

He also won the 2015 Qatar GP and continued to show he is back as he moved up to second place behind Marquez on Lap 11.

There was still plenty of work to do, though, to rein in Marquez but Rossi gradually ate into his rivals' advantage and was ready to pounce on the second-last lap.

Rossi went wide on a corner and cut across Marquez who collided with the Italian's back wheel and went over.

"I am sorry about this, he touched me on the corner and I hope he is OK. It was a great race," Rossi told reporters later. "The bike was great and now two victories already. I think we will be able to fight to the end."

Rossi (Yamaha) is leading the points standings with 66 ahead of Dovizioso (Ducati) on 60 and fellow Italian Andrea Iannone (Ducati) with 40.

Spaniard Jorge Lorenzo (Yamaha) is fourth on 37 with Marquez (Honda) trailing on 36 ahead of Crutchlow with 34.

Result from the 2015 Motorcycle GP of Argentina
1 Valentino Rossi (Italy) Yamaha 41min35.644
2 Andrea Dovizioso (Italy) Ducati 41min41.329
3 Cal Crutchlow (Britain) Honda 41min43.942
4 Andrea Iannone (Italy) Ducati 41min43.996
5 Jorge Lorenzo (Spain) Yamaha 41min45.836
6 Bradley Smith (Britain) Yamaha 41min55.520
7 Aleix Espargaro (Spain) Suzuki 41min59.977
8 Pol Espargaro (Spain) Yamaha 42min03.314
9 Scott Redding (Britain) Honda 42min10.041
10 Maverick Vinales (Spain) Suzuki 42min10.452
11 Danilo Petrucci (Italy) Ducati 42min15.850
12 Jack Miller (Australia) Honda 42min18.298
13 Hector Barbera (Spain) Ducati 42min18.373
14 Loris Baz (France) Yamaha Forward 42min18.497
15 Stefan Bradl (Germany) Yamaha Forward 42min18.681

2015 MotoGP points
1 Valentino Rossi (Italy) Yamaha - 66
2 Andrea Dovizioso (Italy) Ducati - 60
3 Andrea Iannone (Italy) Ducati - 40
4 Jorge Lorenzo (Spain) Yamaha - 37
5 Marc Marquez (Spain) Honda - 36
6 Cal Crutchlow (Britain) Honda - 34
7 Bradley Smith (Britain) Yamaha - 28
8 Aleix Espargaro (Spain) Suzuki - 22
9 Pol Espargaro (Spain) Yamaha - 15
10 Maverick Vinales (Spain) Suzuki - 15
11 Danilo Petrucci (Italy) Ducati - 15
12 Dani Pedrosa (Spain) Honda - 10
13 Scott Redding (Britain) Honda - 10
14 Hector Barbera (Spain) Ducati - 8
15 Yonny Hernandez (Colombia) Ducati – 6

Moto2 results
1 Johann Zarco (France) Kalex 39min44.497
2 Alex Rins (Spain) Kalex 39min47.212
3 Sam Lowes (Britain) Speed up 39min48.658
4 Mika Kallio (Finland) Kalex 39min49.807
5 Franco Morbidelli (Italy) Kalex 39min52.455
6 Thomas Luethi (Switzerland) Kalex 39min53.905
7 Sandro Cortese (Germany) Kalex 39min54.423
8 Lorenzo Baldassarri (Italy) Kalex 39min54.525
9 Jonas Folger (Germany) Kalex 39min54.649
10 Hafizh Syahrin (Malaysia) Kalex 39min55.813
11 Luis Salom (Spain) Kalex 39min56.261
12 Tito Rabat (Spain) Kalex 39min56.369
13 Dominique Aegerter (Switzerland) Kalex 39min58.502
14 Anthony West (Australia) Speed up 40min05.285
15 Alex Marquez (Spain) Kalex 40min05.818

Moto2 points
1 Johann Zarco (France) Kalex - 53
2 Alex Rins (Spain) Kalex - 49
3 Sam Lowes (Britain) Speed up - 41
4 Franco Morbidelli (Italy) Kalex - 33
5 Jonas Folger (Germany) Kalex - 32
6 Mika Kallio (Finland) Kalex - 31
7 Thomas Luethi (Switzerland) Kalex - 30
8 Xavier Simeon (Belgium) Kalex - 20
9 Hafizh Syahrin (Malaysia) Kalex - 20
10 Sandro Cortese (Germany) Kalex - 20
11 Tito Rabat (Spain) Kalex - 17
12 Lorenzo Baldassarri (Italy) Kalex - 14
13 Anthony West (Australia) Speed up - 11
14 Julian Simon (Spain) Speed up - 10
15 Takaaki Nakagami (Japan) Kalex - 8

Moto3 result
1 Danny Kent (Britain) Honda 38min25.621
2 Efren Vazquez (Spain) Honda 38min35.955
3 Isaac Vinales (Spain) Husqvarna 38min36.017
4 Miguel Oliveira (Portugal) KTM 38min36.388
5 Brad Binder (South Africa) KTM 38min36.738
6 Fabio Quartararo (France) Honda 38min36.816
7 Karel Hanika (Czech Republic) KTM 38min37.009
8 Romano Fenati (Italy) KTM 38min37.224
9 Enea Bastianini (Italy) Honda 38min37.333
10 Niklas Ajo (Finland) KTM 38min37.427
11 Francesco Bagnaia (Italy) Mahindra 38min37.579
12 Livio Loi (Belgium) Honda 38min37.976
13 Hiroki Ono (Japan) Honda 38min38.122
14 Jakub Kornfeil (Czech Republic) KTM 38min38.265
15 John McPhee (Britain) Honda 38min38.393

Moto3 points
1 Danny Kent (Britain) Honda - 66
2 Efren Vazquez (Spain) Honda - 49
3 Enea Bastianini (Italy) Honda - 40
4 Fabio Quartararo (France) Honda - 39
5 Isaac Vinales (Spain) Husqvarna - 33
6 Brad Binder (South Africa) KTM - 28
7 Alexis Masbou (France) Honda - 25
8 John McPhee (Britain) Honda - 22
9 Karel Hanika (Czech Republic) KTM - 18
10 Romano Fenati (Italy) KTM - 16
11 Andrea Locatelli (Italy) Honda - 14
12 Miguel Oliveira (Portugal) KTM - 13
13 Francesco Bagnaia (Italy) Mahindra - 12
14 Niccolo Antonelli (Italy) Honda - 8
15 Niklas Ajo (Finland) KTM - 8


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