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Rossi wins in Argentina after clashing with Marquez | Events

Valentino Rossi takes a sensational victory after a masterful ride at the Gran Premio Red Bull de la República Argentina.

The sun had come out and track temperatures had risen to 37 degrees for the start of the MotoGP™ race at the Termas de Rio Hondo. The reigning MotoGP™ World Champion Marc Marquez, along with CWM LCR Honda’s Cal Crutchlow, decided to switch to the hard rear tyre on the grid, unlike Rossi and Lorenzo who both decided to use the extra hard compound rear.

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Aleix Espargaro led into the first corner, but Marquez passed the Team Suzuki Ecstar GSX-RR almost immediately and used his hard tyre to create a four-second gap at the front. At about mid-race distance Marquez’s tyres appeared to start to lose performance meaning that the chasing pack, led at this point by Valentino Rossi, started to close in on the leader. “The Doctor” had worked his way through the pack from 8th on the grid and could sense victory, as he was lapping almost a second quicker than Marquez.

Rossi leads the championship by six points over Andrea Dovizioso
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The nine-time World Champion eventually caught Marquez with just two laps to go with the two riders touching, before Marquez clipped the back of Rossi’s bike and crashed out of the race. Rossi went on to take the race win by over 5 seconds ahead of Andrea Dovizioso in 2nd, with Cal Crutchlow stealing the final podium spot from Andrea Iannone on the very last corner.

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Rossi’s teammate Jorge Lorenzo finished in 5th ahead of Bradley Smith on the Satellite Monster Yamaha Tech 3 bike. Aleix Espargaro ended the race in 7th, ahead of his brother Pol, with Scott Redding and Maverick Viñales completing the top ten.

CWW LCR Honda’s Jack Miller took the Open class victory as he finished in 12th, just 0.075s ahead of Hector Barbera on the Avintia Ducati.

Miller joined teammate Cal Crutchlow in Parc Ferme
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Rossi now has a six-point lead over Dovizioso in the MotoGP™ World Championship standings, and is 30 points ahead of Marquez.

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MotoGP World Standing 2015
Pos. Rider Bike Nation Points
1 Valentino ROSSI Yamaha ITA 66
2 Andrea DOVIZIOSO Ducati ITA 60
3 Andrea IANNONE Ducati ITA 40
4 Jorge LORENZO Yamaha SPA 37
5 Marc MARQUEZ Honda SPA 36
6 Cal CRUTCHLOW Honda GBR 34
7 Bradley SMITH Yamaha GBR 28
8 Aleix ESPARGARO Suzuki SPA 22
9 Pol ESPARGARO Yamaha SPA 15
10 Maverick VIÑALES Suzuki SPA 15
11 Danilo PETRUCCI Ducati ITA 15
12 Dani PEDROSA Honda SPA 10
13 Scott REDDING Honda GBR 10
14 Hector BARBERA Ducati SPA 8
15 Yonny HERNANDEZ Ducati COL 6
16 Jack MILLER Honda AUS 6
17 Hiroshi AOYAMA Honda JPN 5
18 Nicky HAYDEN Honda USA 3
19 Loris BAZ Yamaha Forward FRA 2
20 Stefan BRADL Yamaha Forward GER 1
21 Alvaro BAUTISTA Aprilia SPA 1