Argentinas Moto GP Standings 2018

Argentinas Moto GP Standings 2018 - Marquez passed Maverick Vinales on the final lap to take fifth, but was struck by a 30-second penalty that dropped him down to 18th. Earlier, the MotoGP warm-up and the support races had happened on a slowly drying track, but it had been soaked again ahead of the primary event, together with all riders - except for Miller - lining up on wets on the grid. But with the track surface drying fast and the scheduled race start time edging ever nearer, riders started to pull in the pitlane en masse to change to dry tyres.


With six laps to go, Miller had a significant moment at Turn 13 and gave up the lead to Crutchlow and dropped back from the lead battle. He divebombed the Italian down the inside of the Turn 13 right-hander, barging the Yamaha out of the way and leaving Rossi to fall over on the wet grass on the outside of the circuit. Dovizioso, Avintia Ducati's Tito Rabat, Suzuki rider Andrea Iannone, Tech3 rookie Hafizh Syahrin and Danilo Petrucci (Pramac) made up the rest of the top 10 behind Vinales.

Marquez's Honda team-mate Dani Pedrosa was one of the race's three retirements, exiting with a highside crash on the opening lap after Zarco had nudged him broad. The quartet ran in formation until Rins started to assault Miller - the set trading places on many occasions before Rins made a move stick with nine laps to go - only to run wide one tour afterwards and drop to fourth. 

The start was then briefly held up further by Marquez's issues, but the buffer allowed Miller to keep the lead on the opening lap. Zarco soon overtook Crutchlow, but the Briton returned the favour with a slipstream pass on the penultimate lap - and held on to claim his third MotoGP win.

LCR Honda rider Crutchlow prevailed over Johann Zarco, Alex Rins and polesitter Jack Miller in a breathless four-bike battle for victory. With Marquez out of the way, the top four of Miller, Rins, Zarco and Crutchlow broke front, escaping into the distance from the chasing pack that was led by Andrea Dovizioso.

The organisers delayed the start, citing safety concerns, and after an impromptu team boss meeting, all riders but Miller were transferred back several rows, leaving the Australian sitting solo at the sharp end of the grid. As increasingly abandoned their grid and began to queue up at pitlane exit, Miller was left as the only rider on the grid. Rossi took the chequered flag in 19th, four places behind a struggling Jorge Lorenzo.

Marquez was charging through the pack following his penalty when he came up on Rossi. The finish was set up when a rampant Marquez was made to serve a ride-through in the lead after stalling on the grid and then riding back to his grid place when he restarted his bike. Rins celebrated his maiden MotoGP podium in third behind Zarco, while Miller settled for fourth.

He was then quickly reeled in and passed by the charging Marquez - that had been just two seconds clear when he was awarded the ride-through on lap five of 24, which dropped him down to 19th.

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