Marc Marquez seized his third victory of the MotoGP season with a stunning ride to the win in Argentina, overcoming a determined effort by rival Jorge Lorenzo and a truncated charge by team-mate Dani Pedrosa.
The 21 year old slipped back to 7th at the start, behind Pedrosa who had also fallen backward and leaving Lorenzo to make the most of his opportunity at the front of the field; but a combination of luck, determination and typical Marquez style overtaking put him back on the Yamaha man’s tail and stalking Lorenzo with much of the race still to run.
When the move came with nine laps to go it was swift and decisive. Within a lap Marquez was nearly a second ahead and leaving Lorenzo to struggle with a diminishing gap between himself and the recovering and charging Pedrosa. Pedrosa made a gutsy penultimate lap overtake to make it a second consecutive Repsol Honda 1-2, but was disappointed not to be closer to Marquez after setting the fastest race lap and proving more than a match for his World Champion team-mate on pace.
Behind them there was a colossal battle for supremacy in the opening laps, featuring Stefan Bradl, Valentino Rossi, Andrea Iannone and Andrea Dovizioso. All ran 2nd at some point in the early stages behind Lorenzo, but it was Rossi who prevailed for an eventual 4th place ahead of Bradl and Iannone; Dovizioso faded to 9th having been passed by Bradley Smith and Pol Espargaro riding for Yamaha Tech 3.
It was a disappointing day for Alvaro Bautista who came away pointless from Argentina after crashing on lap one, while Aleix Espargaro wound up 15th as a consequence of falling on the opening tour.
CLASSIFICATION – RACE – Argentina MotoGP – 27th Apr 2014