Argentina all about Marc Márquez as the Honda rider dominates in MotoGP™
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Honda's Marc Márquez dominates from start to finish to win the MotoGP of Argentina at Termas de Río Hondo by a huge margin over Yamaha's Valentino Rossi and Ducati rider Andrea Dovizioso.
Honda's Marc Márquez made a perfect start and never looked back at the MotoGP™ of Argentina in Termas de Río Hondo, immediately gaping Qatar winner Andrea Dovizioso, and leaving the Ducati rider to fend off Jack Miller, Valentino Rossi and Cal Crutchlow, as Márquez rode off into the distance all alone.
By the halfway point of the race, Márquez had already established a gap of over five seconds back to the battle between Dovizioso and Rossi, with Yamaha's Franco Morbidelli following the pair, who were at the head of a seven-bike battle for second place.
At the finish, Márquez cruised home with a winning margin of 10 seconds to assume control of the MotoGP™ points chase, while Rossi managed to pass Dovizioso on the final lap take a second place and pick up his first podium finish since July 2018.
MotoGP™ of Argentina 2019 results
Márquez masterclass on a perfect day
If the opening race of the MotoGP™ season in Qatar served up a super close finish, the Argentine GP had anything but a photo finish, as Márquez was a class above the field.
To underline the five-time champion's dominance, after five laps he was nearly five seconds up the road from Qatar winner Dovizioso, who had no answer for his rival's dominant speed. Márquez had plenty of time to enjoy his lead in what was essentially a leisurely Sunday afternoon ride.
Rossi wins the battle of the Italians
As Márquez ran away with the race, it was left to the Italian stars of MotoGP™ to provide the thrills.
By the halfway point of the race, veterans Rossi and Dovizioso were in the box seats for second place, but were closely followed by countrymen Danilo Petrucci and Franco Morbidelli.
At the flag, only Rossi and Dovizioso would taste the champagne on the podium, while Jack Miller and Álex Rins spoiled the Italian party. Miller managed to take a fantastic fourth, with Rins delivering an extremely impressive performance to finish fifth after qualifying way down in 16th.
Lorenzo's struggles continue
Fans will have to wait for the anticipated battle between Repsol Honda team-mates Márquez and triple MotoGP™ champion Jorge Lorenzo, as the Spaniard again struggled home with injuries hampering his performance.
As Márquez dominated, Lorenzo had to settle for 11th, spending the race running out of the view of the TV cameras and only making a slight improvement on his lowly qualifying position of 12th.
Lorenzo will be hoping for a dramatic upswing in fortunes when the series heads to Texas in two weeks.
Márquez back on top of the standings
As the MotoGP™ juggernaut heads north from South America to Circuit of the Americas in Texas, it's five-time MotoGP™ champion Márquez who leads the standings by three points over Dovizioso.
Dovizioso will hope for at least another podium in America to keep up his consistency, but more importantly keep up with Márquez, who was ominously quick at the Autódromo Termas de Río Hondo.