2014 Argentina MotoGP Race Result: Can't Fly With Him, Argentina

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Undaunted by a lousy start and quick rivals, Marc Marquez fought his way through the pack to win the Grand Prix of Argentina, his third win in row for the 2014 season. The victory marks just the second time since 1971 that a rider has taken pole positions and wins in a season's first three races.

Dani Pedrosa seized second at the Termas de Rio Hondo Circuit after a late charge from third. Jorge Lorenzo, who led much of the race, secured the final podium spot for his best finish of the season. Valentino Rossi, who ran as high as second before a mid-race battle with Stefan Bradl, finished in fourth, nearly five seconds behind the leader. Bradl settled for fifth after losing the fight with Rossi.

Andrea Iannone, who ran as high as second in the race's early stages, came in sixth, well behind the leading group and four seconds ahead of Bradley Smith (7th). Pol Espargaro's eighth put him just behind his teammate and six seconds ahead of a disappointed Andrea Dovizioso (9th).  Former 250cc world champion Hiroshi Aoyama pipped teammate Nicky Hayden at the race's end to take 10th. It was Aoyama's best finish of the season.

It was Lorenzo -- making up for a jump start at the last race -- who grabbed the hotshot as the riders bunched for the first right-hand corner. Starting from pole, Marquez got buried by the pack and dropped into seventh almost immediately. Early on, Aleix Espargaro crashed as did Alvaro Bautista, who has not finished any of the three races this season.

At the front, Lorenzo opened a small gap.

With 22 laps remaining, it was Lorenzo, Rossi, and Iannone with Marquez already up to fourth, followed closely by Bradl and Pedrosa. Iannone made a mistake. Then Rossi ran wide to put him back with Bradl. Bradl then forced Rossi wide to take the position.

Marquez, with 15 laps to go, moved into second and was closing fast, only three-tenths shy of the leader. Rossi repassed Bradl to settle into fourth.

For a brief period, Lorenzo held Marquez at bay, matching his lap times and maintaining the gap. Then Marquez turned up the pace and soon was on Lorenzo's tail. With nine laps to go, he passed the leader and immediately opened a gap. Behind Lorenzo, Dani Pedrosa also upped the pace and turned a series of the fastest laps of any rider on the circuit. Rossi, who had been closing on Pedrosa, drifted back.

On the final lap, Pedrosa passed Lorenzo to take second, making it consecutve, top-of-the-podium races for Repsol Honda.

The newest circuit in the series has proved to be a strong racing venue once sufficient practice sessions cleaned the track and applied rubber on the racing line. In the MotoGP class, it now ranks at the second-fastest circuit after Philip Island in Australia.


Pos. No. Rider Bike Time / Diff. 
1 93 Marc MARQUEZ Honda 41'39.821
2 26 Dani PEDROSA Honda 1.837
3 99 Jorge LORENZO Yamaha 3.201
4 46 Valentino ROSSI Yamaha 4.898
5 6 Stefan BRADL Honda 15.029
6 29 Andrea IANNONE Ducati 19.447
7 38 Bradley SMITH Yamaha 24.192
8 44 Pol ESPARGARO Yamaha 29.118
9 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO Ducati 33.673
10 7 Hiroshi AOYAMA Honda 43.279
11 69 Nicky HAYDEN Honda 43.352
12 68 Yonny HERNANDEZ Ducati 44.819
13 17 Karel ABRAHAM Honda 45.178
14 45 Scott REDDING Honda 48.656
15 41 Aleix ESPARGARO Forward Yamaha 52.25
16 8 Hector BARBERA Avintia 53.505
17 51 Michele PIRRO Ducati 53.669
18 70 Michael LAVERTY PBM 56.57
19 63 Mike DI MEGLIO Avintia +1'03.140
20 5 Colin EDWARDS Forward Yamaha +1'05.760
21 23 Broc PARKES PBM +1'16.722
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  19 Alvaro BAUTISTA Honda 0 Lap
  9 Danilo PETRUCCI ART 0 Lap


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Total votes: 36

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That's what it was for #93, waited for the right moment, attacked and easily built a gap without any retaliation from #99. Meanwhile dani took late to charge (as he was messed up in a pack) but still his effort paid with a second place finish.

Now it is clear that unless yamaha improves significantly almost every track is a honda track.(maybe assen or mugello could be an exception).

Total votes: 68


I've said before and I would say it again, the rules instituted this year will have unintended consequences and they've been playing out ever since the first test back in Sepang.

If anything this season is look more and more like a Marquez/Pedrosa fight where Lorenzo, Rossi or somebody essentially playing the spoiler.

Total votes: 63

Even on the Honda, I don't think Jorge would have anything for 'THE Alien'. IMHO, Jorge has normally been a tick quicker the Dani. Put Jorge on the Honda & he'd be a tick or two quicker the Dani.....not 10 ticks! Marc has another gear & he's showing the field that it doesnt matter if he's 7th and bunched in the pack. He's got way more speed then he's showing. Look at qual'ing! Is there a line on how many poles/wins he can do in a row/for the year?

Total votes: 68

...although dyed-in-the-wool connoisseurs of racecraft will have enjoyed that demonstration of Marquez' incredible skill, talent and bike handling, the less committed and/or knowledgeable will have found most of that race stupefyingly dull.

This could happen all season. If I was in charge of BTSport (who, I have to say, are doing a pretty decent job so far*) I'd be seriously worried. They could have paid an awful lot of money for a series which will be dull to watch, and decided well before the season ends.

*Hodgson's really good. Emmett's very decent indeed. Ryder's well-informed if a bit bufferish at times. Huewen's quite annoying. Studio team? Meh.

Total votes: 73

Hodgson has plenty of experience working for Eurosport on BSB and WSB duties. Toseland is too nervous for my liking and lacks passion.

Total votes: 69

"although dyed-in-the-wool connoisseurs of racecraft will have enjoyed that demonstration of Marquez' incredible skill, talent and bike handling, the less committed and/or knowledgeable will have found most of that race stupefyingly dull"

I can't imagine anyone NOT finding the race dull "racecraft" of not.

I feel sorry for all the Sky suckers that paid extra for BTSport, though to be fair you had to see this coming. The class has been "ruled" into a Spec Series, where the same 4 (sans crashes/mech issues) will finish in the top 4 spots and the others fight for 5th place on...........

Total votes: 73

"For a brief period, Lorenzo held Marquez at bay, matching his lap times and maintaining the gap."

It was obvious that it was Marc who matched his lap times to Lorenzo's. #93 never looked like he had to try very hard when he decided to sit behind Lorenzo for a while. He closed the gap at will, he overtook at will and e opened up a gap at will.

Impressive performance but I hope Pedrosa and/or Lorenzo will be able to give him a run for his money more often.
The closing laps were rather dull once everything was set. The opening of the race however was nail-biting exciting!

And I'm starting to be more and more impressed by Iannone. Losing only 4 seconds on Bradl on the fastest sattelite ride is really not bad. And he took quite a fight to Bradl and Rossi!

Total votes: 72

If you look at the lap times, when Marquez moved into second, he initially ran faster laps. When Lorenzo saw the gap closing, he upped the pace on laps 8, 9, and 10 and ran faster laps than Marquez. He added a tenth to his lead. Marquez increased the pace and closed the gap. Again -- lap 14 -- Lorenzo ran a faster lap than his rival. Marquez upped the pace again and passed on lap 16. (And said afterword in an interview he had a "moment" trying to get around Lorenzo.) Marquez likely would have passed Lorenzo sooner had Lorenzo not held him off briefly. That said, I think when we all saw Marquez closing the gap, we knew what was going to happen eventually.

Total votes: 63

Great race! Excellent track! COTA designer needs to take a look to see how it's done. Hopefully the Texan round was the only blip on the boredom radar.

Marc was as expected, shame about Rossi and Pedrosa getting held up, Rossi getting completely boned by Bradl but showing excellent pace, better than his teammate again which is promising for Europe, could be some good races coming up.

Total votes: 75

That's why it's fast and flowing with multiple overtaking points. It's much more like the classic styles of tracks.

Total votes: 58

Not actually. Ryder opined that since MM was running hard/hard tires he was simply waiting for them to get up to proper temp; when achieved he quickly dispensed with...

the field

I think it is now safe to assume the ONLY person to challenge MM is MM, & that seems quite unlikely with the maturity he has demonstrated.

Quite simply...he might well run the table, sans injury 400-420 points. With JL & DP taking points away from each other, he may well clinch with 5 races to go.

Maverick...where are you?

Total votes: 72

Maverick and Miller both! I am longing to see those guys in the premier class.

I can't help but imagine Stoner sitting at home grinding his teeth and wanting to be a part of this... it would appear that no-one else on the planet can stop MM.

Sad that we won't see that, however nothing we can imagine could take away from what we are seeing with MM.

Total votes: 63

I'm not sure any rider who qualified on pole would call seventh at the end of the first lap a good start. JR is right that Marquez likely found that the tires needed to come in before really pushing. But I'm guessing he would have been happy to do that from further up in the grid.

Total votes: 73