08 Apr Havoc from tricky conditions in Argentina jeopardizes the race for the Repsol Honda Team
Rain that fell just before the MotoGP race deeply affected the Grand Prix of Argentina, as well as Marc Marquez’s and Dani Pedrosa’s races.
Dani crashed out of the postponed race before the end of the first lap when he went off the dry line following a move by Johann Zarco. Dani suffered a hard blow to his right wrist and will undergo further medical examinations next week in Barcelona.
Marc was first given a ride-through penalty for returning to his grid position aboard his bike after restarting a stalled engine. He complied with the penalty at the end of lap six when he had been leading the way, 1.5 seconds clear of Jack Miller, and re-joined in 20th. Marc was quickly charging through the field to recover, but unfortunately he touched a wet patch and unintentionally clashed with Valentino Rossi on lap 20. An additional penalty of 30 seconds dropped Marc from fifth to 18th after the end of the race.
The race was won by Cal Crutchlow, who earned Honda its 750th Grand Prix win. This is the first time a manufacturer has reached this landmark in the 70-year history of Grand Prix motorcycle racing.