Malaysian Hafizh Syahrin ninth in Argentina MotoGP


The Result sees Crutchlow take the Championship lead, the first Briton to do so since Barry Sheene in 1979. In the end, though, it was LCR Honda's Cal Crutchlow who won the race from Tech 3 Yamaha's Johann Zarco. The Argentina GP was unpredictable right from the start with a freaky delay, while the final stages saw a collision between Marquez and Rossi.

Sure enough, however, Marquez" pitboard showed the words "Ride Through Penalty' and the next bolt of drama hit the race. All the podium finishers rode a fantastic race, swapping positions among them until the very last moment.

Non-factory Moto GP rider Jack Miller surprised the world by clinching the first pole position of his career in the Grand Prix of Argentina on Saturday, outdoing the factory riders in hard wet qualifying conditions.

However, the race start was delayed due to safety concerns over a wet track. After the formation lap though, all the teams and riders chose to switch to slicks owing to the fact that the circuit had dried up. However, as a penalty, all the riders were made to start from the back of the grid, while Miller would start from pole.

After an impromptu meeting with the top bosses and the organisers at Dorna, it was decided that Miller will be starting in the front row, while the other riders will pushed further back.

Marquez was forced to serve a ride-through penalty after retaking his grid slot having stalled.

Nevertheless, the Argentina GP started with Miller in the lead but was quickly denied of his lead by a charging Marquez.

The Championship fuse is lit, rivalries are heating up and Crutchlow heads to Texas as the points leader for the first time ever - the first British leader since the 1970s and an Independent Team rider to boot. Crutchlow and Zarco battled in out through the final few corners, but the Honda rider held off Zarcop to win by 0.251s, with Rins another 2.5s adrift and Miller 4.39s behind the leader in fourth.

Rins ran wide on Lap 16 only to give the top spot to Miller again and drop down to fourth.

Miller, Zarco, Rins and Crutchlow were then the leading group, with the leaders fighting it out for the win. With the race over, however, that was converted into a 30 second penalty, which moved him down to 18th, just one place ahead of Rossi. Andrea Iannone (Team Suzuki Ecstar) came home eighth, with Hafizh Syahrin pulling a stunning to take ninth and top rookie for Monster Yamaha Tech 3. That done and the bit then back between his teeth, it was game on for the number 93 to salvage as much as he could - which, by lap times, seemed it may be an awesome recovery.

Marquez finished the race in fifth ahead of Vinales, but that wasn't going to last long. Among retirements were Bradley Smit, Aleix Espargaro, and Dani Pedrosa, with the latter retiring with a crash after making contact with Zarco in the opening lap.

Crowd favourite Rossi finished the race at the Autódromo Termas de Río Hondo in 19th place while Jorge Lorenzo ended up 15th with Ducati team mate Andrea Dovizioso in sixth.