Ex-MotoGP riders slam Marquez's 'lack of respect'

Ex-MotoGP riders slam Marquez's 'lack of respect'

Ex-MotoGP riders slam Marquez's 'lack of respect'

Crutchlow took advantage to record Honda's 750th Grand Prix success.

Pole man Jack Miller finished fourth on the Pramac Ducati, with Maverick Vinales (Movistar Yamaha) and Qatar victor Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati) completing the top six.

The largely dormant but always potentially volcanic feud between Valentino Rossi and Marc Marquez erupted violently on Sunday, at an incendiary Argentine MotoGP.

At the end of the race an ashen-faced Marquez, helmet off, walked straight to Rossi's garage to apologize, but was angrily turned away by the Italian's entourage. "It can happen, it's racing", Rossi said after the race, as quoted on Yahoo Sports.

Honda's Dani Pedrosa crashed out on lap one of what proved to be a chaotic race.

"It was nice to win but it was to be expected", a confident Crutchlow said.

Valentino Rossi finished the Argentinean GP in 19th place. The Pramac Ducati rider gambled on slicks during the rain-hit qualifying and took the pole.

Rather than argue in public with the world champion, the starter finally got the race underway. Most riders made a decision to switch to wet tyres, but Miller held on to slicks having proved his mettle in the wet during qualifying.

Rossi admits he is scared to ride next to Marquez on the track and confirmed he had words with race director Mike Webb about taking strict action for such infringements.

Marquez and Rossi have, in the past, shared a fractious relationship due to multiple on-track controversies and the two clashed yet again at the Termas de Rio Hondo circuit in Argentina on Thursday.

Marquez controversially clashed with Yamaha's Valentino Rossi late in the race, having worked his way through the pack after an early penalty for stalling on the grid and then riding back to his starting spot when he restarted his bike. Soon after, the quartret continued changing positions with Alex Rins also leading the race briefly.

The quartet ran in formation until Rins began to attack Miller - the pair trading places on several occasions before Rins made a move stick with nine laps to go - only to run wide one tour later and drop to fourth. Vinales was promoted to P4, followed by Dovizioso, Rabat, Andra Iannone of Suzuki.

Top South African rider Brad Binder (KTM) hit the back of Jorge Navarro's Kalex under braking for Turn 13 on the second lap of the Moto2 race and went down hard, but was fortunately unhurt, while Steven Odendaal brought the new NTS machine home 18th, and Binder's younger brother Darryn came home 22nd in his second outing on the works KTM in the Moto3 race.

Rossi finished 19th, with his Honda rival one place ahead of him after he received a penalty.

Sheene, a double world champion for Suzuki in the old 500cc era, last led the standings in 1979.

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