Marc Marquez has done it again. The world champion and Repsol Honda star claimed another victory at the Argentina Grand Prix in a race where, for the first time so far this season in any category, the stage finished in a Spanish 1-2-3 – with Dani Pedrosa (Repsol Honda Team) second and Jorge Lorenzo (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP) third.
The race had a busy start with up to five drivers struggling at the same time to keep Lorenzo's wheel close, as he took the initiative. Meanwhile, Marquez lost some ground and the drivers of the first three rows engaged themselves in spectacular overtaking – Aleix Espargaró (NGM Forward Racing), Alvaro Bautista (GO& UN Honda Gresini) and Danilo Petrucci (Iodaracing Project) all fell.
Double MotoGP champion Lorenzo got off to a lightning quick start as he led the race. The '99' avenged his two bad races at Losail and Austin and made it clear that if Yamaha gets a competitive bike it is among the few that can stop Marquez – however, so far the Hondas are stronger and the world leader reached him with 15 laps left.
After spending several turns behind Lorenzo, Marquez recovered well and decided to attack him and the youngster overtook the veteran with eight laps to go – even though Marquez came out slowly and was back in fifth at the first curve.
It was his 35th victory as a professional, at just 21 years old. He has thus far claimed three wins and three pole positions this season, the first time anyone has achieved the feat in 43 years.
Valentino Rossi (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP) briefly occupied the second position at the beginning, but went wide twice and eventually trailled in fourth.
Briton Carl Crutchlow (Ducati Team) missed Sunday's Grand Prix because of surgery on his injured right hand. Scott Redding (GO&FUN Honda Gresini) finished 14th.
Marquez and Pedrosa have dominated this year's World Championship, amassing 75 and 56 respectively to sit one and two in the table. They'll take some stopping.
The riders will reconvene for the next race at the Jerez Circuit next week. Last year, Pedrosa won the Grand Prix of Spain – Marquez was second and Lorenzo third.
Argentina MotoGP 2014 Results
1. Marc Marquez (Spain) Honda 41'39.821
2. Dani Pedrosa (Spain) Honda 41'41.658
3. Jorge Lorenzo (Spain) Yamaha 41'43.022
4. Valentino Rossi (Italy) Yamaha 41'44.719
5. Stefan Bradl (Germany) Honda 41'54.850
6. Andrea Iannone (Italy) Ducati 41'59.268
7. Bradley Smith (Britain) Yahama 42'04.013
8. Pol Espargaro (Spain) Yamaha 42'08.939
9. Andrea Dovizioso (Italy) Ducati 42'13.494
10. Hiroshi Aoyama (Japan) Honda 42'23.100
11. Nicky Hayden (USA) Honda 42'23.173
12. Yonny Hernandez (Colombia) Ducati 42'24.640
13. Karel Abraham (Czech Republic) Honda 42'24.999
14. Scott Redding (Britain) Honda 42'28.477
15. Aleix Espargaro (Spain) Yamaha 42'32.071
16. Hector Barbera (Spain) Avintia 42'33.326
17. Michele Pirro (Italy) Ducati 42'33.490
18. Michael Laverty (Britain) PBM 42'36.391
19. Mike Di Meglio (France) Avintia 42'42.961
20. Colin Edwards (USA) Yamaha 42'45.581
21. Broc Parkes (Australia) PBM 42'56.543
Alvaro Bautista (Spain) Honda
Danilo Petrucci (Italy) ART
World Championship Classification
1. Marc Marquez (Spain) Honda
2. Dani Pedrosa (Spain) Honda
3. Valentino Rossi (Italy) Yamaha
4. Andrea Dovizioso (Italy) Ducati
5. Andrea Iannone (Italy) Ducati
6. Stefan Bradl (Germany) Honda
7. Jorge Lorenzo (Spain) Yamaha
8. Aleix Espargaro (Spain) Yamaha
9. Bradley Smith (Britain) Yahama
10. Pol Espargaro (Spain) Yamaha
11. Nicky Hayden (USA) Honda
12. Hiroshi Aoyama (Japan) Honda
13. Scott Redding (Britain) Honda
14. Yonny Hernandez (Colombia) Ducati
15. Cal Crutchlow (Britain) Ducati
16. Karel Abraham (Czech Republic) Honda
17. Colin Edwards (USA) Yamaha
18. Danilo Petrucci (Italy) ART
19. Hector Barbera (Spain) Avintia
20. Broc Parkes (Australia) PBM