Valentino Rossi extended his lead at the top of the MotoGP championship standings by claiming an emphatic yet controversial victory in Argentina on Sunday.
The Yamaha rider emerged victorious following a tight battle with Marc Marquez in the final stages of the race that ended in the Honda racer crashing out with two laps to go.
Marquez had led the field away from pole position at the Autodromo Termas de Rio Hondo, with Rossi starting all the way down in eighth place on the grid.
The nine-time world champion managed to fight his way through the field, though, moving up into second place with 14 laps remaining.
He soon managed to reel in Marquez, but the Spaniard refused to back down without a fight. However, he pushed too hard, clipping Rossi’s rear wheel and crashing out of the race.
This allowed the Italian rider to ease to his second win of the season and extend his lead at the top of the world championship standings ahead of Andrea Dovizioso, who crossed the line in second place following Marquez’s retirement.
Cal Crutchlow managed to inherit the final podium position as a result of the clash at the front, marking his first top three finish since joining Honda for the 2015 season. Andrea Iannone finished fourth for Ducati ahead of Rossi’s Yamaha teammate, Jorge Lorenzo.
As a result of the incident, Marquez now finds himself 30 points down on Rossi after just three races, with the stewards taking no action against either rider in the aftermath of the race.
American rider Nicky Hayden finished just outside of the points-paying positions in P16.