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MotoGP: Marc Marquez wins from pole in Argentina

Marquez won from pole for the third race in a row
Marquez won from pole for the third race in a row
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by Chris Jefferies

Marc Marquez won the first Argentina MotoGP for a decade in fine conditions today (27 April) at the Autodromo Termas De Rio Hondo.

Movistar Yamaha rider Jorge Lorenzo got off to a fine start, avoiding a repeat of the false start that ruined his day at Austin to take an early lead.

A chaotic first lap saw Danilo Petrucci, Alvaro Bautista and Aleix Espargaro crash out, although the latter managed to get back in the saddle and resume.

It quickly became a two-horse race, with reigning champion Marc Marquez reeling Lorenzo in lap by lap.

The Repsol Honda rider left it until 9 laps from the end to make his move, nipping inside Lorenzo and posting the fastest lap in the process.

An intriguing battle for third saw Stefan Bradl, Andrea Iannone and Dani Pedrosa regularly changing places.

Meanwhile, Valentino Rossi slipped as low as seventh early on, before finding his form and surging through into fourth.

Pedrosa grew faster as the race progressed and made it a Honda 1-2 by overtaking Lorenzo on the penultimate lap.

But the day belonged to Marquez once again and it will take something unexpected to derail the 21-year-old's title defence.

And a new stat to add to his CV - Marquez is the first premier class rider to win the first three races of the season from pole position since 1971.

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