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MotoGP World Championship, Argentina11.04.2018


Argentine Grand Prix

A chaotic weekend

Once again, the rain played tricks on the riders during the weekend of the Argentine Grand Prix. On a difficult, treacherous track, Morbidelli managed to finish his second MotoGP race once again by scoring points.

The Races

A delayed start and a modified procedure to avoid bottlenecks in the pit lane … The riders needed to have nerves of steel to keep calm on the starting grid of the Termas of Rio Hondo circuit. Franco Morbidelli did well. The Honda rider took his time during the first laps on a track where only a thin strip of asphalt was dry. “I didn’t want to make any mistakes and compromise my chances of scoring points,” he explains. Mission accomplished, Morbidelli finished fourteenth in front of the official Ducati ridden by Lorenzo. For many laps in a firefight with his teammate, Lüthi finished seventeenth hot on the heels of Lorenzo and Bautista. In Moto2, Marquez took fifth place after committing a small braking error that caused him to lose contact with the leaders. From 17th position on the starting grid, Mir made a great comeback to take the checkered flag in seventh place.

The Championship

Scoring four points in Qatar and two in Argentina, after two races Morbidelli is in fourteenth place of the MotoGP world championship. Marquez has made it to sixth place in the Moto2 rankings while Mir has moved up to ninth place.

The background

Doping in MotoGP? “In the 25 years of my career, I have never seen or heard of a rider who took drugs,” says Loris Capirossi, the former world champion who is now part of the Grand Prix race management. But today, it is the riders themselves who are asking for more anti-doping checks. “Two spot checks a year is not enough,” believes Andrea Dovizioso. “Even though doping will never make a rider win who is not capable of doing so, today there are products that can help limit fatigue. And believe me, our sport is much more physical than some people imagine.” His comments follow on from Cal Crutchlow’s comments, believing that some cheat in order to shed weight. In 2000, Japanese rider Haga was deprived of a world title after taking ephedrine, a product well known to athletes.