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12 April 2018, 07:20 | Percy Christensen
EPAValentino Rossi is eyeing victory at the Argentina GP
Honda's Dani Pedrosa crashed out on lap one of what proved to be a chaotic race.
Valentino Rossi has admitted to feeling "scared" by the presence of reigning world champion Marc Marquez on the grid, warning that MotoGP could become "very dangerous" should he continue riding as he does.
He divebombed the Italian down the inside of the Turn 13 right-hander, barging the Yamaha out of the way and leaving Rossi to fall over on the wet grass on the outside of the circuit. Because the press flocked to Marquez and Rossi after the Argentina Grand Prix, and many were missing from the post-race conference, the race victor, LCR Honda Castrol's Cal Crutchlow, had some negative words for the press.
Marquez quickly reeled Miller in and passed him before receiving a ride-through penalty for the start infringement, knocking him back to 19th. Miller was the only rider on the grid and there was lot of confusion about the status of the race and the race start was delayed.
Starting second from last at the MotoGP Grand Prix of Argentina, Malaysian Hafizh Syahrin, also known as "El Pescao" powered his way up the field to finish ninth on his Yamaha YZR-M1.
Then the pit board came out, showing a ride-through penalty for Marquez for starting from the grid; as he headed for the pits, Miller was being reeled in by Zarco, Alex Rins (Suzuki) and Crutchlow.
Suzuki's Rins secured a maiden MotoGP podium result with pole-sitter Miller having to settle for fourth place for Pramac Ducati. This left Miller's Ducati GP17 the only bike on the grid in his well-earned pole position. During this interview, attention turned to whether Marquez deserves to be disqualified for his race conduct: "He shouldn't be disqualified, he was already punished in the race".
"What happened yesterday between Marquez and Rossi has happened to everyone, has happened to me, to Valentino Rossi and even happened again in that race when [Johann] Zarco knocked out [Dani] Pedrosa". Luckily the bike runs and at that time I didn't know what I needed to do; I knew that if the bike was [not running] I need to go off [the grid], but the bike was running.
Crutchlow, who now leads the overall standings with 38 points from the season's first two races, is the first Briton to lead the championship since Barry Sheene in 1979.
Marquez passed Maverick Vinales on the final lap to take fifth, but was hit with a 30-second penalty that dropped him down to 18th.
Crutchlow, celebrating his third career MotoGP win, said: "It was nice to win but it was to be expected".
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