The winner of the second round of the 2017 MotoGPTM World Championship at Termas de Rio Hondo, Argentina, was Maverick Viñales (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP) who also won the season’s recent opener in Qatar. Valentino Rossi (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP) and Cal Crutchlow (LCR Honda) were second and third in South America.
Viñales continued his successful start to 2017 with another victory that saw the Catalan become the first Yamaha rider to claim the year’s first two races since Wayne Rainey in 1990.
He got away smartly from sixth on the grid to quickly find himself on the tail of pole-winner Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda Team). Racing on medium-compound MICHELIN Power Slicks front and rear, he emerged in front when the defending world champion fell on Lap 4.
From that point on, he lapped consistently in the 1m39s bracket to take the chequered flag with a three-second advantage over his team-mate Rossi who started his 350th grand prix from seventh on the grid. It was on the 19th of the 25-lap race that the nine-time world champion squeezed past Cal Crutchlow to secure second place and earn Yamaha’s first one-two finish of the year.
Alvaro Bautista (Pull&Bear Aspar Team) was fourth.
Monster Yamaha Tech3’s Johann Zarco and Jonas Folger followed in fifth and sixth places respectively to make it four Yamaha riders in the final top six.
Danilo Petrucci (Octo Pramac Racing), Scott Redding (Octo Pramac Racing), Jack Miller (EG 0,0 Marc VDS) and Karel Abraham (Pull&Bear Aspar Team) rounded out the top 10.
None of the four Honda or Ducati factory riders (Marquez and Pedrosa / Lorenzo and Dovizioso) reached the finish.
Next round: Grand Prix of the Americas (Austin, Texas, USA), April 21-23.