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Hopes for a win at MotoGP are dashed for Marc Marquez, following a snap decision on the grid to switch from an extra-hard to a hard tyre on his Repsol Honda. An eventful day at Argentina's Termas de Rio Hondo, Round 3 also saw a shakeup in the standings as Great Britain's Cal Crutchlow made the remarkable jump from seventh to third position.

 

Luck and talent were on Cal Crutchlow's side as he sped around Latin America's infamous circuit in northern Argentina, beating Bradley Smith, Jorge Lorenzo, Andrea Iannone and last year's winner Marquez to the finish line. Crutchlow made his impressive bid for the bronze at the last corner.

 

Fixing a hard tyre to Marquez's bike proved a mistake, which became apparent with eight laps to go, as his competitors with extra-hard tyres raced ahead to the finish line. On the penultimate lap, Marquez was passed on the inside by Rossi and, in an attempt to get ahead, the champion driver clashed with Rossi's rear tire and was flung to the ground.

 

Valentino Rossi and Andrea Dovizioso continue to dominate the competition, while Italy's Andrea Iannone remains in fourth position, with Spain's Jorge Lorenzo in fifth. The standings at the end of Round 3 are:

 

Pos.

Rider

Bike

Nation

Points

1

Valentino ROSSI

Yamaha

ITA

66

2

Andrea DOVIZIOSO

Ducati

ITA

60

3

Andrea IANNONE

Ducati

ITA

40

4

Jorge LORENZO

Yamaha

SPA

37

5

Marc MARQUEZ

Honda

SPA

36

6

Cal CRUTCHLOW

Honda

GBR

34

7

Bradley SMITH

Yamaha

GBR

28

8

Aleix ESPARGARO

Suzuki

SPA

22

9

Pol ESPARGARO

Yamaha

SPA

15

10

Maverick VIÑALES

Suzuki

SPA

15

11

Danilo PETRUCCI

Ducati

ITA

15

12

Dani PEDROSA

Honda

SPA

10

13

Scott REDDING

Honda

GBR

10

14

Hector BARBERA

Ducati

SPA

8

15

Yonny HERNANDEZ

Ducati

COL

6

16

Jack MILLER

Honda

AUS

6

17

Hiroshi AOYAMA

Honda

JPN

5

18

Nicky HAYDEN

Honda

USA

3

19

Loris BAZ

Yamaha Forward

FRA

2

20

Stefan BRADL

Yamaha Forward

GER

1

21

Alvaro BAUTISTA

Aprilia

SPA

1

 

The fourth round of the MotoGP World Championship is taking place at Spain's Circuito de Jerez, from 1st - 3rd May – join us again for even more of the twists and turns in this eventful season!

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