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Argentina MotoGP: Aleix Espargaro claims historic win for Aprilia | Autocar India

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Espargaro and Aprilia scored their maiden MotoGP win; Martin and Rins full podium.

Aleix Espargaro defeated Jorge Martin to clinch his maiden MotoGP victory in Argentina. This additionally handed Aprilia a long-awaited first win within the trendy MotoGP period. Pramac Racing’s Martin ended up second, scoring his first factors this season, whereas Suzuki’s Alex Rins rounded out the rostrum.

  • Aleix and Aprilia take championship lead
  • 9 totally different riders on the rostrum within the first three races

Espargaro and Aprilia’s first MotoGP win

Beginning his 200th MotoGP race from pole place, Aleix Espargaro had a sluggish begin and misplaced the result in Martin. As the highest two pulled away, Pol Espargaro and Rins had moved as much as third and fourth locations, respectively. However with simply 11 laps to go, Pol crashed out at Flip 2, taking among the stress off Rins.

Aleix Espargaro spent the center part of the race clawing again time misplaced as a result of some small errors. With eight laps to go, he’d caught as much as Martin and moved out of the slipstream to briefly take the lead. Nevertheless, he ran extensive, permitting Martin to maneuver forward once more. The identical sequence repeated two laps later and Martin was nonetheless within the lead. Rins wasn’t too far off both, only a second behind the leaders.

Then lastly, on what was his third try, Aleix made the transfer stick. This time round, he held on to the result in take an emotional first win within the premier class. Aprilia returned to MotoGP in 2015 and after struggling for years, had picked up its first podium at Silverstone final yr.

Martin and Rins on the rostrum

Martin completed 0.807secs adrift in second place. The Pramac rider could have missed out on the win, however he ended up amassing essential factors as he couldn’t full the primary two races of the season – Qatar and Indonesia. Behind him, Rins additionally picked up his first podium end this yr. It’s already shaping as much as be a aggressive MotoGP season – the primary three races have seen 9 totally different riders end on the rostrum.

Joan Mir completed behind his Suzuki teammate in fourth place. After failing to make it out of Q2, Ducati’s Francesco Bagnaia pulled off a restoration journey to fifth place, adopted by KTM’s Brad Binder and Aprilia’s Maverick Vinales.

Reigning world champion Fabio Quartararo might solely end eighth, with Marco Bezzecchi and Enea Bastianini finishing the highest 10.

2022 MotoGP championship standings

For the primary time in his MotoGP profession, Aleix Espargaro is main the world championship by seven factors from Binder, nonetheless, there are simply 10 factors separating the highest 5 riders. Aprilia have additionally taken the lead within the groups’ championship.

2022 Argentina MotoGP outcomes

2022 Argentina MotoGP outcomes
Pos Rider Staff
1 Aleix Espargaro Aprilia
2 Jorge Martin Pramac Racing
3 Alex Rins Suzuki
4 Joan Mir Suzuki
5 Francesco Bagnaia Ducati
6 Brad Binder KTM
7 Maverick Vinales Aprilia
8 Fabio Quartararo Yamaha
9 Marco Bezzecchi Mooney VR46 Racing Staff
10 Enea Bastanini Gresini Racing
11 Luca Marini Mooney VR46 Racing Staff
12 Takaaki Nakagami LCR Honda
13 Miguel Oliveira KTM
14 Jack Miller Ducati
15 Alex Marquez LCR Honda
16 Raul Fernandez Tech3 KTM
17 Remy Gardner Tech3 KTM
18 Darryn Binder WithU Yamaha RNF
19 Stefan Bradil Repsol Honda
20 Andrea Dovizioso WithU Yamaha RNF
NC Franco Morbidelli Yamaha
NC Pol Espargaro Repsol Honda
NC Johann Zarco Pramac Racing
NC Fabio Di Giannantonio Gresini Racing

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