Termas de Río Hondo: Honda’s Marq Marquez set the perfect launch from the pole position to stretch his lead to one second in no time. The defending world champion gathered fearsome pace and was in a lead of three seconds after three laps. By the end of the 10th lap out of 25, Marquez was seven seconds clear which even stretched to 12 seconds towards the later stages. Eventually, he reached the finish line 9.8 seconds ahead of second-placed Valentino Rossi at the Termas de Rio Hondo in Argentina. The battle for the second place was on until the last lap with Andrea Dovizioso showing the power of the mighty Ducati – something which Yamaha definitely needs to work on if they want the championship. Rossi was leading the battle with Dovizioso before running wide in the 7th lap, but he ensured that he was right on the tail throughout. The Italians were being cheered in what proved to be an exquisite display of grit. It was only a few turns away from the finish line when Rossi made his final move to escape past Dovizioso and come home second. Meanwhile, Crutchlow who was expected to be a better competitor for the podium suffered a huge setback due to a jump-start. He managed to finish 13th despite a late entry into the race. Marquez now leads the championship with 45 points followed by Dovizioso (41) and Rossi (31) at second and third respectively – with 17 more races remaining.