Without a doubt, the 2018 edition of the MotoGP Argentine Grand Prix What did the English win? Cal Crutchlow (Honda) will be remembered for a long time for a number of reasons. Here we review them ...
MILLER'S POLE: The Australian Jack Miller (Ducati) achieved his first pole in the category at the Santiago track. The rain altered the entire day on Saturday. By excess or by default, the drivers had to constantly guess the track conditions. Miller played it with dry tires and that went well for him as he won the classification with a 117/1000 advantage over the Spanish Dani Pedrosa (Sling).
THE CHAOTIC START OF THE RACE: The rain that appeared during the Moto2 test caused all the riders to change their tires except the brave Miller, who kept his slicks as he did to get pole. Minutes before the start, the Australian saw how all his rivals left the grid and left him alone. Instead of starting from the pits, the rest of the park was placed 60 meters behind the poleman and thus began the test.
THE FIGHT FOR VICTORY: About the end, Crutchlow, the French Johann zarco (Yamaha) and Spanish Alex Rins (Suzuki) staged an intense duel that the first one won. Thus the Englishman scored his third success in the specialty after those of Great Britain and Australia in 2016 and, in addition, he left Termas de Río Hondo with first place in the tournament.
THE ANDANZAS OF MARC MÁRQUEZ. Before the traffic light gave the order, to the Spanish Marc Márquez (Honda) stopped his motorcycle and although he managed to start it, he drove in the opposite direction to his starting point and that cost him the first of the three penalties he received during the race. For that infraction, he complied with a “ride through” that made him go through the pit lane when he was the leader after overtaking Miller at the beginning of the second lap. After the sanction, the champion was in 19th place. In full recovery he touched his compatriot Aleix Espargaró (Aprilia) and was forced to give up the job. While the last sanction was for throwing the Italian to the ground Valentino Rossi (Yamaha), no less, in a maneuver that reminded us of the one they both starred in in 2015 at the Argentine GP and that left Marc on the ground and Vale with the victory ...
THE PUBLIC: Once again the stands of the Santiago track were full. There were 47.735 spectators on Friday, 60.564 on Saturday and 63.305 on Sunday. That is to say that throughout the weekend they attended 171.604 viewers, 4.000 more than in the 2017 edition.
THE ECONOMIC IMPACT. All the movement that took place in Termas de Río Hondo during the weekend of the Grand Prix and the previous days left some 864 million pesos, as reported by the Ministry of Tourism of the Nation. Undoubtedly, a good proof that motorsport and tourism go hand in hand.