MotoGP: Michael Laverty ends 18th at Argentina round

Michael Laverty

Michael Laverty failed to finish in the points for the third MotoGP round in a row when he ended 18th in Argentina.

The PBM rider from Toomebridge had taken 16th places at both the opening round in Qatar and the subsequent Grand Prix of the Americas in Austin.

Marc Marquez won in Argentina to become the first man to win the first three races of the season from pole position since Giacomo Agostini in 1971.

His Honda team-mate Dani Pedrosa was second, with Jorge Lorenzo third.

Valentino Rossi claimed fourth position in the 25-lap race, which marked the return of the premier class of motorcycling to Argentina for the first time since 1999.

Ducati rider Cal Crutchlow was absent because of injuries he sustained at the last round at Austin.

Marc Marquez won in Texas for the second year in a row, coming home six seconds ahead of Dani Pedrosa.

Ducati rider Andrea Dovizioso completed the podium but Cal Crutchlow broke his right hand after crashing out.

Stefan Bradl edged out Bradley Smith for fifth, while Valentino Rossi had to settle for eighth.

Jorge Lorenzo was penalised for jumping the start but recovered to secure 10th place after completing his ride through penalty.

Laverty was one minute 32.54 seconds behind the winner and was 16th of the 18 finishers.

The next round of the series will be staged in Argentina on 27 April.

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