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Eugene Laverty is steady as Valentino Rossi wins

By Jim Gracey

Northern Ireland's Eugene Laverty posted another fighting 17th place finish as he continued to get to grips with his MotoGP debut season in the Grand Prix of Argentina last night. It mirrored his finish in Austin, Texas last week and was one better than his opening 18th place in Qatar.

Valentino Rossi survived a late tussle with two-time reigning world champion Marc Marquez to win the race. Repsol Honda rider Marquez started in pole position at the Autodromo Termas de Rio Hondo and built up a lead of four seconds at one point, but tyre issues allowed Rossi to pass him on the penultimate lap.

Marquez then clipped the back of Rossi's bike and crashed out of the race to enable the Movistar Yamaha rider to take the chequered flag in a time of 41 minutes 35.644 seconds - 5.685 secs ahead of the rest of the field.

Rossi, who won in Qatar before finishing third in the Americas MotoGP last weekend, leads the championship standings by six points ahead of Ducati rider Andrea Dovizioso, who was second in Buenos Aires.

Great Britain's Cal Crutchlow steered his Honda home in third, while Andrea Iannone (Ducati) was fourth and Jorge Lorenzo (Movistar Yamaha) fifth.

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