April 8, 2018 / 9:16 PM / 7 months ago

Motorcycling - Crutchlow wins in Argentina to lead MotoGP championship

Motorcycle Racing - Argentina Motorcycle Grand Prix - MotoGP race - Termas de Rio Hondo, Argentina - April 8, 2018 - LCR Honda Castrol rider Cal Crutchlow of Britain competes. REUTERS/Marcos Brindicci

(Reuters) - Britain’s Cal Crutchlow won the Argentine Grand Prix for the LCR Honda team on Sunday to lead the MotoGP world championship after two races.

Crutchlow, celebrating a third career MotoGP win and Honda’s 750th grand prix success, is the first Briton to lead the top category since the late Barry Sheene in 1979.

In a thrilling race during which Honda’s reigning world champion Marc Marquez was penalized for a collision with Yamaha’s Italian great Valentino Rossi, Frenchman Johann Zarco finished a close second for Tech3 Yamaha.

Spaniard Alex Rins was third for Suzuki at the Termas de Rio Hondo circuit.

Crutchlow now has 38 points, three more than Ducati’s Italian Andrea Dovizioso.

Reporting by Alan Baldwin in London, editing by Pritha Sarkar

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