1. Marc Marquez | Honda | +1
The current MotoGP leader has shown that despite Honda’s pre-season issues, he can will the bike to a dominant win as he did in Argentina. We’ve seen what Marquez can do when he is on a roll, expect Marquez to again do well in COTA next week where he has never lost in MotoGP.
2. Valentino Rossi | Yamaha | +1
The Italian celebrated a front row start in Argentina, and with a bit of luck managed to finish 2nd in the race. Rossi’s strength is that he is consistent. He stayed on the bike, Lorenzo, Dovi, Vinales, and Iannone did not. He jumps to 2nd in this week’s Power Rankings.
3. Jorge Lorenzo | Yamaha | -2
Lorenzo looked unstoppable in pre-season testing and in Qatar, but not at the Termas de Río Hondo. Lorenzo struggled throughout practice, crashing in FP3 before qualifying 3rd. He lasted only 6 laps on Sunday before crashing at Turn 1 for a second time. Despite his potential Lorenzo drops two spots as he suddenly finds himself 15 points off Marc Marquez.
4. Andrea Dovizioso | Ducati | +3
The man who would be on the chopping block if Lorenzo moved to Ducati was primed to once again finish in 2nd before Iannone took him out with two corners to go. Dovi’s pace was quick all weekend and since his crash resulted through no fault of his own we see no reason why he should suffer in the rankings.
5. Maverick Vinales | Suzuki | –
Maverick Vinales fell victim to a damp Turn 1 but was showing every sign of getting his first MotoGP podium. The Suzuki rider was the surprise of pre-season testing and continues to show good form despite being on lesser machinery than the Honda, Yamaha, or Ducati. He stays 5th.
6. Dani Pedrosa | Honda | –
Perhaps the biggest winner of the Ducati crash in Argentina was Dani Pedrosa, who went from 5th to 3rd and picked up 16 points at the hands of the fallen Ducatis. He was knocked early on and fell as far down as 12th, a great recovery that was overshadowed by the dominance of his teammate.
7. Andrea Iannone | Ducati | –
So much potential, so much pace, and after two races still no points through crashes. For that reason Iannone stays as the worst of the best.
8. Hector Barbara | Avintia Racing | +2
Hector qualified in 8th in Argentina and escaped the carnage at the front to gain some solid point finishes. He’s doing it on arguably the slowest bike and that deserves recognition. He moves up two spots.
9. Bradley Smith | Tech 3 Yamaha | —
Bradley Smith has now finished in the points for 26 consecutive races. He’s signed a factory contract for 2017 with Ducati and again beat his teammate. He’ll leave South America a very content man and remains in the top 10.
10th. Aleix Espargaro | Suzuki | New Entry
Maverick Vinales has shown everyone what the ceiling of the Suzuki is. Aleix crashed early on Lap 1 in Argentina but recovered to show great pace, he deserves a place among the top 10 because his potential is as high as Vinales.