Ireland’s Eugene Laverty finished in fourth in the Argentina GP in the MotoGP World Championship.

It was Laverty’s best ever result in the class.

“The last lap was great craic and that was something a bit special,” said Laverty.

“I started the last lap in eighth position and finished it in fourth, it’s an incredible race. It was a race of two parts because we started again [after pit-stop] with the fuel and new tyres and the track was a little bit better in the second exit.

“I realised in the second part of the race that I had to make all my time on the entry and I was having to gain time on the brakes because I had no rear grip compared to the other riders,” he added.

Spain's Marc Marquez dominated to win the race.

The Repsol Honda Team rider finished ahead of Valentino Rossi (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP) in second and team-mate Dani Pedrosa was third.

Marquez now leads the standings on 41 points after two rounds of races, with Italy's Rossi second, eight points behind.

Rossi benefited from duelling Ducati team-mates Andrea Iannone and Andrea Dovizioso crashing out together after the former tried to overtake.

The incident also led to Pedrosa being promoted to the podium.

Concerns over tyres and the threat of wet weather led to compulsory bike swaps midway through the race, which was action-packed over 20 laps despite the dry conditions.

Reigning world champion Jorge Lorenzo, the winner in Qatar, did not finish.

Marquez said on "Here, we know that this circuit can be good for us and at the start of the race with the first bike I tried to manage the rhythm of the race because I didn't feel good with it.

"On the second bike I could push and I gave 100 per cent and did my fastest lap and was able to open the gap."