Repsol Honda rider Marc Marquez took a fantastic win at the Aragon Grand Prix, consolidating his guide for the world MotoGP championship. However, he was not the only Spaniard to make it to the podium. Honda Teammate Dani Pedrosa finished second, while Ducati’s Jorge Lorenzo finished third, while starting second on the grid. Making a remarkable comeback to Aragon, Yamaha rider Valentino Rossi finished fifth, behind teammate Maverick Vinales. Having won the Aragon GP, Marquez has now expanded his guide for the title by 16 points before Ducati rider Andrea Dovizioso.
Following an accident in qualifying pushed him to fifth, Marquez’s likelihood of winning the Aragon GP appeared to have trimmed down. But, Marquez showed speed right from the beginning and was able to pass Dovizioso by Lap 6.
(Marquez revealed pace right from the beginning and was able to maneuver Dovizioso by Lap 6.
As Marquez made his way to maneuver Rossi, the latter ran wide on Turn 12 and the Honda rider too endured consequently. Dovizioso passed Marquez once again, but not before the Spaniard recovered to P2 and now charged for the lead behind Lorenzo.
Lap 16 of the 23 lap race proved to be the match changer since Marquez passed Lorenzo and took his fifth victory for the season with a lead of 0.879 seconds.
(Lap 16 turned out to be the match changer since Marquez passed Lorenzo and took his fifth victory for the entire year)
With the top five places dominated by Honda, Ducati and Yamaha, Aprilia’s Aleix Espargaro finished sixth ahead of Aspar Ducati’s Alvaro Bautista. Tech 3 Yamaha’s Johann Zarco finished, this time around the bike. The tenth spot was taken by KTM’s Pol Espargaro.
(MotoGP will now return in Motegi following three weeks (13-15 October))
With respect to crashes, the LCR Honda rider Cal Crutchlow conducted wide on Lap 11 and crashed out of P10 on Lap 17. The only other crash was that of Karel Abraham of Aspar Ducati.