Repsol Honda rider Marc Marquez took a fantastic win at the Aragon Grand Prix, consolidating his lead 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. Having won the Aragon GP, Marquez has now expanded his guide for the title by 16 points before Ducati rider Andrea Dovizioso.
After an accident in qualifying pushed him to fifth, Marquez’s chances of winning the Aragon GP seemed to have trimmed down. On the other hand, the reigning world champion benefitted from pole sitter Vinales’ slow beginning, which catapulted Lorenzo into the lead followed by Rossi and Dovizioso. However, Marquez showed speed right from the start and was able to manoeuvre Dovizioso by Lap 6.
(Marquez revealed speed right from the beginning and managed to manoeuvre Dovizioso by Lap 6.
Since Marquez made his way to manoeuvre Rossi, the latter ran wide on Turn 12 along with the Honda rider too endured consequently. Dovizioso passed Marquez once again, but not before the Spaniard recovered to P2 and now charged for the director behind Lorenzo.
Lap 16 of the 23 lap race proved to be the game changer since Marquez passed Lorenzo and took his fifth victory for the period 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 spots dominated by Honda, Ducati and Yamaha, Aprilia’s Aleix Espargaro finished sixth before Aspar Ducati’s Alvaro Bautista. Tech 3 Yamaha’s Johann Zarco finished this time on the bike. The tenth spot was shot by KTM’s Pol Espargaro.
(MotoGP will now return in Motegi after three months (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 additional crash was the Karel Abraham of Aspar Ducati.