Alcaniz - Spaniard Marc Marquez closed in on the MotoGP world championship in his
rookie season with a sixth race victory of the year in the Aragon Grand Prix on
The 20-year-old passed reigning world champion Jorge Lorenzo with 10 laps
remaining to move 39 points ahead of his compatriot with just four races
Seven-time world champion Valentino Rossi was third as he held off pressure
from Alvaro Bautista and Stefan Bradl in a fantastic battle for a place on the
However, it was a disastrous day for Marquez's Honda teammate Dani Pedrosa
as he crashed out seconds after he and Marquez touched wheels to all but end
his championship hopes.
"I braked as I saw I was touching him (Pedrosa) so I went wide. Maybe I
touched a cable of his but I am very disappointed for Dani. It is very bad luck
for him because it is very rare that this happens."
As in many races this season it was Lorenzo who made the fastest start as he
leapfrogged Marquez, who had started on pole, to move into the lead.
However, after losing some time as he ran wide in the collision with
Pedrosa, Marquez was gaining on Lorenzo all the time and eventually made his
move down the inside of the Yamaha rider with 10 laps remaining.
"I made an error as always at the start and that is something I have to
improve on for the future races, but I only lost a second so I was able to be
aggressive on the tyres and recover.
"It was a very tough race but in the end I'm delighted to get these
very important points."
Lorenzo had pulled himself back into championship contention with
back-to-back victories in Britain and San Marino heading into the race, but he
admitted that after a shaky start Marquez had simply been the better man on the
"There are no excuses, Marc was faster than us and he was better,"
"I can only congratulate him and look forward to the next race."
With Marquez comfortably clear at the front, the real battle later in the
race was for third, fourth and fifth position as Rossi, Bautista and Bradl
continually changed position.
However, it was Rossi's experience that won out as the 34-year-old sealed
his fourth podium finish of the season.
"It was a good race for me. I had to fight very hard at the end with
Bradl and Bautista, but to be on the podium is always a good result."
Leading results from the Aragon motorcycling Grand Prix at Motorland on Sunday:
1. Marc Marquez (ESP/Honda) 42min 03.459sec, 2. Jorge Lorenzo (ESP/Yamaha) at 1.356sec, 3. Valentino Rossi (ITA/Yamaha) 12.927, 4. Alvaro Bautista (ESP/Honda) 13.787, 5. Stefan Bradl (GER/Honda LCR) 13.973, 6. Cal Crutchlow (GBR/Yamaha) 14.662, 7. Bradley Smith (GBR/Yamaha) 31.220, 8. Andrea Dovizioso (ITA/Ducati) 40.671, 9. Nicky Hayden (USA/Ducati) 53.413, 10. Andrea Iannone (ITA/Ducati) 55.067
1. Nicolas Terol (ESP/Suter) 40min 15.232sec, 2. Esteve Rabat (ESP/Kalex) at 1.736sec, 3. Pol Espargaro (ESP/Kalex) 3.530, 4. Scott Redding (GBR/Kalex) 3.783, 5. Mika Kallio (FIN/Kalex) 4.049, 6. Jordi Torres (ESP/Suter) 11.602, 7. Johann Zarco (FRA/Suter) 16.298, 8. Julian Simon (ESP/Kalex) 18.765, 9. Mattia Pasini (ITA/Speed Up) 22.266, 10. Sandro Cortese (GER/Kalex) 23.757
1. Alex Rins (ESP/KTM) 40min 04.214sec, 2. Maverick Vinales (ESP/KTM) at 0.426sec, 3. Alex Marquez (ESP/KTM) 12.377, 4. Luis Salom (ESP/KTM) 16.416, 5. Miguel Oliveira (POR/Mahindra) 16.496, 6. Philipp Oetl (GER/KTM) 21.539, 7. Jonas Folger (GER/Kalex KTM) 25.255, 8. Romano Fenati (ITA/FTR Honda) 27.711, 9. Arthur Sissis (AUS/KTM) 27.888, 10. Efren Vazquez (ESP/Mahindra) 28.977