Aragon MotoGP: Marc Marquez storms to 5th Motorland victory

Marc Marquez made it his 3rd win around Motorland Aragon in a row after a titanic battle with Dovizioso and the two Suzuki’s.

From Pole Position Lorenzo got the best start but was out-braked into turn 1 by Marc Marquez, trying to lose as little positions as possible Lorenzo ignited the rear wheel of the GP18, sending the Mallorcan into a spectacular highside that ended his race 1 corner into the 23 lapper.

Whilst his teammate was picking himself up off the tarmac run-off Andrea Dovizioso performed the switchback at turn 1 and stole the lead from the local Honda rider.

With Dovizioso running the hard rear tyre and Marquez running the soft it was going to be all about who had picked the best rubber for the track temperature and their machines.

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The race took a while to get going as 7 riders were in the train as they saved the tyres through the opening quarter of the race.

Further down the order, it was mixed feelings after the start of proceedings for Yamaha with Valentino Rossi getting up to 13th whilst the struggle of the opening lap came back to haunt Vinales who had dropped from 11th to 18th. Valentino Rossi then picked off a few more riders as he jumped up to 9th and set his sights on the Alma Ducati of Jack Miller.

Meanwhile, Marc Marquez launched an attack on Andrea Dovizioso into turn 12, performing the block pass on Dovizioso. But Dovizioso would soon fight back re-passing the Spaniard in towards turn 1.

Once Dovizioso had regained the advantage the Italian rider soon picked up the pace as both him and Marc started to break away from the chasing pack. In 3rd and 4th sat the Suzuki’s with Iannone getting the better of his younger teammate Alex Rins, who will remain with Suzuki for 2019.

Things started to look up for Movistar Yamaha after Maverick Vinales after the Catalonia rider got passed Morbidelli, Zarco, and Smith to make it both Yamaha’s inside the top 10.

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Back at the front, Marc Marquez was not allowing Dovizioso to break away and launched yet another attack on Dovizioso, but Dovi fought straight back forcing the Spaniard to run wide between turn 14 and 15, and doing so allowed Andrea Iannone to creep around the outside and into 2nd. That was short lived for Iannone as the back straight demonstrated the lack of top speed the Suzuki had compared to the Honda and Ducati.

Marc Marquez managed to get the drive onto the front straight placing his RC213V alongside Desmo Dovi’s Desmosedici GP18 performing a block pass into the tight turn one. Dovizioso then performed the classic dive at turn 4 but got out-foxed by Marc Marquez who turned it tight back under the Italian and went on to extend his lead to just 0.6s, but it was enough to take a hattrick of wins around the Alcañiz circuit.

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Andrea Iannone completed the podium with Rins coming home in 4th at his home circuit making it Suzuki’s first double top 5 finish since Mugello in June.

A slight return to form saw Dani Pedrosa round off the top 5 with another strong top 6 from Aleix Espargaro and Aprilia. Danilo Petrucci came home in 7th, his best ever finish at Aragon whilst Valentino Rossi managed to get the better of Jack Miller for 8th and 9th.

Rounding off the top 10 was the number 25 Factory Yamaha of Maverick Vinales who couldn’t run the pace of his teammate who was much slower than Vinales for the majority of the weekend.

Morbidelli recovered from his grid penalty to take 11th with Nakagami getting the better of Smith for 12th. Johann Zarco came home in a disappointing 14th, showing exactly how Yamaha’s weekend went, with Karel Abraham completing the points finish.

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With Marc Marquez winning the Aragon Grand Prix, he cannot win his 7th world title at the all-new Thailand circuit after Desmo Dovi was able to follow the 25-year-old home.

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