Marc Marquez took a resounding win on home turf in Aragon after a hard fought race. Dani Pedrosa completed a Repsol Honda one-two, while Jorge Lorenzo made it an 100% Spanish podium.
The scenario of the start was one with whom we got used to, as Jorge Lorenzo stormed into the lead after Turn 1. Valentino Rossi also went past poleman Vinales.
As Lorenzo was pulling a gap at the front, Vinales made a mistake and went wide, losing 2 more positions in favour of Dovizioso and Marquez.
Rossi, with Dovi and Marquez behind him, managed to catch up with Lorenzo, but ”the Doctor” was not able to overtake.
As the laps were passing, Marquez decided to make a move on Dovizioso. There was nothing the Ducati rider could do. Marquez quickly went past Rossi, too.
Lorenzo s soft rear tyre started to show signs of weakness and ”the Spartan” s pace dropped. He was overtaken by Marquez and, in spite of having fought back, he had to recognize himself defeated.
The dying laps were approaching and they brought with them an amazing Dani Pedrosa. ”The Baby Samurai” made his way through Vinales, Rossi and Dovizioso and settled in 3rd. He seemed capable of engaging in the battle for victory, but he was only able to go past Lorenzo in P2.
Just like his teammate, Dovizioso also lost the rhytm in the final part of the race and was overtaken by Aleix Espargaro, falling down in 7th.
Marc Marquez crossed the line in 1st place for the second race in a row and for the fifth time this season, showing once again why the MotorLand is his favourite track in the calendar. Dani Pedrosa and Jorge Lorenzo came back on the podium ways, while Maverick Vinales managed to get past Valentino Rossi and finish 4th.
Rossi completed the top 5 on his comeback race, only 24 days after sustaining tibia and fibula fracture. Impressive indeed, even though his championship chances have most probably been check-mated.
Aleix Espargaro was another home hero who impressed, taking his Aprilia up to P6. Andrea Dovizioso resisted Alvaro Bautista s efforts to secure P7, while the best rookie was Johann Zarco in P9. Positions 10-11 were taken by KTM, with Pol Espargaro ahead of wildcard Mika Kallio.
Andrea Iannone finished 12th and finally scored some points after two consecutive retirements. Jack Miller and Scott Redding were 13th and 14th, respectively, while the last point was grabbed by Tito Rabat.
Cal Crutchlow and Karel Abraham were the only crashers – riders ok.
In the championship standings, Marc Marquez reaches 224 points. Andrea Dovizioso remains second, with 208 points, while Maverick Vinales suffers a blow to his championship chances as he sits 3rd with 196 points. Dani Pedrosa goes in 4th with 170 points, 2 more than Valentino Rossi.
photo credit – Repsol Honda Team