Championship leader extends lead ahead of Lorenzo and Pedrosa
Marc Marquez continues to re-write the record books in the MotoGP class with the rookie taking his sixth win at the Gran Premio Iveco de Aragón today ahead of Yamaha Factory racing’s Jorge Lorenzo who put in a very strong performance ahead of his teammate Valentino Rossi who also battled hard to claim his fourth podium finish of the year.
I was eventually able to overtake Jorge and take the victory.
Cal Crutchlow was also off to a good start with the Monster Yamaha Tech 3 rider riding closely behind Bautista and Bradl while his teammate Bradley Smith was battling the factory Ducati’s. There was bad luck for Australian Damian Cudlin who had to retire his Paul Bird Motorsport machine within the first 3 laps and there was similar misfortune for Hector Barbera with the Avintia Blusens rider only completing 8 laps of the race.
The race at the front saw Lorenzo trying his best to stretch his lead as much as possible and the Spaniard did so for the first 5 of 23 laps while Pedrosa was locked in on Marquez’s rear wheel. While Michael Laverty (Paul Bird Motorsport) and Danilo Petrucci (Came IodaRacing Project) both crashed out early on, there was also disaster for Pedrosa who passed Marquez only to highside out of the race within a couple of laps with Marquez running off the track but rejoining in 2nd place giving Lorenzo a large lead.
While the race at the front stretched out to the point where Lorenzo accepted second place was the best he was going to achieve, the battle for third was raging with Rossi getting passed by Bautista and then re-taking the final podium place within the final two laps leaving Bradl and Bautista to swap positions a number of times while Rossi was then able to get away and secure third position while Marquez streaked across the line for his sixth win of the season.
Marquez was very happy with his win and apologetic to his teammate after the race. He said, “Today was a very grueling race, because I had to make two comebacks; the first was to catch Jorge after he broke free at the start, then I needed to make another after Dani passed me and I wanted to overtake him after two laps. I felt comfortable but I went a little wide under braking, lifted the bike up and made light contact with him. I'm not sure he even noticed it, but it was a bit of bad luck because the team told me I caused his traction control cable to snap and I'm sorry for that - it's something very unusual to see. The important thing is that Dani is OK. I was eventually able to overtake Jorge and take the victory, which is important in terms of both the 25 points and for my morale"
Lorenzo had to give best to Marquez today but remains confident for the remaining races saying, “My tactic was to start well and open a gap like I did in the last races. I could make one second at the beginning but then simply Marc was faster. When he caught me I closed the throttle to try to save some energy until the end; then he passed me and tried to go away. I tried my best to catch him but it was impossible. Today he was faster than me; there are no excuses. We have to congratulate him and now we think about the next races. The championship is more difficult now than before the race but we are going to fight for it until the end. We will try to win as many races as possible.”