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Marquez seizes sixth victory of the year at Aragon

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Marquez seizes sixth victory of the year at Aragon

Marc Marquez returned to winning form at Motorland Aragon, his sixth victory of the season helping the Repsol Honda to take a stranglehold on the MotoGP championship with four rounds remaining.

 

Starting from pole position, Marquez lost out to Yamaha Factory Racing’s Jorge Lorenzo as the lights went out and found himself in third place after his teammate Dani Pedrosa passed him on lap five. Marquez regained second place after Pedrosa crashed out on the exit of turn sixteen on lap six, after which Marquez reeled in and passed Lorenzo for the lead on lap thirteen. Although he was pressured over the remainder of the race by Lorenzo, Marquez held on to take the chequered flag by 1.356 seconds ahead of his compatriot, while Valentino Rossi took third place on the other Yamaha Factory Racing M1 after an entertaining battle for the final podium position. Power Electronics Aspar’s Aleix Espargaro was the top CRT finisher at Aragon, finishing in eleventh place.

 

Ambient and track temperatures were cooler today, with a reading of 31°C recorded at the start of the race. The lower temperatures resulted in all riders selecting softer rear slick options, while four riders – including Marquez and Lorenzo – opted for the soft compound front slick. The pace of this year’s Aragon Grand Prix was the fastest ever recorded at this circuit, with the overall race time bettering the old mark by seven seconds and Repsol Honda’s Dani Pedrosa setting a new race record lap of 1’48.565 on lap two.

 

Marquez’s sixth win of the year stretches his lead in the championship over Lorenzo to thirty-nine points, while Pedrosa remains third in the standings and a further twenty points behind after his second DNF of the season.

 

Hiroshi Yamada – Manager, Bridgestone Motorsport Department

“Congratulations to Repsol Honda and Marc on their victory today, both he and Jorge gave everything they had and it was fantastic watching them push each other to the limit. It was a great shame that Dani suffered from a technical issue today as he was looking so strong in the race, but I am sure we will see him back challenging for the win at Sepang. I think the prospect of watching an exciting battle between the championship contenders was a key factor in the large crowds at Aragon this year compared to last, and I hope that we will see big crowds at the remaining races as the championship heads towards a thrilling conclusion.”

 

Masao Azuma – Chief Engineer, Bridgestone Motorsport Tyre Development Department

“Today’s temperatures were the coolest of the race weekend but they didn’t drop to a level that resulted in many riders opting for the soft compound front slick, with ultimately only four riders selecting this option. The cool weather also meant that no riders selected harder rear slick options for the race. Both the soft and hard compound front slick performed well in the race, as the teams and riders were able to take advantage of the different characteristics these two compound options offer. The overall race time was the quickest ever here and new qualifying and race lap records were set, so on the whole this was a positive weekend for Bridgestone.

 

Marc Marquez, Repsol Honda – Race Winner

“The start of the race was not so good but I was able to be aggressive on the opening few corners and only lost around a second to Lorenzo on the first lap, after which I was able to recover step by step. After Dani passed me I started to feel better with the bike though I did lose some time after I touched him at the end of the back. I was on the limit for many laps after that point, but I could catch and pass Jorge quite quickly and getting twenty-five points here was very important.”

 

Aragon MotoGP Top 10 Race Classification

Pos

Rider

Team

Race Time

Gap

Front spec

Rear spec

Tyres

1

Marc MARQUEZ

Repsol Honda Team

42'03.459

 

Soft

Medium

Bridgestone

2

Jorge LORENZO

Yamaha Factory Racing

42'04.815

1.356

Soft

Medium

Bridgestone

3

Valentino ROSSI

Yamaha Factory Racing

42'16.386

12.927

Hard

Medium

Bridgestone

4

Alvaro BAUTISTA

GO&FUN Honda Gresini

42'17.246

13.787

Hard

Medium

Bridgestone

5

Stefan BRADL

LCR Honda MotoGP

42'17.432

13.973

Hard

Medium

Bridgestone

6

Cal CRUTCHLOW

Monster Yamaha Tech 3

42'18.121

14.662

Hard

Medium

Bridgestone

7

Bradley SMITH

Monster Yamaha Tech 3

42'34.679

31.22

Hard

Medium

Bridgestone

8

Andrea DOVIZIOSO

Ducati Team

42'44.130

40.671

Hard

Medium

Bridgestone

9

Nicky HAYDEN

Ducati Team

42'56.872

53.413

Hard

Medium

Bridgestone

10

Andrea IANNONE

Energy T.I. Pramac Racing

42'58.526

55.067

Hard

Medium

Bridgestone

 

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