There are still four races left in the Championship season and the games are as wide open as ever. However, one thing is certain: the win by Marc Marquez in Aragón will likely have a determining impact on the battle for the World Title. The Spaniard demonstrates is superiority for the umpteenth time at Motorland, confirming his win from two weeks ago in Misano.
In the first six laps the usual strategy was seen, trying to save the tyres and then the attack came, taking the lead and not relinquishing it through to the end: “It was a complicated race because of the high temperatures – the winner said – so I tried to ride the bike smoothly, managing to create a significant gap. What can I say? Muchas gracias Aragón.”
On the day that number 93 shines, Andrea Dovizioso goes dark. It was a black Sunday for the Italian, only seventh across the line, finishing behind a brilliant Aleix Espargaró’s Aprilia (the best result yet for the manufacturer from Noale). The number four rider has a bitter taste in his mouth, struggling with grip in the second half of the race with the soft tyre.
Partially saving the day for Ducati was Jorge Lorenzo, finishing third. The Majorcan had a brilliant start, holding onto the lead, running away at the front until the tenth lap when he yielded to an unstoppable Marc Marquez: “We came closer than ever to the win – commented number 99 – In the finale I had less grip on the rear than the Honda, but in any case I am satisfied with this result.”
For Honda, the Aragón Sunday is one to frame, with Dani Pedrosa taking second place to complete the Japanese manufacturer’s one-two: “I am thrilled because I demonstrated that I was fast for the entire weekend – he said – Unfortunately, I did too many laps behind Maverick, losing too much time. Marc had already pulled away at the front and there was no way to catch him. I didn’t understand Rossi’s move at 300 Km/h when I overtook him.”
In the Yamaha camp, Valentino Rossi’s star is shining. The Doctor managed to ride through the pain after fracturing his tibia and fibula 23 days ago. He gritted his teeth, taking home a valuable fifth place finish behind Maverick Viñales. And to think that in the first ten laps he had been glued to Lorenzo’s pipes in second place until he was forced to yield the position. Iannone was only twelfth and Petrucci was all the way back in 20th.