MotoGP, Aragon GP: the Good, the Bad and the Ugly

Marquez refuses to settle and celebrates, Dovizioso splendid in defeat, Iannone and Aprilia get their smiles back, unlike Yamaha


Marquez refuses to settle and celebrates. Forgetting that he's the only one with something to lose, he risks the tyres and overtakes to bring home first prize, as well as insults from Lorenzo. Dovizioso feels the silver medal tight around his neck, but it's a good sign. Iannone enjoys himself again, pleased to be back on the rostrum in third. His future bike, the Aprilia, also leaves Aragon satisfied. While for Yamaha it's another Sunday to forget, the latest in a long list.

Italian riders did well in both Moto3 and Moto2. Bezzecchi and Bastianini reach the podium (despite a heavy penalty), and Bagnaia and Baldassarri do likewise. The 4 Bs.

THE GOOD – For most people, waking up on a Sunday is as tough as winning a MotoGP race. For Marc Marquez, waking up on a Sunday means winning a MotoGP. This is why the Spaniard is a phenomenon, getting his Honda to run as if it were a Ducati. The feeling is that he is more deserving of the title than his bike.

THE UGLY – Yamaha needs to get a move on. It's one thing to have Honda and Ducati in front, but to find yourself behind Suzuki and Aprilia is too much (no offence). Valentino tried to patch up the gaping hole but he's going to need some new material for his new outfit.

THE BAD – We know the Moto3 riders don't like to lap alone during qualifying and we realise that Race Direction wants to teach them a lesson but (once again) the methods employed were wrong. You can't hand out disqualifications just a few minutes before warm-up without giving the riders a chance to explain or understand. The decision to distribute yellow cards may be correct, but there was plenty of time to do so on Saturday.

THE DISAPPOINTMENT – It has budget, manpower and an important sponsor, but KTM is struggling to say its piece. No-one expected fireworks during only its second season in MotoGP, but perhaps at least a taper. The Austrians say they are not in any rush. OK then…

THE CONFIRMATION – Being able to bother Marquez is, at times, already something to be pleased with. Andrea Dovizioso did his best to accept defeat, but a glass half full will never fully satisfy someone who has bigger ambitions. Dovi has nevertheless put earlier mistakes behind him, proving to be a sure thing. He'll need wide shoulders next year.

THE MISTAKE – Lorenzo wouldn't agree with this definition but, re-watching the images, it's hard to give Marquez the blame. Even if he was effectively pushed onto the dirty part of the track, it was Jorge who twisted the throttle. And paid dearly.

THE SURPRISE  – The Aprilia finally remembered that it's racing in MotoGP. Some much needed oxygen after a long period of apnea. Now it needs to take a breath and continue to swim, because the waters are choppy and the other teams have the wind in their sailes.

THE PASS – When it's time to put on a show, Iannone is a sure thing. His convincing ride aside, his attempts to pass Marquez and Dovizioso deserve a round of applause. The acceleration of the Suzuki didn't help him but Andrea's hunter instinct is still there.

THE INTERESTING FACT– With 113 podiums, Marc Marquez has overtaken Mike Hailwood in this particular classification.

I TOLD YOU SO – Maverick Vinales on Saturday: “we didn't show our full potential in qualifying”. With hindsight, we would have said the opposite.


Translated by Heather Watson

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