MotoGP Aragon: Jorge Lorenzo wins as Marc Marquez crashes out

Jorge Lorenzo trimmed nine points from Yamaha team-mate Valentino Rossi's MotoGP lead by dominating the Aragon Grand Prix, as Marc Marquez crashed out for a fifth time in 2015

MotoGP Aragon: Jorge Lorenzo wins as Marc Marquez crashes out

Rossi had to settle for third place, with countless efforts to pass a dogged Dani Pedrosa's Honda in a thrilling battle not paying off.

The race was plain sailing from the outset for Lorenzo, who thrust his way to the front from second on the grid at the start.

Marquez dropped from pole to third behind Andrea Iannone, and although he swiftly repassed the Ducati and then caught Lorenzo, no sooner had he arrived on the Yamaha's tail then he was sliding through the gravel on his side.

The reigning champion lost control going into the downhill Turn 12 left-hander, and though he was unhurt in the low-side fall, he kept his helmet on as he walked angrily back through the paddock.

Lorenzo kept his lead over the rest between 2.5 and 3.5 seconds for the rest of the race.

Iannone - racing with a dislocated shoulder after a stumble in training caused a repeat of the injury from his test crash in May - could not hold off Pedrosa and Rossi for long, falling out of the podium battle into fourth.

Rossi stalked Pedrosa until the closing laps, then mounted attack after attack.

But even though Rossi repeatedly outbraked Pedrosa and moved into second, each time the Honda was able to either capitalise as the Yamaha ran wide or instantly dive back past into the next turn.

Pedrosa ultimately denied Rossi by 0.09s at the line after four more position swaps on the last lap.

Andrea Dovizioso surged through from his disappointing 13th on the grid to fifth, though he was 16.4s behind team-mate Iannone as he fended off Aleix Espargaro, Cal Crutchlow, Bradley Smith and Pol Espargaro to the finish.

Both Tech 3 riders had led that pack at different times only to run wide and drop down the queue.

Yonny Hernandez defeated Maverick Vinales in a battle for the final top 10 spot, having gained the place when Pramac team-mate Danilo Petrucci crashed.

RESULT

Pos Rider Team Bike Laps Gap
1 Jorge Lorenzo Yamaha Yamaha 23 41m44.933s
2 Dani Pedrosa Honda Honda 23 2.683s
3 Valentino Rossi Yamaha Yamaha 23 2.773s
4 Andrea Iannone Ducati Ducati 23 7.858s
5 Andrea Dovizioso Ducati Ducati 23 24.322s
6 Aleix Espargaro Suzuki Suzuki 23 24.829s
7 Cal Crutchlow LCR Honda 23 25.367s
8 Bradley Smith Tech 3 Yamaha 23 25.503s
9 Pol Espargaro Tech 3 Yamaha 23 26.452s
10 Yonny Hernandez Pramac Racing Ducati 23 43.889s
11 Maverick Vinales Suzuki Suzuki 23 44.255s
12 Scott Redding Marc VDS Honda 23 48.176s
13 Alvaro Bautista Aprilia Gresini Aprilia 23 49.755s
14 Eugene Laverty Aspar Honda 23 50.271s
15 Nicky Hayden Aspar Honda 23 50.364s
16 Hector Barbera Avintia Racing Ducati 23 50.722s
17 Loris Baz Forward Racing Yamaha Forward 23 51.997s
18 Stefan Bradl Aprilia Gresini Aprilia 23 53.406s
19 Jack Miller LCR Honda 23 56.859s
20 Mike Di Meglio Avintia Racing Ducati 23 59.607s
21 Toni Elias Forward Racing Yamaha Forward 23 1m15.237s
- Karel Abraham AB Motoracing Honda 11 Retirement
- Danilo Petrucci Pramac Racing Ducati 9 Retirement
- Alex de Angelis IodaRacing Project ART/Aprilia 5 Retirement
- Marc Marquez Honda Honda 1 Retirement

CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS

Pos Rider Points
1 Valentino Rossi 263
2 Jorge Lorenzo 249
3 Marc Marquez 184
4 Andrea Iannone 172
5 Bradley Smith 143
6 Andrea Dovizioso 139
7 Dani Pedrosa 129
8 Danilo Petrucci 93
9 Cal Crutchlow 88
10 Pol Espargaro 88
11 Aleix Espargaro 76
12 Maverick Vinales 74
13 Scott Redding 67
14 Yonny Hernandez 47
15 Loris Baz 28
16 Alvaro Bautista 26
17 Hector Barbera 23
18 Jack Miller 16
19 Nicky Hayden 13
20 Stefan Bradl 11
21 Eugene Laverty 9
22 Michele Pirro 8
23 Mike Di Meglio 7
24 Hiroshi Aoyama 5
25 Alex de Angelis 2


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