MotoGP Aragon: Marc Marquez fights back from error to beat Yamahas

Honda's Marc Marquez extended his MotoGP championship lead with a commanding Aragon Grand Prix victory ahead of Yamaha's Jorge Lorenzo and Valentino Rossi

MotoGP Aragon: Marc Marquez fights back from error to beat Yamahas

Marquez started from pole and regrouped from an early mistake to continue the form he has shown all weekend and take his fourth win of the campaign.

He now leads the championship by 52 points over Rossi with four grands prix and a maximum of 100 points remaining.

Maverick Vinales took the lead at the second corner, sweeping through from third as Marquez passed Lorenzo for the first of two times on the opening lap.

Marquez overtook Vinales on the second lap at Turn 15, but his time at the front was fleeting, making a mistake at Turn 7 on the following lap and dropping to fifth.

While Marquez recovered with a string of passes at Turn 15, Rossi moved past Lorenzo and then quickly cut Vinales' margin, which had grown to 0.825 seconds.

In a battle of the 2017 Yamaha team-mates, Rossi grabbed the lead at Turn 4 on lap nine, which triggered the end of Vinales' fight for victory.

The next time around, Vinales overshot the first corner and relinquished second place to the recovering Marquez, and was then passed by Lorenzo at Turn 12.

At the front, Marquez slashed Rossi's six-tenths advantage and then found his way past with another move at Turn 15, with 11 laps remaining.

From there, the race was Marquez's.

He pulled away a couple of tenths at a time, before delivering the key blow on lap 15, turning the fastest lap of the race, a 1m48.694s, nearly a full second faster than what Rossi managed.

Marquez continued his charge at the front, his lead getting out to 3.5s before he backed off on the final lap to finish 2.7s clear.

The victory is Marquez's first since the German Grand Prix in July, and his first on home soil since the 2014 season finale at Valencia.

After Marquez pulled clear, Rossi fell back into the clutches of Lorenzo, who eventually shook off the challenge from Vinales when the Suzuki rider ran wide at Turn 12.

Lorenzo got past Rossi with five laps remaining, but then he could not pull away from the Italian.

With two laps remaining, Rossi had a look down the inside at Turn 12 but had braked too late as he sailed past Lorenzo and wide onto the escape road.

That gave Lorenzo a smooth run to the flag to finish in the top two in a race for the first time since his last win, at Mugello in May, and he moves back to within 14 points of Rossi in the standings.

Rossi was three seconds adrift at the end, with Vinales settling for fourth a further two seconds behind.

Cal Crutchlow fell from fifth to eighth on the first lap, but he fought back to pass Andrea Dovizioso, Aleix Espargaro and finally Dani Pedrosa.

In finishing fifth for LCR Honda, Crutchlow was the top satellite rider, while Pedrosa reclaimed sixth from from Espargaro on the second Suzuki two laps from home.

Tech3 Yamaha's Pol Espargaro was eighth, while the Aprilias of Alvaro Bautista and Stefan Bradl completed the top 10.

Ducati had a tough day. Andrea Dovizioso lined up fourth and was considered the best chance of a ninth different winner in as many races.

He was in the lead pack early, but faded dramatically to eventually finish 11th, one spot ahead of Michele Pirro standing in for the injured Andrea Iannone.

Making a one-off return to deputise for Marc VDS Honda's Jack Miller, 2006 world champion Nicky Hayden grabbed the final point with 15th.

It was a day to forget for Pramac Ducati, with Danilo Petrucci and Scott Redding coming home in 17th and 19th.

Petrucci was given a ride-through penalty for contact with Redding on the opening lap, which sent Redding down.

RACE RESULT

Pos Rider Team Laps Gap
1 Marc Marquez Honda 23 41m57.678s
2 Jorge Lorenzo Yamaha 23 2.740s
3 Valentino Rossi Yamaha 23 5.983s
4 Maverick Vinales Suzuki 23 8.238s
5 Cal Crutchlow LCR Honda 23 13.221s
6 Dani Pedrosa Honda 23 17.072s
7 Aleix Espargaro Suzuki 23 18.522s
8 Pol Espargaro Tech3 Yamaha 23 19.432s
9 Alvaro Bautista Aprilia 23 23.071s
10 Stefan Bradl Aprilia 23 27.898s
11 Andrea Dovizioso Ducati 23 32.448s
12 Michele Pirro Ducati 23 35.033s
13 Hector Barbera Avintia Ducati 23 36.224s
14 Eugene Laverty Aspar Ducati 23 37.621s
15 Nicky Hayden Marc VDS Honda 23 40.509s
16 Yonny Hernandez Aspar Ducati 23 43.906s
17 Danilo Petrucci Pramac Ducati 23 56.740s
18 Loris Baz Avintia Ducati 23 59.681s
19 Scott Redding Pramac Ducati 23 1m34.126s
- Tito Rabat Marc VDS Honda 16 Retirement
- Alex Lowes Tech3 Yamaha 0 Withdrawn
- Andrea Iannone Ducati 0 Withdrawn

RIDERS' STANDINGS

Pos Rider Points
1 Marc Marquez 248
2 Valentino Rossi 196
3 Jorge Lorenzo 182
4 Dani Pedrosa 155
5 Maverick Vinales 149
6 Cal Crutchlow 105
7 Andrea Dovizioso 104
8 Andrea Iannone 96
9 Pol Espargaro 96
10 Hector Barbera 84
11 Eugene Laverty 71
12 Aleix Espargaro 69
13 Scott Redding 55
14 Alvaro Bautista 54
15 Danilo Petrucci 50
16 Stefan Bradl 49
17 Jack Miller 42
18 Bradley Smith 42
19 Michele Pirro 36
20 Tito Rabat 27
21 Loris Baz 24
22 Yonny Hernandez 13
23 Alex Lowes 3
24 Nicky Hayden 1


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