Marquez comes back from Saturday crash to win Aragon
||Win No. Five. Teammate 2nd
|Sunday, September 24, 2017
|Marquez storms to victory|
Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda Team) took win number five of the season on home turf at MotorLand Aragon, picking off his rivals on the way to the front to make some serious gains as key contenders Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati Team) and Maverick Vinales (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP) finished off the podium. Dani Pedrosa (Repsol Honda Team) sliced through to second, and Jorge Lorenzo (Ducati Team) made it a Spanish trio on the podium at home as he led from the front before eventually crossing the line in third - his second podium in red.
Lorenzo took the holeshot from pole, shooting away into the lead and leaving Vinales to head the chasing group before teammate Valentino Rossi struck and set off after the Ducati in the lead. With the number 25 heading wide soon after, that let both Dovizioso and Marquez move past – and the front four were able to pull away.
Vinales was at the head of the second group and stalked by Pedrosa as Rossi was able to close in on the Ducati in the lead. As it remained impossible to call, Marquez attacked the ‘Doctor’ and headed too deep – even cutting up the inside of Lorenzo as he briefly shot into P1 and then into the run off. But the number 93 recovered quickly and made the move stick on the number 46 at the final corner, then able to duel past Lorenzo to take the lead and his sixth win of the year.
Pedrosa had taken Vinales at Turn 1 and was able to reel in Rossi and then Lorenzo with some signature stunning pace despite his second row start, with the Movistar Yamaha duo then left to fight it out for fourth. Hard racing didn’t give away a recently broken leg for Rossi, but Vinales was able to push his way past and at least limit the damage in the standings.
|Marquez looks back to see how far back everyone is|
Just behind Rossi over the line, the fight for sixth was won by Aleix Espargaro (Aprilia Racing Team Gresini) at the venue where he took his first premier class podium, as the Spaniard impressively held off Dovizioso in the latter stages – who in turn defended seventh from Alvaro Bautista (Pull&Bear Aspar Team) after struggling more in the latter stages of the race.
Johann Zarco (Monster Yamaha Tech 3) took ninth after a more difficult weekend including a trip through Q1, ahead of Pol Espargaro (Red Bull KTM Factory Racing) completing the top ten for the Austrian factory – making steady progress for another impressive result.
Impressive was also an adjective for the man behind him, wildcard and teammate Mika Kallio, who took P11 after going straight through to Q2 on Saturday.
Motegi changed everything in 2016. Now the paddock returns to the Japanese venue after a very different season - but it’s Marquez ahead once again. With four races to go, however, it’s anyone’s game.
|Marquez is past Dovizioso|
Marc Marquez 1st
“I’m very very happy with this victory because it was a tough race. Yesterday I wasn’t feeling totally comfortable with the bike, and today I was struggling again except in the warm-up; I don’t really know why. Anyway, racing at one of my favorite tracks, close to my home and in front of my fans, gave me extra motivation. I pushed hard and in some corners I just clicked the off-button in my head, even if I crashed twice yesterday. I saw that Vinales and Dovi were struggling a bit and knew it was the moment to push, so I did. There were a few scary moments, once when I was trying to overtake Valentino; he was tighter in that corner than I was expecting, and to avoid a clash I released the brakes, only to realize that Lorenzo was right there! So I went off the track, and at that moment I cooled down a bit, even if I continued to try and close the gap. Once I passed Lorenzo, I had to keep going as I saw that Dani was coming very fast. Anyway, that’s the Marquez style! Of course it’s important to think of the Championship, but the situation now requires that we give it everything. So we’ll try to continue with the same motivation and mentality race by race, giving our 100 per cent.”
Dani Pedrosa 2nd
|From left Pedrosa, Marquez and Lorenzo|
“Maybe if I could have overtaken Maverick a little bit earlier I would have had a better chance to fight for the win, but well, I’m still very happy with my race today! The goal was try and fight for the podium or the win, and we achieved that. So yes, I have some small regrets, but at the same time I couldn’t have done any better in the beginning as I was on the medium rear like Maverick and wasn’t able to pass him for a while. I also had to manage the tire wear in order to be fast at the end, which I was. I wasn’t sure why we suddenly had some gap to recover to the front, as the others had more or less the same pace. Anyway, when I finally passed him, the gap was there, so I started pushing hard, made some good passes and a good recovery, and had a very strong race. I put a lot of passion into it, and this is good for me and the team.”
|1||25||93||Marc MARQUEZ||SPA||Repsol Honda Team||Honda||42'06.816|
|2||20||26||Dani PEDROSA||SPA||Repsol Honda Team||Honda||+0.879|
|3||16||99||Jorge LORENZO||SPA||Ducati Team||Ducati||+2.028|
|4||13||25||Maverick VINALES||SPA||Movistar Yamaha MotoGP||Yamaha||+5.256|
|5||11||46||Valentino ROSSI||ITA||Movistar Yamaha MotoGP||Yamaha||+5.882|
|6||10||41||Aleix ESPARGARO||SPA||Aprilia Racing Team Gresini||Aprilia||+6.962|
|7||9||4||Andrea DOVIZIOSO||ITA||Ducati Team||Ducati||+7.455|
|8||8||19||Alvaro BAUTISTA||SPA||Pull&Bear Aspar Team||Ducati||+7.910|
|9||7||5||Johann ZARCO||FRA||Monster Yamaha Tech 3||Yamaha||+13.002|
|10||6||44||Pol ESPARGARO||SPA||Red Bull KTM Factory Racing||KTM||+14.075|
|11||5||36||Mika KALLIO||FIN||Red Bull KTM Factory Racing||KTM||+17.192|
|12||4||29||Andrea IANNONE||ITA||Team SUZUKI ECSTAR||Suzuki||+20.632|
|13||3||43||Jack MILLER||AUS||EG 0,0 Marc VDS||Honda||+23.886|
|14||2||45||Scott REDDING||GBR||OCTO Pramac Racing||Ducati||+25.523|
|15||1||53||Tito RABAT||SPA||EG 0,0 Marc VDS||Honda||+26.082|
|16||0||94||Jonas FOLGER||GER||Monster Yamaha Tech 3||Yamaha||+30.302|
|17||0||42||Alex RINS||SPA||Team SUZUKI ECSTAR||Suzuki||+31.874|
|18||0||8||Hector BARBERA||SPA||Reale Avintia Racing||Ducati||+31.948|
|19||0||38||Bradley SMITH||GBR||Red Bull KTM Factory Racing||KTM||+36.296|
|20||0||9||Danilo PETRUCCI||ITA||OCTO Pramac Racing||Ducati||+37.842|
|21||0||76||Loris BAZ||FRA||Reale Avintia Racing||Ducati||+47.599|
|22||0||22||Sam LOWES||GBR||Aprilia Racing Team Gresini||Aprilia||+47.647|
|DNF||0||35||Cal CRUTCHLOW||GBR||LCR Honda||Honda||7 Laps|
|DNF||0||17||Karel ABRAHAM||CZE||Pull&Bear Aspar Team||Ducati||13 Laps|
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