Romano Fenati returned to form in spectacular fashion with victory in the Aragon Grand Prix, although the race may later be remembered for a clash between title rivals Jack Miller and Alex Marquez. The pair came together while fighting for the lead with Miller crashing out, allowing Marquez to replace him as championship leader despite losing victory to Fenati.
Starting thirteenth, Fenati was hardly high on the list of possible winners when the race got underway although the conditions did present opportunities to those further down the grid. The early fight for the lead consisted of the three championship contenders though with polesitter Alex Rins following Marquez and Miller and at the end of lap four, the protagonists came to blows.
Approaching the final corner, Miller pulled out of the slipstream of Marquez’s Honda and attempted to brave it out around the outside of the Spaniard. Unfortunately for the Australian, Marquez was able to keep his machine on the drier line and refused to let Jack back in, making contact inevitable (right).
Miller was able to return to the pits aboard his damaged KTM but any hopes of points had disappeared while Alex carried on untroubled. Marquez can’t have believed his luck when Rins came unstuck too, although the no.42 Honda did at least stay upright after an error at turn one and re-join the track in fifth.
With mayhem ensuing ahead of him, Fenati coolly climbed up the order and by half distance, the Sky Racing VR46 rider had caught Marquez. Danny Kent was in the thick of the action too despite making an identical mistake to Rins on lap six with three consecutive fastest laps bringing back into the frame but John McPhee sadly took himself out of contention after crashing out of fourth on lap twelve. Predictably, the fight for victory would be settled on the back straight towards the very last corner and Fenati played his tactics perfectly, positioning himself in the slipstream of Marquez’s Honda and snatching victory at the final bend.
Kent finished just a quarter of a second back in third with Alex Rins recovering to fourth ahead of Jakub Kornfeil and Enea Bastianini. Miguel Oliveira and Brad Binder brought their Mahindras home in seventh and eighth while Niccolo Antonelli and Alexis Masbou rounded out the top ten.