Lorenzo Claims Crucial Victory at Aragon

Jorge Lorenzo has closed Valentino Rossi’s MotoGP championship lead to fourteen points after a vital victory in the Aragon Grand Prix. The Spaniard had little competition from the moment Marc Marquez crashed out on lap two but he received a favour from another Honda rider as Dani Pedrosa pipped Rossi to second in a thrilling fight to the finish.

In slightly cooler conditions, Lorenzo made a scorching start to beat Marquez into turn one but he wasn’t the only one, with Andrea Iannone also outdragging the polesitter to snatch second. Marc was quick to respond, fighting back past the Ducati in a matter of corners, but his eagerness to chase down Lorenzo caught up with him on the second lap when the front end of his RC213V gave way at turn twelve.

After a steady start, Rossi had recovered to third behind the Honda of Pedrosa, both having dispensed with Iannone, but the Spaniard didn’t put a wheel wrong in his defence of second place. With the Honda leaving the Yamaha trailing on the back straight, Valentino had to be creative in his overtaking moves but Dani had his first attempt at turn four well scouted, snapping straight back.

The scrap would ultimately come down to the final 5km and Rossi tried again into turn four, this time appearing to make the move stick after blocking Pedrosa into turn five. The Doctor couldn’t put sufficient distance between himself and the no.26 before turn seven though, leaving the door open for Dani to barge his way through once again and despite an optimistic lunge at turn fourteen, Pedrosa did enough to match his best result of 2015.

Iannone kept the podium contenders in sight to finish fourth ahead of teammate Andrea Dovizioso who salvaged fifth from thirteenth on the grid. Aleix Espargaro returned to form on the Suzuki to take sixth ahead of leading satellite rider Cal Crutchlow while Tech 3 duo Bradley Smith and Pol Espargaro paid the price for error-strewn races, ending up eighth and ninth respectively.



199. Jorge LorenzoYamahaMovistar Yamaha MotoGP41:44.933
226. Dani PedrosaHondaRepsol Honda Team+2.683
346. Valentino RossiYamahaMovistar Yamaha MotoGP+2.773
429. Andrea IannoneDucatiDucati Team+7.858
54. Andrea DoviziosoDucatiDucati Team+24.322
641. Aleix EspargaroSuzukiTeam SUZUKI ECSTAR+24.829
735. Cal CrutchlowHondaLCR Honda+25.367
838. Bradley SmithYamahaMonster Yamaha Tech 3+25.503
944. Pol EspargaroYamahaMonster Yamaha Tech 3+26.452
1068. Yonny HernandezDucatiOcto Pramac Racing+43.889
1125. Maverick VinalesSuzukiTeam SUZUKI ECSTAR+44.255
1245. Scott ReddingHondaEstrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS+48.176
1319. Alvaro BautistaApriliaAprilia Racing Team Gresini+49.755
1450. Eugene LavertyHondaAspar MotoGP Team+50.271
1569. Nicky HaydenHondaAspar MotoGP Team+50.364
168. Hector BarberaDucatiAvintia Racing+50.722
1776. Loris BazYamaha ForwardForward Racing+51.997
186. Stefan BradlApriliaAprilia Racing Team Gresini+53.406
1943. Jack MillerHondaLCR Honda+56.859
2063. Mike Di MeglioDucatiAvintia Racing+59.607
2124. Toni EliasYamaha ForwardForward Racing+1:15.237
NC17. Karel AbrahamHondaAB Motoracing+12 Laps
NC9. Danilo PetrucciDucatiOcto Pramac Racing+14 Laps
NC15. Alex de AngelisARTE-Motion IodaRacing Team+18 Laps
NC93. Marc MarquezHondaRepsol Honda Team+22 Laps