MOTOGP Aragón: Spanish riders backyard and Rossi’s challenge

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Gran Premio Movistar de Aragón, backyard of Lorenzo, Pedrosa e Marquez, 67000 fans to watch this battle! And what battle! Jorge Lorenzo takes his sixth win of the season ahead of Dani Pedrosa and championship rival Valentino Rossi as Marc Marquez crashes out.

The winner, Jorge Lorenzo rode brilliantly to secure his 60th career GP victory. Pedrosa was involved in an excellent fight with Rossi over the final few laps for the second step of the podium at MotorLand Aragon. Eventually Pedrosa would beat Rossi to the line by just a tenth of a second.

Marc Marquez crashed out of the race, in the first laps.Lorenzo has reduced Rossi’s advantage, now he has just 14 points heading and with just four races remaining. There was drama at the start, as Marquez seemed to make a mistake allowing Lorenzo to lead into the first corner with Iannone in second, as the pole man dropped down to third. The Spaniard recovered to make a move on Iannone into second through the first few corners and set off after Lorenzo at the front.

Rossi, who knew he couldn’t let Lorenzo get away, started making his way through the field from sixth on the grid immediately, moving up to third. And, unbelievably, the Marquez’s fifth DNF (Did Not Finished) of the year happened. He was so closing down Lorenzo at the front, and suddenly he lost the front and crashed out of the Aragon GP for the second year in a row.

Marquez’s crash moved Iannone up into second, for a while but not for long as Pedrosa passed the Ducati man on the 3rd lap and Rossi still hanging onto the back wheel of the Repsol Honda, now in third. Lorenzo was riding a simply brilliant race at the front, consistently running and increasing his lead on each lap.

Rossi meanwhile, was starting to size up Pedrosa ahead of him, and a brilliant battle has begun. With 5 laps to go VR made his first move in anger but Pedrosa immediately responded to re-take the Italian. Undeterred, Rossi tried it again, but he couldn’t get it stopped and once more Pedrosa fought back as the two became embroiled in a spectacular duel over the final few laps. In an incredibly exciting finish Pedrosa managed to hold on through the final corner to take second by just nine-hundredths of a second from Rossi.

All the while Jorge rode the perfect race at the front as he took his 39th premier class victory by over 2.6s. It was Pedrosa’s 97th premier class podium, but only his third of the season and first since the German GP.

Rossi claimed his 14th podium from just 15 races this season and the 209th in his illustrious GP career, although the damage done to his championship lead could prove to be costly in his bid for a tenth title.

Ducati Team’s Andrea Iannone ended up in an excellent fourth despite having to ride through the pain due to the shoulder he re-dislocated earlier in the week. Andrea Dovizioso who finished in fifth after holding off the charging pack behind him.

Right now,  Valentino Rossi, that has  263pts, saw his advantage over Jorge Lorenzo (249pts) in the MotoGP™ championship standings reduced by nine to just 14 points with just four races remaining. Marc Marquez has 184pts and remains in third, but now he is only 8 points ahead of fourth placed Iannone.

Valentino Rossi: “I try everything, I give the maximum, because for sure it is important to arrive second and lose just the five points to Jorge, but at the end Dani today was very strong. I tried everything, but in the end he arrived in front of me. On the other hand I am happy about the race. First of all because it was very fun, and secondly because I was competitive, I was strong in the race and it was the best race of my career in Aragon, for sure, this circuit is always difficult. But now we have to look forward and try to do better. I stayed behind Dani because in the beginning it was very difficult to overtake and I didn’t have enough pace to stay in front. So I had to fight for everything in the last lap. I tried to overtake where I saw I was strong, but already from the first overtake I saw that Dani today was very strong, because he always came back.”

“I tried to concentrate and stay on the line at entry every time, but on the last lap we touched at one time and I went over the curb, so at that moment I had just to try all or nothing, you know. In the chicane I tried without thinking, but he was able to cross the line somehow. Now we go to Motegi, it is a track that I like, where also last year I did a very good race. But Jorge last year was stronger than me and he was able to win. For this reason we have to try the maximum, the difference is just fourteen points and it will be very difficult, because the advantage is so small. We have to give the maximum, because we are competitive.”(from the MOTOGP official site)


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