A dramatic and complicated Aragon GP saw Marc Marquez’s first race back cut short after a promising start while Pol Espargaro worked hard to overcome adversity and end in the points.

A lightning start from Marc Marquez saw the Repsol Honda Team rider jump from 13th on the grid to sixth within the opening corners. His race would sadly not go much further as a rear end slide at Turn 3 caused contact with Fabio Quartararo. This in turn left a piece of Quartararo’s bike lodged in the rear end of Marquez’s Honda which caused a subsequent mechanical issue and contact with LCR Honda’s Takaaki Nakagami. As a result, Marquez pulled into the pits at the end of the first lap – ending his return race early.

Pol Espargaro walked away from a complicated weekend in Aragon with a single point for 15th place. Taking evasive action to avoid Nakagami on the first lap left the Repsol Honda Team rider playing catchup for the rest of the race. Working to set a steady and consistent pace, Espargaro battled inside the group and reclaimed 15th place with just a few laps to go. Now that the Aragon weekend behind him, Espargaro is aiming to rally at Honda’s home race in Motegi.

For the first time since 2019, the MotoGP World Championship is set to race at the Japanese Grand Prix. It is a welcome return to home turf for the Repsol Honda Team as the Honda RC213V gets ready to delight Honda’s home crowd. The MotoGP paddock will immediately head for Japan, the middle race in this triple-header as they power towards the end of the season.

Pol Espargaro

15th

“It was a really tough race today and we didn’t have the speed we needed to do something more. I haven’t felt comfortable on the bike all weekend and we had a lot of distance to try and recover today. The first lap was very complicated, there was carbon fibre everywhere and I had to stand up to avoid Taka. Tonight I go home and then tomorrow we get on the plane to Japan so we will switch our mind to Japan mode, I’m looking forward to looking seeing all the Japanese fan again.”

Marc Marquez

DNF

“I got a really good start to the race and found myself fighting for the top five, instincts took over when the lights went out. But then in Turn 3, I lost the rear a little bit so I closed the gas and the problem was then that Fabio was super close to me. This is normal, it’s racing to be close in the first laps and to try a move in the change of direction, we were just unlucky to have this contact with Fabio. Then everything started, in Turn 5 I felt something strange, and I didn’t really know what was going on fully. In Turn 7 Nakagami overtook me and went wide but when I went to engage the rear device, I felt like the rear was locking. Then everything happened at once as the bike was moving to the left with this locking and I found myself touching with Taka. After this I retired. I went to apologies to Taka and his team because his race was ended by the situation we had. My apologies to him and Fabio.”

MotoGP 2022
Race Round 15   Aragon

Aragon Grand Prix - Race Results

Pos. Rider Num Nation Points Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Bastianini Enea 23 ITA 25 Team Gresini Racing MotoGP Ducati 41'35.462
2 Bagnaia Francesco 62 ITA 20 Ducati Lenovo Team Ducati 0.042
3 Espargaro Aleix 41 SPA 16 Aprilia Racing Aprilia 6.139
4 Binder Brad 33 RSA 13 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 6.379
5 Miller Jack 43 AUS 11 Ducati Lenovo Team Ducati 6.964
6 Martin Jorge 89 SPA 10 Pramac Racing Ducati 12.030
7 Marini Luca 10 ITA 9 Mooney VR46 Racing Team Ducati 12.474
8 Zarco Johann 5 FRA 8 Pramac Racing Ducati 12.655
9 Rins Alex 42 SPA 7 Team Suzuki Ecstar Suzuki 12.702
10 Bezzecchi Marco 73 ITA 6 Mooney VR46 Racing Team Ducati 16.150
11 Oliveira Miguel 88 POR 5 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 17.071
12 Marquez Alex 73 SPA 4 LCR Honda Honda 18.463
13 Vinales Maverick 12 SPA 3 Aprilia Racing Aprilia 18.730
14 Crutchlow Cal 35 GBR 2 WithU Yamaha RNF MotoGP Team Yamaha 20.090
15 Espargaro Pol 44 SPA 1 Repsol Honda Team Honda 27.588
16 Gardner Remy 87 AUS 0 Tech 3 KTM Factory Racing KTM 28.805
17 Morbidelli Franco 21 ITA 0 Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 40.422
18 Binder Darryn 40 RSA 0 WithU Yamaha RNF MotoGP Team Yamaha 31.330
19 Di Giannantonio Fabio 49 ITA 0 Team Gresini Racing MotoGP Ducati 31.595
20 Fernandez Raul 25 SPA 0 Tech 3 KTM Factory Racing KTM 36.160
21 Marquez Marc 93 SPA 0 Repsol Honda Team Honda DNF
22 Quartararo Fabio 20 FRA 0 Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha DNF
23 Nakagami Takaaki 30 JPN 0 LCR Honda Honda DNF
Location Information

An ultra-modern facility, MotorLand Aragón had its roots firmly established thanks to a solid history of street racing in Alcañiz, which hosted events between 1963 and 2003. Safety advice warning against the continuation of this led to the proposal and construction of a sporting complex dedicated to motorsport. With support… read more.

Length 5.078 kilometres / 3.155 miles
Width 15 metres
Left corners 10
Right corners 7
Longest straight 0.968 kilometres / 0.601 miles
Constructed 2009

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Records

Pole Position 1m 46.069s (172.3Km/h) Francesco Bagnaia (Ducati, 2022)
Race Lap 1m 47.795s (169.5Km/h) Luca Marini (Ducati, 2022)
Race Time 41m 35.462s (168.4 km/h) Enea Bastianini (Ducati, 2022)
2022 Race Winner Enea Bastianini (Ducati)