It was a day of mixed emotions at the Aragon GP for the Repsol Honda Team as Dani Pedrosa was engrossed in an historic battle with Valentino Rossi – coming out on top to take second place – but pole man Marc Marquez sadly crashed out.
As the race got underway, Marc dropped back to third from pole but managed to get back up to second by the end of the first lap and slot in behind race leader Jorge Lorenzo. Meanwhile Dani had made up a position and was in fourth behind Andrea Iannone. As Marc chased down Lorenzo on lap two, he made a small mistake in Turn 12 and lost the front. The bike slid into the gravel and was too badly damaged to allow Marc to continue.
Dani pushed on and by lap three he had passed Iannone into second place, by lap four he had Rossi on his back wheel. This remained the story for the following fifteen laps, with just hundredths of a second separating the two riders. Then with five laps remaining Rossi began to try and pass but each time Dani was able to respond and pass Rossi back. This continued for the remainder of the race, with Dani showing great determination to battle with Rossi – passing each other several times – and not give up on the second spot of the podium. On the final lap, Rossi passed Dani, but again Dani reacted and passed him back in Turn 7 and was able to hold on to beat him to the chequered flag by just 0.090 seconds.
Marc remains in 3rd place in the standings on 184 and Dani still 7th with 129 points.
|1||Lorenzo Jorge||99||SPA||25||Movistar Yamaha MotoGP||Yamaha||41'44.933|
|2||Pedrosa Dani||26||SPA||20||Repsol Honda Team||Honda||+2.683|
|3||Rossi Valentino||46||ITA||16||Movistar Yamaha MotoGP||Yamaha||+2.773|
|4||Iannone Andrea||29||ITA||13||Ducati Team||Ducati||+7.858|
|5||Dovizioso Andrea||4||ITA||11||Ducati Team||Ducati||+24.322|
|6||Espargaro Aleix||41||SPA||10||Team Suzuki Ecstar||Suzuki||+24.829|
|7||Crutchlow Cal||35||GBR||9||CWM LCR Honda||Honda||+25.367|
|8||Smith Bradley||38||GBR||8||Monster Yamaha Tech 3||Yamaha||+25.503|
|9||Espargaro Pol||44||SPA||7||Monster Yamaha Tech 3||Yamaha||+26.452|
|10||Hernandez Yonny||68||COL||6||Pramac Racing||Ducati||+43.889|
|11||Vinales Maverick||25||SPA||5||Team Suzuki Ecstar||Suzuki||+44.255|
|12||Redding Scott||45||GBR||4||EG 0,0 Marc VDS||Honda||+48.176|
|13||Bautista Alvaro||19||SPA||3||Aprilia Racing Team Gresini||Aprilia||+49.755|
|14||Laverty Eugene||50||IRE||2||Aspar Team||Honda||+50.271|
|16||Barbera Hector||8||SPA||0||Avintia Racing||Ducati||+50.722|
|17||Baz Loris||76||FRA||0||Athina Forward Racing||Forward Yamaha||+51.997|
|18||Bradl Stefan||6||GER||0||Aprilia Racing Team Gresini||Aprilia||+53.406|
|19||Miller Jack||43||AUS||0||LCR Honda||Honda||+56.859|
|20||Di Meglio Mike||63||FRA||0||Avintia Racing||Ducati||+59.607|
|21||Elias Toni||24||SPA||0||Athina Forward Racing||Forward Yamaha||+1'15.237|
|22||Abraham Karel||17||CZE||0||AB Motoracing||Honda||DNF|
|23||Petrucci Danilo||9||ITA||0||Pramac Racing||Ducati||DNF|
|24||De Angelis Alex||15||RSM||0||E-Motion IodaRacing Team||ART||DNF|
|25||Marquez Marc||93||SPA||0||Repsol Honda Team||Honda||DNF|
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|
|Longest straight||0.968 kilometres / 0.601 miles|
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|Pole Position||1m 46.635s (171.4Km/h) Marc Marquez (Honda, 2015)|
|Race Lap||1m 48.120s (169.0Km/h) Jorge Lorenzo (Yamaha, 2015)|
|Race Time||41m 44.933s (167.8 km/h) Jorge Lorenzo (Yamaha, 2015)|
|2018 Race Winner||Marc Marquez (Honda)|