Marc Marquez returned to the top spot of the podium at a Spanish race for the first time since the 2014 finale in Valencia, taking a maiden victory at the Aragón GP. At just 23 years of age, Marquez brings his career tally to 54 wins, equalling Australian legend Mick Doohan. The only rider so far this year to win four races, Marc has extended his championship lead to 52 points over Valentino Rossi and 66 over Jorge Lorenzo, with four rounds to go.
The race was incredibly challenging and close. Starting from pole, Marc fought hard to overtake Maverick Viñales and Lorenzo, taking the lead on the second lap. Soon after, a risky moment on lap three could have changed the outcome of his race; Marc almost lost the front in turn 7 and nearly crashed out. He saved it but dropped back to fifth.
It took the Spaniard a few laps to calm down and begin his recovery; he overtook Andrea Dovizioso on lap five, Lorenzo on lap seven, Viñales on lap 10 and finally Rossi on lap 12. He pushed hard for a few laps to pull a gap and then managed the advantage until the chequered flag. Marc was joined on the podium by Honda Motor Director Shinji Aoyama, celebrating the fifth victory by a Honda rider in the last seven races and Honda extending its leading in the Constructor and Team standings.
Dani Pedrosa struggled the entire race with lack of both front and rear tyre grip. In particular, he suffered an unusual degradation of the front tyre, which Michelin will promptly investigate. It was a pity Dani was not able to exploit the great potential he had displayed in the practice sessions, but his determination to fight hard allowed him to gain the 10 points that come with sixth place and to maintain his fourth place in the Championship standings.
|1||Marquez Marc||93||SPA||25||Repsol Honda Team||Honda||41'57.678|
|2||Lorenzo Jorge||99||SPA||20||Movistar Yamaha MotoGP||Yamaha||2.740|
|3||Rossi Valentino||46||ITA||16||Movistar Yamaha MotoGP||Yamaha||5.983|
|4||Vinales Maverick||25||SPA||13||Team Suzuki Ecstar||Suzuki||8.238|
|5||Crutchlow Cal||35||GBR||11||LCR Honda||Honda||13.221|
|6||Pedrosa Dani||26||SPA||10||Repsol Honda Team||Honda||17.072|
|7||Espargaro Aleix||41||SPA||9||Team Suzuki Ecstar||Suzuki||18.522|
|8||Espargaro Pol||44||SPA||8||Monster Yamaha Tech 3||Yamaha||19.432|
|9||Bautista Alvaro||19||SPA||7||Aprilia Racing Team Gresini||Aprilia||23.071|
|10||Bradl Stefan||6||GER||6||Aprilia Racing Team Gresini||Aprilia||27.898|
|11||Dovizioso Andrea||4||ITA||5||Ducati Team||Ducati||32.448|
|12||Pirro Michele||51||ITA||4||Ducati Team||Ducati||35.033|
|13||Barbera Hector||8||SPA||3||Avintia Racing||Ducati||36.224|
|14||Laverty Eugene||50||IRE||2||Aspar Team||Ducati||37.621|
|16||Hernandez Yonny||68||COL||0||Aspar Team||Ducati||43.906|
|17||Petrucci Danilo||9||ITA||0||Octo Pramac Yakhnich||Ducati||56.740|
|18||Baz Loris||76||FRA||0||Avintia Racing||Ducati||59.681|
|19||Redding Scott||45||GBR||0||Octo Pramac Yakhnich||Ducati||1'34.126|
|20||Rabat Tito||53||SPA||0||EG 0,0 Marc VDS||Honda||7 laps|
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)|