On a sunny and hot Sunday at Aragon Marc Marquez took a gamble and won, choosing a soft rear tyre over a more familiar hard spec, in the end winning a fantastic three-way battle with title contender Andrea Dovizioso and Andrea Iannone and extended his Championship lead to 72 points with five races to go in the 2018 MotoGP season.

Today’s brilliant success is not only Marc’s fifth at Aragon and sixth win this season, but also his 67th career victory and 41st in MotoGP, meaning that he is now tied with Mike Hailwood (41) for fourth place on the list of riders with the most GP wins with Honda, behind Jim Redman (45), Dani Pedrosa (54), and Mick Doohan (54).

Dani Pedrosa took a solid result in fifth place, displaying a good pace during the entire race and finishing close to the front group.

In less than two weeks the Repsol Honda Team will fly to Thailand for the first race in the Country to be held at the Buriram International Circuit.

Marc Marquez

1st

“I woke up this morning with the idea that today I could take a risk. I hadn’t felt totally at ease during the weekend with the hard rear spec tyre so, after the warm-up, I said to my team that I wanted to use the soft rear. That started many meetings and discussions but in the end I won the race because I could convince my box to take that gamble! In the end, it was the correct choice. I had a good start but soon after I almost lost the front in a dirty spot on the track, so I had to release the brakes and go a bit wide. I didn’t realize until the end that Lorenzo had crashed. Anyway, the fight was very tight with Dovi and Iannone as well; it was a hard fight but within the limit. This is MotoGP, and it’s what the fans enjoy to watch. Motorland is one of my favourite tracks, and I enjoyed so much riding here over the weekend even if the pressure was high, with events, people, and many things to do every day. I mean, it’s good but also demanding. Even with this, I managed to remain focused, work well with the team, and ultimately to stop Ducati’s momentum. This morning I listened to “In my feelings” from Drake and in the honour lap I thought back to that song and it was great. Anyway, now more than ever it’s the moment to keep calm and manage well the race weekends because I want to win the Championship and to do that you must remain fully concentrated.”

Dani Pedrosa

5th

“Today I could be more competitive than other races and closer to the front group. Unfortunately, I think the key to the race today was the tyre choice. It’s a shame because my riding and my pace was good but the grip on track wasn’t that high and the hard rear tyre wasn’t offering the same grip we had in the practices; maybe the soft better matched today’s track conditions. I was losing some tenths every lap and couldn’t stick to the others. Otherwise, today I could’ve fought for a podium finish or the victory. Step by step we are improving a little bit; let’s see if we can be faster in the next race.”

MotoGP 2018
Race Round 14   Aragon

Results Session

Sunny
Humidity
36%
Track Temp
45°C
Air Temp
30°C
Pos. Rider Num Nation Points Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Marquez Marc 93 SPA 25 Repsol Honda Team Honda 41'55.949
2 Dovizioso Andrea 4 ITA 20 Ducati Team Ducati 0.648
3 Iannone Andrea 29 ITA 16 Team Suzuki Ecstar Suzuki 1.259
4 Rins Alex 42 SPA 13 Team Suzuki Ecstar Suzuki 2.638
5 Pedrosa Dani 26 SPA 11 Repsol Honda Team Honda 5.274
6 Espargaro Aleix 41 SPA 10 Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia 9.396
7 Petrucci Danilo 9 ITA 9 Alma Pramac Racing Ducati 14.285
8 Rossi Valentino 46 ITA 8 Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 15.199
9 Miller Jack 43 AUS 7 Alma Pramac Racing Ducati 16.375
10 Vinales Maverick 25 SPA 6 Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 22.457
11 Morbidelli Franco 21 ITA 5 EG 0,0 Marc VDS Honda 27.025
12 Nakagami Takaaki 30 JPN 4 LCR Honda Honda 27.957
13 Smith Bradley 38 GBR 3 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 28.821
14 Zarco Johann 5 FRA 2 Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 32.345
15 Abraham Karel 17 CZE 1 Angel Nieto Team Ducati 37.639
16 Redding Scott 45 GBR 0 Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia 39.585
17 Luthi Tom 12 SWI 0 EG 0,0 Marc VDS Honda 40.763
18 Syahrin Hafizh 55 MAL 0 Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 56.296
19 Simeon Xavier 10 BEL 0 Reale Avintia Racing Ducati 58.981
20 Torres Jordi 81 SPA 0 Reale Avintia Racing Ducati 59.513
21 Crutchlow Cal 35 GBR 0 LCR Honda Honda 19 laps
22 Bautista Alvaro 19 SPA 0 Angel Nieto Team Ducati 22 laps
23 Lorenzo Jorge 99 SPA 0 Ducati Team Ducati Not finished first lap
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

Motorland Aragón, Teruel, Spain - View in Google Maps

www.motorlandaragon.com

Records

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)