Repsol Honda’s Marc Marquez and Dani Pedrosa today fell victim to problematic weather, crashing in the final laps of the Aragón GP, as Jorge Lorenzo took his maiden win of 2014.

The Spanish duo, who started the race in prime positions – Marc 1st and Dani 2nd – dropped positions in the first lap, Marc crossing the line in 2nd and Dani in 4th. After a brief battle with Andrea Iannone, Marc passed into 1st and a few corners later Andrea crashed, promoting Jorge Lorenzo to 2nd and Dani to 3rd. Jorge took the lead from Marc on lap nine for a few laps before Marc again passed for the lead at turn one on lap twelve, as the white flag was displayed by track marshals, signifying that riders may now swap bikes if necessary.

Marc and Jorge then battled for a few laps, trading the race lead, when the rain flag was shown on the start / finish straight at the beginning of lap sixteen. Dani passed Jorge and proceeded to duel with Marc as other riders began to enter the pits to change bikes, for the wet setup and tyres. The rain was almost non-existent at the back of the circuit, but quite intense on the front straight, and with just four laps remaining both Marc and Dani made the choice to stay out. Dani made a small mistake in turn one and crashed out, then unfortunately on the next lap Marc also crashed. Both riders were able to get back to the pit lane and change the bike, but with two laps remaining it was too late. Marc finished 13th and Dani 14th.

Marc (292) still leads the Championship by 75 points over Dani (217), who is 3 points ahead of Valentino Rossi (214) – who crashed out on lap four – and Lorenzo (202) has closed the gap considerably after his race win. Now the Championship will head East in two weeks time for the three back-to-back races of Japan, Australia and Malaysia.

Marc Marquez

“Today's race was difficult because I, like many other riders in MotoGP, had never experienced track conditions like this before. It was a shame that it started to rain; if it hadn't, then I think that Dani, Jorge and I would have made the end of the race really exciting for the fans. I think that we did a good job all weekend - it was just a pity about the crash. I tried to hold on because there were only a few laps remaining, but today I learned that in these situations it is better to use a different strategy.”

Dani Pedrosa

“It was a difficult race in extreme conditions, but we were able to ride a good first part and were in contention for the win. I made the wrong decision about when to come in to change bikes and didn't make the switch on the lap that I should have. My tyres couldn't hold out any longer and I crashed. Luckily I was able to remount and pick up two points from this race. It is a little disappointing to have gone so far and not taken a good result, but these experiences are useful for learning and heading to the next race stronger.”

MotoGP 2014
Race Round 14   Aragon

Results Session

Pos. Rider Num Nation Points Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Lorenzo Jorge 99 SPA 25 Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 44'20.406
2 Espargaro Aleix 41 SPA 20 NGM Forward Racing Forward Yamaha +10.295
3 Crutchlow Cal 35 GBR 16 Ducati Team Ducati +10.312
4 Bradl Stefan 6 GER 13 LCR Honda MotoGP Honda +11.718
5 Smith Bradley 38 GBR 11 Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha +29.483
6 Espargaro Pol 44 SPA 10 Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha +29.686
7 Bautista Alvaro 19 SPA 9 Go & Fun Honda Gresini Honda +29.763
8 Aoyama Hiroshi 7 JPN 8 Aspar Team Honda +37.841
10 Redding Scott 45 GBR 6 Go & Fun Honda Gresini Honda +53.937
11 Petrucci Danilo 9 ITA 5 Octo IodaRacing Team ART +59.824
12 De Angelis Alex 15 RSM 4 Athina Forward Racing Forward Yamaha +1'00.718
13 Marquez Marc 93 SPA 3 Repsol Honda Team Honda +1'15.227
14 Pedrosa Dani 26 SPA 2 Repsol Honda Team Honda +1'24.526
15 Hernandez Yonny 68 COL 1 Energy T.I. Pramac Racing Ducati +1'38.255
16 Laverty Michael 70 GBR 0 Paul Bird Motorsport PBM 1 Lap
17 Di Meglio Mike 63 FRA 0 Avintia Racing Avintia 1 Lap
18 Parkes Broc 23 AUS 0 Paul Bird Motorsport PBM 1 Lap
19 Barbera Hector 8 SPA 0 Ducati Team Ducati 1 Lap
20 Dovizioso Andrea 04 ITA 0 Ducati Team Ducati DNF
21 Rossi Valentino 46 ITA 0 Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha DNF
22 Iannone Andrea 29 ITA 0 Pramac Racing Ducati DNF
23 Abraham Karel 17 CZE 0 AB Motoracing 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

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)