MotoGP 2018 – Round 14 – Aragon
Lorenzo flew out of contention at first corner
Suzuki were in the game in Spain
Marquez extends lead to 72-points
Rossi first Yamaha home in 8th
Aragon MotoGP Race Report
Jorge Lorenzo was in imperious form during qualifying on Saturday to take pole position but the race ended at the first corner on the first lap for the #99.
Marquez had gone in to turn one a little deep and Lorenzo followed him in, but only one of them came out the other side… When Lorenzo twisted the throttle on that dirty part of the circuit his Ducati wicked up the rear tyre and sent the Spaniard into orbit.
That left Dovizioso in the driving seat as he capitalised on the scruffy start for his two biggest rivals, Dovi taking the lead as Marquez slotted back into second.
Behind the drama, Iannone and Alex Rins (Team Suzuki Ecstar) bolted out the blocks to move forward into the fight, with Dani Pedrosa (Repsol Honda Team) and Aprilia Racing Team Gresini’s Aleix Espargaro hot on their heels.
Cal Crutchlow (LCR Honda Castrol) was also in that tousle in the early stages, but the Brit crashed out five laps in.
So began the battle for Aragon. Rins was looking menacing behind Marquez, feinting numerous overtaking attempts into the first corner as both Suzukis kept tabs on the leading duo and by lap 11, Dovi, Marquez, Rins and Iannone had edged out two-second gap to Pedrosa and Espargaro. The stage was set.
As if someone had flicked a switch and turned it up to 11, ‘DesmoDovi’ made his move and posted the fastest lap of the race a lap later – a 1:48.3. Marquez responded to stay with the Italian and the two looked to have broken clear of the Suzukis on the chase, but not so as the gloves came off between the leading duo.
The number 93 carved past at Turn 12, but on Lap 16 Dovizioso got the drive up the hill to attack Marquez back at Turn 4.
Never one to refuse a challenge, the Repsol Honda rider immediately responded up the inside at Turn 5, with the Italian then biting straight back at Turn 7. Stunning it was, but it also allowed Iannone to close the gap…
A number of laps later Marquez pounced again at Turn 12 and set off another flurry of dueling. This time, however, Iannone was able to get involved and as Dovizioso took the inside at Turn 15, Iannone took the outside and it made for a stunning sight as Marquez was briefly swamped by both.
The Ducati and Honda were back in the lead soon after, but Marquez was about to play his ace.
The race-defining move finally came from the number 93 at Turn 5, and the reigning World Champion held firm until the chequered flag to take a third straight win in Aragon, equaling Mike Hailwood’s win tally of 41 for Honda.
Dovi was forced to settle for second but equaled Casey Stoner’s Grand Prix podium count, with Iannone earning his third podium of the year and Suzuki’s first at MotorLand. The rostrum was also enough to mean the Hamamatsu factory will now lose important concessions in regards to extra testing and engine allowances.
Fourth was local hero Rins as he took a second consecutive P4, with Pedrosa securing his first top five since the Catalan GP at his penultimate home Grand Prix.
Espargaro excelled in sixth to pick up the Aprilia’s best result of the season and their best result so far, with the Spaniard beating Danilo Petrucci (Alma Pramac Racing) to top Independent rider as the Italian came home seventh.
Valentino Rossi (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP), meanwhile, was another headline act as ‘The Doctor’ sliced through the field from P17 on the grid to take eighth, ahead of Jack Miller (Alma Pramac Racing) after the two battled in the latter stages.
Rossi’s teammate Maverick Viñales (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP) rounded out the top ten.
Franco Morbidelli (EG 0,0 Marc VDS) won the battle of the rookies in P11, with Takaaki Nakagami (LCR Honda Idemitsu) 12th.
Bradley Smith (Red Bull KTM Factory Racing) had a solid race to take 13th, ahead of a tough day for Johann Zarco (Monster Yamaha Tech 3) in 14th and a points finish for Karel Abraham (Angel Nieto Team) in 15th.
A monumental Marquez victory on home soil leaves the Honda rider with one hand on the title as the premier class head to Thailand for the first time.
MotoGP Race Results – Aragon 2018
|1.||Marquez M.||Repsol Honda||41:55.949|
|2.||Dovizioso A.||Ducati Team||+0.648|
|3.||Iannone A.||Team Suzuki Ecstar||+1.259|
|4.||Rins A.||Team Suzuki Ecstar||+2.638|
|5.||Pedrosa D.||Repsol Honda||+5.274|
|6.||Espargaro A.||Aprilia Racing Team Gresini||+9.396|
|7.||Petrucci D.||Alma Pramac Racing||+14.285|
|8.||Rossi V.||Movistar Yamaha||+15.199|
|9.||Miller J.||Alma Pramac Racing||+16.375|
|10.||Vinales M.||Movistar Yamaha||+22.457|
|11.||Morbidelli F.||Marc VDS Racing Team||+27.025|
|12.||Nakagami T.||LCR Honda||+27.957|
|13.||Smith B.||Red Bull KTM Factory Racing||+28.821|
|14.||Zarco J.||Monster Tech 3||+32.345|
|15.||Abraham K.||Angel Nieto Team||+37.639|
|16.||Redding S.||Aprilia Racing Team Gresini||+39.585|
|17.||Luthi T.||Marc VDS Racing Team||+40.763|
|18.||Syahrin H.||Monster Tech 3||+56.296|
|19.||Simeon X.||Reale Avintia Racing||+58.981|
|20.||Torres J.||Reale Avintia Racing||+59.513|
|DNF||Crutchlow C.||LCR Honda||Accident|
|DNF||Bautista A.||Angel Nieto Team||Accident|
|DNF||Lorenzo J.||Ducati Team||Accident|
MotoGP Championship Points – Aragon 2018
|1.||Marquez Marc||Repsol Honda Team||246|
|2.||Dovizioso Andrea||Ducati Team||174|
|3.||Rossi Valentino||Movistar Yamaha MotoGP||159|
|4.||Lorenzo Jorge||Ducati Team||130|
|5.||Vinales Maverick||Movistar Yamaha MotoGP||130|
|6.||Crutchlow Cal||LCR Honda||119|
|7.||Petrucci Danilo||Alma Pramac Racing||119|
|8.||Zarco Johann||Monster Yamaha Tech 3||112|
|9.||Iannone Andrea||Team Suzuki Ecstar||108|
|10.||Rins Alex||Team Suzuki Ecstar||92|
|11.||Pedrosa Dani||Repsol Honda Team||87|
|12.||Miller Jack||Alma Pramac Racing||68|
|13.||Bautista Alvaro||Angel Nieto Team||64|
|14.||Rabat Tito||Reale Avintia Racing||35|
|15.||Espargaro Pol||Red Bull KTM Factory Racing||32|
|16.||Morbidelli Franco||Marc VDS Racing Team||31|
|17.||Espargaro Aleix||Aprilia Racing Team Gresini||29|
|18.||Syahrin Hafizh||Monster Yamaha Tech 3||24|
|19.||Smith Bradley||Red Bull KTM Factory Racing||18|
|20.||Nakagami Takaaki||LCR Honda||18|
|21.||Redding Scott||Aprilia Racing Team Gresini||12|
|22.||Kallio Mika||Red Bull KTM Factory Racing||6|
|23.||Abraham Karel||Angel Nieto Team||5|
|24.||Pirro Michele||Ducati Team||1|
|25.||Luthi Thomas||Marc VDS Racing Team||0|
|26.||Bradl Stefan||Honda Racing Corporation||0|
Brad Binder got off to a great start and led the opening exchanges ahead of Alex Marquez (EG 0,0 Marc VDS) after the Spaniard was able to get himself up to second from P4 on the grid, with Bagnaia slotting into fourth before overtaking P2 starter Marcel Schrötter (Dynavolt Intact GP). Marquez was then able to slice his way through to the lead at home GP as the front trio started to break away from the chasing Baldassarri and Schrötter.
Baldassarri was reeling in the leading three as Marquez’ pace at the front started to dip, however, and heading into Turn 16 on Lap 13, Binder ran slightly wide. Bagnaia held the tighter racing line as the South African started to cut back and the two just tagged each other for a heart in the mouth moment, but both stayed on and Binder stayed ahead.
The 2016 Moto3 World Champion then continued to lock horns with his 2014 counterpart Marquez and after two failed attempts, Binder made a move stick into Turn 12 on lap 15 – with the two coming into contact on the exit. But from there, Binder couldn’t be stopped and he went on to claim his second intermediate class win.
Behind, Bagnaia recovered and made his way past Baldassarri after the latter went wide and was then able to get the better of Marquez – making it P2 for the Championship leader who now has a 19-point lead in the title race. Baldassarri and Marquez then found themselves in a dog fight on the penultimate lap, with the former emerging victorious.
Behind Marquez was Schrötter in a slightly more difficult race after the German showed great pace throughout the weekend, with Joan Mir (EG 0,0 Marc VDS) securing sixth after starting P15 – a great ride from the reigning Moto3 World Champion.
Seventh was Miguel Oliveira (Red Bull KTM Ajo), who also produced another comeback ride after starting 18th. The Portuguese rider lost valuable ground in the Championship, but gained some serious positions in the race.
Mattia Pasini (Italtrans Racing Team) was able to come out on top in the battle with Fabio Quartararo (MB Conveyors – Speed Up) as they took eighth and ninth respectively, with Jorge Navarro (Federal Oil Gresini Moto2) recovering from a bad start to round out the top ten – from P3 on the grid.
Luca Marini (SKY Racing Team VR46) was 11th, two seconds ahead of compatriot Simone Corsi (Tasca Racing Scuderia Moto2) who finished 12th as Augusto Fernandez (Pons HP40), Iker Lecuona (Swiss Innovative Investors) and Tetsuta Nagashima (Idemitsu Honda Team Asia) completed the points scorers.
Remy Gardner started from P20 on the grid and finished the race 19th.
Remy Gardner – P19
“This was a disappointing race. I just struggled all the weekend, but I did my best, was pushing hard. We were just a little bit lost, anyway I made a mistake in the last corner, gone to false neutral, went wide and so I lost two positions, but we just need to take what we’ve learned and trying to be better for the next one. I knew I when was coming here that it’s going to be a tough weekend, although it wasn’t for nothing. I think we’ve learned something and I hope we can benefit on the mistakes and not make them again in the future.”
A ninth podium of 2018 sees Bagnaia increase his lead in the Championship over Oliveira as the intermediate class enter the final five rounds of the season.
Moto2 Race Results – Aragon 2018
|1.||Binder B.||Red Bull KTM Ajo||39:59.247|
|2.||Bagnaia F.||Sky Racing Team VR46||+1.526|
|3.||Baldassarri L.||Pons HP40||+2.055|
|4.||Marquez A.||Estrella Galicia Marc VDS||+2.396|
|5.||Schrotter M.||Dynavolt Intact GP||+5.850|
|6.||Mir J.||Estrella Galicia Marc VDS||+6.205|
|7.||Oliveira M.||Red Bull KTM Ajo||+6.741|
|8.||Pasini M.||Italtrans Racing Team||+9.650|
|9.||Quartararo F.||Beta Tools-Speed Up Racing||+9.746|
|10.||Navarro J.||Federal Oil Gresini||+9.848|
|11.||Marini L.||Sky Racing Team VR46||+11.568|
|12.||Corsi S.||Tasca Racing Scuderia Moto2||+13.786|
|13.||Fernandez A.||Pons HP40||+17.856|
|15.||Nagashima T.||Idemitsu Honda Team Asia||+21.258|
|16.||Locatelli A.||Italtrans Racing Team||+21.393|
|17.||Pons E.||AGR Team||+26.553|
|18.||Odendaal S.||NTS RW Racing GP||+27.747|
|19.||Gardner R.||Tech 3 Racing||+28.339|
|21.||Aegerter D.||Kiefer Racing||+32.214|
|22.||Tuuli N.||SIC Racing Team||+34.961|
|23.||Raffin J.||SAG Team||+36.569|
|24.||Roberts J.||NTS RW Racing GP||+37.143|
|25.||Bendsneyder B.||Tech 3 Racing||+42.222|
|26.||Danilo J.||SAG Team||+53.557|
|27.||Pawi K. I.||Idemitsu Honda Team Asia||+53.675|
|28.||Cardelus X.||Marinelli Snipers Team||+1:14.999|
|DNF||Vierge X.||Dynavolt Intact GP||Accident|
|DNF||Fuligni F.||Tasca Racing Scuderia Moto2||Retired|
|DNF||Kent D.||Beta Tools-Speed Up Racing||Accident|
|DNF||Morais S.||Willirace Racing Team||Retired|
|DNF||Manzi S.||Forward Racing Team||Retired|
|DNS||Vinales I.||Forward Racing Team||Retired|
Moto2 Championship Points – Aragon 2018
|1.||Bagnaia Francesco||Sky Racing Team VR46||234|
|2.||Oliveira Miguel||Red Bull KTM Ajo||215|
|3.||Binder Brad||Red Bull KTM Ajo||144|
|4.||Baldassarri Lorenzo||Pons HP40||132|
|5.||Marquez Alex||Estrella Galicia Marc VDS Team Moto2||126|
|6.||Mir Joan||Estrella Galicia Marc VDS Team Moto2||124|
|7.||Schrotter Marcel||Dynavolt Intact GP||118|
|8.||Pasini Mattia||Italtrans Racing Team||103|
|9.||Quartararo Fabio||Beta Tools-Speed Up Racing||100|
|10.||Vierge Xavi||Dynavolt Intact GP||96|
|11.||Marini Luca||Sky Racing Team VR46||84|
|12.||Navarro Jorge||Federal Oil Gresini Moto2||55|
|13.||Lowes Sam||Swiss Innovative Investors||46|
|14.||Lecuona Iker||Swiss Innovative Investors||43|
|15.||Corsi Simone||Tasca Racing Scuderia Moto2||41|
|16.||Locatelli Andrea||Italtrans Racing Team||34|
|17.||Aegerter Dominique||Kiefer Racing||27|
|18.||Gardner Remy||Tech 3 Racing||24|
|19.||Fenati Romano||Marinelli Snipers Team||14|
|20.||Fernandez Augusto||Pons HP40||14|
|21.||Barbera Hector||Pons HP40||10|
|22.||Manzi Stefano||Forward Racing Team||8|
|23.||Kent Danny||Beta Tools-Speed Up Racing||8|
|24.||Nagashima Tetsuta||Idemitsu Honda Team Asia||8|
|25.||Vinales Isaac||Forward Racing Team||7|
|26.||Roberts Joe||NTS RW Racing GP||2|
|27.||Pawi Khairul Idham||Idemitsu Honda Team Asia||1|
|28.||Odendaal Steven||NTS RW Racing GP||1|
|29.||Raffin Jesko||Garage Plus Interwetten||1|
|30.||Bendsneyder Bo||Tech 3 Racing||0|
|31.||Pons Edgar||Pons HP40||0|
|32.||Tuuli Niki||SIC Racing Team||0|
|33.||Granado Eric||Forward Racing Team||0|
|34.||Danilo Jules||SAG Team||0|
|35.||Garzo Hector||Garzo H.||0|
|36.||Tulovic Lukas||Kiefer Racing||0|
|37.||Fuligni Federico||Tasca Racing Scuderia Moto2||0|
|38.||Cardelus Xavi||Team Stylobike||0|
|39.||Morais Sheridan||Willirace Racing Team||0|
|40.||Medina Alejandro||SAG Team||0|
|41.||Pratama Dimas Ekky||Federal Oil Gresini Moto2||0|
|42.||Perolari Corentin||Promoto Sport||0|
|43.||Khairuddin Zulfahmi||SIC Racing Team||0|
|44.||Tangre Cedric||Yohan Moto Sport||0|
Jorge Martin took the holeshot from pole as Aron Canet (Estrella Galicia 0,0) dropped back a little from his front row start and Fabio Di Giannantonio charged forward, with the Championship leader putting the hammer down immediately as he began to gap the chasing pack.
‘Diggia’ headed up the train behind, battling Marcos Ramirez (Bester Capital Dubai) at the front of a long group. Championship contender Bezzecchi, meanwhile, immediately moved up through that group and into the top ten after his grid penalty, with Bastianini following suit not long after.
The fight throughout the front half of the field was a Moto3 classic, but Martin was more than free of the fracas and taking advantage of the clear track. With Bezzecchi blasting into the head of the train behind, however, the pace hotted up for those on the chase – and the Italian had already made up 16 places.
It had seemed as though Bezzecchi and fellow charger Bastianini could have the pace to get into clearer air but it remained a group fighting for second, with Gabriel Rodrigo (RBA BOE Skull Rider), Ramirez, Albert Arenas (Angel Nieto Team), Di Giannantonio and Tatsuki Suzuki (SIC58 Squadra Corse) for close company. Rodrigo then crashed out after an incident with Arenas, leaving five riders fighting to complete the podium behind Martin.
Martin crossed the line ahead for a serene show of dominance, and after a tousle around the final lap it was Bezzecchi who kept just ahead to take second – some incredible damage limitation after his grid penalty.
Bastianini clawed back some ground on a few in the title fight to complete the rostrum after his own awesome ride through the pack, and he moves up to fourth in the standings after a DNF for Canet.
‘Diggia’ was just behind compatriot Bastianini and took fourth, with Ramirez completing the top five. Tatsuki Suzuki (SIC58 Squadra Corse) was only a tenth further back with an impressive race to take sixth, with Arenas the final member of that front group over the line and still close.
Adam Norrodin (Petronas Sprinta Racing) took eighth and achieved his target of a top ten after a solid race to beat off Jaume Masia (Bester Capital Dubai) by less than half a tenth, with John McPhee (CIP – Green Power) completing the top ten in the tight second group as he crossed the line just ahead of Jakub Kornfeil (Redox PruestelGP).
Moto3 Race Results – Aragon 2018
|1.||Martin J.||Del Conca Gresini Racing||37:49.030|
|3.||Bastianini E.||Leopard Racing||+6.045|
|4.||Di Giannantonio F.||Del Conca Gresini Racing||+6.095|
|5.||Ramirez M.||Bester Capital Dubai||+6.161|
|6.||Suzuki T.||SIC58 Squadra Corse||+6.269|
|7.||Arenas A.||Angel Nieto Team Moto3||+6.540|
|8.||Norrodin A.||Petronas Sprinta Racing||+10.292|
|9.||Masia J.||Bester Capital Dubai||+10.329|
|10.||Mcphee J.||CIP Green Power||+10.537|
|12.||Migno A.||Angel Nieto Team Moto3||+11.923|
|13.||Dalla Porta L.||Leopard Racing||+11.972|
|14.||Bulega N.||Sky Racing Team VR46||+12.013|
|15.||Perez V.||Reale Avintia Racing||+12.007|
|16.||Arbolino T.||Marinelli Snipers Team||+12.484|
|17.||Fernandez R.||Angel Nieto Team||+12.656|
|18.||Binder D.||Red Bull KTM Ajo||+14.642|
|19.||Oettl P.||Sudmetall Schedl GP Racing||+17.090|
|20.||Lopez A.||Estrella Galicia 0,0||+34.697|
|21.||Masaki K.||RBA BOE Skull Rider||+35.000|
|22.||Nepa S.||CIP Green Power||+35.022|
|23.||Alcoba J.||Junior Team Estrella Galicia 0,0||+35.200|
|24.||Atiratphuvapat N.||Idemitsu Honda Team Asia||+54.907|
|25.||Foggia D.||Sky Racing Team VR46||+43.866|
|26.||Toba K.||Idemitsu Honda Team Asia||+54.982|
|DNF||Rodrigo G.||RBA BOE Skull Rider||Accident|
|DNF||Antonelli N.||SIC58 Squadra Corse||Accident|
|DNF||Canet A.||Estrella Galicia 0,0||Retired|
Moto3 Championship Points – Aragon 2018
|1.||Martin Jorge||Del Conca Gresini Racing Moto3||191|
|2.||Bezzecchi Marco||Pruestel GP||178|
|3.||Di Giannantonio Fabio||Del Conca Gresini Racing Moto3||150|
|4.||Bastianini Enea||Leopard Racing||133|
|5.||Canet Aron||Estrella Galicia 0,0||118|
|6.||Rodrigo Gabriel||RBA BOE Skull Rider||97|
|7.||Kornfeil Jakub||Pruestel GP||96|
|8.||Dalla Porta Lorenzo||Leopard Racing||91|
|9.||Ramirez Marcos||Bester Capital Dubai||78|
|10.||Migno Andrea||Angel Nieto Team Moto3||71|
|11.||Arenas Albert||Angel Nieto Team Moto3||69|
|12.||Masia Jaume||Bester Capital Dubai||61|
|13.||Antonelli Niccolo||SIC58 Squadra Corse||56|
|14.||Oettl Philipp||Sudmetall Schedl GP Racing||54|
|15.||Suzuki Tatsuki||SIC58 Squadra Corse||50|
|16.||Mcphee John||CIP Green Power||49|
|17.||Arbolino Tony||Marinelli Snipers Team||37|
|18.||Norrodin Adam||Petronas Sprinta Racing||36|
|19.||Sasaki Ayumu||Petronas Sprinta Racing||32|
|20.||Lopez Alonso||Estrella Galicia 0,0||31|
|21.||Toba Kaito||Idemitsu Honda Team Asia||29|
|22.||Binder Darryn||Red Bull KTM Ajo||28|
|23.||Foggia Dennis||Sky Racing Team VR46||26|
|24.||Fernandez Raul||MRW Mahindra Aspar Team||13|
|25.||Bulega Nicolo||Sky Racing Team VR46||9|
|26.||Yurchenko Makar||CIP Green Power||9|
|27.||Loi Livio||Reale Avintia Racing||8|
|28.||Masaki Kazuki||RBA BOE Skull Rider||8|
|29.||Pagliani Manuel||SIC Racing Team||6|
|30.||Perez Vicente||Reale Avintia Academy||3|
|31.||Atiratphuvapat Nakarin||Idemitsu Honda Team Asia||2|
|32.||Ogura Ai||Asia Talent Team||1|
|33.||Nepa Stefano||CIP Green Power||0|
|34.||Montella Yari||Montella Y.||0|
|35.||Zannoni Kevin||Althea Racing||0|
|36.||Grunwald Luca||Kiefer Racing||0|
|37.||Alcoba Jeremy||Junior Team Estrella Galicia 0,0||0|
|38.||Salac Filip||Czech Talent Team Cuna de Campeones||0|
|39.||Van de Lagemaat Ryan||Van de Lagemaat R.||0|
|40.||Kofler Maximilian||Motorsport Kofler E.U.||0|