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.

MotoGP Aragaon Rnd Sat Lorenzo
Jorge Lorenzo – MotoGP 2018 Round 14 Aragon

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.

MotoGP Aragon Marquez Dovizioso
Marquez and Dovizioso

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.

MotoGP Aragon Mich Dovizioso Marquez Iannone
MotoGP 2018 – Round 14 – Aragon

Cal Crutchlow (LCR Honda Castrol) was also in that tousle in the early stages, but the Brit crashed out five laps in.

MotoGP Aragon Mich Marquez Rins Iannone Pedrosa
MotoGP 2018 – Round 14 – Aragon

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.

MotoGP Aragaon Rnd Dovizioso TIN
Andrea Dovizioso – Aragon MotoGP 2018 – Round 14

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.

MotoGP Aragon Mich Marquez Dovizioso Iannone Rins
MotoGP 2018 – Round 14 – Aragon

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.

MotoGP Aragon Iannone Marquez
Marquez and Iannone

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.

MotoGP Aragon MotoGP Podium Marquez Dovizioso Iannone
MotoGP Race Results – Aragon 2018
MARQUEZ Marc 93 SPA 25 Repsol Honda Team 41’55.949
DOVIZIOSO Andrea 4 ITA 20 Ducati Team 0.648
IANNONE Andrea 29 ITA 16 Team Suzuki Ecstar 1.259

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.

MotoGP Aragaon Rnd Aleix Espargaro
Aleix Espargaro – Aragon MotoGP 2018 – Round 14

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.

MotoGP Aragaon Rnd Vinales
Maverick Vinales – Aragon MotoGP 2018 – Round 14

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.

MotoGP Aragaon Rnd Bradley Smith
Bradley Smith – Aragon MotoGP 2018 – Round 14

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

Pos Rider Team Time
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 Aragon MotoGP Results
MotoGP Race Results – Aragon 2018


MotoGP Championship Points – Aragon 2018

Pos Rider Team Points
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.

MotoGP Aragon Moto Brad Binder
Brad Binder

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

Rider Team Time Laps
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
14. Lecuona I. SWI +19.232
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
20. Lowes S. SWI +31.826
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

MotoGP Aragon Moto Brad Binder Podium
Moto2 Race Results – Aragon 2018

MotoGP Aragon Moto Results
Moto2 Race Results – Aragon 2018

Moto2 Championship Points – Aragon 2018

Pos Rider Team Points
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.

MotoGP Aragon Moto Jorge Martin
Jorge Martin

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

Driver Team Time Laps
1. Martin J. Del Conca Gresini Racing 37:49.030
2. Bezzecchi M. PruestlGP +5.984
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
11. Kornfeil J. PruestlGP +10.679
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

MotoGP Aragon Moto Jorge Martin Podium
Moto3 Race Results – Aragon 2018
Jorge Martin (SPA) HONDA 37’49.030
Marco Bezzecchi (ITA) KTM +5.984
Enea Bastianini (ITA) HONDA +6.045

MotoGP Aragon Moto Results
Moto3 Race Results – Aragon 2018
Jorge Martin (SPA) HONDA 37’49.030
Marco Bezzecchi (ITA) KTM +5.984
Enea Bastianini (ITA) HONDA +6.045

Moto3 Championship Points – Aragon 2018

Pos Driver Team Points
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


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