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.

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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.

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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

1.Marquez M.Repsol Honda41:55.949
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
DNFCrutchlow C.LCR HondaAccident
DNFBautista A.Angel Nieto TeamAccident
DNFLorenzo J.Ducati TeamAccident



MotoGP Aragon MotoGP Results
MotoGP Race Results – Aragon 2018


MotoGP Championship Points – Aragon 2018

1.Marquez MarcRepsol Honda Team246
2.Dovizioso AndreaDucati Team174
3.Rossi ValentinoMovistar Yamaha MotoGP159
4.Lorenzo JorgeDucati Team130
5.Vinales MaverickMovistar Yamaha MotoGP130
6.Crutchlow CalLCR Honda119
7.Petrucci DaniloAlma Pramac Racing119
8.Zarco JohannMonster Yamaha Tech 3112
9.Iannone AndreaTeam Suzuki Ecstar108
10.Rins AlexTeam Suzuki Ecstar92
11.Pedrosa DaniRepsol Honda Team87
12.Miller JackAlma Pramac Racing68
13.Bautista AlvaroAngel Nieto Team64
14.Rabat TitoReale Avintia Racing35
15.Espargaro PolRed Bull KTM Factory Racing32
16.Morbidelli FrancoMarc VDS Racing Team31
17.Espargaro AleixAprilia Racing Team Gresini29
18.Syahrin HafizhMonster Yamaha Tech 324
19.Smith BradleyRed Bull KTM Factory Racing18
20.Nakagami TakaakiLCR Honda18
21.Redding ScottAprilia Racing Team Gresini12
22.Kallio MikaRed Bull KTM Factory Racing6
23.Abraham KarelAngel Nieto Team5
24.Pirro MicheleDucati Team1
25.Luthi ThomasMarc VDS Racing Team0
26.Bradl StefanHonda Racing Corporation0


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

1.Binder B.Red Bull KTM Ajo39:59.247
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
DNFVierge X.Dynavolt Intact GPAccident
DNFFuligni F.Tasca Racing Scuderia Moto2Retired
DNFKent D.Beta Tools-Speed Up RacingAccident
DNFMorais S.Willirace Racing TeamRetired
DNFManzi S.Forward Racing TeamRetired
DNSVinales I.Forward Racing TeamRetired

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

1.Bagnaia FrancescoSky Racing Team VR46234
2.Oliveira MiguelRed Bull KTM Ajo215
3.Binder BradRed Bull KTM Ajo144
4.Baldassarri LorenzoPons HP40132
5.Marquez AlexEstrella Galicia Marc VDS Team Moto2126
6.Mir JoanEstrella Galicia Marc VDS Team Moto2124
7.Schrotter MarcelDynavolt Intact GP118
8.Pasini MattiaItaltrans Racing Team103
9.Quartararo FabioBeta Tools-Speed Up Racing100
10.Vierge XaviDynavolt Intact GP96
11.Marini LucaSky Racing Team VR4684
12.Navarro JorgeFederal Oil Gresini Moto255
13.Lowes SamSwiss Innovative Investors46
14.Lecuona IkerSwiss Innovative Investors43
15.Corsi SimoneTasca Racing Scuderia Moto241
16.Locatelli AndreaItaltrans Racing Team34
17.Aegerter DominiqueKiefer Racing27
18.Gardner RemyTech 3 Racing24
19.Fenati RomanoMarinelli Snipers Team14
20.Fernandez AugustoPons HP4014
21.Barbera HectorPons HP4010
22.Manzi StefanoForward Racing Team8
23.Kent DannyBeta Tools-Speed Up Racing8
24.Nagashima TetsutaIdemitsu Honda Team Asia8
25.Vinales IsaacForward Racing Team7
26.Roberts JoeNTS RW Racing GP2
27.Pawi Khairul IdhamIdemitsu Honda Team Asia1
28.Odendaal StevenNTS RW Racing GP1
29.Raffin JeskoGarage Plus Interwetten1
30.Bendsneyder BoTech 3 Racing0
31.Pons EdgarPons HP400
32.Tuuli NikiSIC Racing Team0
33.Granado EricForward Racing Team0
34.Danilo JulesSAG Team0
35.Garzo HectorGarzo H.0
36.Tulovic LukasKiefer Racing0
37.Fuligni FedericoTasca Racing Scuderia Moto20
38.Cardelus XaviTeam Stylobike0
39.Morais SheridanWillirace Racing Team0
40.Medina AlejandroSAG Team0
41.Pratama Dimas EkkyFederal Oil Gresini Moto20
42.Perolari CorentinPromoto Sport0
43.Khairuddin ZulfahmiSIC Racing Team0
44.Tangre CedricYohan Moto Sport0


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

1.Martin J.Del Conca Gresini Racing37:49.030
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
DNFRodrigo G.RBA BOE Skull RiderAccident
DNFAntonelli N.SIC58 Squadra CorseAccident
DNFCanet A.Estrella Galicia 0,0Retired

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

1.Martin JorgeDel Conca Gresini Racing Moto3191
2.Bezzecchi MarcoPruestel GP178
3.Di Giannantonio FabioDel Conca Gresini Racing Moto3150
4.Bastianini EneaLeopard Racing133
5.Canet AronEstrella Galicia 0,0118
6.Rodrigo GabrielRBA BOE Skull Rider97
7.Kornfeil JakubPruestel GP96
8.Dalla Porta LorenzoLeopard Racing91
9.Ramirez MarcosBester Capital Dubai78
10.Migno AndreaAngel Nieto Team Moto371
11.Arenas AlbertAngel Nieto Team Moto369
12.Masia JaumeBester Capital Dubai61
13.Antonelli NiccoloSIC58 Squadra Corse56
14.Oettl PhilippSudmetall Schedl GP Racing54
15.Suzuki TatsukiSIC58 Squadra Corse50
16.Mcphee JohnCIP Green Power49
17.Arbolino TonyMarinelli Snipers Team37
18.Norrodin AdamPetronas Sprinta Racing36
19.Sasaki AyumuPetronas Sprinta Racing32
20.Lopez AlonsoEstrella Galicia 0,031
21.Toba KaitoIdemitsu Honda Team Asia29
22.Binder DarrynRed Bull KTM Ajo28
23.Foggia DennisSky Racing Team VR4626
24.Fernandez RaulMRW Mahindra Aspar Team13
25.Bulega NicoloSky Racing Team VR469
26.Yurchenko MakarCIP Green Power9
27.Loi LivioReale Avintia Racing8
28.Masaki KazukiRBA BOE Skull Rider8
29.Pagliani ManuelSIC Racing Team6
30.Perez VicenteReale Avintia Academy3
31.Atiratphuvapat NakarinIdemitsu Honda Team Asia2
32.Ogura AiAsia Talent Team1
33.Nepa StefanoCIP Green Power0
34.Montella YariMontella Y.0
35.Zannoni KevinAlthea Racing0
36.Grunwald LucaKiefer Racing0
37.Alcoba JeremyJunior Team Estrella Galicia 0,00
38.Salac FilipCzech Talent Team Cuna de Campeones0
39.Van de Lagemaat RyanVan de Lagemaat R.0
40.Kofler MaximilianMotorsport Kofler E.U.0


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