2019 MotoGP Round 14 Aragon

Aragon MotoGP Summary

MotoGP Rnd Aragon Marquez Grid
Marquez on pole at Aragon

Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda Team) had looked unstoppable for much of the weekend at MotorLand Aragon, and that was no different come race day. In his 200th Grand Prix, the reigning Champion couldn’t be caught, escaping the pack early and managing the gap to give himself a 98-point lead heading into Thailand. 

That was despite an impressive comeback from Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati Team), with the Italian starting tenth and made to work for it as he made his way through the pack to come home second.

Jack Miller (Pramac Racing) completed the podium, the Australian playing his cards to perfection for a late lunge on Maverick Viñales (Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP) in the fight for third.

Aragon MotoGP Race Report

MotoGP Rnd Aragon Start
Aragon MotoGP gets underway

It was Marquez who got the holeshot from pole, Plan A executed to perfection as a lightning start saw the number 93 beat Fabio Quartararo (Petronas Yamaha SRT) into Turn 1, with Miller getting a good launch from P4 on the grid to take P3. Viñales slipped to P4 with Quartararo giving chase to Marquez on the opening lap, but by the time they crossed the line, the reigning Champion was a second down the road.

MotoGP Rnd Aragon Marquez
Marc Marquez left them for dead right off the bat

Meanwhile, there was drama early on for the fast-starting Alex Rins (Team Suzuki Ecstar), the Spaniard overcooking a move at Turn 12 and barrelling into Franco Morbidelli (Petronas Yamaha SRT). The latter crashed out, with Rins dropping to P17 as up the road, Marquez was powering clear. Miller was now the man leading the chase but the gap was quickly up to 1.8 seconds by Lap 4, with the race rapidly becoming a battle for the remaining podium places.

MotoGP Rnd Aragon Iannone Rins
Rins got in some early scrapes that cost him dearly

In that fight, Miller was holding off the Yamahas of Viñales and Quartararo, but it wasn’t too long until Viñales got the better of the Frenchman and then immediately started to reel in Miller’s half-second advantage. He passed the Australian on Lap 8 as the riders inside the top seven bunched up, with Dovizioso up behind Quartararo and Aleix Espargaro (Aprilia Racing Team Gresini) holding off Cal Crutchlow (LCR Honda Castrol) in sixth and seventh.

Lap 9 saw Dovi pounce on Quartararo’s Yamaha and the Italian locked his radar onto the back of fellow GP19 rider Miller, with Viñales the man up next. Soon after, Dovi made his move on Miller at Turn 1, but the Pramac rider wasn’t going to cave in easy as and the duo then started to haul in Viñales. The three were split by just a second heading into the last handful of laps and as Viñales started to fade, he was under increasing pressure.

Three to go and Viñales was still holding onto P2, but Dovizioso used the Ducati power to grab P2 down the back straight, leaving Miller to try and pounce on the Yamaha next. The Australian waited until Turn 1 on the last lap, just about getting it stopped and keeping it together for the rest of the lap for an impressive third podium of the season. Dovi had second wrapped up and coming onto the back straight for the final time, there was nothing more Viñales could do.

MotoGP Rnd Aragon Miller
Jack Miller chased down Maverick Vinales to take third

And so Marquez crossed the line for his fourth straight win at MotorLand on his 200th Grand Prix start to extend his lead to 98 points. Dovizioso’s recovery from P10 was completed in an ever-intelligent ride to second, with Miller impressing to complete the podium and take top Independent Team rider honours.

MotoGP Rnd Aragon Marquez wins
Marquez celebrates victory

Viñales was left disappointed with fourth but it was a valiant effort nonetheless, with Quartararo coming home just behind the Spaniard to complete the top five and take another good haul of points after a mature ride on the limit. Crutchlow produced a solid showing to finish P6 for the third time in four races, the British rider just edging out Aleix Espargaro. The sterling effort from the Aprilia rider secured his best result of the season, and the best for the Noale factory so far in 2019.

MotoGP Rnd Aragon Aleix Espargaro
Aleix Espargaro put in an encouraging performance for Aprilia

Valentino Rossi (Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP) was in the battle for the top five in the early stages before the nine-time World Champion dropped back to P8, with Rins fighting back to P9 after his opening lap incident and a subsequent Long Lap penalty.

MotoGP Rnd Aragon Rossi
Valentino Rossi

LCR Honda Idemitsu’s Takaaki Nakagami won an intense battle for the top 10 which saw him take on Andrea Iannone (Aprilia Racing Team Gresini), Ducati Team’s Danilo Petrucci, Miguel Oliveira (Red Bull KTM Tech 3) and Joan Mir (Team Suzuki Ecstar), with the group all finishing within two seconds of each other in that order. Tito Rabat (Reale Avinita Racing) took the final point in P15.

Jorge Lorenzo was strong early on and looked to be threatening to break into the top ten but he faded as the race wore on, eventually slipping down to 20th place.

Marc Marquez – P1

“It was the perfect weekend, we did an amazing job all weekend, from the beginning we started in a good way to understand how it was, we raced the setup we started with in FP1, something for the first time all year. But apart from this, the strategy of the race was clever, I was clear about my strategy and I pushed a lot in the first three laps then tried to manage the distance I’m happy, because it was a good 25 points but this guy here never gives up! He’s still pushing, but in Thailand we have the first match point and I’ll do my best.”

MotoGP Rnd Aragon Marquez Champagne
Marquez celebrates victory

Andrea Dovizioso – P2

“It was very important to get back onto the podium after the races at Silverstone and Misano, and so today I’m very happy, especially because of the way in which we were able to get this second place. I started tenth from the fourth row because of a mistake I made in qualifying yesterday, but I knew I had a good pace and on the grid we made the right choice of tyres, going for the soft rear. In the race I was constant right until the very end, I saved my tyres and managed to gain place after place until I could pass Jack and Maverick to finish the GP in second place”.

MotoGP Rnd Aragon Vinales Miller Dovizioso
Andrea Dovizioso

Jack Miller – P3

“It was a great race. I tried to stay close to Marquez in the early laps, then I had fun fighting with Quartararo, Dovizioso and Vinales. This is an important result for the team and for Ducati and I thank them for the extraordinary work they’ve done not only this weekend but since the beginning of the season.”

MotoGP Rnd Aragon MotoGP Podium L R Dovizioso Marquez Miller
2019 Aragon MotoGP Race results:
1 – Marc Marquez (SPA – Honda) 41’57.221
2 – Andrea Dovizioso (ITA – Ducati) +4.836
3 – Jack Miller* (AUS – Ducati) +5.430

Aragon MotoGP Race Results/Standings

1Marc MarquezHonda41m57.221
2Andrea DoviziosoDucati+4.836
3Jack MillerDucati+5.430
4Maverick ViñalesYamaha+5.811
5Fabio QuartararoYamaha+8.924
6Cal CrutchlowHonda+10.390
7Aleix EspargaroAprilia+10.441
8Valentino RossiYamaha+23.623
9Alex RinsSuzuki+27.998
10Takaaki NakagamiHonda+31.242
11Andrea IannoneAprilia+32.624
12Danilo PetrucciDucati+33.043
13Miguel OliveiraKTM+33.063
14Joan MirSuzuki+33.363
15Tito RabatDucati+36.358
16Francesco BagnaiaDucati+41.295
17Mika KallioKTM+42.983
18Karel AbrahamDucati+43.880
19Bradley SmithAprilia+44.279
20Jorge LorenzoHonda+46.087
21Hafizh SyahrinKTM+47.308


1Marc MarquezHonda300
2Andrea DoviziosoDucati202
3Alex RinsSuzuki156
4Danilo PetrucciDucati155
5Maverick ViñalesYamaha147
6Valentino RossiYamaha137
7Fabio QuartararoYamaha123
8Jack MillerDucati117
9Cal CrutchlowHonda98
10Franco MorbidelliYamaha80
11Pol EspargaroKTM77
12Takaaki NakagamiHonda68
13Joan MirSuzuki49
14Aleix EspargaroAprilia46
15Andrea IannoneAprilia32
16Francesco BagnaiaDucati29
17Miguel OliveiraKTM29
18Johann ZarcoKTM27
19Jorge LorenzoHonda23
20Tito RabatDucati18
21Stefan BradlHonda16
22Michele PirroDucati9
23Sylvain GuintoliSuzuki7
24Hafizh SyahrinKTM7
25Karel AbrahamDucati5
26Bradley SmithAprilia 
27Mika KallioKTM 


Brad Binder (Red Bull KTM Ajo) blasted to his second win of the season and second win in succession at MotorLand Aragon, managing to fend off Jorge Navarro (HDR Heidrun Speed Up) over the final few laps to turn the tables on the man who just beat him to the Moto3 race win at the venue in 2016. Another man with form at the track, Championship leader Alex Marquez (EG 0,0 Marc VDS), completed the podium and extended his lead after a crash out of contention early on for key rival Augusto Fernandez (Flexbox HP 40).

After a magnificent getaway, Binder grabbed the holeshot from third on the grid, with Luca Marini (Sky Racing Team VR46) also getting a great start to launch himself into P2 and demote Marquez and Fernandez. Binder wasn’t hanging about on the opening lap either as he started to stretch away, but a huge twist in the title race then unfolded at Turn 9. Tucked in behind main Championship rival Marquez, Fernandez lost the front and slid out of contention on Lap 1, the Spaniard remounting but his hopes of a third win on the spin gone and damage limitation the new goal.

By the end of Lap 1, Binder held a 0.7 advantage over Marini and Marquez, with Tom Lüthi (Dynavolt Intact GP) and Navarro also in hot pursuit as the top five made a break at the front. Marquez and Marini were embroiled in a great scrap for second, with Navarro then setting two consecutive fastest laps to get past Lüthi and state some intent.

With Marquez and Marini swapping paint, Binder was racing clear and his lead had reached the two second mark by Lap 11. That was as slight contact between Marini and Marquez went down at Turn 5, as well as an overeager Navarro running wide at Turn 12.

Soon after, Marquez attacked Marini again at Turn 1 and the two headed wide, the Italian holding position but the Championship leader then putting a daring move up the inside at Turn 4 – striking back to perfection. The number 73 was then in the driving seat to try and close Binder down, with Navarro following Marquez through a lap later at Turn 12. By then, the South African’s lead had started to fade as two seconds became 1.5 seconds before, with five laps remaining, the gap was down to just over a second. Marquez and Navarro were locked together and homing in on Binder, but the South African was keeping his cool out front.

With three to go, Navarro pounced at Turn 1 and got the job done, then faced with a handful of laps to try and hunt down the race leader. The Speed Up was closing and the gap dipped below a second before Binder also ran wide at Turn 16 on the penultimate lap, leaving him with just a four-tenth cushion as he headed over the line to start the final lap.

In the end, ‘stay calm, ride clean’ proved enough for Binder as he kept it all together around the last lap, crossing the line just under eight tenths ahead of Navarro. Marquez settled for third and a good haul of points after running a few more risks earlier in the race, gaining some good ground in the Championship to sit 38 points clear of Navarro.

Brad Binder – P1

“Today was good. The strategy went out the window after three laps, the plan was to sit behind the guys and try and wait until the end, but I saw I had a small gap so I was like ‘ok, I’ll just do my absolute best every single lap and try and limit the mistakes’. I knew the end of the race would be terribly hard for me, and I was struggling, really struggling in the last five laps but I have to say a huge thank you to my team, they did an unbelievable job and the bike was insane at the beginning of the race. I think we did a great job today and I can’t wait for the next races to come.”

Marini held onto P4 despite late pressure from Sam Lowes (Federal Oil Gresini Moto2), who takes his second consecutive P5 after another solid weekend. Lüthi couldn’t keep tabs on the top five in the latter stages as the Swiss rider took P6 away from Aragon, although he now sits just two points behind Fernandez and six off Navarro in the overall standings. American Racing KTM’s Iker Lecuona took seventh on home turf; his best finish since his P4 at Round 2 in Argentina. Lorenzo Baldassarri (FlexBox HP 40) finished just under a second from Lecuona in P8, with Jorge Martin (Red Bull KTM Ajo) and Xavi Vierge (EG 0,0 Marc VDS) completing the top ten at their home race.

Rookie Fabio Di Giannantonio (HDR Heidrun Speed Up) beat fellow rookie Nicolo Bulega (Sky Racing Team VR46) to P11 as Remy Gardner (ONEXOX TKKR SAG Team), Stefano Manzi (MV Agusta Temporary Forward) and third rookie Marco Bezzecchi (Red Bull KTM Tech 3) completed the points.

Gardner had struggled for grip all weekend.

Remy Gardner

“Qualifying was a disaster and we were struggling all weekend to be honest. The problem is grip. After one lap I had nothing left. We planned to try something in the warm up but there was overnight rain which compromised us a little. The race itself was awful. Qualifying ruined what we could do in the race and Friday ruined what we could do in quali, so that was the story of the weekend really! We made mistakes regards tyres and set-up but to be fair in the race the bike was the best it had been all weekend, I just lost too much time fighting for the lower positions. Unfortunately, that’s the way it goes. The mid-race pace was good, I just lost too much at the beginning. It was the first weekend that we haven’t really been there, so we just need to regroup, and come back strong in Thailand and the remaining flyaway races before the season ends in Valencia!”

MotoGP Rnd Aragon Moto Podium Podium L R Navarro Binder Marquez
2019 Aragon Moto2 Race results:
1 – Brad Binder (RSA – KTM) 39’45.177
2 – Jorge Navarro (SPA – Speed Up) +0.787
3 – Alex Marquez (SPA – Kalex) +2.876


1Brad BinderKTM39m45.177
2Jorge NavarroSpeed Up+0.787
3Alex MarquezKalex+2.876
4Luca MariniKalex+5.387
5Sam LowesKalex+5.601
6Thomas LuthiKalex+9.695
7Iker LecuonaKTM+11.650
8Lorenzo BaldassarriKalex+12.546
9Jorge MartinKTM+14.775
10Xavi ViergeKalex+15.393
11Fabio Di GiannantonioSpeed Up+15.495
12Nicolo BulegaKalex+15.625
13Remy GardnerKalex+15.859
14Stefano ManziMV Agusta+21.838
15Marco BezzecchiKTM+21.859
16Somkiat ChantraKalex+22.659
17Andrea LocatelliKalex+25.897
18Bo BendsneyderNTS+28.609
19Dominique AegerterMV Agusta+28.943
20Jesko RaffinKalex+28.679
21Simone CorsiNTS+37.526
22Augusto FernandezKalex+41.050
23Jake DixonKTM+42.644
24Enea BastianiniKalex+45.942
25Lukas TulovicKTM+50.680
26Philipp OettlKTM+52.367
27Xavi CardelusKTM+1’09.114
28Gabriele RuiuKalex+1’16.241
29Gerry SalimKalex+1’16.381
30Joe RobertsKTM+1’18.820
Not Classified
DNFTetsuta NagashimaKalex15 Laps
1Alex MarquezKalex213
2Jorge NavarroSpeed Up175
3Augusto FernandezKalex171
4Thomas LuthiKalex169
5Brad BinderKTM160
6Lorenzo BaldassarriKalex138
7Luca MariniKalex126
8Marcel SchrotterKalex116
9Fabio Di GiannantonioSpeed Up94
10Enea BastianiniKalex81
11Tetsuta NagashimaKalex63
12Remy GardnerKalex60
13Sam LowesKalex60
14Xavi ViergeKalex59
15Iker LecuonaKTM55
16Andrea LocatelliKalex42
17Jorge MartinKTM37
18Nicolo BulegaKalex32
19Mattia PasiniKalex27
20Stefano ManziMV Agusta13
21Somkiat ChantraKalex13
22Dominique AegerterMV Agusta12
23Marco BezzecchiKTM11
24Simone CorsiNTS10
25Bo BendsneyderNTS6
26Jake DixonKTM4
27Joe RobertsKTM4
28Lukas TulovicKTM3
29Khairul Idham PawiKalex3
30Jesko RaffinKalex3


After taking pole by seven tenths on Saturday, Aron Canet (Sterilgarda Max Racing Team) destroyed the opposition once again on Sunday, taking victory by over four seconds in the Gran Premio Michelin® de Aragon. That brings the Spaniard right back onto the heels of Lorenzo Dalla Porta (Leopard Racing) in the Championship fight, with the points leader only managing 11th after a more difficult weekend. Ai Ogura (Honda Team Asia) converted his impressive front row into an even more impressive first podium, winning the fight for second ahead of Italian Dennis Foggia (Sky Racing Team VR46).

It was Canet who shot into the lead from pole, the Spaniard maintaining his position and heading up a freight train of riders in the first few laps. Ogura kept second as Alonso Lopez (Estrella Galicia 0,0) stormed up into third, with Carlos Tatay (Fundacion Andreas Perez 77) one man to drop down the order initially, as did Dalla Porta.

From there, Canet kept the authority, fighting off a few attacks from the likes of Lopez before pulling the pin and starting to create a serious gap. Pitch perfect from thereon out, no one could stay with the Sterilgarda Max Racing Team rider, and he crossed the line more than four seconds ahead of the squabble for second.

MotoGP Rnd Aragon Moto Aron Canet
Aron Canet

That squabble came down to Ogura vs Foggia vs Lopez vs McPhee, with the Brit having made solid progress up to fight it out right at the front of the freight train. But Ogura kept his head under some serious pressure, able to sweep around the final corner ahead and take the P2 he’d been threatening since qualifying. It’s his first ever podium, with Foggia crossing the line just behind the Japanese rider for his second rostrum finish in Grand Prix racing.

McPhee took fourth and more solid points, ahead of a disappointed Alonso Lopez after some solid pace at MotorLand. The Spaniard took one of his best finishes, however, and made a big step forward on his 2019 result at the track.

Misano winner Tatsuki Suzuki (SIC58 Squadra Corse) had another good race to bank some solid points in sixth, just behind Lopez and just ahead of Lopez’ teammate Sergio Garcia, who took his best Grand Prix result by far in P7. He was the last of the group fighting for top honours behind Canet.

Albert Arenas (Gaviota Angel Nieto Team) took eighth with a little breathing space ahead of Gabriel Rodrigo (Kömmerling Gresini Moto3), with the fight for tenth a little further back still. Over the line, it looked like Dalla Porta had won that battle, but the Championship leader once again ran afoul of track limits. He was demoted to P11, with that putting Tony Arbolino (VNE Snipers) up into the top ten.

Tatay, Ayumu Sasaki (Petronas Sprinta Racing), Celestino Vietti (Sky Racing Team VR46) and Jakub Kornfeil (Redox PrüstelGP) completed the points.

Jaume Masia (WWR) crashed early on in the race, the Spaniard suffering a right radius fracture.

Aron Canet

“For me it was a really difficult race because my strategy was to push hard from the beginning of the race because my KTM is a bit slower than on the straight. So I was trying to push harder and harder to maintain a good rhythm…and finally, I took the win!”

MotoGP Rnd Aragon Moto Podium Podium L R Ogura Canet Foggia
2019 Aragon Moto3 Race results:
1 – Aron Canet (SPA – KTM) 38’01.916
2 – Ai Ogura (JPN – Honda) +4.581
3 – Dennis Foggia (ITA – KTM) +4.663


1Aron CanetKTM38m01.916
2Ai OguraHonda+4.581
3Dennis FoggiaKTM+4.663
4John McpheeHonda+4.729
5Alonso LopezHonda+4.842
6Tatsuki SuzukiHonda+4.947
7Sergio GarciaHonda+5.085
8Albert ArenasKTM+5.483
9Gabriel RodrigoHonda+5.773
10Tony ArbolinoHonda+8.812
11Lorenzo Dalla PortaHonda+8.579
12Carlos TatayKTM+8.900
13Ayumu SasakiHonda+8.905
14Celestino ViettiKTM+8.970
15Jakub KornfeilKTM+9.197
16Andrea MignoKTM+13.455
17Darryn BinderKTM+13.551
18Filip SalacKTM+13.561
19Gerard Riu MaleKTM+13.790
20Julian Jose GarciaHonda+13.891
21Raul FernandezKTM+14.197
22Davide PizzoliHonda+16.586
23Stefano NepaKTM+20.338
24Deniz OncuKTM+20.870
25Kazuki MasakiKTM+34.135
26Riccardo RossiHonda+43.083
27Tom Booth-AmosKTM+1’06.771
28Makar YurchenkoKTM+29.508
Not Classified
DNFMarcos RamirezHonda14 Laps
DNFJaume MasiaKTM18 Laps
1Lorenzo Dalla PortaHonda184
2Aron CanetKTM182
3Tony ArbolinoHonda155
4John McpheeHonda126
5Marcos RamirezHonda123
6Niccolò AntonelliHonda118
7Jaume MasiaKTM96
8Celestino ViettiKTM90
9Ai OguraHonda86
10Tatsuki SuzukiHonda85
11Dennis FoggiaKTM81
12Jakub KornfeilKTM72
13Romano FenatiHonda67
14Gabriel RodrigoHonda67
15Andrea MignoKTM52
16Kaito TobaHonda51
17Raul FernandezKTM51
18Ayumu SasakiHonda50
19Alonso LopezHonda45
20Darryn BinderKTM44
21Albert ArenasKTM43
22Sergio GarciaHonda18
23Makar YurchenkoKTM16
24Kazuki MasakiKTM14
25Filip SalacKTM13
26Carlos TatayKTM8
27Ryusei YamanakaHonda7
28Stefano NepaKTM5
29Can OncuKTM4
30Tom Booth-AmosKTM2
31Riccardo RossiHonda2
32Jeremy AlcobaHonda2
33Elia BartoliniKTM1
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