Aragon MotoGP: Marquez closes on sixth title with win

Marc Marquez moved closer to a sixth MotoGP title after securing a dominant victory at the Aragon Grand Prix from pole position.

Aragon MotoGP: Marquez closes on sixth title with win

The Honda rider, making his 200th grand prix start, nailed his launch off the line and was already a second clear of the field by the end of the first lap, with no one offering up even a hint of a challenge to his imperious pace.

Fabio Quartararo slotted in behind Marquez off the line on the Petronas Yamaha, with Pramac Ducati’s Jack Miller jumping to third ahead of the works Yamaha of Maverick Vinales.

Miller made light work of Quartararo on the run into Turn 12 on the opening lap for second, with Marquez close to two seconds clear at the front by the third tour.

Quartararo soon came under threat from Vinales, who eventually found a way through after powering past into Turn 16 on lap five.

Once free of the SRT rider, Vinales was able to immediately put some daylight behind him and set about hunting down Miller.

The massive speed of the Ducati ensured Miller would remain a stubborn obstacle for Vinales for some time, but the Spaniard finally found a way through on lap eight, using the superior edge grip of the Yamaha to execute a daring move around the outside of Miller at Turn 4.

Works Ducati rider Andrea Dovizioso would get through on Miller eight laps later, and began to chip away at the second gap Vinales held in second.

With five laps to go, Dovizioso had caught Vinales, and two laps later he capitalised on a slight mistake from his rival through the Turn 14/15 chicane to grab second.

Marquez got his lead up to over six seconds in the latter stages to cruise to his eighth win of the season and a 98-point lead over second-placed Dovizioso, which means the upcoming Thailand race will offer up Marquez’s first chance to secure a sixth MotoGP title.

After losing second to Dovizioso, Vinales dropped a further position as Miller carved past at Turn 1 on the final lap to finish third.

Quartararo was a distant fifth ahead of LCR Honda's Cal Crutchlow, who passed Aleix Espargaro's Aprilia after a battle that raged for much of the race.

Valentino Rossi faded to eight on the second works Yamaha, with Alex Rins recovering to ninth from a long-lap penalty awarded to him for wiping out Franco Morbidelli (Petronas Yamaha) at Turn 12 on lap one.

Takaaki Nakagami (LCR) prevailed in a fierce fight with Andrea Iannone (Aprilia) for 10th ahead, Ducati’s Danilo Petrucci and Tech 3 KTM’s Miguel Oliveira.

Joan Mir (Suzuki) and Avintia Ducati’s Tito Rabat rounded out the points scorers.

Jorge Lorenzo was a factor for points early on, but the Honda rider faded to 20th in the end behind Aprilia wildcard Bradley Smith.

Mika Kallio’s first race in place of Johann Zarco ended with a 17th-place finish, with teammate Pol Espargaro a non-starter after fracturing his wrist in a crash on Saturday.

Race results:

Cla # Rider Bike Laps Gap
1 93 Spain Marc Marquez
Honda 23
2 4 Italy Andrea Dovizioso
Ducati 23 4.836
3 43 Australia Jack Miller
Ducati 23 5.430
4 12 Spain Maverick Viñales
Yamaha 23 5.811
5 20 France Fabio Quartararo
Yamaha 23 8.924
6 35 United Kingdom Cal Crutchlow
Honda 23 10.390
7 41 Spain Aleix Espargaro
Aprilia 23 10.441
8 46 Italy Valentino Rossi
Yamaha 23 23.623
9 42 Spain Alex Rins
Suzuki 23 27.998
10 30 Japan Takaaki Nakagami
Honda 23 31.242
11 29 Italy Andrea Iannone
Aprilia 23 32.624
12 9 Italy Danilo Petrucci
Ducati 23 33.043
13 88 Portugal Miguel Oliveira
KTM 23 33.063
14 36 Spain Joan Mir
Suzuki 23 33.363
15 53 Spain Tito Rabat
Ducati 23 36.358
16 63 Italy Francesco Bagnaia
Ducati 23 41.295
17 82 Finland Mika Kallio
KTM 23 42.983
18 17 Czech Republic Karel Abraham
Ducati 23 43.880
19 38 United Kingdom Bradley Smith
Aprilia 23 44.279
20 99 Spain Jorge Lorenzo
Honda 23 46.087
21 55 Malaysia Hafizh Syahrin
KTM 23 47.308
21 Italy Franco Morbidelli
Yamaha 0
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