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Marquez takes crucial victory to extend championship lead

Marc Marquez took victory at MotorLand from Dani Pedrosa and Jorge Lorenzo, after a hard fought battle to the front.

Marquez really tested the limit to work his way through from fifth on the grid, and once he had arrived at the front he was still under pressure from Jorge Lorenzo. All the while, Pedrosa was working his way up, and once he’d passed Vinales it was a charge to the front for the Spaniard to try and catch his team mate.

Lorenzo had an incredible run in Aragon. He led a large portion of the race and once Marquez came through he still managed to pile on the pressure. He is coming ever closer to that first Ducati win, and in Aragon he purely just lay the foundations for it.

A heroic ride from Valentino Rossi saw him finish in fifth. He kept with Lorenzo during the opening laps but was eventually pushed back, but fifth is still remarkable considering his injury.

Andrea Dovizioso went to MotorLand equal on points with Marquez at the top of the standings. Unfortunately, he leaves with a sixteen point deficit after struggling to find the pace all weekend.

The GP grid next heads to Motegi, where Marquez will be looking to extend his new championship lead.

MotoGP results:

  1. Marc Marquez, Repsol Honda Team – 42:06.816
  2. Dani Pedrosa, Repsol Honda Team +0.879
  3. Jorge Lorenzo, Ducati Team +2.028
  4. Maverick Viñales, Movistar Yamaha MotoGP +5.256
  5. Valentino Rossi, Movistar Yamaha MotoGP +5.882
  6. Aleix Espargaro, Aprilia Racing Team Gresini +6.962
  7. Andrea Dovizioso, Ducati Team +7.455
  8. Alvaro Bautista, Pull&Bear Aspar Team +7.910
  9. Johann Zarco, Monster Yamaha Tech 3 +13.002
  10. Pol Espargaro, Red Bull KTM Factory Racing +14.075
  11. Mika Kallio, Red Bull KTM Factory Racing +17.192
  12. Andrea Iannone, Team Suzuki Ecstar +20.632
  13. Jack Miller, EG 0,0 Marc VDS +23.886
  14. Scott Redding, OCTO Pramac Racing +25.523
  15. Tito Rabat, EG 0,0 Marc VDS +26.023
  16. Jonas Folger, Monster Yamaha Tech 3 +30.302
  17. Alex Rins, Team Suzuki Ecstar +31.874
  18. Hector Barbera, Reale Avintia Racing Ducati +31.948
  19. Bradley Smith, Red Bull KTM Factory Racing +36.296
  20. Danilo Petrucci, OCTO Pramac Racing +37.842
  21. Loris Baz, Reale Avintia Racing Ducati +47.559
  22. Sam Lowes, Aprilia Racing Team Gresini +47.647

DNF

Cal Crutchlow, LCR Honda – 7 laps

Karel Abraham, Pull&Bear Aspar Team – 13 laps

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