Moto GP – Aragon GP – Race
The 11th round of this unpredictable season took place at Motorland Aragon on the first of a consecutive week races. Comebacks, constant chases and another significative result that keeps adding more drama as there are less races to go.
On the race start it was a close battle between Quartararo and Viñales on the first turns ok track with Morbidelli chasing closely on 3rd, but not a so smooth start for Crutchlow, as the British riders stuck at the middle of the group cause of traffic on the first turn. Viñales lead the way on the first lap and tried to work a good pace
Speaking on championship contenders, Dovizioso had a good start going 7th at first laps, but was eventually overtook by Alex Marquez, who is getting better every day at the Honda bike. Mir was riding 5th and on the chase to the leading group
Several laps passed and Viñales was looking good on the lead, while both Petronas bikes were on a close battle for 2nd and 3rd, but there was a Spaniard rider who had the momentum, as Alex Rins hunted both riders on a massive move at the last turn of the circuit
Rins was on fire at track and closing by to the Yamaha of Viñales, while him and the Petronas started to have pace issues on track, and even worse for Quartararo, sufferung a harshly loss of pace, as the bike struggle on track and his body was suffering from that incident on FP3. Changing the panorama at championship standings
As Viñales was struggling, Rins got closer to him and finally make a move with a few laps to go, meanwhile his teammate Joan Mir was on 3rd after overtaking Morbidelli, but was being chased down by Alex Marquez, as he was becoming the fastest bike on track and putting some pressure on Mir, as he succesfully overtook Viñales, but eventually couldn’t hold back an inspired rider on the Honda bike.
The last laps were an intense chase between Alex and Alex, as the Suzuki rider was heavilly pressured by the Honda bike, closing gaps and taking much advantage he could from the long straights, as Marquez tried to make a move on the Suzuki bike, the tyres of the Honda were starting to degradate cause the huge effort of the rookie, as the him also had a small rear tyre block that could have been worse for him, but fortunately it didn’t.
Alex Rins eventually took the chequered flag for the 3rd time on his Moto Gp career, as Alex Marquez took a strong back to back 2nd place finish, with Joan Mir closing the podium, as he’s now the new championship leader
1. Alex Rins /// 2. Alex Marquez ///3. Joan Mif
4. Maverick Viñales /// 5. Takaaki Nakagami /// 6. Franco Morbidelli
7. Andrea Dovizioso /// 8. Cal Crutchlow /// 9. Jack Miller
10. Johann Zarco /// 11. Brad Binder /// 12. Pol Espargaro
13. Aleix Espargaro /// 14. Iker Lecuona /// 15. Danilo Petrucci
16. Miguel Oliveira /// 17. Stefan Bradl /// 18. Stefan Bradl
19. Bradley Smirh /// 20. Tito Rabat
DNF: Francesco Bagnaia ; DNS: Valentino Rossi (Covid)
Another heavy result that shakes things up the standings as Mir become the 3rd rider to lead the championship, with Quartararo 2nd by 6 points, Viñales 12 points and Dovizioso still on the hunt with 15 points behind. Mir looks that could have the strongest chances to increase the gap on the next week, with Viñales being quite close on pace, Ducati would need to work hard if they still want Dovizioso to be a contender and Quartararo need to bounce back after a disastrous race today.