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Lorenzo crashes after a mistake in the first corner and tries to blame Marquez
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The Moto GP championship was coming back to Spain, to a racetrack that Marquez loves and were he had won in the last two years. But the Ducatis were arriving strong. With 3 wins in a row and both Ducatis showing a strong pace throughout the weekend: Lorenzo took the pole with Dovizioso in second position and Marc Marquez completing the first line.
All was looking great for the Bologna factory but Marquez wanted the victory, he gambled choosing the soft rear tire despite the high temperatures and did an incredible start, taking the lead before braking into the first corner. Lorenzo took the outside line, going into the dirty part and high-siding in the very first corner. After the race, Lorenzo tried to blame Marquez for the big mistake that he did costed him the race.
Andrea Iannone, Marc Marquez and Andrea Dovicioso
Image © Michelin
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Andrea Dovizioso took the lead after the first corner, with Marc Marquez in second position. There were some exchange of positions in the chasing pack, including Pedrosa, that showed good pace for the first time in a long time, the Suzukis and Carl Crutchlow. After some laps, it looked like the race was a thing of four: Dovizioso, Marquez and the two Suzukis with both Iannone and Rins showing a great pace.
All was looking great for the Bologna factory but Marquez wanted the victory, he gambled.
The real battle for the victory started with 10 laps to go. Marc Marquez overtook Dovizioso for the lead and during the following laps they exchanged positions a few times. This allowed Iannone to get closer and he even took the lead for a few meters after a double overtake to Dovizioso and Marquez. Rins, also managed to close the gap to the leading three.
With three laps to go, Marquez took the lead again and managed to hold it to the finish line, taking the Aragon GP victory with the two Andreas, Dovizioso and Iannone, in second and third position respectively. Rins entered in 4 th position showing his talent and the great potential of the Suzuki bike. Marquez leaves Spain extending his lead to 72 points with 5 races to go, putting the first hand on the 2018 MotoGP championship.
Binder wins from pole as Bagnaia extends his lead in the championship
Brad Binder was starting from the pole position for the AragonGp Moto2 race, and he was determined to go for his second victory of the season. The two major championship contenders, Pecco Bagnaia and Miguel Oliveira, were starting 5 th and 18 th respectively, with Pecco leading by 8 points in the championship.
Brad Binder did a perfect start with his KTM and managed to hold the lead after the first lap, with Marquez, Schrotter and Bagnaia, among others, chasing the South African, a group of rider that you knew were not going to make things easy. And so it was, Alex Marquez took the lead with 19 laps to go and the Spaniard and Binder started to open a gap.
The chasing group was led by Bagnaia and his fellow Italian Lorenzo Baldassari joined him as they open a gap from the rest of the pack and started to get closer to the leading duo. With 15 laps to go, they four were already racing together and the overtaking started. There was even a close moment with 8 laps to go in which Bagnaia hit Binders back.
Brand Binder started going for business and he managed to open a gap that gave him the victory.
With 4 laps to go, Brand Binder started going for business and he managed to open a gap that gave him the victory. Bagnaia managed to get second position and there was a tough fight between Baldassarri and Marquez for the last step of the podium, with the Italian finally taking the third position. Miguel Oliveria managed to get in the top ten and finished 7 th , meaning that Pecco Bagnaia extended his championship lead to 19 points ahead of the Thailand GP.
King Martin escapes from the pack to take the Aragon Gp victory
The moto 3 championship is a thing of two: Marco Bezzechi and Jorge Martin. Even after the crash from the Italian while leading in the Misano Gp, the Aragon Gp started with Martin leading the championship by only 8 points.
Nevertheless, it was a great chance for the Spaniard to extend the lead in the championship. He took the pole while Marco Bezzechi was penalized for cruising during qualifying practice and was starting in 18 th position. Martin’s strategy was clear: open a gap from the beginning and go for the victory. Even if it was not an easy task due to Motorland’s long back straight, “llevo el plan a la perfección”, winning the race with a 6 seconds lead.
The fight was for the other two spots on the podium. Bezzechi did an incredible start and firsts laps and, even if Martin had already broken away, he was leading the chasing pack after 4 laps. He was fighting with Ramirez, DiGiannantonio, Suziki and some other riders that where not making the task easy.
With 5 races to go, Martin leads Bezzechi by 13 points.
Marco Bezzechi tried to break away from the chasing pack and ensure the second position, but Ramiro, Bastianini and Rodrigo didn’t let him do it. In the final lap, Marco Bezzechi took the lead and manage to hold the advantage in the back straight thanks to the KTM top speed, taking the second position. Bastianini was finally third. With 5 races to go, Martin leads Bezzechi by 13 points.
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