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Marquez wins Aragon, Pedrosa falls

2013-09-29 17:49

OVER AND OUT: Repsol Honda Team's Spanish rider Dani Pedrosa falls behind Yamaha's Spanish rider Jorge Lorenzo during the 2013 Aragon MotoGP at the Motorland racetrack in Alcaniz on September 29, 2013. Image: AFP

MARK ELKINGTON

ARAGON, Spain - Spaniard Marc Marquez edged closer to the MotoGP title with a win at the Aragon MotoGP ahead of Jorge Lorenzo on Sunday after one of his closest challengers, Dani Pedrosa, crashed out in spectacular fashion.

Marquez, the 20-year-old rookie started on pole but needed to reel in champion Lorenzo who had made a flying start to hit the front and he eventually passed the Yamaha rider with 10 laps to go and cruised to his sixth win.

Marquez's Honda team mate Pedrosa was in second place when he high-sided and crashed with 18 laps to go after the two riders clipped each other.

RIDER CONTACT

Italian Valentino Rossi came in third ahead of Spaniard Alvaro Bautista, Germany's Stefan Bradl and Britain's Cal Crutchlow after a thrilling final-lap tussle between the four. Championship leader Marquez moved on to 278 points with four races left, 39 ahead of second-placed Lorenzo. Pedrosa is third with 219 points.

Marquez told Spanish broadcaster Telecinco: "Once again we have not done well at the start and it is something we have to improve on for the future. I was recovering (from the poor start) when Dani passed me but I slowly found some more speed."
Marquez was asked if there had been contact between him and Pedrosa moments before his team mate crashed, something that was not clear from TV replays.

"I touched him a little with my elbow," Marquez said, “but they are telling me I may have hit his traction control cable and it was for this reason he fell. It was really bad luck."

PEDROSA UNHAPPY

Pedrosa, who was celebrating his 28th birthday, was taken to the circuit hospital for a check-up but did not seem to have a serious injury when he spoke after the race.

"Marc is always pushing to the very limit when he has riders in front of him," a clearly unhappy Pedrosa told Telecinco.  “As has been happening almost all season he was coming at me from behind. When he touched me he broke the sensor for the traction control and this is how my race finished.

"I fell because of this... this... I don't know what to call it. Through the years these little things keep happening. Many of us more experienced riders have tried to calm those with less experience.

“It isn't a case that anything goes in these races."

On his injury, he said: "My pelvis is very sore because I fell very hard on my backside. We'll see how I am in the morning."

Lorenzo missed out on making it a hat trick of consecutive wins when Marquez nipped inside him with 10 laps to go. Lorenzo said: "We have had a lot of problems with the set-up of the bike over the weekend but there are no excuses.

"Marc has been much quicker than us and we have to congratulate him and wait for the next race."

MOTO2, MOTO3

Spaniard Nico Terol won the Moto2 race ahead of compatriots Esteve Rabat and Pol Espargaro, with championship leader Scott Redding of Britain fourth.

Second-placed Espargaro closed to within 20 points of Redding in the Moto2 championship.

There was another Spanish winner in Moto3 with Alex Rins finishing ahead of Maverick Vinales and Alex Marquez. Championship leader Luis Salom was fourth.

Aragon MotoGP result
1 Marc Marquez (Spain) Honda 42min03.459
2 Jorge Lorenzo (Spain) Yamaha 42min04.815
3 Valentino Rossi (Italy) Yamaha 42min16.386
4 Alvaro Bautista (Spain) Honda 42min17.246
5 Stefan Bradl (Germany) Honda 42min17.432
6 Cal Crutchlow (Britain) Yamaha 42min18.121
7 Bradley Smith (Britain) Yamaha 42min34.679
8 Andrea Dovizioso (Italy) Ducati 42min44.130
9 Nicky Hayden (U.S.) Ducati 42min56.872
10 Andrea Iannone (Italy) Ducati 42min58.526
11 Aleix Espargaro (Spain) Aprilia 43min01.460
12 Yonny Hernandez (Colombia) Aprilia 43min08.972
13 Randy de Puniet (France) Aprilia 43min10.048
14 Hiroshi Aoyama (Japan) FTR 43min12.133
15 Claudio Corti (Italy) FTR 43min12.589

MotoGP points after the Aragon GP
1 Marc Marquez (Spain) Honda - 278
2 Jorge Lorenzo (Spain) Yamaha - 239
3 Dani Pedrosa (Spain) Honda - 219
4 Valentino Rossi (Italy) Yamaha - 185
5 Cal Crutchlow (Britain) Yamaha - 156
6 Stefan Bradl (Germany) Honda - 135
7 Alvaro Bautista (Spain) Honda - 125
8 Andrea Dovizioso (Italy) Ducati - 112
9 Nicky Hayden (U.S.) Ducati - 102
10 Bradley Smith (Britain) Yamaha - 80
11 Aleix Espargaro (Spain) Aprilia - 76
12 Michele Pirro (Italy) Ducati - 50
13 Andrea Iannone (Italy) Ducati - 47
14 Colin Edwards (U.S.) FTR - 31
15 Hector Barbera (Spain) FTR - 27

MotoGP points after the Aragon GP
1 Marc Marquez (Spain) Honda - 278
2 Jorge Lorenzo (Spain) Yamaha - 239
3 Dani Pedrosa (Spain) Honda - 219
4 Valentino Rossi (Italy) Yamaha - 185
5 Cal Crutchlow (Britain) Yamaha - 156
6 Stefan Bradl (Germany) Honda - 135
7 Alvaro Bautista (Spain) Honda - 125
8 Andrea Dovizioso (Italy) Ducati - 112
9 Nicky Hayden (U.S.) Ducati - 102
10 Bradley Smith (Britain) Yamaha - 80
11 Aleix Espargaro (Spain) Aprilia - 76
12 Michele Pirro (Italy) Ducati - 50
13 Andrea Iannone (Italy) Ducati - 47
14 Colin Edwards (U.S.) FTR - 31
15 Hector Barbera (Spain) FTR - 27



 
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