Marc Marquez’ mini MotoGP win drought ended in emphatic fashion after a brilliant, tactical victory in front of his home fans in Aragon.
Starting from the outside of the front row, Marquez got a perfect start and led into the first corner. Marquez came in a little hot and forced pole sitter Jorge Lorenzo slightly wide. Lorenzo tried to carry speed but highsided out of the race, dislocating his big toe in his right foot in the process.
With Lorenzo out, Dovizioso took the lead and the race settled into a slow pace, with tyre degradation a key factor in the race. With the slow pace, Dovizioso and Marquez found the factory Suzuki duo of Alex Rins and Andrea Iannone firmly in the mix.
With five laps to go, the leading duo managed to put a couple of seconds into Iannone who had moved past his team-mate. With a small
gap, Marquez went under Dovizioso into turn 12, only for the Ducati man to fight straight back in front of the Marquez fans at the bus stop and bring Iannone back into the fight.
After a calmer couple of laps and the gap re-established, Marquez attacked again and this time got the pass done before the ‘Marc Marquez corner’ and put a few tenths into the Ducati going into the final lap.
Despite the best efforts of Dovizioso, Marquez held his advantage and a small mistake in turn 12 gave Marquez the cushion he needed to win from Dovizioso by 0.648 seconds. With the win, Marquez put another five points into his World Championship lead to build it to 72 points over the Italian.
Iannone held off his team-mate for his third podium of 2018, and Suzuki’s fifth which means they lose their concessions for 2019. Rins was a comfortable fourth finishing three seconds ahead of the lonely Dani Pedrosa.
Aleix Espargaro was a remarkable sixth on his factory Aprilia after a tough few weeks for the Spaniard. Valentino Rossi’s awful weekend ended with him the meat in a Pramac Ducati sandwich with Danilo Petrucci and Jack Miller seventh and ninth respectively. The second factory Yamaha of Maverick Vinales rounded out the top ten.
Franco Morbidelli was top rookie in eleventh just ahead of Taka Nakagami on his LCR Honda. Bradley Smith was thirteenth on his KTM with Johann Zarco and Karel Abraham rounding out the point scorers.