Sterilgarda Max Racing Team Rider and pole sitter Aron Canet reignited his World Championship challenge with a stunning, faultless win in front of his home crowd in Aragon, reducing the gap at the top of the World Championship to just two points.
After being wiped out in Silverstone and a mechanical fault in Misano left the Spaniard with work to be done. A pole position in qualifying helped and the Spaniard enjoyed a perfect start, putting nearly a second into the field on the opening lap.
Whilst Canet was under a little bit of pressure from Alonso Lopez and Ai Ogura on the opening laps, Canet never looks in any real danger of not being in the mix at the front. The KTM man started to pull away from the chasing pack around the midway point when the remainder of the field started tripping themselves up in a bit to sit behind the Spaniard.
From the midway point onwards, Canet slowly started edging away, and once the slipstream was broken behind him, Canet’s victory never seemed in any doubt. A small scare for a track limits warning kept him honest, but the Spaniard kept calm and held on for his third win of 2019.
Canet’s weekend was almost perfect with a pole and win, coupled with World Championship leader Lorenzo Dalla Porta’s struggles. Starting in the midfield, the Italian didn’t cut through as he would’ve hoped. Dalla Porta eventually crossed the line in tenth position, however, a post-race penalty for exceeding track limits saw him drop a further place, eventually bringing him home in eleventh place, reducing his lead to just two points with five races to go.
Behind Canet, there was a nine-man battle for the remaining two podium places, with Ogura and Dennis Foggia coming out on top. Ogura led the chasing pack for the majority of the race, however, it looked as if his first World Championship podium would be in doubt when on the final lap Foggia moved under the Japanese rider in turn four. Ogura kept his calm and out-dragged the Italian on the back straight, bringing his Honda home in second place, with Foggia having to settle for third.
John McPhee was fourth and the best of the rest as the Scot remains on the cusp of challenging for the World Championship, with Lopez missing out on the podium once again in fifth place.
Misano winner Tatsuki Suzuki was sixth, with Sergio Garcia in seventh. Albert Arenas, Gabi Rodrigo and the promoted Tony Arbolino rounding out the top ten, ahead of Dalla Porta.