MotoGP

MotoGP 2015: Aragon race results

The championship is still up for grabs

MOVISTAR Yamaha’s Jorge Lorenzo has taken his sixth win of the season ahead of Repsol Honda’s Dani Pedrosa and teammate Valentino Rossi as Marc Marquez crashed out.

Lorenzo took his 60th Grand Prix career victory at Aragon after Marquez made a mistake that allowed the Yamaha rider to take the lead into the first corner with Iannone in second.

Current MotoGP World Champion, Marquez, dropped down to third but managed to make a move on Iannone to place himself second before setting off after Lorenzo.

Italy’s Rossi made his way through the field from sixth on the grid knowing he couldn’t let Lorenzo get away at the front due to the narrow margin in the championship standings.

As Marquez reeled Lorenzo in, the young Spaniard lost the front at turn 12 and crashed out of the race, which resulted in his fifth DNF of the year.

Marquez's crash moved Iannone up to second, but Marquez’s teammate Pedrosa passed the Ducati man on the third lap.

Rossi upped the pace and passed Iannone to move up in to third on the fourth lap despite lapping 0.3s slower than his teammate. Monster Yamaha Tech 3’s Espargaro was involved in the battle for fourth with Iannone when he ran wide on lap six and dropped down to 11th.

By lap eight both Pedrosa and Rossi started to lap faster than Lorenzo and the gap had been reduced to 2.6s.

With 10 laps to go the gap at the front was up to 3.3s, with Rossi still hanging onto the back wheel of the Pedrosa in third.

Rossi started to line up Pedrosa for a pass to secure a vital extra four championship points by finishing in second.

With only five laps to go, Rossi made his first move into turn four, but Pedrosa immediately responded to retake the position. Rossi tried again into turn one, but couldn’t get it stopped and this turned into a spectacular battle over the final few laps.

On the penultimate lap, once again Rossi made a move under braking into turn one, but once again, he could not get his M1 stopped to make the move stick.

Pedrosa managed to hold on through the final corner to take second by a marginal 9 hundredths of a second from Rossi while Lorenzo rode the perfect race, finishing 2.6s ahead of the rest of the field.

Ducati's Andrea Iannone finished fourth despite re-dislocating his shoulder earlier this week. He crossed the line 16 seconds ahead of his teammate Andrea Dovizioso, who finished fifth.

Ecstar Suzuki’s Aleix Espargaro won the battle for sixth after crossing the line ahead of Cal Crutchlow and Bradley Smith. Pol Espargaro managed to fight his way back into 9th, while Yonny Hernandez on the Octo Pramac Racing Ducati completed the top 10.

Race results:

1. Jorge Lorenzo ESP Movistar Yamaha MotoGP 41:44.933
2. Dani Pedrosa ESP Repsol Honda Team 41:47.616 (+2.683)
3. Valentino Rossi ITA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP 41:47.706 (+2.773)
4. Andrea Iannone ITA Ducati Team 41:52.791 (+7.858)
5. Andrea Dovizioso ITA Ducati Team 42:9.255 (+24.322)
6. Aleix Espargaro ESP Team Suzuki Ecstar 42:9.762 (+24.829)
7. Cal Crutchlow GBR LCR Honda 42:10.300 (+25.367)
8. Bradley Smith GBR Monster Yamaha Tech 3 42:10.436 (+25.503)
9. Pol Espargaro ESP Monster Yamaha Tech 3 42:11.385 (+26.452)
10. Yonny Hernandez COL Octo Pramac Racing 42:28.822 (+43.889)
11. Maverick Viñales ESP Team Suzuki Ecstar 42:29.188 (+44.255)
12. Scott Redding GBR Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS 42:33.109 (+48.176)
13. Alvaro Bautista ESP Factory Aprilia Gresini 42:34.688 (+49.755)
14. Eugene Laverty IRL Aspar MotoGP Team 42:35.204 (+50.271)
15. Nicky Hayden USA Aspar MotoGP Team 42:35.297 (+50.364)
16. Hector Barbera ESP Avintia Racing 42:35.655 (+50. 722)
17. Loris Baz FRA Forward Racing 42:36.930 (+51.997)
18. Stefan Bradl GER Factory Aprilia Gresini 42:38.339  (+53.406)
19. Jack Miller AUS LCR Honda 42:41.792 (+56.859)
20. Mike Di Meglio FRA Avintia Racing 42:44.540 (+59.607)
21. Toni Elias SPA Forward Racing 43:0.170 (+1:15.237)
DNF. Karel Abraham CZE AB Motoracing
DNF. Danilo Petrucci ITA Octo Pramac Racing
DNF. Alex De Angelis RSM E-Motion IodaRacing
DNF. Marc Marquez ESP Repsol Honda Team

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