Honda’s Marc Marquez ended MotoGP’s streak of eight different winners and moved a big step closer to taking his third world title with victory at Spain’s MotorLand Aragon circuit on Sunday.
The Spaniard, who now has a 52-point advantage over Yamaha’s Italian Valentino Rossi with four races remaining, started on pole but almost fell on the third lap before coming back through the field from fifth.
Spaniard Jorge Lorenzo, Yamaha’s reigning world champion, finished second.
Rossi had to settle for third place after leading until Marquez passed him 12 laps from the end.
Marquez now has 248 points to Rossi’s 196 and, with 25 points for a victory, the 23-year-old is on course to wrap up the championship with two races to spare at Australia’s Phillip Island track on Oct 23.
Aragon GP results:
1 Marc MARQUEZ SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 41’57.678
2 Jorge LORENZO SPA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha +2.740
3 Valentino ROSSI ITA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha +5.983
4 Maverick VIÑALES SPA Team SUZUKI ECSTAR Suzuki +8.238
5 Cal CRUTCHLOW GBR LCR Honda Honda +13.221
6 Dani PEDROSA SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda +17.072
7 Aleix ESPARGARO SPA Team SUZUKI ECSTAR Suzuki +18.522
8 Pol ESPARGARO SPA Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha +19.432
9 Alvaro BAUTISTA SPA Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia +23.071
10 Stefan BRADL GER Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia +27.898
11 Andrea DOVIZIOSO ITA Ducati Team Ducati +32.448
12 Michele PIRRO ITA Ducati Team Ducati +35.033
13 Hector BARBERA SPA Avintia Racing Ducati +36.224
14 Eugene LAVERTY IRL Pull & Bear Aspar Team Ducati +37.621
15 Nicky HAYDEN USA Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS Honda +40.509
16 Yonny HERNANDEZ COL Pull & Bear Aspar Team Ducati +43.906
17 Danilo PETRUCCI ITA OCTO Pramac Yakhnich Ducati +56.740
18 Loris BAZ FRA Avintia Racing Ducati +59.681
19 Scott REDDING GBR OCTO Pramac Yakhnich Ducati +1’34.126
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