The MotoGP at Motorland Aragon lived up to the local’s expectations, with Marc Marquez using strategy and some hard riding to take the win, having fought through the lead pack picking off the competition from Dovizioso and Lorenzo. Repsol Honda team mate Dani Pedrosa brought in the second place, while the third spot on the podium went to Ducati’s Jorge Lorenzo, making it a trio of Spanish riders on the podium of the home event.

The start looked quite different, with Lorenzo taking off from pole and holding the lead through most of the early part of the race, with the two Yamahas giving chase, though Maverick Viñales lost his lead as he ran wide, allowing Valentino Rossi to take up the chase with Lorenzo, with Dovizioso and Marquez on his tail. Viñales became the lead of the second pack.

Rossi then showed why he is so widely respected – staying in contention for the lead despite coming back from a broken right leg in just over three weeks. However, despite a badly judged lunge that saw him overtake both Rossi and Lorenzo briefly, Marquez managed to fight his way up to the lead, while team mate Pedrosa picked off his pack and then hauled past Rossi and fought Loreno all the way to the wire, coming in ahead of the Ducati.

This win puts Marquez back in the lead of the championship with 224 points ahead of Andrea Dovizioso with 208 and Maverick Viñales with 196.

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