At the start, the Aragon MotoGP looked like it was another edition where Ducati’s new found power would take the race their way. With Lorenzo on pole and Dovizioso second, it would take some hard riding by third placed Marc Marquez on his Repsol Honda to bring the battle to the Italian brand.

The start saw Marquez try for the holeshot, only to have Dovizioso grab it while he tangled with Lorenzo out wide. Unbelievably, Jorge Lorenzo highsided the bend, taking him out of the race. He blames Marquez for the manoeuvre that cost him the race, but out front it changed the race dynamics, with Dovizioso in the lead, closely tracked by Marquez, while the two Suzukis of Andrea Iannone and Alex Rins kept pace slightly behind. With Yamaha basically failing to field a competitive bike this season, Valentino Rossi’s sixth row start was only outdone by his teammate Maverick Viñales.

Cal Crutchlow couldn’t bring the competition to the leaders despite his fourth place start, crashing out early in the race and effectively preventing a repeat of his last ride.

The lead pack of the Ducati, Honda and two Suzukis had broken clear when Dovizioso upped his pace, albeit with Marquez hanging on to his tail. With ten laps to go, Marquez made a big move on Dovizioso, briefly taking the lead before having to give it back to Desmo Dovi after a hard fought series of moves that even saw Iannone lead for a very short while before the two ran him down with their straight line speed.

Finally, with four laps left, Marquez made another move that put him in lead and this time he wasn’t giving that up. The race ended with the Repsol Honda leading Dovizioso and Iannone for the podium, with Alex Rins making it a brace of sorts for Suzuki.

The other sweetener for the factory Honda team was the quiet and composed ride by Dani Pedrosa that saw him translate his second row start into a comfortable fifth spot ahead of Espargaro, Petrucci and Valentino Rossi, who had managed to haul in the riders with an emergency look at his bike’s setup.

Marc Marquez wins Aragon MotoGP 2018
Marc Marquez wins Aragon MotoGP 2018

Marquez said after the race, “I woke up this morning with the idea that today I could take a risk. I hadn’t felt totally at ease during the weekend with the hard rear spec tyre so, after the warm-up, I said to my team that I wanted to use the soft rear. That started many meetings and discussions but in the end I won the race because I could convince my box to take that gamble! In the end, it was the correct choice. I had a good start but soon after I almost lost the front in a dirty spot on the track, so I had to release the brakes and go a bit wide. I didn’t realize until the end that Lorenzo had crashed. Anyway, the fight was very tight with Dovi and Iannone as well; it was a hard fight but within the limit. This is MotoGP, and it’s what the fans enjoy to watch.”

2018 MotoGP Riders

Bike NoNameTeam2018 season2017 season
93Marc MarquezRepsol Honda271298
4Andrea DoviziosoDucati194261
46Valentino RossiMovistar Yamaha172208
25Maverick ViñalesMovistar Yamaha146230
99Jorge LorenzoDucati130137
35Cal CrutchlowLCR Honda128112
9Danilo PetrucciAlma Pramac126124
5Johann ZarcoMonster Yamaha Tech3123174
29Andrea IannoneSuzuki Ecstar11370
42Alex RinsSuzuki Ecstar10259
26Dani PedrosaRepsol Honda87210
43Jack MillerAlma Pramac7482
19Alvaro BautistaAngel Nieto7275
53Tito RabatReale Avintia3535
21Franco MorbidelliEG 0,0 Marc VDS33 
41Aleix EspargaroAprilia3262
44Pol EspargaroRed Bull KTM3255
55Hafizh SyahrinMonster Yamaha Tech328 
38Bradley SmithRed Bull KTM1929
30Takaaki NakagamiLCR Honda18 
45Scott ReddingAprilia1264
36Mika KallioRed Bull KTM6
17Karel AbrahamAngel Nieto532
51Michele PirroDucati Test team1
12Thomas LuthiEG 0,0 Marc VDS0 
10Xavier SimeonReale Avintia0 

2018 MotoGP Teams

Team2018 season2017 season
Repsol Honda358508
Ducati324398
Movistar Yamaha318438
Suzuki Ecstar215130
Alma Pramac200188
Monster Yamaha Tech3151258
LCR Honda146112
Angel Nieto77107
Red Bull KTM5184
Aprilia4467
Reale Avintia3573
EG 0,0 Marc VDS33117

2018 MotoGP Races

LocationDateFirstSecondThird
Japan21-Oct   
Thailand7-OctMarc MarquezAndrea DoviziosoMaverick Viñales
Spain (Aragon)23-SepMarc MarquezAndrea DoviziosoAndrea Iannone
Italy9-SepAndrea DoviziosoMarc MarquezCal Crutchlow
Britain26-Aug   
Austria12-AugJorge LorenzoMarc MarquezAndrea Dovizioso
Czech Republic5-AugAndrea DoviziosoJorge LorenzoMarc Marquez
Germany15-JulMarc MarquezValentino RossiMaverick Viñales
Netherlands1-JulMarc MarquezAlex RinsMaverick Viñales
Spain (Catalunya)17-JunJorge LorenzoMarc MarquezValentino Rossi
Italy3-JunJorge LorenzoAndrea DoviziosoValentino Rossi
France20-MayMarc MarquezDanilo PetrucciValentino Rossi
Spain (Jerez)6-MayMarc MarquezJohann ZarcoAndrea Iannone
United States22-AprMarc MarquezMaverick ViñalesAndrea Iannone
Argentina8-AprCal CrutchlowJohann ZarcoAlex Rins
Qatar18-MarAndrea DoviziosoMarc MarquezValentino Rossi
Australia28-Oct   
Malaysia4-Nov   
Spain (Valencia)18-Nov   

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