The MotoGP lap in Motorland Aragon with many surprises
After his superior victory, the world championship leader had to be content with rank 8. Nevertheless, Fabio Quartararo was one of the winners, as were the three men on the podium and fourth place. After Aprilia’s first podium in MotoGP, Aleix Espargaró was also very satisfied with the result of the Aragon Grand Prix, despite missing the podium. Despite third place, Joan Mir was less happy after the race. As he admitted in an interview afterwards, the reigning world champion had hoped to fight for victory before the start. But as it was, he lost second position in the interim World Cup rankings to the overwhelming winner and only made 8 points behind the leader in the World Cup. This drives with a lead equivalent to more than two wins on the fifth from last lap of the season. In the meantime, the Dorna announced that the Argentine Grand Prix, as had long been expected, will definitely not take place. Therefore, in the second Corona year, there are finally only 18 instead of the originally planned 19 rounds.
Impressive King of Aragon defeated by Ducati pilot Bagnaia
After he had drawn attention to himself again with falls, Marc Marquez was also the big stranger before the race due to his crash at Silverstone. Actually, for many observers, it was absolutely incomprehensible that the 6-time MotoGP world champion had not been punished for his behaviour at the British GP. Already in the first lap he literally drove Jorge Martin off his bike in a real hara-kiri action and was supported by himself. The lack of understanding of many commentators and paddock members was great that Marquez got away with impunity. But he has had a special status at Dorna and FIM for almost a decade and can allow himself to take actions for which others would be mercilessly punished with severe penalties, such as starting out of the pit lane. But as it was, he was able to get involved right from the start and showed an impressive performance right up to the last lap. There it was a bit too much again, and so after a daring manoeuvre he had to admit defeat to an Italian on a Ducati. However, this was no longer Andrea Dovizioso as in previous years, but a sensationally triumphant Pecco Bagnaia. Valentino Rossi’s protégé celebrated his first ever MotoGP victory.
Unexpected Ducati Festival in Aragon – KTM failed again
Although Johann Zarco lost third place in the World Championship due to an unfortunate choice of tires and arm-pumping problems, the Grand Prix in Aragon became the Ducati Festival, with four pilots in the top nine. Marquez confirmed the strength of the Honda, with which he also impressively refuted the persistent claims of many laypeople about the alleged performance problems of his RC213V from the 2021 year. Suzuki was back on the podium with Joan Mir after the British GP, and an impressive Aleix Espargaró made it to the finish ahead of Jack Miller. Behind the Australian, Enea Bastianini showed a top performance on the two-year-old Ducati GP-19 with 6th place, ahead of Brad Binder on the best KTM. The oranges are among the defeated again after a good second third of the season. In the meantime, the Austrians have clearly lost touch with the leaders again. Even Pramac Ducati is now ahead of the Oranges’ factory team as a customer team.
The Aragon MotoGP race in numbers
The situation of all 3 classes in the World Championship at a glance
How it goes on – just a week later in Misano
In the combined calendar of MotoGP and WorldSBK there will be a third collision on the next lap thanks to the bad planning by FIM and Dorna. While the near-series world championship is taking place in Barcelona, the prototype world championship is taking place on the Adriatic coast at the same time. For WSSP 600 World Championship leader Dominique Aegerter, this means that he has to compete in MotoE in Italy and that his opponents can move much closer to the Swiss in the interim classification.
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