Márquez surges into title lead with Aragón win

Ivan Schwartz
September 25, 2017

The nine-time world champion finished nearly a second adrift of reigning MotoGP champion Marquez, who shares the lead in the 2017 title race with Andrea Dovizioso.

Dani Pedrosa finished second and Jorge Lorenzo, who led the race, was third.

However, he couldn't match the pace of the Hondas in the final 10 laps as the three-time world champion had to settle for just his second podium of the season.

South African Darryn Binder also made a welcome if less spectacular return from injury, finishing a game 22nd in the Moto3 race, while big brother Brad took a fighting fifth in Moto2.

Andrea Dovizioso, who jointly leads the championship with Marquez, will be right behind the Spaniard in seventh. "You stress more everything", Marquez said.

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His nearest challenger was Aprilia's Aleix Espargaro, whose 1m49.206s lap vaulted him ahead of Marc VDS Honda rider Jack Miller in the closing stages.

The second finish makes Pedrosa Rossi successfully positioned in fourth place in 2017 MotoGP standings. "Just this morning in warm-up I felt good, but again in the race, I was struggling a lot", said Marquez, speaking at the track. Johann Zarco (Yamaha Tech 3) took ninth after a hard weekend, ahead of Espargaro, completing the top 10 for KTM, making steady progress for another impressive result.

The Spaniard commented: "I'm happy with this day, even if it was obviously a bit unusual". Johann Zarco and Pol Espargaró on the Red Bull KTM rounded out the top ten. The wounded nine-time champion battled for the lead early in the race but understandably faded to finish back in fifth.

"But Marc was in the lead already and he could play with the gap a little bit but I was feeling quite strong, so I'm very happy, I think I did the best race today of all and I'm very proud of my team".

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