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Marquez distances himself with Dovizioso by winning the Aragon Grand Prix

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Marquez distances himself with Dovizioso by winning the Aragon Grand Prix
In the picture, Repsol Honda rider Marc Marquez competing with Ducati’s Italian Andrea Dovizioso during the Aragon GP at the Alcañiz circuit on 23 September 2018. Photo: Reuters

 

Reigning MotoGP World Champion Marc Marquez took a further step towards retaining the title after winning the Aragon Grand Prix for Honda on Sunday, extending his advantage in the overall standings to 72 points.

 

The Catalan rider, starting from third on the grid, overtook Italy’s Andrea Dovizioso and took his first win in five races. Mallorcan Jorge Lorenzo, who had taken pole, was frustrated by his expectations after falling at the first corner.

 

Marquez changed his rear tyre to a softer one just before the start of the race, taking control of it over the last three laps, in which he won an intense duel with the Ducati rider.

 

“Today I took the risk, I made a bet,” said Marquez. “I put soft rubber in the back because during the weekend, every time I put the hard one, it seemed to be ok, but I didn’t feel well.

 

“Sometimes I try hard to be sure, but today I said, ‘Okay, I’ll take the risk. I went really well, very smooth at the beginning. I was able to follow Andrea well and in the end we had a great fight. Movements really good to the limit, once I got into the green, I was totally on the limit, but I enjoyed it a lot.

 

Suzuki rider Andrea Iannone fleetingly threatened to join the head-to-head duel, but then settled into third place ahead of Alex Rins.

 

Lorenzo crashed for the second consecutive race, dislocating his toe.

 

With five races to go, Marquez leads the championship with 246 points, compared to Dovizioso’s 174 points.