Aragon MotoGP: Marquez extends championship lead with win

By Liam Marsden -

MotoGP

 29 September 2013 13:44

Repsol Honda rookie Marc Marquez has extended his championship lead to 39 points with victory in Aragon ahead of Jorge Lorenzo.

Lorenzo got the jump and tried to stretch out a lead, but was unable to break the following pack. Marquez took to the lead with 10 laps to go and from there eased away from the reigning champion.

It could have been a ompletely different podium had Dani Pedrosa not crashed out with 17 laps to go. Marquez ran right up to the rear of Pedrosa, who was in second at that point, and may have touched his team-mate.

Marquez ran off the track and just a split second later Pedrosa high-sided out of the race. Pedrosa was taken to the medical centre and has a suspected knee injury.

With Pedrosa out of the race the fight was on for the final podium spot between Valentino Rossi, Alvaro Bautista, Stefan Bradl and Cal Crutchlow.

Rossi came out on top, but not without a fight from Bautista, who finished fourth after a brilliant last lap battle with Bradl which saw the pair swap positions several times in just a handful of corners. Crutchlow finished sixth, 14 seconds back of Marquez.

1 25 93 Marc MARQUEZ SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 166.6 42'03.459
2 20 99 Jorge LORENZO SPA Yamaha Factory Racing Yamaha 166.5 +1.356
3 16 46 Valentino ROSSI ITA Yamaha Factory Racing Yamaha 165.7 +12.927
4 13 19 Alvaro BAUTISTA SPA GO&FUN Honda Gresini Honda 165.7 +13.787
5 11 6 Stefan BRADL GER LCR Honda MotoGP Honda 165.7 +13.973
6 10 35 Cal CRUTCHLOW GBR Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 165.6 +14.662
7 9 38 Bradley SMITH GBR Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 164.5 +31.220
8 8 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO ITA Ducati Team Ducati 163.9 +40.671
9 7 69 Nicky HAYDEN USA Ducati Team Ducati 163.1 +53.413
10 6 29 Andrea IANNONE ITA Energy T.I. Pramac Racing Ducati 163.0 +55.067
11 5 41 Aleix ESPARGARO SPA Power Electronics Aspar ART 162.8 +58.001
12 4 68 Yonny HERNANDEZ COL Ignite Pramac Racing Ducati 162.4 +1'05.513
13 3 14 Randy DE PUNIET FRA Power Electronics Aspar ART 162.3 +1'06.589
14 2 7 Hiroshi AOYAMA JPN Avintia Blusens FTR 162.2 +1'08.674
15 1 71 Claudio CORTI ITA NGM Mobile Forward Racing FTR Kawasaki 162.1 +1'09.130
16  5 Colin EDWARDS USA NGM Mobile Forward Racing FTR Kawasaki 161.9 +1'12.041
17  23 Luca SCASSA ITA Cardion AB Motoracing ART 159.9 +1'45.152
18  67 Bryan STARING AUS GO&FUN Honda Gresini FTR Honda 159.9 +1'45.228
19  52 Lukas PESEK CZE Came IodaRacing Project Ioda-Suter 159.9 +1'45.583