ALCANIZ, Spain – Marc Marquez increased his chances of becoming a rookie MotoGP World Champion by claiming his sixth victory of 2013 in the Gran Premio Iveco de Aragón at MotorLand Aragon on Sunday.
Current title holder Jorge Lorenzo was overtaken by the newcomer, leaving Lorenzo to finish second as Dani Pedrosa crashed out of the race on the sixth lap.
Starting from his seventh pole position of the season, Marquez was unable to stop Yamaha Factory Racing’s Lorenzo from grabing the lead at the start, as the Repsol Honda Team riders immediately went to battle at the second corner.
The critical moment of the afternoon, and perhaps of the 2013 World Championship, would come on lap six. As both Hondas closed in on Lorenzo for the lead, Marquez ran third but appeared to out-brake himself at turn 12. Moments later, Pedrosa dramatically highsided out of the race and it was later confirmed that the two teammates had made contact.
The moment allowed Lorenzo to extend his lead to 1.7 seconds, although he was caught by Marquez and overhauled at the same corner eight laps later. The championship lead now increases to 39 points with 100 left to earn.
Lorenzo’s teammate Valentino Rossi finished on the podium for the first time since Laguna Seca, fending off GO&FUN Honda Gresini’s Alvaro Bautista, LCR Honda MotoGP’s Stefan Bradl and Monster Yamaha Tech3’s Cal Crutchlow in a highly entertaining four-rider contest.
Tech3’s Bradley Smith, Ducati Team duo Andrea Dovizioso and Nicky Hayden and Energy T.I. Pramac Racing’s Andrea Iannone completed the top ten, while Power Electronics Aspar’s Aleix Espargaro was once again the leading CRT runner in 11th spot.