Marc Marquez Won’t Be Denied At Aragón

Marc Marquez celebrates after winning Sunday's MotoGP event in Spain. (Honda Photo)
Marc Marquez celebrates after winning Sunday's MotoGP event in Spain. (Honda Photo)

ALCANIZ, Spain – Marc Marquez put a bow on a dominant weekend at Motorland Aragon with a comfortable victory Sunday in Spain.

In his 200th Grand Prix, Marquez took the lead from the pole and immediately began opening up a gap on the rest of the field. Lapping on average half a second faster than the rest of the field at times, Marquez quickly built a lead that was insurmountable.

By mid-race Marquez had a 5.5-second lead and at the end of the race he finished 4.8 seconds clear of Ducati’s Andrea Dovizioso for his 52nd MotoGP victory.

“I was convinced about my strategy and what I had to do,” Marquez said. “I had a good feeling from when I left the box, so I knew I could push in the beginning and open a gap of four or five seconds and just keep it there, not pushing too much. I saw at one stage of the race that Viñales closed in a little, so I pushed a little more for two or three laps and I stabilised the advantage. It looked easy but it wasn’t, we have been working hard all weekend to find the limit. It was amazing to win here in front of our home fans so I have to say thank you to them all.”

Marquez leaves Aragon with 300 championship points, 98 points more than Dovizioso in second. Should he win the next event in Thailand, Marquez will clinch his sixth MotoGP title.

Jack Miller nipped Maverick Vinales to take the final place on the podium for Pramac Racing. Fabio Quartararo finished fifth for Petronas Yamaha SRT.