Marquez wins to close on title
MotoGP series leader Marc Marquez took another step towards claiming the title on his debut season after winning the Aragon Grand Prix.
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The 20-year-old Spaniard, on course to become the first rookie to win the championship since 1978, started on pole but saw defending champion Jorge Lorenzo take an early lead.
But Repsol Honda's Marquez regained the lead and beat his compatriot from Yamaha into second place by 1.356seconds to extend his championship lead to 39 points with four races left.
It was not all plain sailing for Marquez, who with 18 laps remaining made slight contact with team-mate Dani Pedrosa as he challenged for second, causing his fellow Spaniard to suffer a huge accident.
"I went a little wide under braking, lifted the bike up and made light contact with him," said Marquez.
"I'm not sure he even noticed it, but it was a bit of bad luck because the team told me I caused his traction control cable to snap and I'm sorry for that - it's something very unusual to see."
Pedrosa's bike high-sided on the exit of the corner and he was out on the spot, dealing another blow to his already fading title hopes.
"I took a heavy knock to my hip and my groin area, but I was unable to escape relatively unhurt from what was a big crash," said Pedrosa, who now trails Marquez by 59 points.
Reflecting on his run to second place, Lorenzo said: "Like always I tried to open up a gap at the beginning, but when Marc recovered all of that gap I just relaxed to try and save a bit of energy to try and be with him at the end of the race.
"He was stronger all weekend. I pushed it to the limit to follow him, but it was impossible. No excuses. He was faster and we have to think about the next race."
Valentino Rossi took third on the second factory Yamaha ahead of Alvaro Bautista (Honda Gresini) and Stefan Bradl, while British pair Cal Crutchlow and Bradley Smith came home in sixth and seventh for Tech 3 Yamaha.