Pedrosa narrows Lorenzo’s lead with Aragon win

Dani Pedrosa

Dani Pedrosa

Repsol Honda rider Dani Pedrosa has taken victory at Aragon, reducing Jorge Lorenzo’s championship lead.

The local Spaniard rider was beaten into the first turn by Lorenzo, but Pedrosa found a way past on Lap 4 and built an unassailable lead.

The result marked Pedrosa’s third win in the past four races and his fourth for the year.

He now sits just 33 points behind Lorenzo with four races remaining.

Tech 3 Yamaha’s Andrea Dovizioso finished third after enjoying a great battle with team-mate Cal Crutchlow. The pair crossed the line side-by-side, with Dovizioso narrowly holding the place. Yamaha’s Ben Spies hung with the Tech 3 machines, but would eventually take fifth.

San Carlo Honda Gresini’s Álvaro Bautista was sixth ahead of the ever-improving Jonathon Rea, who was able to continue after a minor collision with Ducati’s Valentino Rossi. Rossi took seventh ahead of Karel Abraham and Aleix Espargaro.

Rossi’s team-mate Nicky Hayden endured a violent crash after colliding with a wall at Turn 16. The American was flung off his Ducati and pitched over the safety barrier. He received instant medical attention and was later declared in good health by medical centre staff, yet has been given a neck brace and will undergo more precautionary checks.

The next round of MotoGP will be held at Motegi.

Results, MotoGP, Aragon

Pos. Points Num. Rider Nation Team Bike Km/h Time/Gap
1 25 26 Dani PEDROSA SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 166.2 42’10.444
2 20 99 Jorge LORENZO SPA Yamaha Factory Racing Yamaha 165.7 +6.472
3 16 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO ITA Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 165.4 +11.047
4 13 35 Cal CRUTCHLOW GBR Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 165.4 +11.184
5 11 11 Ben SPIES USA Yamaha Factory Racing Yamaha 165.3 +13.786
6 10 19 Alvaro BAUTISTA SPA San Carlo Honda Gresini Honda 164.3 +28.166
7 9 56 Jonathan REA GBR Repsol Honda Team Honda 164.1 +32.290
8 8 46 Valentino ROSSI ITA Ducati Team Ducati 163.3 +44.432
9 7 17 Karel ABRAHAM CZE Cardion AB Motoracing Ducati 162.5 +57.417
10 6 41 Aleix ESPARGARO SPA Power Electronics Aspar ART 162.4 +58.525
11 5 14 Randy DE PUNIET FRA Power Electronics Aspar ART 162.3 +59.863
12 4 8 Hector BARBERA SPA Pramac Racing Team Ducati 161.4 +1’14.561
13 3 68 Yonny HERNANDEZ COL Avintia Blusens BQR 161.3 +1’16.159
14 2 77 James ELLISON GBR Paul Bird Motorsport ART 161.3 +1’16.580
15 1 51 Michele PIRRO ITA San Carlo Honda Gresini FTR 160.7 +1’25.815
16 54 Mattia PASINI ITA Speed Master ART 160.3 +1’31.801
17 9 Danilo PETRUCCI ITA Came IodaRacing Project Ioda-Suter 159.7 +1’42.300
18 5 Colin EDWARDS USA NGM Mobile Forward Racing Suter 156.3 1 Lap
Not Classified
6 Stefan BRADL GER LCR Honda MotoGP Honda 164.8 19 Laps
44 David SALOM SPA Avintia Blusens BQR 150.5 20 Laps
69 Nicky HAYDEN USA Ducati Team Ducati 158.6 22 Laps

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