Gran Premio Movistar de Aragon

23 September 2018
MotorLand Circuit

The Aragon aggressor Márquez out-foxes Dovizioso to win his home Grand Prix

Marc Márquez out smarts Ducati rival Andrea Dovizioso in top battle at Aragon, while his team-mate the pole man Jorge Lorenzo crashes out on the first corner.

Marc Márquez takes an impressive win at his home Grand Prix after a majestic performance by the Repsol Honda rider. He out manoeuvred his rival, Andrea Dovizioso to take another victory at Aragon. His first since Sachsenring in Germany in July.

The Pole man, Jorge Lorenzo went out the race very early after he high-sided his Ducati on the opening lap at Turn 1. Lorenzo was pushed wide after Márquez dived up the inside of him and his race was over when he was flung from his machine and crashed unceremoniously into the gravel trap. He was later diagnosed to have sustained a dislocation of his big toe on his right foot.

Back to the start of proceedings with Free Practice One.

Dovizioso Fastest in FP1 As Ducati Takes Top Four In Aragon

Andrea Dovizioso fastest in FP1 with an all Ducati top four for first Free Practice of the Aragon Grand Prix.

Danilo Petrucci was his next challenger 0.190 seconds behind Dovi.

Pramac's Petrucci set the early pace in FP1 on his Ducati GP18 with a 1 minutes 50.254 seconds, before Marc Márquez, who had Turn 10 renamed in his honour on Thursday. Márquez then pushed his factory RC213V to a 1 minutes 49.281 seconds to take over from the Italian.

Honda stable-mate the gritty Brit, Cal Crutchlow cut the Spaniard's advantage down to just 0.008 seconds moments later, though Márquez soon established a 0.4 seconds gap with his next lap of 1 minute 48.804 seconds.

Dovizioso then went faster than Márquez half way through the session by just 0.001 of a second. Then Maverick Viñales equalled it with six minutes remaining.

Dovizioso pushed again to open up a gap of 0.7 second with his first flying lap on a fresh hard rear with a 1 minute 48.020 second, which put the Italian on top, just a fraction slower than the race lap record.

Petrucci cut his next year's Ducati team-mate's gap to just under two tenths with a 1 minute 48.210 seconds, while Pramac teammate Jack Miller pushed his year-old Desmosedici into third.

Jorge Lorenzo completed a Ducati top four, just behind Miller, the Australian by just under 0.020 second slower, with all of the top four setting their best laps on hard tyres.

Viñales was the best Yamaha in fifth, but some eight tenths slower than Dovizioso. Surprisingly Márquez finished down in sixth. He was only 0.001 of a second behind, Viñales, having chosen not to do a fast lap at the end.

Valentino Rossi was seventh on the next Factory MoviStar Yamaha Team, with Johann Zarco on his Monster Tech 3 Yamaha, a few hundredths behind Rossi in eighth. With Crutchlow, LCR Castrol Honda, and Andrea Iannone Ecstar Suzuki completing the top ten finishers.

Dani Pedrosa made a slow start to his home Aragon weekend on the second Repsol Honda. He was almost two seconds off the pace in 18th. He normally goes well at Aragon, last year he finished second in the Aragon race.

Fortunately there were no crashes in FP1.

Reale Avintia Ducati Racing's Xavier Simeon had to park up in the closing stages after the engine on his Ducati GP17 died spectacularly on the run into Turn 1.

Jordi Torres, Simeon's new Reale Avintia Ducati Racing team-mate, the former Moto2 race winner, made his MotoGP debut as Tito Rabat's replacement for the weekend aboard Simeon's Ducati GP16s.

Torres, who last made a grand prix appearance at Aragon in 2014, brought up the rear of the 24-strong field 4.8 seconds from Dovizioso's time.

MotoGP Free Practice 1 Classification 2018

Alcaniz, Friday 21 September 2018

Marc Márquez Tops Free Practice 2

Jorge Lorenzo Second in Aragon

Marc Márquez just stole the fastest time from Jorge Lorenzo and Andrea Dovizioso the Factory Ducati pair in the closing stages of FP2 to go fastest in the session by 0.138 seconds.

Lorenzo in the early part of the session was on top of the time sheets, the double Aragon MotoGP winner putting in a 1 minute 49.278 seconds.

Then Repsol Honda's Márquez bettered Lorenzo's time with a lap of 1 minute 48.644 seconds.

Andrea Iannone on his Ecstar Suzuki went faster with a 1 minutes 48.381s, which remained until the last few minutes.

Alvaro Bautista on his year old Angle Nieto Ducati GP17, threatened Iannone's time in the last five minutes, just missing the top place by 0.070 of a second.

Two minutes later, Dovizioso demoted Iannone with a 1 minutes 47.835 seconds, while LCR's Cal Crutchlow just missed out on his former team-mate's time by just 0.027 of a second.

Prior to Dovizioso's fastest lap, Márquez did hold top spot and returned there with a 1 minutes 47.382 seconds on his final flying lap to end Friday fastest of all in an unusual move from the Honda rider, who tends not to go for the fastest time on day one, rather concentrating on race set up.

On his last attempt Lorenzo put Márquez's time under pressure, but missed out by 0.138 seconds with a 1 minutes 47.520 seconds to end the day second, with teammate Dovizioso a little over three tenths further adrift in third.

Crutchlow was pushed down to fourth at the finish, Iannone put in a late fast lap to go ahead of Alma Pramac's Danilo Petrucci in fifth spot.

Dani Pedrosa went up from 18th in FP1 to seventh in FP2, with Bautista and the factory Yamaha duo of Valentino Rossi and Maverick Viñales completing the top 10.

The Factory Movistar Yamaha's pushed Marc VDS Honda rider Franco Morbidelli out of a provisional Q2 place by just 0.102 seconds, with Jack Miller - who was third in FP1 a few hundredths further back in 12th.

Reale Avintia stand-in Jordi Torres found close to two seconds in his lap-time in his second MotoGP session as Tito Rabat's replacement, ending FP2 3.6 seconds off the pace in 24th and just over a second from 22nd placed teammate Xavier Simeon.

MotoGP Free Practice 2 Classification

Alcaniz, Friday 21 September 2018

The Aragon Aggressor Márquez tops FP3

MoviStar Yamaha Disaster Both Rossi and Viñales must go into Q1

In the third free practice at the Aragon MotoGP Marc Márquez went fastest again to top FP3. But disaster for Yamaha with both Valentino Rossi and Maverick Viñales having to go into qualifying one, the first time ever both Yamahas have had to go into Q1.

Both Movistar Yamaha's of Valentino Rossi and Maverick Viñales were just not quick enough and out of the top 10.

All the Yamaha riders are still struggling for rear grip, Monster Tech 3 Yamaha's Johann Zarco complained of this after Friday's FP1. Now all the Yamaha riders are complaining the same.

With hotter conditions in which the Yamahas loose grip even more, not one of the Yamaha riders made it into the top 10.

Rossi lost his chance to better his time by crashing out of his second lap of his final run at Turn 2, putting him down in 18th place. His team-mate Viñales was out of the top ten because Dani Pedrosa on his final lap leapt up to seventh on his Repsol Honda pushed Viñales out of the top ten and down to 11th place.

All the Yamaha riders are in Q1, both Factory Movistar riders and both Monster Tech 3 Yamaha riders, to give more misery to the Japanese manufacturer during a winless 2018 season so far. A win doesn't seem like it will come for them anytime soon either.

Márquez finished the combined practice sessions as the fastest with a 1m 47.382s, just 0.011s in front of LCR Honda's Cal Crutchlow who topped FP3 with his 1m 47.393s, despite an early low-side crash at Turn 2.

Jack Miller riding the wheels off his Alma Pramac Ducati again impressed to take third place in FP3 ahead of Factory Ducati pair of Andrea Dovizioso and Jorge Lorenzo to keep the fight between Ducati and Honda riders even.

Andrea Iannone on his Ecstar Suzuki made sure of his Q2 spot taking sixth place ahead of Dani Pedrosa Factory Repsol Honda and Danilo Petrucci, Alma Pramac Ducati.

Alvaro Bautista, Angel Nieto Ducati Team and Álex Rins Ecstar Suzuki, kept their Q2 places. Pedrosa's late time pushed Viñales down to 11th place.

Red Bull KTM's Bradley Smith impressed moving up to 12th place late on ahead of Franco Morbidelli, Marc VDS Honda and Johann Zarco, Monster Tech 3 Yamaha.

His Red Bull KTM team-mate, Pol Espargaró, however, crashes and re-breaks the same collarbone he injured recently.

Espargaró, missed the majority of FP3 after he had a crash he walked away holding his shoulder. After a trip to the medical centre, Espargaró was found to have a broken his left collarbone again and will miss the rest of the race weekend.

Jordi Torres Reale Avintia Ducati replacement rider for injured Tito Rabat had his first MotoGP crash in FP3 to keep him 24th and last.

Full MotoGP Free Practice 3 results from Aragon

MotoGP Free Practice 3 Classification

Alcaniz, Saturday 22 September 2018

MotoGP Qualifying

Lorenzo's pole positions keep coming with another at Aragon.

Factory Ducati man, Jorge Lorenzo secured his third consecutive MotoGP pole position after beating his team-mate, Andrea Dovizioso and Repsol Honda's Marc Márquez by less than one-tenth of a second.

Yamaha and Valentino Rossi's nightmare continues, Rossi could do no better than to qualify down in 18th. Rossi crashed in Q1 on his final time attack and finishes way down to start the race 18th on the grid.

MotoGP Qualifying One

In Qualifying One, Valentino Rossi and the Yamaha problems went from bad to worse, in fact much worse, as he slid off his bike and down to eighth place to leave him a lowly starting place of 18th on the grid, his worst dry performance since Assen 2006, when he was injured.

The Movistar Yamaha man only completed one timed lap in Q1 while he struggled for pace throughout the weekend in all practice sessions in the hot conditions.

Rossi appeared to be looking for a tow for his final qualifying lap in Q1 but failed to put a lap together. He went on his final time attack only to end up in the kitty litter. To have his best effort over eight-tenths of a second slower than his team-mate Maverick Viñales who graduated through Q1 with rookie Takaaki Nakagami on his LCR Idemitsu Honda.

Jack Miller, Alma Pramac Ducati, will join the two Q1 graduates on the fourth row with the likeable Australian qualifying in 10th place ahead of Viñales in 11th and Nakagami 12th.

Rookie Franco Morbidelli was one of the unluckiest riders, after being knocked out of the Q2 promotion spots by fellow rookie Japanese Nakagami at the end of Q1. The Marc VDS Honda rider will start from 13th on the grid.

Another rider feeling the Yamaha frustrations is Johann Zarco who wrestled his Monster Tech 3 Yamaha to 14th on the grid, while riding hard he had two scary moments pushing to the limit on his final lap.

With Aprilia's Álex Espargaró slotting into 15th ahead of Red Bull KTM's Bradley Smith, who looked to have been held up on his fastest qualifying lap by touring riders, Karel Abraham has also qualified ahead of Rossi with the Angel Nieto Ducati rider taking 17th in front of the nine-time world champion.

MotoGP Qualifying Two

A multiple fight for pole position decided on the final qualifying laps of Q2, Lorenzo blitzed the opposition to do a time of 1 minute 46.881 seconds to elevate himself from the second row to pole for Sunday's race.

Jorge Lorenzo piped Andrea Dovizioso to the pole position by just 0.014 seconds to take his fourth MotoGP pole position of the season in Aragon.

Márquez, who was fastest in the opening runs in Q2, dropped down to third after not improving on his second run. The Repsol Honda rider, fell in final practice, he was looking for a tow behind Dovizioso but then made a mistake on his last lap, while Dovi also lost time passing Bautista.

Cal Crutchlow crashed his LCR Castrol Honda on his final qualifying lap which cost him the chance to join the pole position fight and was duly pushed on to the second row by the fast charging Factory Ducati team-mates.

Andrea Iannone continued to impress on his Ecstar Suzuki regaining some of his early season form and slotting himself into the middle of the second row ahead of a resurgent Dani Pedrosa on the other Factory Repsol Honda.

Danilo Petrucci took the third row on his Alma Pramac Ducati in seventh place in front of Alvaro Bautista, Angel Nieto Ducati, in eighth and Álex Rins, Ecstar Suzuki, in ninth.

Race direction handed out several penalties to the guilty riders who were deemed to have held up riders on their fastest laps.

Maverick Viñales and Franco Morbidelli drop down the Aragon MotoGP grid due to penalties issued by Race direction.

As if it wasn't already tough enough for Yamaha, Maverick Viñales as well as Franco Morbidelli Marc VDS Honda both have now been issued with grid penalties for the Aragon MotoGP race.

The two riders were both judged to have been 'riding in an irresponsible manner, being slow on the racing line' and 'disturbing another rider' in qualifying.

Maverick Viñales will drop three grid spots, from 11th to 14th and Morbidelli has been given a six place penalty he goes from 14th to 19th.

Marc VDS Honda rookie Morbidelli got a harsher penalty than Viñales as it was a repeated offence.

Jordi Torres the Reale Avintia Ducati replacement rider for Tito Rabat, he will start from 23rd for his first MotoGP race.

Pol Espargaró, Red Bull KTM, was unlucky to slide off his KTM, but took a nasty tumble in the gravel trap, fracturing his recently healed collarbone again in the FP3 crash. He will miss the race as he's being operated on in Barcelona.

Full MotoGP qualifying results from Aragon

MotoGP Qualifying 1 Classification

Alcaniz, Saturday 22 September 2018

MotoGP Qualifying 2 Classification

Alcaniz, Saturday 22 September 2018

MotoGP Warm Up Classification

Alcaniz, Sunday 23 September 2018

Márquez wins his home MotoGP race in Aragon beating Factory Ducati man Dovizioso

Marc Márquez out smarts Ducati rival Andrea Dovizioso in top battle at Aragon, while his team-mate the pole man Jorge Lorenzo crashes out on the first corner.

Marc Márquez takes an impressive win at his home Grand Prix after a majestic performance by the Repsol Honda rider. He out manoeuvred his rival, Andrea Dovizioso to take another victory at Aragon. His first since Sachsenring in Germany in July.

The Pole man, Jorge Lorenzo went out the race very early after he high-sided his Ducati on the opening lap at Turn 1. Lorenzo ran wide after Márquez dived up the inside and his race was over when he was flung from his machine and crashed unceremoniously into the gravel trap. He was later diagnosed to have sustained a dislocation of his big toe on his right foot.

After the incident packed start of the race. Dovizioso set the slow pace from the lights out in the sweltering Spanish heat. Márquez chose to race with the soft rear tyre option.

Márquez upped his pace and began to hassle the long time leader Dovizioso. After several overtakes and re-overtakes ¾ into the race, Márquez was able to make a break and took the lead on lap 21.

Dovizioso had better acceleration down the long sixth-gear straight, but Márquez was able to open enough of a gap through turns 10 and 11 to out-pace the Ducati's speed at the end of the straight.

Andrea Iannone was able to manage his tyres on his Ecstar Suzuki and rode a good race battling with his team-mate Álex Rins. Iannone won out over Rins and took an excellent podium. Dani Pedrosa had an expected resurgence on the other Factory Repsol Honda, as he always goes well at Aragon. He managed to take fifth from Aleix Espargaró, who had their own battle during the race. Espargaró made sixth with a fine ride on his Aprilia.

Lorenzo's hi-side on the first turn changed the complexion of the race, as he was expected to shoot off into the distance with his smooth and fast early pace. This was the second crash in as many races that Lorenzo had, he also ending up in the kitty litter at Misano. The last time the number 99 came off in two successive races was back in 2011 at Malaysia and Valencia.

Dovizioso made the most of Lorenzo's downfall to take an early lead ahead of Márquez with the Factory Ecstar Suzuki pair Iannone and Rins in pursuit.

No change with the top four over the first half of the race, with Dovizioso setting the race pace and Márquez content to sit in behind the Italian both saving their tyres for the ensuing battle at the end of the race.

Ducati's Dovizioso opened a gap of 0.6 seconds on lap 12 after putting in several consecutive fast laps, but Márquez responded and pushed hard to close back up onto his rear wheel by the end of lap 13.

On lap 14 the battle commenced. Márquez took the lead away from Dovizioso at Turn 12. The Italian Ducati rider out-smarted the Spaniard and was able to take back his lead. Then many passes and re-passes between them with the Honda rival getting the better of the Ducati rider on lap 16. Behind them, Iannone and Rins were in close contention having their own set-to, while the other Repsol Honda man, Pedrosa was some way back in fifth.

Márquez dived under Dovizioso on lap 19 to take the lead but Dovi went straight back and pushed Márquez wide on the corner before the long back straight. This allowed Iannone into second place, but Márquez slip-streamed past the Ecstar Suzuki man to jump back behind Dovizioso again.

Dovizioso was racing a soft tyre on the front and rear hard tyre, but he was unable to shake off Márquez in the closing stages of the race. Márquez, the number one Repsol Honda rider seized his chance on lap 21, taking the lead on the brakes into Turn 1.

Dovizioso briefly snatched back the lead, but Márquez wasted no time to retaliate on his Honda RCV. Then he opened a slight gap, which he managed over the last two laps.

He managed to keep Dovizioso at bay and took the victory in front of thousands of appreciative fans at his home Grand Prix. With Dovizioso taking second 0.6 seconds later Andrea Iannone comfortable in third ahead of his rival and team-mate Rins.

Márquez now has a 72 points lead over Dovizioso as he edges closer to retaining his world crown for the fourth time in his relatively short MotoGP career.

Dani Pedrosa finished fifth after a lonely ride ahead of Aleix Espargaró who had a lonely ride ahead of to take the flag in sixth position, some five seconds ahead of Danilo Petrucci on his Alma Pramac Ducati.

Valentino Rossi was the best finishing Yamaha rider taking a credible eighth from his lowest starting position since 2006 from 17th on the grid.

Next across the line was Australian Jack Miller on the second Alma Pramac Ducati followed by Maverick Viñales bringing his Movistar Yamaha home in tenth. Top rookie Franco Morbidelli was 11th on the EG 0,0 Marc VDS Honda ahead of fellow rookie Takaaki Nakagami and his LCR Honda Indemitsu.

Britain's Cal Crutchlow was a faller again off the LCR Honda at Turn 1 one on the fifth lap, while Alvaro Bautista fell off his Angel Nieto Ducati too.

Bradley Smith took his Factory Red Bull KTM to 13th place ahead of Johann Zarco on his Monster Tech 3 Yamaha, who will replace Smith, the Briton at KTM next year.

Karel Abraham in 15th, the sole Czech rider, took his Angel Nieto Team Ducati to the finish to take the final championship point.

MotoGP Race Classification 2018

Alcaniz, Sunday 23 September 2018

All Statistics used in the results are compiled from the motogp.com website

Post Race Rider Interviews and Reactions

Race Winner Marc Márquez Spanish Repsol Honda Team #93 Points 25

Championship Position First, 246 points

"I woke up this morning with the idea that today I could take a risk. I hadn't felt totally at ease during the weekend with the hard rear spec tyre so, after the warm-up, I said to my team that I wanted to use the soft rear. That started many meetings and discussions but in the end I won the race because I could convince my box to take that gamble!

"In the end, it was the correct choice. I had a good start but soon after I almost lost the front in a dirty spot on the track, so I had to release the brakes and go a bit wide. I didn't realize until the end that Lorenzo had crashed.

"Anyway, the fight was very tight with Dovi and Iannone as well; it was a hard fight but within the limit. This is MotoGP, and it's what the fans enjoy to watch. Motorland is one of my favourite tracks, and I enjoyed so much riding here over the weekend even if the pressure was high, with events, people, and many things to do every day. I mean, it's good but also demanding.

"Even with this, I managed to remain focused, work well with the team, and ultimately to stop Ducati's momentum. This morning I listened to "In my feelings" from Drake and in the honour lap I thought back to that song and it was great. Anyway, now more than ever it's the moment to keep calm and manage well the race weekends because I want to win the Championship and to do that you must remain fully concentrated."

Second Andrea Dovizioso Italian Ducati Team #04 Race Points 20

Championship Position Second, 174 points

"Today's race went very well, considering the fact that we usually struggle quite a lot at Aragon but instead this time we fought for the win right until the final lap.

"As a result, we must be happy because this is a further demonstration of the improvements that we are making.

"Unfortunately, I wasn't able to fight against Márquez until the very end, because there were some corners where I was going strongly but in other parts of the circuit I was slower so I didn't have many cards to play. I had hoped he was going to be in trouble in the last few laps but instead at that moment he was faster than me and this made all the difference."

Third Andrea Iannone 12th Italian Team Suzuki Ecstar #29 Race Points 16

Championship Position Ninth, 108 points

"I think we've done a really good performance today. I started well but Lorenzo had an unfortunate crash and that was a shame to see, it's always bad to see a crash in front of you.

"But in any case I'm very happy about my race, I was fighting and pushing at 100% at the end of the race, but only at the end, because in the earlier laps I wanted to conserve the tyres; so I tried to manage the throttle and my riding style because I knew it would be really important to have tyre life in the last laps.

"I think my strategy worked really well and the team and I have worked hard together. We were losing out down the straight but we're so happy to return to the podium after some disappointing races."

Fourth Álex Rins Spanish Team Suzuki Ecstar #42 Race Points 13

Championship Position Tenth 92 points

"I'm very happy and the weekend has been very productive for the whole team. The race has been a very nice fight.

"I have learnt a lot battling in front and following Márquez and Dovizioso and also fighting with Andrea. It has been great! This result is good motivation to keep pushing, and especially in Thailand which is a track that I like a lot."

Eighth Valentino Rossi Italian Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Team #46

Race Points 8 Championship Position Third, 159 points

"Today we also modified the bike a lot, we tried working in another way. Already from this morning I tried to feel a little bit better, so my feeling with the bike improved and we could make some adjustments for the race.

"The end of the race was better than what I expected, because I wasn't particularly fast, but my pace was consistent. I was able to recover a lot of positions - because I started from the back of the grid - to take some points for the championship.

"From one point of view, it's better than it was yesterday, but from another, our technical situation is quite difficult, because we have to fight to the maximum to be inside the top-10 at the moment."

Best of British

Bradley Smith 13th British Red Bull KTM Factory Racing Team #38

Race Points 3 Championship Position 19th, 18 points

"This weekend has been a lot of fun. It was our second with the new RC16 package and we were able to test here a month ago, which meant we were already up to speed with our base setting and electronics.

"It was nice to fight with the guys for Q2 and my one-lap pace with the soft tyre was quite strong. At one point in the race today I was running P10 which is one of the best positions for us this season.

"I was strong in the first half of the race and then when the tyre dropped I struggled a bit more compared to the others around me. Nevertheless we'll take a lot of positives from this weekend and we improved from Misano. Now the engineers and I have to study what we gathered from this race and bring some ideas.

"Randy de Puniet will now test here for two days and hopefully he can find a few more tenths to take overseas with us."

Scott Redding 16th British Aprilia Racing Team Gresini #45

Championship Position 21st, 12 points

"From a riding point of view, I gave 100%, minimising mistakes compared to the Misano race. I managed to stop the bike a bit better and I didn't give in to the frustration, trying to keep things smooth.

"The fundamental problem was the lack of grip at the rear and the difference between me and the other riders was truly clear. All I could do was wait for the pace to drop in order to recover ground, but without really being able to attack. The limitation of grip to the rear is something we need to solve. Today the bike was braking right and it was turning, but I was never able to count on a good feeling with the rear tyre."

Non-Finishers

Jorge Lorenzo Spanish Ducati Team #99

No Race Points, Championship Position 4th, 130 points

"I'm really disappointed and very angry about what happened today, because I was sure I could have done a great race and fought for the win.

"I got a good start, but the line followed by Márquez, who braked late into the first corner, forced me to go wide and he blocked my line. To avoid being passed by the other riders I accelerated on the dirt, the rear of the bike spun away from me and I crashed.

"I think that Marc is not new to this sort of action: he doesn't care about other riders and he knows it all too well. I don't intend to speak with Race Direction and I only hope that this type of thing doesn't happen again in the future.

"Now we have to see how long it will take to recover, because I've got a dislocated toe and another one broken, and I only hope I can be ready for Thailand. It's a real pity to go away from Aragon with another zero and with an injury as well. I'm very sad and disappointed."

Fourth Cal Crutchlow British LCR Honda Castrol Team #35

No Race Points Championship Position 6th 119 points

"Obviously I got a good start, but Jorge crashed in front of me - it was no fault of his own, it was just one of those racing incidents. I had to shut off because I thought I was going to hit him and dropped back to ninth or tenth.

"I made my way through, but then I had exactly the same crash that Marc Márquez had this morning at turn one, the bike kicked a little bit and l lost it in braking.

"I felt quite good in the race, I was happy with my pace at that point and felt I could go faster when I needed to. But I knew it was a long race so was quite content with the position I was in, over the next few laps I needed to pick off Aleix and Dani and then maybe fight for the podium. But Dovi and Marc had a great run and the Suzukis competed well today so it would have been tough.

"We crashed anyway, so now we just have to look forward to Thailand."

A look at the Championship positions.

It's all over bar the shouting, or some unexpected mishap to Márquez, which is highly unlikely. He would have to miss 3 races and then loose some races. So very very little chance of that.

MotoGP World Standing as at 24 September 2018

All Statistics used in the results are compiled from the motogp.com website

So that's the penultimate European MotoGP race of the season.

As the season enters the final quarter, next the MotoGP Flying Circus flies off to Thailand for the first of the Far East races. MotoGP Race 15 is on Sunday 7 October at the Chang International Circuit for the Thailand Grand Prix.

As with these Far Eastern Races, the MotoGP action starts with Free Practice1 at 3:55am UK time, yes that's 3:55am UK time, so set your alarms to go off early!

Then it's over to Japan to the Honda owned Twin Ring Motegi Circuit for the race on Sunday 21 October and the Motul Grand Prix of Japan.

After that the MotoGP Flying Circus fly south down to Melbourne to Phillip Island in Australia. For the race on Sunday 28 October, the Michelin Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix. Last year's race was THE race of the year, will it be this year?

The following week it's over to Malaysia to the Sepang International Circuit for the Shell Malaysia Motorcycle Grand Prix with the race on Sunday 4 November.

So Aragon is the penultimate European MotoGP race of the season, the next one being the season finale at Valencia in November. The Gran Premio Motul de la Comunitat Valencia. Which takes place in Spain at the Circuit Ricardo Tormo in Valencia. For The Final Race of 2018, Race 19

Action starting on Friday 17th November and race day is on Sunday 19 November

As always I'll be reporting on each of the sessions by satellite and beaming it over to England at the speed of e-mail!

- Roland Potter