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Monster athletes compete in the 2016 MotoGP season for race 1 in Aragon, Spain

Rossi and Lorenzo uncork MotoGP champagne once more at Aragon as Lowes wins Moto2

Sep 252016

The wide and inviting expanses of Motorland Aragon was another challenging site for MotoGP and for what was the fourteenth round of eighteen and the penultimate European appointment on the calendar. Around the fast curves and undulations (only one of five anti-clockwise trajectories on the schedule) Movistar Yamaha’s Jorge Lorenzo and Valentino Rossi disputed podium spots behind winner Marc Marquez with the World Champion earning the second step ahead of the Italian. Also in the headlines was Federal Oil’s Sam Lowes who confidently strode free to his second Moto2 victory of the year.

For the seventh time the newest facility on the MotoGP trail welcomed the FIM World Championship and with some bright Spanish sunshine eroding memories of the unstable climates of the previous events.

“I didn‘t expect to finish on the podium,” ‘99’ admitted after earlier messing up a classy Shark helmet livery. “I thought I would finish maybe sixth or seventh, but finally the race was again surprising. It‘s been a difficult weekend for me, but sometimes these kind of situations bring you to the top.”

“We started with a different setting and we tried to be stronger towards the end of the race, but in the final stages I was spinning a lot,” explained Rossi, who appeared in the top three for the eighth occasion this campaign. “It‘s a shame that with two laps to go I made a mistake in braking and I had to go wide. If not for that we could have fought for the second place.”


“Here, in Aragón, we always suffer a bit,” he added. “It‘s a shame and I‘m not fully happy, because I wanted to arrive as the first of the Yamahas and in front of Lorenzo, but unfortunately in the second half of the race he was faster than me. It‘s a shame, because I had some cards up my sleeve for the last laps, because I was there, but I made a mistake.”


LCR Honda’s Cal Crutchlow rode to fifth place. Two crashes in practice meant a tough weekend for Pol Espargaro but the Monster Yamaha Tech3 rider rallied to eighth position today. The Catalan had a positive feeling on the M1 despite the setbacks and only a small mistake in the race itself prevented ‘44’ from being higher up the order. Full-in teammate Alex Lowes was counted out of action due to a fall on Saturday that injured his left foot.

“The weekend was great and I enjoyed it a lot" said Lowes, who ended his poor luck and run of three DNFs in the last five rounds in the best fashion and now sits 40 points behind championship leader Johann Zarco. “This victory came at a good time and although we are a long way off in the championship everything is possible. Let’s keep this good form and try to make a good weekend in Japan.”


MotoGP will now exercise their packing skills. The October flyaway period begins with Grands Prix in Japan, Australian and Malaysia in a three-week period and before a final sortie is set for the flat ‘arena’ layout of the Ricardo Tormo in Valencia in November.