MotoGP: Round #14 Movistar Yamaha Race Report - Aragon

Jorge Lorenzo Race Action Shot

Movistar Yamaha Press Release:

Movistar Yamaha MotoGP team‘s Jorge Lorenzo was on another level today at the Gran Premio Movistar de Aragón and took a stunning victory. Valentino Rossi had the Spanish crowd at MotorLand Aragón gasping for air as he entertained them with a sensational battle for second place in which he came just 0.090s short.

Lorenzo made a flying start from second on the grid to lead the MotoGP field into turn one with rival Marc Marquez in pursuit. The Yamaha rider showed his usual stunning pace on the opening lap, creating an advantage of over half a second as they headed into the second lap. Marquez tried to stay on the heels of Lorenzo, but was unable to keep up with his blistering pace and with 22 laps to go he crashed out.

By then Lorenzo already had a more than 1.7s advantage over the chasing group fighting for second, including Andrea Iannone, Dani Pedrosa and Valentino Rossi. As they dueled, Lorenzo in no time built up a margin of over three seconds, which he managed beautifully. It was a lonely race for the Spaniard, but his incredible consistency proved unbeatable today. With no rider able to match his pace, Lorenzo crossed the finish line with a convincing 2.683 seconds advantage over the rider in second place, and clinched the by himself designed Gran Premio Movistar de Aragón trophy.

Rossi defended his lead in the championship with tooth and nail today. He held his sixth grid position off the line going into turn one, and soon moved up the order as he overtook Pol Espargarò. The Italian, promoted to fourth by Marquez‘s crash, was able to get hold of a provisional third place podium spot when he overtook Iannone on lap four.

His next target was Pedrosa, who he shadowed for most of the race before making his move after 18 laps. What followed was a five-lap battle for second that ran that until the finish line. Rossi skillfully passed Pedrosa various times, but was unable to make it stick and ultimately had to settle for the final podium spot, 2.773s off his teammate.

Today‘s race results keep Lorenzo in second in the rankings and see him inch closer to his teammate Rossi, who holds the lead in the standings with a 14-point advantage and a total of 263 points.

Jorge Lorenzo Race Action Shot

JORGE LORENZO #99:

I took a big sigh of relief, because I was pushing so much and my tension-level was very high. I was trying to pull away by some metres from Marquez. I knew it was going to be difficult because my pace was very similar to his and after the warm up I knew his pace was very strong. We probably would have fought all the race and he may have beaten me in the final part because he may not have noticed the drop of the tires as much, but today I was lucky. I saw his crash on the board and then I had to wait another lap to see the gap to Pedrosa. That was already very big after two laps, but I still couldn‘t relax because I knew that Dani had Valentino behind him and on this track he can have a good pace. I needed to stay focused and not make any mistakes to maintain the distance and that‘s what I did all the race. I remained very concentrated and focused and it was worth it. This race was very important to forget about the last two races with bad luck concerning the weather and where I made some mistakes. Had I lost more points to Valentino, it would have been almost impossible to win the championship. Now it‘s a bigger chance, but you never know what happens at the three fly-away races, so we have to keep our feet on the ground and keep working well as we are doing now and try to beat the others on all laps of these next four races. Over the last two years we did a good job in Motegi, the bike works well there in what is usually a difficult track for us. The hard-braking and acceleration suits our rivals better, so it‘s not easy, but these last few years I‘ve been very fast and competitive. Maybe we can win, but for sure, with Marquez around it will be very tough.

I‘m very proud of the team and very proud of the work that everyone from Yamaha did in Japan. They worked on all aspects but especially on corner entry. That was our main weakness over the previous years. This Team World Championship title, that we secured already four races before the end of the season, means a lot to us. It‘s been an unbelievable year from the results to the performance of the bike and we are very happy.

Valentino Rossi Race Action Shot

VALENTINO ROSSI #46:

I try everything, I give the maximum, because for sure it is important to arrive second and lose just the five points to Jorge, but at the end Dani today was very strong. I tried everything, but in the end he arrived in front of me. On the other hand I am happy about the race. First of all because it was very fun, and secondly because I was competitive, I was strong in the race and it was the best race of my career in Aragon, for sure, this circuit is always difficult. But now we have to look forward and try to do better. I stayed behind Dani because in the beginning it was very difficult to overtake and I didn't have enough pace to stay in front. So I had to fight for everything in the last lap. I tried to overtake where I saw I was strong, but already from the first overtake I saw that Dani today was very strong, because he always came back. I tried to concentrate and stay on the line at entry every time, but on the last lap we touched at one time and I went over the curb, so at that moment I had just to try all or nothing, you know. In the chicane I tried without thinking, but he was able to cross the line somehow. Now we go to Motegi, it is a track that I like, where also last year I did a very good race. But Jorge last year was stronger than me and he was able to win. For this reason we have to try the maximum, the difference is just fourteen points and it will be very difficult, because the advantage is so small. We have to give the maximum, because we are competitive.

The Team World Title is a great achievement for everybody, because all the team, all the engineers were able to improve the M1 and gave us a great bike. We did a great step compared to last year and compared to Honda also, especially. It is also a great achievement for the riders, because we always care about this and this year me and Jorge were able to win a lot of points and arrived in front a lot of the time. So everybody in the team is very happy.

MASSIMO MEREGALLI - TEAM DIRECTOR:

It was a state of the art performance by Jorge, his level was unmatched and he managed the gap perfectly. He didn‘t make any mistakes and fully deserved his 60th Grand Prix win over all classes. Valentino did well to ride from sixth to third early on in the race and got caught up in a battle with Dani Pedrosa for the final two podium positions. The team has worked very hard all season long and it had paid off as Movistar Yamaha MotoGP is now the World Champion Team. I want to dedicate this title to all team members, who always put a lot of effort in finding solutions to bring us to a highly competitive level. I also want to dedicate this victory to Movistar, as we could not have given them a better gift than the Team World Championship title at their own title sponsored Grand Prix. I‘m especially happy that we have won this title in front of Mr. Alierta, President of Telefonica, who honored us with his presence in the garage during the race.

GRAND PRIX OF ARAGÓN - RACE RESULTS:

1.    Jorge Lorenzo (SPA)    Movistar Yamaha MotoGP    41'44.933

2.    Dani Pedrosa (SPA)    Repsol Honda Team    + 2.683

** 3.    Valentino Rossi (ITA)    Movistar Yamaha MotoGP    + 2.773**

4.    Andrea Iannone (ITA)    Ducati Team    + 7.858

5.    Andrea Dovizioso (ITA)    Ducati Team    + 24.322

6.    Aleix Espargarò (SPA)    Team Suzuki Ecstar    + 24.829

7.    Cal Crutchlow (GBR)    CWM LCR Honda    + 25.367

8.    Bradley Smith (GBR)    Monster Yamaha Tech3    + 25.503

9.    Pol Espargarò (SPA)    Monster Yamaha Tech3    + 26.452

10.    Yonny Hernandez (COL)    Octo Pramac Racing    + 43.889

11.    Maverick Viñales (SPA)    Team Suzuki Ecstar    + 44.255

12.    Scott Redding (GBR)    Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS    + 48.176

13.    Alvaro Bautista (SPA)    Aprilia Racing Team Gresini    + 49.755

14.    Eugene Laverty (IRL)    Aspar MotoGP Team    + 50.271

15.    Nicky Hayden (USA)    Aspar MotoGP Team    + 50.364

16.    Hector Barbera (SPA)    Avintia Racing    + 50.722

17.    Loris Baz (FRA)    Forward Racing    + 51.997

18.    Stefan Bradl (GER)    Aprilia Racing Team Gresini    + 53.406

19.    Jack Miller (AUS)    CWM LCR Honda    + 56.859

20.    Mike Di Meglio (FRA)    Avintia Racing    + 59.607

21.    Toni Elias (SPA)    Forward Racing    + 1'15.237

22.    Karel Abraham (CZE)    AB Motoracing    N.C. (12 laps)

23.    Danilo Petrucci (ITA)    Octo Pramac Racing    N.C. (14 laps)

24.    Alex De Angelis (RSM)    E-Motion IodaRacing Team    N.C. (18 laps)

25.    Marc Marquez (SPA)    Repsol Honda Team    N.C. (22 laps)

WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP CLASSIFICATION RIDER:

1.    Valentino Rossi (ITA)    Movistar Yamaha MotoGP    263

** 2.    Jorge Lorenzo (SPA)    Movistar Yamaha MotoGP    249**

3.    Marc Marquez (SPA)    Repsol Honda Team    184

4.    Andrea Iannone (ITA)    Ducati Team    172

5.    Bradley Smith (GBR)    Monster Yamaha Tech3    143

6.    Andrea Dovizioso (ITA)    Ducati Team    139

7.    Dani Pedrosa (SPA)    Repsol Honda Team    129

8.    Danilo Petrucci (ITA)    Octo Pramac Racing    93

9.    Cal Crutchlow (GBR)    CWM LCR Honda    88

10.    Pol Espargarò (SPA)    Monster Yamaha Tech3    88

11.    Aleix Espargarò (SPA)    Team Suzuki Ecstar    76

12.    Maverick Viñales (SPA)    Team Suzuki Ecstar    74

13.    Scott Redding (GBR)    Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS    67

14.    Yonny Hernandez (COL)    Octo Pramac Racing    47

15.    Loris Baz (FRA)    Forward Racing    28

16.    Alvaro Bautista (SPA)    Aprilia Racing Team Gresini    26

17.    Hector Barbera (SPA)    Avintia Racing    23

18.    Jack Miller (AUS)    CWM LCR Honda    16

19.    Nicky Hayden (USA)    Aspar MotoGP Team    13

20.    Stefan Bradl (GER)    Aprilia Racing Team Gresini    11

21.    Eugene Laverty (IRL)    Aspar MotoGP Team    9

22.    Mike Di Meglio (FRA)    Avintia Racing    7

23.    Hiroshi Aoyama (JPN)    Repsol Honda Team    5

24.    Alex De Angelis (RSM)    E-Motion IodaRacing Team    2

WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP CLASSIFICATION CONSTRUCTOR:

1.    Yamaha    322

2.    Honda    260

3.    Ducati    210

4.    Suzuki    105

5.    Forward Yamaha    33

6.    Aprilia    26

7.    ART    2

WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP CLASSIFICATION TEAM:

1.    Movistar Yamaha MotoGP    512

2.    Repsol Honda Team    318

3.    Ducati Team    311

4.    Monster Yamaha Tech3    231

5.    Team Suzuki Ecstar    150

6.    Octo Pramac Racing    140

7.    CWM LCR Honda    104

8.    Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS    67

9.    Aprilia Racing Team Gresini    37

10.    Avintia Racing    30

11.    Forward Racing    28

12.    Aspar MotoGP Team    22

13.    E-Motion IodaRacing Team    2

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