Full report and results below:
Marc Marquez has taken the sixth victory of his rookie MotoGP season at the Spanish grand prix in Aragon. The imperious performance saw the home-town hero chase down, stalk and eventually pass Jorge Lorenzo over the course of the second half of the race. He then lead the reigning champion home to take the checkered flag with a comfortable one and a half second margin.
Marquez's early progress was halted when he made a mistake under braking and almost careened into the back of his teammate Dani Pedrosa. It looked like there was very light contact which saw him run wide and off the track. It would prove not to be a happy birthday for Pedrosa as he unbelievably high-sided moments later, crashing out of the race, damaging his knee and surely destroying any 2013 world championship aspirations. He was taken to the medical centre for observations.
The battle for the final podium place provided the bulk of the excitement in the final laps as Valentino Rossi fought off a rowdy challenge from Alvaro Bautista, Stefan Bradl and Cal Crutchlow in sixth. His teammate Bradley Smith finished in a promising seventh place, albeit some distance behind his countryman. The Ducatis of Andrea Dovizioso, Nicky Hayden and Andrea Iannone rounded out the top ten.
Marquez now takes a very strong 39 point championship lead into the three flyaway rounds, as it looks more and more likely that the MotoGP paddock will see a rookie champion crowned at the conclusion of the 2013 season.
|13||14||Randy DE PUNIET||ART||+1'06.589|
|15||71||Claudio CORTI||FTR Kawasaki||+1'09.130|
|16||5||Colin EDWARDS||FTR Kawasaki||+1'12.041|
|18||67||Bryan STARING||FTR Honda||+1'45.228|