Fabio Quartararo saw his title advantage cut to just ten points this weekend after an opening lap incident ruled him out of the Aragon Grand Prix.
The factory Yamaha star aimed to limit the damage done at the head of the championship standings from his sixth-place grid slot, but an accident whilst jostling for position in the opening corners saw the 23-year-old tag the rear of Marc Marquez’ Repsol Honda, sending the World Champion flying over the top of his YZR-M1 Yamaha. Thankfully unhurt, the number 20 rider was taken to the circuit medical centre and was cleared of any serious injuries.
Avoiding the turn three chaos on the opening lap, WithU Yamaha RNF MotoGP rider Cal Crutchlow evaded further drama at turn nine as the Aragon Grand Prix got underway in a fiery manner. Gaining seven positions to end the opening lap in 11th, the British rider battled hard on the cusp of the top ten before ultimately dropping to 13th at the halfway stage.
As the race continued, the 36-year-old had Maverick Viñales for company, and after a fierce battle, relinquished 13th to the Spaniard, ultimately rounding out his return with two points in 14th.
Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP’s Franco Morbidelli had hoped to make headway throughout Sunday’s 23-lap affair, however, found himself at the back of the field as he avoided Takaaki Nakagami’s sliding Honda at turn nine. With only one way to progress, the Italian soldiered on, eventually battling his way through to 17th place.
After a strong start, Darryn Binder’s first visit to Aragon in the premier class ended in an 18th-place finish.
Picking up no points in Sunday’s race, Quartararo’s lead in the championship is reduced to ten points ahead of the Japanese Grand Prix. Franco Morbidelli remains in 19th place. Darryn Binder holds 22nd position with new Yamaha team-mate Cal Crutchlow placing 26th.
The MotoGP paddock travels straight to Japan for round 16 of the MotoGP World Championship at the Twin Ring Motegi. The Japanese round will feature a condensed schedule with only one free practice session on Friday. The weekend commences on Friday 23rd September to kick off a bumper of Grand Prix action over the next five weeks.
MotoGP Gran Premio de Aragón Results
1. Enea Bastianini – Gresini Racing MotoGP
2. Francesco Bagnaia – Ducati Lenovo Team +0.042
3. Aleix Espargaro – Aprilia Racing +6.139
4. Brad Binder – Red Bull KTM Factory Racing +6.379
5. Jack Miller – Ducati Lenovo Team +6.964
6. Jorge Martin – Prima Pramac Racing +12.030
7. Luca Marini – Mooney VR46 Racing Team +12.474
8. Johann Zarco – Prima Pramac Racing +12.655
9. Alex Rins – Team SUZUKI ECSTAR +12.702
10. Marc Bezzecchi – Mooney VR46 Racing Team +16.150
11. Miguel Oliveira – Red Bull KTM Factory Racing +17.071
12. Alex Marquez – LCR Honda CASTROL +18.463
13. Maverick Viñales – Aprilia Racing +18.730
14. Cal Crutchlow – WithU Yamaha RNF MotoGP Team +20.090
15. Pol Espargaro – Repsol Honda Team +27.588
16. Remy Gardner – Tech3 KTM Factory Racing +28.805
17. Franco Morbidelli – Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP +30.422
18. Darryn Binder – WithU Yamaha RNF MotoGP Team +31.330
19. Fabio Di Giannantonio – Gresini Racing MotoGP +31.595
20. Raul Fernandez – Tech3 KTM Factory Racing +36.160
NC. Marc Marquez – Repsol Honda Team +22 laps
NC. Takaaki Nakagami – LCR Honda IDEMITSU +23 laps
NC. Fabio Quartararo – Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP +23 laps
DNS. Joan Mir – Team SUZUKI ECSTAR
MotoGP World Championship Standings
1. Fabio Quartararo – Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP 211 points
2. Francesco Bagnaia – Ducati Lenovo Team 201 points
3. Aleix Espargaro – Aprilia Racing 194 points
4. Enea Bastianini – Gresini Racing MotoGP 163 points
5. Jack Miller – Ducati Lenovo Team 134 points
6. Johann Zarco – Prima Pramac Racing 133 points
7. Brad Binder – Red Bull KTM Factory Racing 128 points
8. Alex Rins – Team SUZUKI ECSTAR 108 points
9. Jorge Martin – Prima Pramac Racing 104 points
10. Maverick Viñales – Aprilia Racing 104 points
11. Miguel Oliveira – Red Bull KTM Factory Racing 95 points
12. Luca Marini – Mooney VR46 Racing Team 91 points
13. Joan Mir – Team SUZUKI ECSTAR 77 points
14. Marco Bezzecchi – Mooney VR46 Racing Team 74 points
15. Marc Marquez – Repsol Honda Team 60 points
16. Takaaki Nakagami – LCR Honda IDEMITSU 46 points
17. Pol Espargaro – Repsol Honda Team 43 points
18. Alex Marquez – LCR Honda CASTROL 39 points
19. Franco Morbidelli – Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP 26 points
20. Fabio Di Giannantonio – Gresini Racing MotoGP 23 points
21. Andrea Dovizioso – WithU Yamaha RNF MotoGP Team 15 points
22. Darryn Binder – WithU Yamaha RNF MotoGP Team 10 points
23. Remy Gardner – Tech3 KTM Factory Racing 9 points
24. Raul Fernandez - Tech3 KTM Factory Racing 8 points
25. Stefan Bradl – Repsol Honda Team 2 points
26. Cal Crutchlow – WithU Yamaha RNF MotoGP Team 2 points
27. Michele Pirro – Aruba.it Racing 0 points
28. Lorenzo Savadori – Aprilia Racing 0 points
29. Kazuki Watanabe – Team SUZUKI ECSTAR 0 points