Marc Márquez has led the Aragón GP from start to finish: He grabbed the holeshot, established a gap of more than a second on the opening lap, and extended his lead to more than six seconds.
With this win, the reigning MotoGP World Champion increases his advantage in the overall standings to 98 points and goes into the next round in Thailand with his first chance to clinch the 2019 title.
Jorge Lorenzo made a good start, moving up into twelfth by the end of the second lap. He would drop down the order, however, and eventually finished 20th.
Ninth pole of the year for Márquez
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Aragón GP 2019 – MotoGP race – Riders statements
I was convinced about my strategy and what I had to do. I had a good feeling from when I left the box, so I knew I could push in the beginning and open a gap of four or five seconds and just keep it there, not pushing too much. I saw at one stage of the race that Viñales closed in a little, so I pushed a little more for two or three laps and I stabilised the advantage.
It looked easy but it wasn’t, we have been working hard all weekend to find the limit. It was amazing to win here in front of our home fans so I have to say thank you to them all!
At the start of the race I was very hopeful of a good result as I made a very strong start and I was quite competitive in the opening laps. Unfortunately I felt a lot of drop on the rear tyre and I struggled for rear grip from early in the race. I tried to manage it by being as smooth as possible, but I dropped back little by little. It’s a pity, I would have rather started the race poorly and finished strong.
But still we can take positives as we have learned more about the setting and I was pleased with how some sessions went this weekend. Congratulations to Marc and the Repsol Honda Team for a great win.