Repsol Honda take 1-2 finish as Márquez becomes outright series leader

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Marc Márquez and Dani Pedrosa finish the Aragón GP in first and second position, respectively, having started the race from fifth and sixth place.

Repsol Honda take 1-2 finish as Márquez becomes outright series leader

I’m very very happy with this victory because it was a tough race


Marc Márquez

Márquez took his fifth victory of the season and reinforces his lead in the standings, which now stands at 16 points ahead of Andrea Dovizioso.

Dani Pedrosa claimed his eighth podium of the year and climbs one place in the overall standings, occupying fourth place -26 points off third-placed Maverick Viñales.

The result is the Repsol Honda Team’s third double this season, after those achieved at Jerez and in the Czech Republic.

Marc Márquez

I’m very very happy with this victory because it was a tough race. Yesterday I wasn’t feeling totally comfortable with the bike, and today I was struggling again except in the warm-up; I don’t really know why. Anyway, racing at one of my favourite tracks, close to my home and in front of my fans, gave me extra motivation. I pushed hard and in some corners I just clicked the off-button in my head, even if I crashed twice yesterday. I saw that Viñales and Dovizioso were struggling a bit and knew it was the moment to push, so I did. There were a few scary moments, once when I was trying to overtake Valentino; he was tighter in that corner than I was expecting, and to avoid a clash I released the brakes, only to realize that Lorenzo was right there! So I went off the track, and at that moment I cooled down a bit, even if I continued to try and close the gap. Once I passed Lorenzo, I had to keep going as I saw that Dani was coming very fast. Anyway, that’s the Marquez style! Of course it’s important to think of the Championship, but the situation now requires that we give it everything. So we’ll try to continue with the same motivation and mentality race by race, giving our 100 per cent.

Dani Pedrosa

Maybe if I could have overtaken Maverick a little bit earlier I would have had a better chance to fight for the win, but well, I’m still very happy with my race today! The goal was try and fight for the podium or the win, and we achieved that. So yes, I have some small regrets, but at the same time I couldn’t have done any better in the beginning as I was on the medium rear like Maverick and wasn’t able to pass him for a while. I also had to manage the tyre wear in order to be fast at the end, which I was. I wasn’t sure why we suddenly had some gap to recover to the front, as the others had more or less the same pace. Anyway, when I finally passed him, the gap was there, so I started pushing hard, made some good passes and a good recovery, and had a very strong race. I put a lot of passion into it, and this is good for me and the team.

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