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2018 'a great opportunity' for Espargaro, Aprilia

Aleix Espargaro equalled Aprilia’s best MotoGP finish of the four-stroke era, with sixth place in Sunday’s Aragon MotoGP. The Spaniard, also sixth on his RS-GP debut in Qatar, came tantalising close to a new high – crossing the finish line within 1.7s of both factory Yamaha riders, Maverick Vinales and Valentino Rossi. Competing at the scene of his only MotoGP podium, for Forward Yamaha ...

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MotoGP Aragon: Brake issues and crash for Crutchlow

Britain’s Cal Crutchlow crashed out of yesterday’s Aragon MotoGP round after a late move on Johann Zarco but had been having problems with his front-brake setup all race. The LCR Honda man’s discs and pads were overheating as he spent much of the race in slipstream and lost vital cooling air – and the Isle of Man residen’t poorly finger ...

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Metronomic Pedrosa ‘very competitive’ for second

Dani Pedrosa voiced his pleasure at “a very good weekend” at Aragon, which resulted in a combative charge through the top six to claim a fighting second place. Judging by pace in Saturday’s fourth free practice session, Pedrosa went into Sunday’s outing among the pre-race favourites, but found his early efforts to climb the order frustrated by a late-braking Maverick ...

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MotoGP Aragon: ‘Our bike is not at the others’ level’ – Vinales

Maverick Vinales stated after yesterday’s Aragon MotoGP that the Movistar Yamaha M1 is not at the same level as the Honda and Ducati, and he struggled to find grip in the early stages of yesterday’s race. The Spaniard, along with team-mate Valentino Rossi, opted to use the hard rear Michelin even though he hadn’t turned a wheel on it all ...

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Vinales: The championship will be really difficult

Having secured pole position at Aragon, and noted his recent performances in the dry, Maverick Viñales was entitled to awaken on Sunday morning believing a fourth win of the season was well within his reach. Yet race day underlined similar failings for the 22-year old and the Yamaha M1, as he limited damage the best he could, collecting fourth place after ...

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MotoGP Aragon: Lorenzo ‘needed two-tenths more’ for victory

Mutiple world champion Jorge Lorenzo believes he was just two-tenths of a second per lap shy of his first MotoGP victory as the gap he opened in yesterday’s Aragon race wasn’t quite enough as his soft rear Michelin began to drop. The Ducati rider used the soft rear to great advantage, opening up a significant gap over Valentino Rossi, Marc ...

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Fifth win for Marquez

… the season at the Aragon MotoGP near Alcaniz yesterday. Despite starting … to go for his third MotoGP win in Aragon and fourth … Motogp Search Results

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Bittersweet Lorenzo feels first Ducati win ‘is coming’

It was hard to disagree with Jorge Lorenzo‘s assertion that the illusive first win with Ducati “is coming”, in the wake of another impressive MotoGP showing at Aragon, which yielded a strong third place. The Majorcan posted his finest showing in Ducati red to date, riding brilliantly from the start with Michelin’s soft rear tyre fitted to lead the first 15 ...

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MotoGP Aragon: Soft tyre ‘not wrong decision’ says Dovizioso

Ducati’s Andrea Dovizoso dropped 16 points to Marc Marquez in yesterday’s Aragon MotoGP, limping home in seventh as the Spaniard took victory but said the choice of the soft rear tyre was correct. Dovizoso was in the running until ten laps from the end but setup problems in three corners meant he had to use the rear Michelin up just ...

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Rivals hail 'incredible' Rossi performance – UPDATED

Valentino Rossi‘s MotoGP rivals have hailed an ‘incredible’ injury comeback by the Italian. After returning on Friday, just 22 days after breaking his tibia and fibula in a training accident, Rossi stunned with third in Saturday’s qualifying – his best ever grid start at the Spanish circuit – despite doctors predicting he would be out for 30-40 days. More heroics followed ...

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