MotoGP: MotoGP Race Results from the Aragon GP

09/18/2011 @ 2:52 pm, by Jensen Beeler5 COMMENTS

MotoGP: MotoGP Race Results from the Aragon GP MotoGP Aragon GP start 635x423

Though threatening with strong winds and the possibility of rain, the weather held out for MotoGP riders at the Aragon GP. As the Spanish track played host to the premier class of motorcycle racing, the Aragon GP proved to be a Honda affair during qualifying, as Casey Stoner took yet another pole position, while teammate Dani Pedrosa followed closely behind as second on the grid. With Jorge Lorenzo struggling at Motorland Aragon, Ben Spies carried the Yamaha banner to the front row, qualifying third on Saturday.

The first to break the six engine rule allotment (we should add, without a special dispensation) Valentino Rossi took his seventh motor of the season, and thus was relegated to starting from the pit lane, 10 seconds after the start of the Aragon GP. Perhaps the friendliest track to take such a manuvear, Ducati Corse is clearly not only thinking for the long-term of this season, but also for the 2012 season as well. How would starting from the rear affect the nine-time World Champion, and would Jorge Lorenzo continue his pursuit of Casey Stoner at Aragon? Find out after the jump.

Counting down from 10 seconds at the start of the race, Valentino Rossi had to wait for what surely seemed like an eternity to start the Aragon GP. Meanwhile leading the the charge into the first few corners, it was American Ben Spies on his Yamaha YZR-M1 who surprised the Repsol Honda duo. Taking Dani Pedrosa and Casey Stoner on the outside of Turn 1, Spies mounted a short-lived leadership in the race before moving backwards. With Stoner first passing Pedrosa, and later Spies, the Australian rider once again performed another check-out race once he was in the lead.

In fact, the battle at the front was fairly nonexistent, as Dani Pedrosa also rode an unchallenged ride to the second step on the podium. Early in the race, the battle for third was of hot contention, that is beofre Spies slowly drifted down the rankings after having troubles with his rear tire. Battling with Marco Simoncelli and teammate Jorge Lorenzo, SuperSic’s own mistakes cost him position on Spies, leaving the reigning-World Champion to make his move and take a comfortable third position with 10 laps remaining in the race.¬†SuperSic would finally account for his errors with seven laps remaining, taking fourth place, while Spies finished a disappointing fifth.

While surely happy to podium at any race, Lorenzo’s third place finish, two places behind points leader Casey Stoner, all but assures his failure to defend the #1 plate in MotoGP. Now 44 points behind Stoner, Lorenzo will have to rely on a mistake from Stoner to win the Championship. As the Australian has been a pillar of consistency throughout the season, and the Honda RC213V nearly bulletproof, the chances for Lorenzo seeing such a race ending mistake from the Repsol Honda camp seems almost null & void, though we imagine there will be many good races from the Spaniard as he continues to race for pride in the series.

Despite the implications at the front of the race, perhaps the most exciting battle at the Aragon GP was the one for ninth, as a train of riders vied for position ahead of each other. Included in the group was Valentino Rossi, who despite starting from pit lane and 10 seconds behind the field, was able to catch the backmarkers. Finishing 10th, Rossi diced things up with Cal Crutchlow and Hiroshi Aoyama, as the two satellite riders would finish respectively ahead and behind of the factory Ducati rider.

Leaving that group only eight laps into the race was a very disappointed Toni Elias, who got rammed by Loris Capirossi while on the brakes. Elias had lead the pack for ninth for sometime, and found the pavement purely because of a mistake made by Capirex. Also crashing out were Karel Abraham and Andrea Dovizioso, both of whom crashing due to rider errors. While Dovi remained frustrated, but unhurt, the rookie Abraham had to be aided off the track after making contact with his tumbling Ducati Desmosedici.

MotoGP will hit the road now, with the Japanese GP at Motegi on October 2nd, the Australian GP at Phillip Island on October 16th, and the Malaysian GP on October 23rd. Once done on its road trip, the MotoGP paddock will return back to Europe for the last round of the 2011 MotoGP Championship, the Valencian GP on November 6th.

Race Results from the Aragon GP at Motorland Aragon, Spain:

Pos.No.RiderNationTeamDiff.
127Casey STONERAUSRepsol Honda Team-
226Dani PEDROSASPARepsol Honda Team+8.162
31Jorge LORENZOSPAYamaha Factory Racing+14.209
458Marco SIMONCELLIITASan Carlo Honda Gresini+20.646
511Ben SPIESUSAYamaha Factory Racing+27.739
619Alvaro BAUTISTASPARizla Suzuki MotoGP+30.373
769Nicky HAYDENUSADucati Team+34.288
88Hector BARBERASPAMapfre Aspar Team MotoGP+37.305
935Cal CRUTCHLOWGBRMonster Yamaha Tech 3+39.652
1046Valentino ROSSIITADucati Team+39.832
117Hiroshi AOYAMAJPNSan Carlo Honda Gresini+39.997
1214Randy DE PUNIETFRAPramac Racing Team+54.717
135Colin EDWARDSUSAMonster Yamaha Tech 3+58.430
Not Classified
24Toni ELIASSPALCR Honda MotoGP8 Laps
65Loris CAPIROSSIITAPramac Racing Team8 Laps
4Andrea DOVIZIOSOITARepsol Honda Team0 Lap
17Karel ABRAHAMCZECardion AB Motoracing0 Lap

Source: MotoGP; Photo: Yamaha Racing

Comment:

  1. s2upid says:

    ha! great photo.. didn’t realize abraham going sideways till i took a second closer look.

  2. Andrew says:

    Moto 2 is the racing to watch. Moto GP is almost as dull as F1 these days!!

  3. Steve says:

    Got to agree with Andrew on that one. Yaaaahhnn…..

  4. Shaitan says:

    The main race was a bit of yawner, but the Moto2 race was AWESOME!

  5. Steven Oliver says:

    Is anyone else super impressed with Suzuki these days? I don’t know if its the rider or the bike but it wasn’t but a year ago they ended every race in last or extremely close to it. Now they’re breaking into the top 10 every race.