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Cars MotoGP Aragon 2: Morbidelli wins ahead of Suzuki duo, Nakagami crashes early

16:15  25 october  2020
16:15  25 october  2020 Source:   motorsport-total.com

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Second MotoGP victory for Franco Morbidelli: In Aragon 2 the Petronas Yamaha rider a flawless race and prevailed against the two Suzuki riders Alex Rins and Joan Mir, who made it onto the podium again after two Honda riders withdrew from the race early.

"I knew I had to drive an aggressive race," said Morbidelli in Parc Ferme. "When I was free I gave everything. And that in every lap. The concentration was very high. I had a fantastic feeling while driving. The 23 laps passed extremely quickly. I knew that I had to give everything."

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Takaaki Nakagami claimed a maiden MotoGP pole ahead of the Teruel Grand Prix, while championship What happened in qualifying. Nakagami topped the timesheets in practice on Friday and Franco Morbidelli ( 2 nd): "I felt great. I made a good lap, I was able to go underneath 1

His team did a great job beforehand: "We modified the bike so that we were fast over the entire race. I was able to concentrate on driving aggressively and precisely at the same time. I had a lot of fun. This victory goes to the team, because they did a fantastic job. "

Rins in danger of falling with soft front tire

For Suzuki, victory was out of reach this time. Rins is still satisfied: "It was a good race, much faster than a week ago. Franco was very quick from the start. I wanted to follow him, but it was difficult. Maverick and I were the only drivers with the soft front tire."

"At the beginning of the race I felt comfortable with it. But lap after lap I felt the front wheel want to fold away. I told myself that I had to relax a bit. I wanted to keep up and get on the podium. I did finally made it, "explains the winner of the previous week.

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Aragon GP race winner Alex Rins edged ahead with a 1m49.111s on the Suzuki , before Morbidelli returned to the top of the pack with a 1m48.612s. With just over half an hour of the session still to run, Nakagami on the LCR Honda comfortably moved clear of the field with a 1m48.354s.

Franco Morbidelli led a tight third MotoGP practice for the Teruel Grand Prix as all Ducati runners fall into Nakagami 's first time attack lap put him to within 0.009s of Quartararo's lap, before Aragon GP race winner Alex Rins was the best Suzuki runner in seventh, with Miguel Oliveira ensuring both

Mir, who finished third again, admits: "To be honest, I couldn't show much more today. I think we drove a very good race. The drivers in front of me were faster at the beginning. I couldn't catch up. They were super fast. I have to congratulate you. I couldn't have gone faster today. "

"I suppose I put more stress on the tires at the beginning and that threw me back a bit towards the end of the race," the World Championship leader searches for explanations. "But it's okay. Another podium. That's an impressive result from twelfth on the grid. A podium today is like a win." He has to wait for this one.

drama for Nakagami shortly after the start

In terms of tires, Rins was one of only three drivers who had opted for the soft-soft combination. With temperatures of just under 22 degrees in the air and 30 degrees on the asphalt, most of them used the medium tires at the front, while the soft compound dominated the rear. Morbidelli drove with medium-medium.

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Franco Morbidelli led a tight third MotoGP practice for the Teruel Grand Prix as all Ducati runners fall into Q1 Improvements on the combined timesheets were typically minimal in the early stages of FP3, with Nakagami ’s first time attack lap put him to within 0.009s of Quartararo’s lap, before his second

Franco Morbidelli led a tight third MotoGP practice for the Teruel Grand Prix as all Ducati runners Improvements on the combined timesheets were typically minimal in the early stages of FP3, with With half the 45-minute session gone, Morbidelli 's SRT team-mate Fabio Quartararo went fastest on

At the start he stayed second behind pole setter Takaaki Nakagami, who fell after just a few corners and left Morbidelli in the lead. There was also a crash further back in the field on lap one: Brad Binder and Jack Miller retired prematurely after a collision at Turn 2.

The order after the first of 23 race laps saw Morbidelli ahead of Rins, Johann Zarco, Maverick Vinales and Mir, who had pushed forward from twelfth on the grid. Fabio Quartararo was sixth, followed by Honda with Cal Crutchlow and Alex Marquez. The latter was the only one on the road with the hard front tire.

Mir and Marquez on the advance early on

In the initial phase, Morbidelli set the pace and drove the fastest laps, but he couldn't shake Rins off. Zarco again had to tear something down in third place. There was also a small gap behind Vinales and Me. But Marquez, once past Crutchlow and Quartararo, slowly came back.

On lap four the MotoGP rookie wrote the fastest lap to date with 1: 48.186 minutes and was already sticking to Mir's rear wheel. He fled forward and attacked Vinales to take fourth place. But he couldn't shake Marquez off, because he too took Vinales and was now fifth.

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Aragon GP race winner Alex Rins edged ahead with a 1m49.111s on the Suzuki , before Morbidelli returned to the top of the pack with a 1m48.612s. With just over half an hour of the session still to run, Nakagami on the LCR Honda comfortably moved clear of the field with a 1m48.354s.

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At the top, Morbidelli continued to set the pace. He had topped Marquez's lap time again and lay a few yards and Rins. Behind the two there was already a gap of more than a second and a half after eight laps. At the same time, Zarco's lead on the two pursuers Mir and Marquez shrank.

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also crashes On lap eleven, Mir the Ducati first got ready. Shortly afterwards, Marquez also came by, but had to deal with a counterattack by Zarco and so lost important time on Mir. But it got worse, because with ten laps to go, Marquez fell over the front wheel and retired.

With this, Honda had lost two promising candidates in the battle for the podium early. The podium now seemed to be decided between Morbidelli and the two Suzuki drivers, although Mir couldn't really make up time on the top duo. The world championship leader was already more than two seconds behind.

At least there was no danger from behind, because Zarco was more than five seconds behind Mir. His World Cup rival Quartararo fought in the second half of the top 10 with Vinales and Miguel Oliveira for places six to eight. Dovizioso, initially part of this group, had to be demolished and fell back.

In the final laps, Suzuki was finally unable to counter the pace of Morbidelli at the top. The Petronas driver crossed the finish line 2.205 seconds ahead of Rins. Again I ran 3.171 seconds behind Rins. After Aragon 1 both Suzukis were on the podium again.

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KTM driver Pol Espargaro finished the race in a strong fourth ahead of Zarco, who in the end narrowly prevailed against Oliveira. Both were separated by just 0.038 seconds at the finish. Vinales, Quartararo, Iker Lecuona and Danilo Petrucci completed the top 10. Dovizioso did not get past 13th place.

He ended up behind Crutchlow and Stefan Bradl, who was twelfth. In total, only 15 drivers saw the checkered flag. Tito Rabat and Bradley Smith took the last two places. Aleix Espargaro retired late due to a technical problem on his Aprilia. Francesco Bagnaia also stopped his Ducati early.

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