ARAGON GP - Abraham back amongst the points in Aragón2018-09-23 08:58
Comapa Ángel Nieto Team rider finishes fifteenth, in a race in which Álvaro Bautista was forced to retire after crashing out
Marc Márquez continues to increase his chances of lifting the MotoGP title with races to spare, after the Spaniard took a hard-fought victory at the Aragón Grand Prix ahead of Andrea Dovizioso and Andrea Iannone. After an early crash for Jorge Lorenzo at Turn 1, Marquez and Dovizioso took control of the race. However, after several overtakings moves between them, both Iannone and his teammate Álex Rins hunted the pair down. In the end, Márquez claimed his first win since July's German GP.
Karel Abraham and the Comapa Ángel Nieto Team were back in the points, although Álvaro Bautista was unable to complete the race. Abraham started from 16th on the grid, but a pass by Valentino Rossi dropped him back several positions and he was required to fight back from 20th. Despite this, the Czech recovered several positions, crossing the line 15th and picking up a point. Bautista's race finished prematurely on the second lap, after he lost the front end of his bike at Turn 14. The Spanish rider had great expectations for a race that he started from eighth, but which ended with his seven-race Top 10 streak coming to a close.
17th Karel Abraham: "I'm satisfied because we are back in the points. Every point counts and with this fifteenth place we go to Thailand and the flyaways with a boost in morale. It was a difficult race, in which we got a good start but where on the third corner Valentino Rossi passed me a bit forcefully and I lost several positions. It meant that I wasn't able to fight with the group ahead of me. I maintained a good pace and I was able to overtake Syahrin, Luthi and Redding. Overall, I think it was a good race, and although the lap times were consistent, they were somewhat slower than we expected; we thought we could go down to the 1:49s but it was possibly hotter than yesterday and there was less grip after the Moto2 race."
Álvaro Bautista (DNF): "It's a shame that, with the high expectations we had for this race, I lost the front end and crashed on the second lap. These are things that can happen in racing, but I feel sorry for the team because we did not deserve this result. We will continue working as we have always done, and try to improve weekend after weekend."
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