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That's it for our live Moto GP coverage from Aragon. Thanks for joining us and we'll see you for the next round in Sepang in 2 weeks.
14:10
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Rossi, "The battle was hard. Bautista was very fast, he overtook me but I got back and I rode the last lap on the limit. It's always positive to be on the podium but I expected a little more. I want to go faster and be closer to the top. I used the hard tyre on the front and after a few laps I had trouble with understeer. We'll try next week in Malaysia."
14:08
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Lorenzo, "Braking was worse than this morning. I lost a lot to Marc but when he recovered I just relaxed and tried to be with him. But he was stronger all weekend. No excuses, he was faster today."
14:07
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Speaking in the post race press conference Marquez says, "The start wasn't good. I was able to be aggressive in the 1st few corners. I only lost 1.5secs and I recovered step by step. Before the back straight I touched Pedrosa a little bit and I saw that he crashed. I overtook Jorge quickly and the 25 points are important."
14:04
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Pedrosa remains in 3rd but is now 20 points behind Lorenzo. Rossi's podium cements his 4th place, 34 points back of Pedrosa.
14:02
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Marquez now leads Lorenzo by 39 points meaning he can finish 3rd in the remaining 4 races and still win the title.
14:00
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Marquez also confirms the contact with Pedrosa. I wonder what the headlines in the Spanish papers will be tomorrow?
13:59
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So the top 10 after 23 laps finished as: Marquez, Lorenzo, Rossi, Bautista, Bradl, Crutchlow, Smith, Dovizioso, Hayden, Iannone.
13:56
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Suppo also confirms that Pedrosa is OK.
13:55
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Wow. Livio Suppo confirms that Marquez touched his teammate's back wheel just before the crash which disabled Pedrosa's traction control/wheel sensor. So that coming together caused Dani's crash. He'll be devastated.
13:53
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In parc-fermé Lorenzo shakes the hands of the Repsol team. He knows it's going to take a minor miracle to retain his crown this year.
13:51
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Dovizioso was 8th and Hayden eventually got the better of Iannone and Espargaro to finish 9th.
13:49
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Smith comes home in a fine 7th, his best race result since the Sachsenring. Importantly for Bradley he finished less than 30 seconds behind Marquez.
13:47
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Bautista got 4th, Bradl not far back in 5th. Crutchlow rode bravely but was unable to get close enough to make a move ending up 6th, just 0.6secs behind the German.
13:46
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The jostling between Bautista and Bradl gave Rossi just enough of an advantage to keep his 3rd position, his 5th podium of 2013.
13:45
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He huffed and puffed but Lorenzo didn't have anything in the end for Marquez as the 20-year old crosses the line to take his 6th win of the season!
13:44
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Rossi will be thanking Bradl for this, the German pushes Bautista wide at T1 only to run wide. Rossi gets a valuable few tenths over the pair.
13:43
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We start the last lap and the battle for 1st is over, but anyone of 4 riders could be 3rd...
13:42
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Meanwhile Rossi goes under Bautista into T7. The Spaniard comes right back and attempts to dive under into T8. The 9-time champion uses all of his cunning and lets his brakes off. This will go to the wire!
13:40
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2 to go and the gap at the front is over 1 second. Barring a massive mistake Marquez is going to extend his championship lead to 39 points.
13:39
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Iannone has added himself to that battle for 9th, both he and Hayden have got past Espargaro.
13:38
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On lap 20 Lorenzo loses 0.3secs in the 2nd sector. That small mistake may prevent him from challenging further as Marmquez ekes the gap to 3/4 of a second.
13:36
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Smith is running a comfortable 7th ahead of Dovizioso. Espargaro has got by Hayden again, demoting the American to 10th.
13:35
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As well as the fight at the front, Bautista is riding like a man possessed. He gets under Rossi at T15, just before they run onto the back straight. This fight is far from over.
13:34
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An update from the Medical Centre: Dani Pedrosa has been cleared of any serious injury. But it's that shoulder that is the worry.
13:33
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And again on lap 17 Lorenzo takes another 2 tenths. It's now under 0.4secs, we still have a race here!
13:32
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We have 7 laps to go and the gap is yo-yoing at the front. Lorenzo was 0.2secs faster than Marquez last time around.
13:30
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On lap 15 Bautista gets past Bradl, he's all over Rossi. Yet it's Crutchlow who's the fastest man in that group. Anyone of these 4 could be standing on the podium.
13:29
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Prior to being overtaken, Lorenzo looked over his shoulder as if to say 'do you want to lead?' His change of tactics aren't working though, the gap is going up by a few tenths each lap.
13:27
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Marquez goes through at T12, the same place where he ran on and Pedrosa crashed and instantly pulls out 0.3secs on the back straight. That was coming.
13:26
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That battle for 3rd is hotting up nicely as Bautista re-passes Crutchlow for 5th. Rossi looked to be leaving them behind but Bradl et al are back on his rear tyre.
13:24
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At the front Marquez has whittled Lorenzo's advantage down to 0.2secs. This looks ominous for the Yamaha man.
13:21
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Those softer front tyres are working for Lorenzo and Marquez. We're on lap 11 and they are still lapping 0.5secs faster than their pursuers.
13:18
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I stupidly asked whether Marquez would settle for 2nd. He's taken 0.5secs out of Lorenzo in the past 2 laps.
13:17
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Crutchlow is making excellent progress and gets past Bautista into 5th. He can smell a podium here.
13:16
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So with Pedrosa out we have a very interesting battle for 3rd. Bautista and Crutchlow are right behind Rossi and Bradl, the 4 covered by less than a second.
13:15
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That's devastating for Pedrosa as he is loaded on to a stretcher. He's moving very gingerly and may have tweaked that troublesome shoulder once again.
13:14
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Suddenly Lorenzo has a 1.5secs gap at the front. After seeing his teammate hit the deck will Marquez settle for 2nd?
13:14
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That's his championship challenge in tatters! Marquez ran in to T12 hot around Pedrosa's outside and had to run wide. Pedrosa may have felt that and high-sided coming out of the turn.
13:12
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Pedrosa goes down out of 2nd place!
13:11
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The top 3 can't be separated at the moment. Marquez is already lining up his teammate.
13:10
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Pedrosa is in no mood to hang around and goes under Marquez into T7! The 28-year old seems to have re-found the aggression that was lacking at the last few rounds.
13:09
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It's been a nightmare for Paul Bird's team as Damian Cudlin retires with gearbox issues. What rotten luck.
13:08
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Rossi is having to contend with Stefan Bradl but he can't live with the front three's pace. He's now 1.7secs behind Pedrosa in 3rd.
13:07
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We're only on lap 3 but the Hondas are looking ominous. Pedrosa has regrouped and he and Marquez have reduced the deficit at the front to 0.6secs.
13:06
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We're just seeing replays and Laverty was involved in a spill at T12, getting caught up with Petrucci and Scassa.
13:05
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It's a nightmare start for Michael Laverty, the Northern Irishman retiring after just 1 lap.
13:04
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Crutchlow got away well but he ran wide at the final turn, losing out to Bautista. He sits in 7th.
13:04
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Lorenzo is attempting to repeat his Misano performance, he's put 0.9secs into the rest on the opening lap. A stunning opening pace from the World Champion.
13:03
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Rossi is right behind Pedrosa in 4th with Bradl on his tail.
13:02
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Marquez is into 2nd already but Lorenzo has pulled half a second in the first 1/2 lap!
13:02
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Lorenzo gets the drop as the lights go out with Pedrosa getting past Marquez into 2nd!
13:00
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Hector Barbera's Blusens machine was wheeled off the grid before the warm up lap. The Spaniard will start from pit-lane.
12:59
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So as we start the warm up lap the grid lines up as: Marquez, Lorenzo, Pedrosa – Rossi, Bradl, Bautista – Crutchlow, Smith, Dovizioso – Espargaro, Hayden, Iannone
12:58
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One other change for the weekend. World Supersport race winner Luca Scassa makes his Grand Prix debut deputising for the injured Karel Abraham in the Cardion AB Motoracing team.
12:58
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Laverty, who has a new crew chief in the form on BSB race winner Scott Smart, starts from 20th.
12:58
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That means Michael Laverty takes over his ART Aprilia steed in Paul Bird’s outfit. Damian Cudlin takes over the PBM machine.
12:57
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It was announced after the race in San Marino that Yonny Hernandez will deputise for the injured Ben Spies in Pramac Ducati colours for the rest of the season.
12:57
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It's interesting to see both Lorenzo and Marquez have chosen the soft front tyre. All other prototype riders chose the harder option front tyre.
12:56
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Smith wasn’t far behind, qualifying 8th and Andrea Dovizioso makes his 200th Grand Prix start from 9th.
12:55
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Along the back straight Crutchlow’s M1 was losing 8kmph to his teammate Bradley Smith in qualifying. The Englishman hopes an overnight engine change will return some much needed speed.
12:54
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7th may not seem a bad effort but it’s the 1st time that Cal Crutchlow hasn’t started from the 1st 2 rows since Indy 2012.
12:54
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Stefan Bradl was running as high as 3rd in the race here last year before he crashed. He starts just behind Rossi in 5th with Bautista in 6th.
12:53
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The top 4 in qualifying were only separated by 0.158secs, suggesting we have a close race ahead.
12:52
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Interestingly Rossi topped the morning warm up here in Aragon from Marquez and Crutchlow. He’ll be gunning for his 5th podium of the year.
12:52
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Surprise surprise, Valentino Rossi heads the 2nd row in 4th. The Italian was delighted with his M1’s performance yesterday however, describing it as a “great qualifying.”
12:51
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Spanish riders took all of the front row places in each of the three classes on Saturday. It's the first time ever in the modern-era of grand prix racing that any nation has achieved this.
12:51
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Dani Pedrosa celebrates his 28th birthday today and, after qualifing third, is fully aware a strong start is crucial. If ever a man needed a win…
12:50
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Despite suffering from braking issues throughout Friday Lorenzo is adamant he has cured his set up woes and believes he has the race pace to fight for his 50th Grand Prix win.
12:49
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Marc had to smash Casey Stoner’s 2-year old lap record by 1.2secs to clinch pole yesterday, beating Lorenzo’s time by just 0.01secs.
12:49
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It was hardly a surprise to see Marquez storm to his 7th pole of the year yesterday, his 3rd in a row and, incredibly, the 35th of his Grand Prix career.
12:48
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Another interesting subplot is whether 9-time world champion Valentino Rossi can make any inroads on the all-Spanish top 3. The Italian has finished 4th in each of the last four races.
12:48
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Dani Pedrosa is level on points with Lorenzo but hasn’t beaten his less experienced teammate since their home race in Barcelona back in June. Dani knows he needs to start beating the 20-year old as soon as possible.
12:47
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Marquez however, will be comforted knowing he can finish 2nd in all the remaining races and still take the crown. He has stressed that he won’t ride for anything other than the win today.
12:46
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After damaging his left collarbone at Assen and Sachsenring, Lorenzo has fought back to put himself within 34 points of Marquez at the top of the standings.
12:46
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The question that needs answered this afternoon is whether world champion Jorge Lorenzo can continue to stem the Marc Marquez tide after two consecutive wins in the top class.
12:45
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We are in Spain for the penultimate European round of the season, the last before the Moto GP circus flies to Asia for the three fly-away races.
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Marc Marquez starts from pole with Jorge Lorenzo and Dani Pedrosa completing the front row
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