The topsy-turvy nature of this year's MotoGP title fight swung back in Marc Marquez's favour at Misano.

The Spaniard's fourth victory of the season, courtesy of a last-lap pass on Danilo Petrucci, helped overcome an engine failure at Silverstone and moved Marquez back to the top of the standings, albeit equal on points with Ducati's Andrea Dovizioso.

The pair will thus start a five-race title battle at Aragon this weekend, but with third in the standings Maverick Vinales still very much in contention, sitting only 16 points behind.

Injured Yamaha team-mate Valentino Rossi (42 points back) may also not be ready to throw in the towel on his title hopes, with the Italian due to make a decision on an early return by Wednesday night.

“This Championship is amazing, so close! At Misano we returned to the top of the Championship, equal on points with Dovi, and our other title rivals aren’t far away at all," Marquez said.

"The last five races will be very intense and hard-fought; we must keep working hard. I’m happy to go to Aragon this weekend.

"This is one of my favourite tracks on the calendar, and we’ll try to give 100% in front of our home fans and fight for the victory like we did at Misano. We’ll push from FP1 until the last lap of the race!”

So far, Marquez has opened six of his seven engines for the season. Dovizioso has opened five, Vinales six and Rossi five.

While Marquez excelled in the wet conditions at Misano, Repsol Honda team-mate Dani Pedrosa was lost at sea, with his wet tyres under their operating temperature for much of the race.

“It was a disappointing weekend in Misano two weeks ago but we’ve already put it behind us and are looking forward to the next race in Aragon," he said. "We know that we can be much faster if we are able to have positive practice sessions, finding a good setup for our bike and making the tyres work as best as possible for us.

"I really enjoy going to Aragon and I'm looking forward to racing in front of my fan club and my home crowd. I hope the weather will be kind to us and I can be in the battle for the podium again!"

Pedrosa is fifth in the standings, 49 points from Marquez but now just seven from Rossi, who missed Misano.


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