Those who thought that the Aragon trip would have prolonged the MotoGP summer had a shock!
The weekend in the Spanish desert offered a mild temperature, but also the cold of the desert nights as well as some rain in the days before the race. This changes a lot for most people, riders particularly.
Few satisfactions in MotoGP, where Rins remained in the top ten and Danilo Petrucci yet again had to work hard to finish the race close to the top ten. Similar in Moto2, with only Remy Gardner holding up the honour of the Nolan Group riders.
More success Moto3 with the victory. Aron Canet, now just two points from the top of the overall standing, has won a race that saw him create the clearest gap in the season, one of the biggest ever in the MotoGP entry class history.
Next appointment? We are going towards the Asian triple head. Thailand, Malaysia and Japan will require a final big push, before the European closure of Valencia.
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Alex Rins NINTH
"First of all, I want to say sorry to Franky for what happened. I went to see him directly after the race to apologise. It was a difficult day, I had a long lap penalty, which I completely accept, but I then I had to try and fight back through the pack. Anyway, 9th position isn’t too bad given everything that happened during the race. I need to try and improve my qualifying, let’s see what happens in Thailand."
Danilo Petrucci TWELFTH
"It was a very difficult race for me. I tried for a bit to fight in ninth place because I didn’t have the pace of the frontrunners, but towards the end of the race I suffered a drop in the rear tyre and lost some places to finish twelfth. Probably the hard rear was not the best choice and I could do little else than limit the damage. Now we have a short break before leaving for Thailand and we will have to try and understand what is missing so we can get back to being as fast as we were in the first half of the season."
Remy Gardner THIRTEENTH
"Qualifying was a disaster and we were struggling all weekend to be honest. The problem is grip. After one lap I had nothing left. We planned to try something in the warm up but there was overnight rain which compromised us a little. The race itself was awful. Qualifying ruined what we could do in the race and Friday ruined what we could do in quali, so that was the story of the weekend really! We made mistakes regards tyres and set-up but to be fair in the race the bike was the best it had been all weekend, I just lost too much time fighting for the lower positions. Unfortunately, that’s the way it goes. The mid-race pace was good, I just lost too much at the beginning. It was the first weekend that we haven’t really been there, so we just need to regroup, and come back strong in Thailand and the remaining flyaway races before the season ends in Valencia!"
Aron Canet FIRST
"It was a very difficult race!
My strategy was to push the race over, as the KTM on the long straight is a little slower than the other bikes.
So I pushed a lot and then tried to keep a pace and eventually managed to win."