Under sunny blue skies but in cool temperatures the MotoGP race at Aragon got underway today with Alvaro starting from far down the order in 12th position. Unlike at Misano the riders got off the line without any problems and a good first few laps brought Álvaro up to 7th position with Nicky Hayden going off track in front of him and suffering a nasty crash after running into a wall, fortunately without serious consequences for the American.
Having been a bit off the pace all weekend and not looking very competitive in qualifying, Álvaro did well to hang on to his 7th position which soon became 6th as Stefan Bradl crashed out, gifting Álvaro one position.
He quickly lost a fair amount of time on the entertaining battle for third between the three Yamaha riders Dovizioso, Spies and Crutchlow, but carefully maintained his gap on replacement rider Johnny Rea behind him.
It then was a rather lonely race for Álvaro, having plenty of space in front and behind him and steadily clocking his laptimes without any disturbances and going faster than in qualifying.
At the front it was Dani Pedrosa who soon established his dominance, opening a gap over Jorge Lorenzo which he extended to almost 6.5 seconds over the finish line, the first two positions being settled early while the fight for the last podium spot went all the way to the line with Andrea Dovizios keeping the upper hand this time and snatching third from his teammate Cal Crutchlow.
Alvaro eventually brought it home in sixth, but with a gap of almost 15 seconds to Spies in 5th and 28 seconds behind winner Pedrosa, which he won’t be too happy about. But considering the difficulties he had during the weekend, struggling with confidence in the front and rear, he did well enough to hang on to that position and score more valuable championship points to consolidate his seventh position in the overall standings, level on points with Valentino Rossi and only seven points behind fifth place.
Pos. Rider Team Time/Gap
1 Dani PEDROSA Repsol Honda Team 42’10.444
2 Jorge LORENZO Yamaha Factory Racing +6.472
3 Andrea DOVIZIOSO Monster Yamaha Tech 3 +11.047
4 Cal CRUTCHLOW Monster Yamaha Tech 3 +11.184
5 Ben SPIES Yamaha Factory Racing +13.786
6 Alvaro BAUTISTA San Carlo Honda Gresini +28.166
7 Jonathan REA Repsol Honda Team +32.290
8 Valentino ROSSI Ducati Team +44.432
9 Karel ABRAHAM Cardion AB Motoracing +57.417
10 Aleix ESPARGARO Power Electronics Aspar +58.525
11 Randy DE PUNIET Power Electronics Aspar +59.863
12 Hector BARBERA Pramac Racing Team +1’14.561
13 Yonny HERNANDEZ Avintia Blusens +1’16.159
14 James ELLISON Paul Bird Motorsport +1’16.580
15 Michele PIRRO San Carlo Honda Gresini +1’25.815
16 Mattia PASINI Speed Master +1’31.801
17 Danilo PETRUCCI Came IodaRacing Project +1’42.300
18 Colin EDWARDS NGM Mobile Forward Racing 1 Lap
Stefan BRADL LCR Honda MotoGP 19 Laps
David SALOM Avintia Blusens 20 Laps
Nicky HAYDEN Ducati Team 22 Laps