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Enea Bastianini won the MotoGP of Aragon with a final overtaking lap after chaos at the start as world champion Fabio Quartararo crashed to put a serious blow to his hopes of retaining the title.
Bastianini shaded Francesco Bagnaia after a nervous duel in the final laps to deprive the Ducati factory rider of a fifth consecutive victory by four tenths of a second.
With Quartararo a victim of first-lap drama, pole-sitter Bagnaia moved within 10 points of defending champion Yamaha with five races remaining.
Australian Jack Miller finished fifth, having started second.
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“Enea did an amazing job all weekend, he was very competitive,” said Bagnaia, who will have the race winner as a teammate next season.
“Fabio (Quartararo) was unlucky. I tried to do my best, but on the last lap I didn’t feel able to take Enea back because those 10 points are important, so I did well.
“It was a very nice race for me,” said Bastianini, riding a Ducati satellite bike. “I made a few mistakes but on the last lap I was in a position to attack this time to win. Surprising!”
Aprilia’s Aleix Espargaro took third place after a thrilling 15th round of the championship that saw hopes of a dream comeback for six-time world champion Marc Marquez after 112 days out turn into a nightmare.
It was Marquez’s Honda that Quartararo cut, sending the Frenchman sliding down the track as his curse of Aragon continued at the Motorland circuit where he never made it to the podium.
Seconds later, Japanese Honda rider Takaaki Nakagami also touched down, after contact again with Marquez, who was forced to retire with damage to his bike.
Marquez had dropped from 13th to sixth in the opening corners before his double crash.
Yamaha boss Lin Jarvis reported his star man Quartararo escaped without serious injury.
“Obviously a very bad day for Fabio,” he said.
“The good news is that he is doing well. I just learned from the clinic that he has nothing, no serious problem, only abrasions, but he will be fine for the next race in Japan.
“Unfortunately, in the middle of the pack, he cut the rear of Marquez’s bike. Fabio is angry, upset, but from what we can see it looks like it was a racing incident.
Quartararo, whose miserable day ended with another fall from a scooter leaving the track, said: “I feel terrible. For once we had the pace to fight for a good result here, unfortunately it was not possible.
“I had a second crash. And it was pretty quick actually. Luckily I didn’t take my helmet off,” Quartararo said. [head on] with another scooter.
“I don’t have any injuries from this accident, everything I have is from the first accident. But I think the marshal is in a bit of pain.
Marquez was back for the first time since MotoGP of Italy after further surgery on the right arm he injured in 2020.
“It was really bad luck,” Marquez told motoGP.com of his disastrous first lap. “At turn three I had a moment when Fabio was very close and there was contact.
“I felt something strange going into turn five, turn 7 was ok, but on the way out the bike started to lock up and from the left side. I had a piece of Fabio’s bike attached to the mine.
On a sunny circuit, the race was preceded by a perfectly observed minute’s silence in honor of Britain’s longest-serving monarch, Queen Elizabeth II, who died last Thursday.
After the interpretation of the Spanish and Aragonese regional anthems, the umbrellas protecting the riders and the bikes from the heat went out and the lights went out with Bagnaia making a perfect getaway, avoiding all the chaos behind, to lead until this for Bastianini to make his last decisive victory. movement.
With just 17 points now separating the top three in the riders’ standings, the tense title race continues in Japan next weekend.