Enea Bastianini gained the Aragon MotoGP with a final lap overtake after mayhem at the beginning as world champion Fabio Quartararo crashed out to place a extreme dent in his hopes of retaining the title.
Bastianini shaded Francesco Bagnaia following a nerve-jangling duel over the closing laps to disclaim the manufacturing facility Ducati rider a fifth straight win by four-tenths of a second.
With Quartararo the sufferer of first lap drama pole-sitter Bagnaia moved to inside 10 factors of Yamaha’s defending champion with 5 races remaining.
“Enea did an unbelievable job all weekend, he was very aggressive,” stated Bagnaia, who may have the race winner as his temamate subsequent season.
“Fabio (Quartararo) was unfortunate. I attempted to do my finest, however on the final lap I didn’t really feel I used to be capable of retake Enea as these 10 factors are essential so I did okay.”
“It was a very nice race for me,” stated Bastianini, on a Ducati satellite tv for pc bike.
“I made some errors however on the final lap I used to be ready to assault this time to win. Wonderful!”
Aprilia’s Aleix Espargaro took third on the finish of a breathless fifteenth spherical of the championship which noticed six-time world champion Marc Marquez’s hopes of a dream return after 112 days out flip right into a nightmare.
It was Marquez’s Honda that Quartararo clipped, sending the Frenchman slithering throughout the observe as his Aragon curse continued on the Motorland circuit the place he has by no means made the rostrum.
Seconds later Honda’s Japanese rider Takaaki Nakagami additionally hit the deck, after contact once more with Marquez, who was pressured to retire with harm to his bike.
Yamaha boss Lin Jarvis reported his star man Quartararo had escaped with out critical harm.
“Clearly a very unhealthy day for Fabio,” he stated.
“The excellent news is he’s okay. I’ve simply heard from the clinic that he has nothing, no major problem, solely abrasions, however he’ll be superb for the subsequent race in Japan.
“Sadly in the course of the bunch he clipped the rear of Marquez’s bike. Fabio is indignant, upset, however from what we are able to see it seems a racing incident.”
Quartararo, whose depressing day ended with one other fall from a scooter leaving the observe, stated: “I really feel unhealthy. For as soon as we had the tempo to battle for a great outcome right here, sadly that wasn’t potential.”
Marquez was again for the primary time for the reason that Italian MotoGP after additional surgical procedure on the best arm he injured in 2020.
“It was actually unfortunate,” Marquez instructed motoGP.com of his disastrous opening lap.
“On flip three I had a second, when Fabio was actually shut and there was contact.
“I felt one thing unusual in flip 5, flip 7 was okay, however popping out of it the bike began to lock and go on the left facet. I had a bit of, Fabio’s bike connected to mine.”
At a sunkissed circuit the race was preceded by an immaculately noticed minute’s silence in honour of Britain’s longest reigning monarch, Queen Elizabeth II, who died final Thursday.
Following rendition of the Spanish and Aragon regional anthems, the umbrellas defending riders and bikes from the warmth went down and the lights went out with Bagnaia making an ideal getaway, avoiding all of the chaos behind, to steer till Bastianini made his decisive last-gasp successful transfer.
With solely 17 factors now splitting the highest three within the riders’ standings the tense title run-in strikes on to Japan subsequent weekend.