Márquez approaches the MotoGP title with the dominant victory of Aragón
MADRID: Marc Márquez crossed to victory in Aragon with a dominant display on Sunday that leads him to a race to seal his sixth MotoGP Title.
The eighth triumph of the season of the 26-year-old is his fourth consecutive in the Aragon Motorland, located 160 km from his hometown of Cervera, and means that he is now 98 points away in the World Championship ranking with five remaining races.
Andrea Dovizioso, from Italy, who crossed the line in second place after starting the 10th race on the grid, is still Marquez's closest challenger in the standings, although the Honda rider can now seal the title in Thailand next month .
Márquez's victory in Spain also puts an end to persistent hopes. Danilo Petrucci , Alex Rins , Maverick Vinales and Valentino Rossi still had to lift the trophy.
One of Dovizioso and Petrucci, both of Ducati, needed to win to change course, but the team's last victory in Aragon came in 2010, while Márquez has turned this 5,077 km circuit into a place of home in recent years.
He finished the race in 41min.57.221sec, a considerable 4.836sec ahead of Dovizioso and 5.430sec ahead of the Australian Jack Miller, who took third place and one place on the podium.
Marquez had been faster both in practice and in qualifying, and the dry track only improved his credentials as the favorite favorite in the race.
Rins had to apologize later for his early career in which forced Franco Morbidelli to crash in the 12th turn, with Rins also affected and falling to 19 as a result.
Márquez had more than a second clear after the first lap, but Viñales and Fabio Quartararo were fighting for a place in the top three, with Miller settling behind the leader in second place.
Valentino Rossi, Dovizioso, Cal Crutchlow and Andrea Iannone were chasing Aleix Espargaró in fifth place and Viñales made his move in turn 16 to take third, with Miller now firmly in his sights.
Rins served a long lap penalty, which cost him a few seconds but no position, since the pack behind Marquez grouped, all in contact with the podium.
Having seen Quartararo, Viñales now emerged around Miller, while Marquez moved almost five seconds, with his success almost assured in the absence of six laps.
Vinales was pressured by Dovizioso and was surpassed by the Italian, who opened from behind. By then, Márquez's victory was complete.