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GP Week : Issue 134
caN no-one stop Marc Marquez? certainly nobody could at aragon. Especially points leader Stefan Bradl (Viessmann Kiefer Kalex). The German was right in contention as he and Marquez battled with a huge leading group for the first half of the race. But by the end the German had dropped to eighth with tyre problems. Repsol rider Marquez had a revised Suter chassis and new swing-arm for the race. “ They really help the bike to turn better – make it easier,” he said. But he still had to fight it out in the early laps of a thrilling contest. Front-row starter Scott Redding (Marc VdS Suter), Bradl and Marquez swapped the lead over and over in the early laps, and by the seventh they had been joined by Andrea Iannone (Speed Master Suter), who led several times. More fast riders were on the way forward, including Alex de Angelis (JiR Motobi) and Simone Corsi (Ioda FTR). At half distance the first nine riders were covered by 1.6 seconds. Marquez was up front, being harried by Iannone. The crucial moment came braking into the first corner as they started lap 15. Iannone almost hit Marquez and ran wide. It was the chance the Spaniard had been waiting for.“IknewifIcouldgetagapthenI could get away,” he said. At the end of the lap he was better than a second clear of new second-placer Corsi, and he kept stretching it to the finish. Iannone, Corsi and de Angelis were battling to the end, but Bradl’s problems (the tyre turned on the rim on lap 14) helped split the rest away as he fell back. It was a huge gang: from fifth to tenth covered by just over a second, and fifth to 18th by less than five seconds. Aleix Espargaro hung on to fifth (Pons Kalex) from Bradley Smith (Tech 3), through from 16th on lap one. Thomas Luthi (Interwetten Suter) came with him, Bradl was eighth, then Dominique Aegerter (Technomag Suter) and Mika Kallio (Marc VdS Suter) completed the top ten. It was a best-yet race for the MZ riders, with Anthony West 11th and team-mate Max Neukirchner 13th. Marquez has closed a points gap that was 82 at Silverstone down to just six: Bradl has 221, the Spaniard 215. Iannone is on 132, then de Angelis (122), Corsi (115) and Smith (112). MOTO2: MOrE AND MOrE MArqUEz MOTOGP SPAIN >> 33