MotoGP: Aragon Grand Prix, September 2016

Historic twin-win

It had been two years since the Team Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS had a twin-win. Finishing second and third in Aragon, Marquez and Morbidelli made Michael Bartholemy’s team happy

The Races

For Alex Marquez, the Aragon Grand Prix was a very important race.

 All the members of my fan club will be in the stands this weekend, I have to be up to their expectations.

Alex Marquez

Mission accomplished. After qualifying for the front row, the former Moto3 world champion had a very good start behind Sam Lowes, the eventual winner. He then managed his position by perfectly controlling the return of his teammate at the end of the race. After catching up with the Spaniard in the final bend, Morbidelli had to settle for third place. A very good result given the fact that the Italian had only qualified in eighth position. Welcomed at the finish by his brother Marc, Alex was delighted to score his first podium in Moto2.

That will give me confidence for the future, things haven’t been easy so far, and I have to thank the team for supporting me despite all my falls.

Alex Marquez

ALEX MARQUEZ SPA / SAM LOWES GBR / FRANCO MORBIDELLI ITA  Podium Moto2  GP Aragon 2016 (Circuit Motorland Aragon) 23-25/09.2016   PSP/ Lukasz Swiderek  www.photoPSP.com

 

In MotoGP, Rabat fell seven laps from the finish just as he was neck and neck Nicky Hayden. Jack Miller’s replacement took the chequered flag in fifth place.

The Championship

With his podium, the fourth of the season, Morbidelli is now fifth overall in the Moto2 category. The Italian has also reduced Tom Lüthi’s lead to thirteen points. Marquez has gained three positions thanks to the twenty points he scored for his second place. He’s now twelfth in the provisional standings. No change in the MotoGP standings. Miller and Rabat remain seventeenth and twentieth in the championship.

The Background

MotoGP World Champion in 2006, Nicky Hayden had not ridden in MotoGP since last November. After two seasons in the saddle of bikes with little hope of being competitive, the American rider decided this year to revive his career in the World Superbike Championship. Michael Bartholemy is the one who’s allowed him to taste the adrenaline of Grand Prix racing again, during the fourteenth event of the 2016 World Championship. Jack Miller being forced to rest until the next race in Japan, Nicky Hayden was chosen to replace the Australian on the Alcaniz circuit.

We had already thought of him at Silverstone when Jack’s participation was uncertain, Nicky was an obvious choice for us. He was MotoGP world champion and, at 35, he has a huge experience that can help Tito make progress by allowing us to cross-check his information and explore new possibilities for settings.

Michael Bartholemy
Head of the Team Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS.

And as the icing on the cake, Hayden concluded his stint by scoring points.

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