MotoGP Aragon: Marquez 'nearly crashed many times' on way to win

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Pedrosa completed a ideal day for Honda as he stormed through second half of the race after a slow start to blow past Rossi, Vinales and Lorenzo in the latter stages.

However, he couldn't match the pace of the Hondas in the final 10 laps as the three-time world champion had to settle for just his second podium of the season.

Pedrosa was attacking Rossi for fourth place on lap 15 and managed to get ahead of the Italian on the main straight.

"I was thinking that I will feel better this weekend and in fact, since the beginning, the feeling was not good", said Marquez.

The session was a low-key one for works Ducati riders Andrea Dovizioso and Jorge Lorenzo, who wound up 14th and 16th respectively, while the Pramac-run GP17 of Danilo Petrucci was down in 17th.

But Spaniard Pedrosa was left fuming on his home circuit and blamed Rossi for what he believes was some risky driving when he was trying to pass.

With the top five spots dominated by Honda, Ducati and Yamaha, Aprilia's Aleix Espargaro finished sixth ahead of Aspar Ducati's Alvaro Bautista. Johann Zarco (Yamaha Tech 3) took ninth after a hard weekend, ahead of Espargaro, completing the top 10 for KTM, making steady progress for another impressive result.

After a crash in qualifying pushed him to fifth, Marquez's chances of winning the Aragon GP seemed to have trimmed down.

"Achieving a start from the first row yesterday was already great, I was very happy". Lorenzo was only a tenth-slower than Vinales, while Rossi was only 0.180s off the pace of the leader.

The seven-time MotoGP world champion will start from the front row of the grid on Sunday after a sensational performance in qualifying despite sustaining a double leg fracture three weeks ago.

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