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Marquez wins as remarkable Rossi returns from leg break to take 5th

 

By Robert Jones

Defending champion Marc Marquez opened a 16-point lead at the top of the MotoGP world championship standings by winning the Aragon MotoGP is Spain yesterday.

But the big talking point was the astonishing fifth place finsh by nine-time world champion Valentino Rossi, who suffered a double leg fracture only three weeks ago .

Yamaha rider Rossi said afterwards: "I'm quite proud, very happy and satisfied because until a week ago I didn't know if I was going to be able to race.

"We knew it was going to be difficult, and I didn't manage to have a great race because I was able to fight for first but then couldn't keep it up. I knew I had to suffer in the second half of the race. I had some pain and we also suffered from the degradation of the tyre.

"The work continues after this race. At the end, over the final laps I was a bit tired and my leg was causing some pain. I tried to avoid throwing in the towel and tried to finish the race in the top five. Now the calendar works out well for me, I have two full weeks to train and improve my leg's condition."

There are only four more rounds remaining and the next race is the Japan Grand Prix, in Motegi on 15 October.

Victory yesterday took Spanish Honda rider Marquez to 224 points and moved him clear of Andrea Dovizioso, who was sixth. Dani Pedrosa finished second and Jorge Lorenzo, who led the race, was third.

"It was really difficult," said Marquez, who began fifth on the grid. "I was riding smoother, although the feeling in the last part of the race wasn't good."

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