Pedrosa unimpressed with incredible Rossi

Gladys Abbott
September 25, 2017

The Italian was second behind three-time champion Lorenzo for part of the race before Marquez, Pedrosa and Maverick Vinales moved ahead of him.

Honda privateer Joan Mir made history at Aragon GP by becoming the first rider since the introduction of Moto3 in 2012 to win eight or more races in a season.

The nine-time world champion's participation in Spain this weekend had been in doubt until Thursday.

"At one point I say "okay, now I push" and I started to push, and trying to overtake Valentino [Rossi] I made a mistake and I almost crashed, I went wide again, I lost all the distance".

Rossi had surgery on his leg at the start of September and made a dramatic return for the latest round of the season, only outpaced in qualifying by team-mate Maverick Vinales and Ducati's Jorge Lorenzo.

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Championship challenger Tom Luthi had a rare race off the podium, but nevertheless came home fourth for a good haul of points and some damage limitation - just holding off Brad Binder, who put in a stunning ride on the second KTM for his second consecutive top-five finish.

Indeed, it looked like it was going to be Repsol Honda's Marc Marquez who would be on pole position at Aragon, however, the Spaniard fell on his very last run, and thus was relegated to fifth position on the grid.

"I'm very happy for the victory but I am happier because I didn't feel like I expected with the bike. On right corners I was feeling really critical with the front and almost crashed a few times". And things didn't get any better when the lights went out.

"I hope we can keep these good feelings, especially before the race tomorrow". We risked a lot. "He always delivers great results and it's positive that Valentino is also fast, because we can see things on the bike and compare the data for tomorrow".

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