Jorge Lorenzo is racing closer to the top in the race for the MotoGP title.
The 28-year-old Spanish professional motorcycle road racer took the lead at the start of the Aragon MotoGP on Sunday and held on for victory after Marc Marquez‘s early fall to move closer to points leader Valentino Rossi in the title race.
Marquez went down just two laps into the race while trying to reach Lorenzo and had to retire.
Rossi was edged out of second after a fierce battle with Dani Pedrosa on the final lap.
Lorenzo moved to within 14 points of Rossi with four races to go. Two-time defending MotoGP champion Marquez, who abandoned for the fifth time in 14 races, dropped 79 points behind Rossi in third place.
Marquez was trying to become the youngest rider to reach 50 grand prix wins.
Lorenzo won his 31st MotoGP race, and 60th overall in all categories, a feat only four other riders have attained.
“It was a good start, it was important to get ahead of Marc and lead the first laps,” Lorenzo said. “It was very hard to stay in front so when I saw that Marc had crashed I started breathing a little easier. He was doing all he could to stay close and I think he ended forcing too much.”
Lorenzo started second with his Yamaha, behind pole-sitter Marquez, but was already in front of his fellow Spaniard before the first turn at the 5.1-kilometer (3.1-mile) MotorLand circuit.
The next MotoGP race is October 11 in Japan.