Marc Marquez Squashes Valentino Rossi’s Championship Hopes

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From the very beginning, Marc Marquez had outright pace over his competition at Aragon. His rivals knew that the only way to challenge him was to ruffle his feathers from the start. Jorge Lorenzo and Maverick Vinales did an excellent job of hustling Marquez initially.

Marc Marquez soon found his rhythm and was leading the pack once again. A slight scare occurred when Marquez lost his front end and was delegated to fifth place. The Spaniard was a bit shaken up and took his time to gain confidence with the Michelin front tyre again.

Valentino Rossi made the most of this as he clinically overtook Jorge Lorenzo. With a clear track in front of him, he charged ahead to take over the lead from Maverick Vinales. In a couple of laps, Rossi took over from Vinales with a typical block pass.

Seeing Valentino Rossi make a runaway upfront, Marc Marquez decided it was time to pull the trigger. Marquez wasted little time in overtaking Lorenzo and Vinales. The Spanish rider stocked Rossi for a couple of laps and finally lunged ahead in complete surprise.

After completing the overtake Marquez found his groove and never faltered. Rossi struggled with his rear tyre grip, which allowed Lorenzo to come back and take over the second position. Valentino Rossi tried once more to overtake Lorenzo, however, it did not pay off.

Now, Marquez sits with a massive 52 point advantage over Rossi. Only four races remain the only way Rossi has a chance is if Marquez makes a mistake, a huge mistake during the race. This most likely has put an end to Rossi's Championship hopes, however, anything could happen with four races to go.

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Story first published: Monday, September 26, 2016, 9:33 [IST]
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