Valentino Rossi: Dani Pedrosa slams rival after MotoGP in Aragon

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Marquez rode his Honda to victory after starting fifth on the grid, finishing comfortably ahead of fellow Spaniards Dani Pedrosa of Honda and Jorge Lorenzo of Ducati.

Italian Valentino Rossi (Yamaha), who got back to competition 24 days after breaking his leg in a motocross accident, ended the race in fifth place, behind teammate Maverick Viñales of Spain.

He dived through Rossi and then Lorenzo but ran wide, his feet off the pegs and had to re-group back in third place.

From there he slipped three places over the final 12 laps to finish 5.882 seconds behind victor Marc Marquez.

"I'm very, very happy with this victory because it was a tough race", said Marquez.

Dovizioso started the day level with Marquez in the championship standings, but finished down in seventh to deal a severe blow to his title chances with just four races remaining.

"I need to reduce that a lot for me to start pointing fingers at things like that". At the end, over the final laps I was a bit exhausted and my leg was causing some pain.

"It was already incredible to be here after this kind of fracture".

Pedrosa eventually passed his man but was not happy with the incident.

"Unfortunately Valentino did a odd move to me in the main straight", he added. However, the reigning world champion benefitted from pole sitter Vinales' slow start, which catapulted Lorenzo into the lead followed by Rossi and Dovizioso. But the five-time world champion easily moved through, subsequently qualifying on the front row.

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

MotoGP will now return in Motegi after three weeks (13-15 October).

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