Dani Pedrosa Upset at Valentino Rossi's Dangerous Move at Aragon GP

Rossi back after double-leg break

"I'm quite proud because a week ago I didn't know if I would be able to race", said Rossi.

The Repsol-backed rider made one obvious mistake mid-race, braking way too late at turn 12 and running on as he tried to pass Valentino Rossi and the local hero said that there were many big moments too.

"Even on the last lap I saw that he was only 0.8s [behind], I mean still he believed but I was trying to manage the risk with the distance". The win saw the Spaniard fight his way through the pack to take the ultimate victory, starting in fifth place from pole after a crash in qualifying.

"The conditions were a little bit more hard compared to this morning, to make a good lap, but anyway the team did a great job so I'm really happy", Maverick Vinales says. This race is also really important to try and improve for the next three races and getting back at a good level earlier.

"Since the first lap I felt not so good, I was fighting against the bike all the race". However, hearts at Aragon were with the GOAT, Valentino Rossi, back in the front row just 23 days after breaking his right tibia and fibula.

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"I went out in the race with the mentality to win, I didn't start with the mentality to finish second or third". Racing at one of my favourite circuits, at home, gave me this extra motivation to keep pushing all the race.

"I tried to overtake Valentino, but I did a mistake and I almost crashed".

"I did that again for another time, of course when you do this kind of effort you stress the tyres more, you stress everything more".

Marquez's chief title rival Andrea Dovizioso will start seventh behind Dani Pedrosa, while Aleix Espargaro, Alvaro Bautista and Andrea Iannone completed the top 10 in qualifying.

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