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Remarkable Rossi on front row as Vinales takes Aragon pole

25 September 2017

Valentino Rossi couldn't hide his pride at battling to a fifth-place finish at Sunday's Aragon Grand Prix just three weeks after suffering a double leg fracture.

However, he couldn't match the pace of the Hondas in the final 10 laps as the three-time world champion had to settle for just his second podium of the season.

According to Pedrosa, Rossi maneuvered himself risky while competing for third place at Motorland Aragon Circuit on Sunday (24/09/2017) night local time.

Ducati's Italian rider Andrea Dovizioso, who was sharing the top spot with Marquez before today's race, lost ground to the Spaniard and came seventh, 7.455 seconds off the pace.

Looking for his first win since swapping Yamaha for Ducati at the start of the season Lorenzo led for most of the race after beating pole-sitter Vinales to the first corner.

Vinales is third in the standings, 28 points behind Marquez and 26 points in front of fourth-place Pedrosa. Tech 3 Yamaha's Johann Zarco finished, this time on the bike.

Sooners remain No. 3 in coaches poll
The win also helped head coach Nick Saban's team increase its first-place vote total from 49 in Week 1 to 59 in Week 2. The Bulldogs (3-0) entered the poll at No. 17, their first ranking since the 2015 season.

However, the 38-year-old, who limped to his bike, did enough to make it into the second qualifying session, proving he is not in Aragon to make up the numbers.

"I've worked a lot to have good power and less pain".

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

Rossi will be desperate to qualify well and put pressure on championship leaders Marc Marquez and Andrea Dovizioso. Jack Miller missed out on Q2 by only thousandths and starts P13, with Pol Espargaro and Karel Abraham locking out the fastest fifteen for the grid.

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.

Remarkable Rossi on front row as Vinales takes Aragon pole