For Yamaha’s MotoGP top dog Jorge Lorenzo, his day at Aragon nearly ended on lap nine.
As he pursued his title-rival, Honda’s Dani Pedrosa, Spaniard was almost bucked off his blue machine as he rode through turn one.
A crash would have completely changed the complexion of the championship, something he was hoping to avoid.
“I was thinking to try for the win at the beginning of the race,” Lorenzo said, “and if that was not possible then second place was the best possible result for the Championship.
“Dani had a better pace in the end, I was stronger at the start then little by little I was a bit slower, the tyres were slipping a lot and I couldn’t follow him.”
His big moment on lap nine prompted Lorenzo to think of the title, roll out of the throttle, and concede the race to Pedrosa.
Interestingly, Aragon remains a bogey track for Lorenzo. He has yet to win here in any class.
“I nearly crashed in one corner and decided then to stay in second place and wait for the end of the race.”
The Honda rider’s win sees him nibble five points out of Lorenzo’s MotoGP title lead.
With four rounds to go Lorenzo still holds a 33-point advantage as the championship gears up for the first of three-straight flyaway rounds, starting in Motegi in Japan on October 14.