It's 6\:45pm on Sunday, September 24, and the big news at this time is that order has been restored in the MotoGP universe. Many people wondered if there would be a ninth successive new winner in 2016, but as it happened, none of the Independent team riders lost their way to find themselves leading the pack at the Aragon GP. In fact, the face (or helmet) in the lead was the one that had last led -- and won -- at Sachsenring.With the exception of Free Practice 2 -- in which he finished second fastest -- Marc Marquez topped every session this weekend. If the Practice rounds were an indicator of what the Repsol Honda man could do Sunday, his searing pace in Qualifying 2 must have sent the message out loud and clear. Marquez's very first lap in Q2 was so quick, no one could get within even half a second of his time. Andrea Dovizioso, picked by the Alien quarter as the potential ninth winner this year, knew he stood no chance, as even he admitted Marquez 'was on another planet'.There was only one way to stop Marquez from running away with it on the first lap, and it was Jorge Lorenzo who stepped up to the plate and fought the man hell-bent on wresting his crown away. On the opening lap, the duo made contact going through Turn 2, which left the door open -- but not by much -- for Maverick Vinales to barge through. Marquez fought back on the next lap, snatching the lead from Top Gun Mack, only to almost crash out on Lap 3. The front of his RC213V washed out, and yet, MM93 somehow managed to stay on two wheels. That mistake caused him to drop four places -- he went from P1 to P5 in one corner -- but he was only getting started.Up ahead, Valentino Rossi had passed his current fellow Yamaha employee and had his sights set on passing his future fellow Yamaha employee. Pass him he did with a classic block manoeuvre, as soon as he realised Marquez had raced from fifth to third, and was hoping Vinales would keep the hard-charging Repsol Honda at bay for long enough. But Vinales, who had looked so strong until that point, missed his braking point coming into Turn 1, running wide and letting the championship elect sail past him. Having gotten enough heat into his hard front tyre, Marquez flogged the RC and pulled a clean, smooth move on The Doctor at Turn 15. And that was that. Except it wasn't.Finishing second behind Marquez would've meant losing five championship points. Not ideal, sure, but finishing third would be worse. Lorenzo knew that, and now that his title is more or less gone, his aim now must be to beat his so-called teammate in every race. There's no love lost between the two, so Lorenzo would be more than happy to get in the way of Rossi and a tenth world title.And he did.With five laps to go, Lorenzo reeled Rossi in and passed him, and though Rossi was close, he ran wide trying to overtake JL99, which left him to salvage the 16 points on offer.Far, far behind, Vinales took a lonely fourth, Cal Crutchlow continued his impressive run with a fifth-place finish, followed by Misano star Dani Pedrosa and the Espargaro brothers. Not a single Ducati finished in the top 10.By extending his championship lead to 52 points, Marquez, in one race, managed to negate whatever little advantage Rossi had clawed back in the last two races. He was ecstatic.'I'm really happy because Rossi was step by step gaining points in the last races. But to win today is very good', he signed off, grinning ear-to-ear.Grinning brings us back to Lorenzo. He wasn't grinning, he was beaming. This was his best finish since Mugello, but more than that, he'd just gotten the better of Rossi, a sweet victory bearing in mind the unpleasant exchanges the two have had over the last few weeks.'Probably this crash in Warm-Up got me this second [place]. It made me use the spare bike with the hard rear tyre and I felt good for the first time. This choice helped me', said Lorenzo.With just four more races to go, Marquez must finish fifth or lower in every round for Rossi to stand a chance, and Rossi, of course, would have to try and win as many of them as he can. There's a small break now, post which the MotoGP circus faces the flyaway races\: three of them back to back. Rossi can only hope the constant travel messes with Marquez's focus, because really, that's the only thing that could deny Marquez his third premier class title.