Marquez Takes Second by 0.2 Seconds in Alpine Thriller
Reigning MotoGP king Marc Marquez and world number-two Andrea Dovizioso fought an epic duel for victory at Red Bull Ring, racing side by side around MotoGP's fastest racetrack in Austria's Alpine foothills.
Marquez Takes Second by 0.2 Seconds in Alpine Thriller
RED BULL RING – SPIELBERG, Austria, August 11, 2019
Reigning MotoGP king Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda Team RC213V) and world number-two Andrea Dovizioso fought an epic duel for victory at Red Bull Ring today, racing side by side around MotoGP's fastest racetrack in Austria's Alpine foothills.
The Spaniard and Italian battled like heroes all the way to the finish line, Dovizioso squeezing past Marquez at the very last corner to win by two tenths of a second.
Marquez had started from pole position, sharing the front row with Dovizioso and third-place finisher Fabio Quartararo, who led the first few laps. Then Dovizioso took the lead, followed by Marquez, who soon after moved ahead to lead most of the 28 laps, allowing Dovizioso past in the closing stages to examine the Italian's strong and weak points.
With three laps remaining Marquez attacked again, retaking the lead and then riding the ragged edge for the last few laps, commencing the final lap just 0.02 seconds ahead. But he didn't have enough rear traction, having chosen the medium rear tire, which didn't grip as well as the soft tire in today's cooler conditions. Dovizioso raced with the soft rear.
The 26-year-old Spaniard stayed ahead all the way to the final corner, where Dovizioso risked everything to get in front once more. He made it through, the gap so close that Marquez's front-brake protector got caught up with Dovizioso, nearly causing him to crash, so he lost the corner-exit drive that might have allowed him to challenge Dovizioso on the dash to the finish line.
Marquez's willingness to ride so hard when he went into the race with a 63-point championship lead showed the mettle of the dazzlingly talented youngster who only races with one aim: to win. His first defeat since June's Dutch round takes him into round 12 in Britain with a comfortable 58-point advantage.
Yesterday Takaaki Nakagami (LCR Honda IDEMITSU RC213V) achieved his best MotoGP grid slot, riding his 2018-spec RC213V. The 27-year-old from Chiba qualified a super sixth fastest and had high hopes of following that with another strong race result. The Japanese rode well once again but didn't have the outright speed of his rivals' machines and finished 11th, less than two seconds outside the top ten.
HRC test rider Stefan Bradl (Repsol Honda Team RC213V) contested his fourth MotoGP race of the year and his third as substitute for the injured Jorge Lorenzo (Repsol Honda Team RC213V), who plans to return to action at the British GP later this month. The 29-year-old German achieved his fourth consecutive points score, crossing the line in 13th position, gathering vital data and information for HRC.
Briton Cal Crutchlow (LCR Honda CASTROL RC213V) was very much out of luck today. On only the second lap of the race a rival's machine cut out and suddenly slowed at turn three, the 33-year-old Briton making contact with another bike in the resulting traffic jam and crashing out. It was a bitter blow for the three-times MotoGP winner who believed he had the pace to fight for a podium finish.
Brad Binder (Red Bull KTM Ajo KTM) won a chaotic Moto2 race, inflicting the first defeat of the year on Kalex, the runaway leaders of the Moto2 Constructors World Championship. The South African, who moves up to MotoGP next year, led the race from start to finish, while there was a rash of crashes behind him.
Binder, who celebrates his 24th birthday today, was never able to make good his escape, with several riders lining up to attack him, but five of them crashing out. First was Xavi Vierge (Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS Kalex), who took out pole-starter Tetsuta Nagashima (ONEXOX TKKR SAG Team Kalex) as the Japanese was chasing Binder in the early laps. Next to go was Remy Gardner (ONEXOX TKKR SAG Team Kalex), who crashed out after making contact with World Championship leader and second-place finisher Alex Marquez (Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS Kalex). Finally Luca Marini (SKY Racing Team VR46 Kalex) fell and took out Enea Bastianini (Italtrans Racing Team Kalex) when they were closing in on Binder in the final laps.
Marquez took the checkered flag 0.330 seconds behind the winner, to increase his series lead to 43 points over Thomas Luthi (Dynavolt Intact GP Kalex), who could only finish sixth today. Last man on the podium was Jorge Navarro (Beta Tools Speed Up Speed Up), who bettered earlier championship leader Lorenzo Baldassarri (Flexbox HP 40 Kalex) by three tenths of a second.
Grand Prix rookie Somkiat Chantra (IDEMITSU Honda Team Asia, Kalex) had a great ride to 12th after scoring his first front-row start yesterday, with third fastest time Nagashima and Binder. This was the 20-year-old Thai rider's ninth Grand Prix and his first visit to Red Bull Ring, which he learned by playing PlayStation before arriving here earlier in the week.
Chantra started well and enjoyed several battles with riders much more experienced than the 2016 Asia Talent Cup champion. At the checkered flag he was 12.2 seconds behind the race winner, a deficit of less than half a second a lap; an impressive result for a newcomer to World Championship racing.
Teppei Nagoe (IDEMITSU Honda Team Asia Kalex) rode to 25th place, learning plenty in his second ride substituting for Dimas Ekky Pratama (IDEMITSU Honda Team Asia Kalex), who is recovering from injuries sustained at the Assen round. Nagoe only got the call to replace the Indonesian rider on Monday. The 21-year-old from Tokyo currently leads the J-GP2 series of the MFJ All-Japan Road Race Championship, riding for the MuSASHi RT HARC-PRO. team.
Honda NSF250RW riders dominated the Red Bull Ring Moto3 race, once again monopolizing the podium. The first race of the day got underway on a damp track, following overnight rain, with enough of a dry line at most corners to convince all riders to fit slick tires.
Romano Fenati (VNE Snipers Honda NSF250RW) was the bravest of the 31 starters, fighting with team-mate Tony Arbolino (VNE Snipers Team Honda NSF250RW) for the first few laps, then escaping out front to cross the line well ahead of his rivals. This was the 23-year-old Italian's first Grand Prix victory since the 2017 Japanese Grand Prix.
Fenati's victory also extended Honda's lead in the Moto3 Constructors World Championship to 45 points. Honda is currently chasing a third consecutive constructors crown in the class.
Arbolino chased Fenati home to make it a team one/two, after spending most of the race dueling with John McPhee (Petronas Sprinta Racing Honda NSF250RW). At the finish the pair were separated by just eighth thousandths of a second. The 19-year-old Italian now moves into third overall in the championship, two places ahead of the 25-year-old Briton.
Lorenzo Dalla Porta (Leopard Racing Honda NSF250RW) retook the World Championship lead with an intelligent ride to sixth place, seven tenths of a second behind Spanish team-mate Marcos Ramirez (Leopard Racing Honda NSF250RW). Twenty-year-old Italian Dalla Porta now leads the title chase by a single point from Spaniard Aron Canet, who crossed the line in tenth place, just behind Niccolo Antonelli (Sic58 Squadra Corse Honda NSF250RW).
Ai Ogura (Honda Team Asia Honda NSF250RW) and Kaito Toba (Honda Team Asia Honda NSF250RW) both had impressive pace in practice but were less lucky today.
Ogura did well to finish 12th, after starting from the rear of the grid, due to a post-qualifying penalty. The 18-year-old from Tokyo rode well in the race and will make sure he doesn't make the same mistake again in qualifying. This was his fifth consecutive points score.
Toba started from the second row of the grid but rode too carefully in the early stages, when there were so many damp parts of the track. That left the 19-year-old from Fukuoka with too much work to do once the track improved. He missed the World Championship points by just three positions.
Ayumu Sasaki (Petronas Sprinta Racing Honda NSF250RW) rode to his third consecutive points score in 13th position.
The MotoGP paddock now heads across the English Channel for the British Grand Prix at Silverstone on August 25.
Marc Marquez, Repsol Honda Team: 2nd
"I'm happy because today we made a mistake with the rear tire, immediately I saw all the soft tires had better grip and even their consistency at the end was better than us. Even like this I tried because I'm Marc and I need to try! The second place is good, we missed in the last corner with a lot of sliding, but Dovi did an incredible job. Still we are able to leave here with a 58-point lead so we will keep continuing like this. Even when we are not in the best shape, we are able to finish like this which is positive overall."
Takaaki Nakagami, LCR Honda IDEMITSU: 11th
"Of course, I'm disappointed that I finished outside the top ten. From the beginning I really struggled with front feeling, especially edge grip. But the tire choice was my choice – I raced with the hard compound front and the soft rear because during practice this combination worked really well. But the race conditions were cooler, after last night's rain, so the track condition changed a lot from practice to the race, which gave me a negative feeling, especially with the front tire. In straight braking I was OK, but when turning I struggled to find grip, so my lap times were slower than I expected. At end I wasn't able to keep my pace even more, because the front tire dropped a lot and the rear tire also dropped. I'm disappointed, especially with the second part of my race. The hard front wasn't the correct choice, but it was my decision."
Stefan Bradl, Repsol Honda Team: 13th
"The target was to finish in the points after a difficult weekend for me, especially with qualifying. So to finish in 13th is quite a good result considering we started from the back of the grid and had the weather against us this morning. We weren't able to test what we wanted to in warm-up due to the rain, so being in the points is a happy ending. Thanks to the Repsol Honda Team for all their support during these races and to HRC as well; we have achieved a lot."
Cal Crutchlow, LCR Honda CASTROL: DNF
"Obviously I'm really disappointed today because we weren't able to record a result and I only managed just over one lap of the race. Unfortunately I was caught up in an incident in which Pol's [Espargaro] bike stopped, then the rider in front of me, Tito Rabat, ran into the back of Pol and I hit the back of Rabat. It was really slow speed but unfortunately the collision took my handlebar which made me crash. Before the race I was feeling positive – I thought I could get a good result and get some good information to learn some more lessons. But racing goes like this sometimes, so now we have to look forward to my home GP in two weeks."
Brad Binder, Red Bull KTM Ajo: 1st
"Today was an incredible day. I knew we had a solid pace and that this was a good circuit for us. Achieving victory in front of all these fans of KTM and Red Bull is an insane feeling. It is something that I have never experienced before. I'm very happy and I want to thank KTM and Red Bull. My team have worked hard and tried their all throughout this year so far. It feels good to be able to return the favor with a result like this. Tomorrow we have a test and I think we will try some options to maintain our competitiveness."
Alex Marquez, Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS: 2nd
"I'm really happy. It was a difficult race for us. The conditions were really tricky after the rain in the warm-up. It was clear that in the first two corners I was not really aggressive. That was where I lost the most time in the race and it was difficult to recover. But I knew before there were many laps, to keep going step-by-step and that it's so easy to make a mistake here. We were really clever when overtaking other riders. In the last two laps I had the chance to try and fight with Brad but he was really fast. I decided to not take any risks and second means we got really important points. I'm happy, we have a bigger advantage in the championship but there is still a long way to go."
Jorge Navarro, Beta Tools Speed Up: 3rd
"It was a strange race because we struggled to find a good feeling this weekend and so we changed things for warm-up and the bike was better. I started at full gas, but then lost many places on the first lap. After that I managed to keep my focus and start catching the leading guys. Without what happened early in race I think I could have challenged for the race victory, but it's great to be on the podium anyway."
Somkiat Chantra, IDEMITSU Honda Team Asia: 12th
"Today I finished 12th. I'm happy for the result but not for my race because I made a mistake at turn one, going straight and then many riders overtook me there. But I pushed again to defend my position, achieving four valuable points. It sounds like a small prize, after starting from third on the grid, but I'm happy about the global balance of the weekend in Austria."
Teppei Nagoe, IDEMITSU Honda Team Asia: 25th
"I'm not happy to finish in P25. The positive is that I've finished in front of some full-time riders of the championship. Every time I was on track, I was making a step up. Next race I'll try to do more, my target is to get points in Silverstone."
Romano Fenati, VNE Snipers: 1st
"We were looking for this victory for a long time and getting it here, on a track where I never got the podium, and with the pole position of yesterday, is something amazing. We worked well, my bike was perfect and this win is for my family, my friends, my team and all the people that stayed closed to me in these two difficult years. Today I gave my heart in this race."
Tony Arbolino, VNE Snipers: 2nd
"I am happy for this podium. I was not at 100 percent this weekend. For sure we could do more, but my goal is still to be constant and this second place is important for the championship."
John McPhee, Petronas Sprinta Racing: 3rd
"It was tough at the end, because I was almost a little too comfortable at the start when we stretched out the lead to four seconds. I just wasn't able to chase down Romano as he was escaping, and I could see the guys closing me down from behind as well. I knew that my only hope on the last lap was to get a good exit out of the last corner and get the drive, and that's exactly what I did. I was actually a little disappointed on the slowing down lap because I didn't realize until I entered pit lane that I was third! We've worked hard for the last few races and it was nice to be able to reward the team with a podium."
Ai Ogura, Honda Team Asia: 12th
"To start from the back of the grid penalized my race. This weekend I didn't have a good pace riding alone. I tried to follow other riders to make a lap time, and this is the main problem I had. And this is the reason for the penalties. My feeling now is awful, but I should try to accept it and don't make the same mistake again."
Kaito Toba, Honda Team Asia: 18th
"A tough race for me because of the track conditions – half wet, half dry. I must improve in these conditions. I tried to stay on the track at the beginning. During the first six laps I rode very carefully, maybe too much. After that, I started to go faster, but it was too late, and the gap was too big. The only positive is that I finished the race. Next race I will try to start from zero, resetting everything."
|1||Andrea DOVIZIOSO (Ducati Team)|
|2||Marc MÁRQUEZ (Repsol Honda Team)|
|3||Fabio QUARTARARO (Petronas Yamaha SRT)|
|4||Valentino ROSSI (Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP)|
|5||Maverick VIÑALES (Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP)|
|6||Alex RINS (Team SUZUKI ECSTAR)|
|7||Francesco BAGNAIA (Pramac Racing)|
|8||Miguel OLIVEIRA (Red Bull KTM Tech 3)|
|9||Danilo PETRUCCI (Ducati Team)|
|10||Franco MORBIDELLI (Petronas Yamaha SRT)|
|11||Takaaki NAKAGAMI (LCR Honda IDEMITSU)|
|12||Johann ZARCO (Red Bull KTM Factory Racing)|
|13||Stefan BRADL (Repsol Honda Team)|
|14||Aleix ESPARGARO (Aprilia Racing Team Gresini)|
|15||Karel ABRAHAM (Reale Avintia Racing)|
|16||Andrea IANNONE (Aprilia Racing Team Gresini)|
|RT||Tito RABAT (Reale Avintia Racing)|
|RT||Jack MILLER (Pramac Racing)|
|RT||Hafizh SYAHRIN (Red Bull KTM Tech 3)|
|RT||Pol ESPARGARO (Red Bull KTM Factory Racing)|
|RT||Cal CRUTCHLOW (LCR Honda CASTROL)|
|1||Brad BINDER (Red Bull KTM Ajo)|
|2||Alex MARQUEZ (Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS)|
|3||Jorge NAVARRO (Beta Tools Speed Up)|
|4||Lorenzo BALDASSARRI (Flexbox HP 40)|
|5||Augusto FERNANDEZ (Flexbox HP 40)|
|6||Thomas LUTHI (Dynavolt Intact GP)|
|7||Jorge MARTIN (Red Bull KTM Ajo)|
|8||Iker LECUONA (American Racing KTM)|
|9||Marcel SCHROTTER (Dynavolt Intact GP)|
|10||Mattia PASINI (Tasca Racing Scuderia Moto2)|
|11||Andrea LOCATELLI (Italtrans Racing Team)|
|12||Somkiat CHANTRA (IDEMITSU Honda Team Asia)|
|13||Nicolo BULEGA (SKY Racing Team VR46)|
|14||Fabio DI GIANNANTONIO (Beta Tools Speed Up)|
|15||Bo BENDSNEYDER (NTS RW Racing GP)|
|16||Stefano MANZI (MV Agusta Temporary Forward)|
|17||Dominique AEGERTER (MV Agusta Temporary Forward)|
|18||Jonas FOLGER (Petronas Sprinta Racing)|
|19||Jake DIXON (Sama Qatar Angel Nieto Team)|
|20||Steven ODENDAAL (NTS RW Racing GP)|
|21||Joe ROBERTS (American Racing KTM)|
|22||Philipp OETTL (Red Bull KTM Tech 3)|
|23||Marco BEZZECCHI (Red Bull KTM Tech 3)|
|24||Sam LOWES (Federal Oil Gresini Moto2)|
|25||Teppei NAGOE (IDEMITSU Honda Team Asia)|
|26||Xavi CARDELUS (Sama Qatar Angel Nieto Team)|
|27||Lukas TULOVIC (Kiefer Racing)|
|RT||Enea BASTIANINI (Italtrans Racing Team)|
|RT||Luca MARINI (SKY Racing Team VR46)|
|RT||Remy GARDNER (ONEXOX TKKR SAG Team)|
|RT||Tetsuta NAGASHIMA (ONEXOX TKKR SAG Team)|
|RT||Xavi VIERGE (Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS)|
|1||Romano FENATI (VNE Snipers)|
|2||Tony ARBOLINO (VNE Snipers)|
|3||John MCPHEE (Petronas Sprinta Racing)|
|4||Celestino Vietti (SKY Racing Team VR46)|
|5||Marcos RAMIREZ (Leopard Racing)|
|6||Lorenzo DALLA PORTA (Leopard Racing)|
|7||Makar YURCHENKO (BOE Skull Rider Mugen Race)|
|8||Jakub KORNFEIL (Redox PruestelGP)|
|9||Niccolò ANTONELLI (SIC58 Squadra Corse)|
|10||Aron CANET (Sterilgarda Max Racing Team)|
|11||Albert ARENAS (Sama Qatar Angel Nieto Team)|
|12||Ai OGURA (Honda Team Asia)|
|13||Ayumu SASAKI (Petronas Sprinta Racing)|
|14||Dennis FOGGIA (SKY Racing Team VR46)|
|15||Darryn BINDER (CIP Green Power)|
|16||Alonso LOPEZ (Estrella Galicia 0,0)|
|17||Deniz ONCU (Red Bull KTM Ajo)|
|18||Kaito TOBA (Honda Team Asia)|
|19||Filip SALAC (Redox PruestelGP)|
|20||Maximilian KOFLER (Sama Qatar Angel Nieto Team)|
|21||Jeremy ALCOBA (Kömmerling Gresini Moto3)|
|22||Stefano NEPA (Reale Avintia Arizona 77)|
|23||Riccardo ROSSI (Kommerling Gresini Moto3)|
|24||Kazuki MASAKI (BOE Skull Rider Mugen Race)|
|25||Tom BOOTH-AMOS (CIP Green Power)|
|26||Andrea MIGNO (Bester Capital Dubai)|
|27||Sergio GARCIA (Estrella Galicia 0,0)|
|RT||Jaume MASIA (Bester Capital Dubai)|
|RT||Can ONCU (Red Bull KTM Ajo)|
|RT||Raul FERNANDEZ (Sama Qatar Angel Nieto Team)|
|RT||Tatsuki SUZUKI (SIC58 Squadra Corse)|