Marquez Extends Series Lead in Silverstone Thriller
For the second time in as many races Marc Marquez entertained hundreds of millions of MotoGP fans around the world with a thrilling battle for MotoGP victory, only to lose out at the very last corner.
Marquez Extends Series Lead in Silverstone Thriller
SILVERSTONE, Britain, August 25, 2019
For the second time in as many races Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda Team RC213V) entertained hundreds of millions of MotoGP fans around the world with a thrilling battle for MotoGP victory, only to lose out at the very last corner.
The reigning MotoGP World Champion's hard-fought second place nonetheless increased his lead in this year's points chase. the result was his 88th premier-class podium finish, which makes him the sport's equal most successful podium finisher, alongside 1960s and 1970s legend Giacomo Agostini. With 12 of 19 races done Marquez leads the Riders World Championship by 78 points from Andrea Dovizioso.
Meanwhile Honda improved its advantage in the Constructors World Championship to lead the series by 45 points. This year the company aims to continue its record-breaking progress with a 25th crown in the 40 years since it returned to Grand Prix racing at the 1979 British Grand Prix.
Today Marquez's great rival was compatriot Alex Rins. The pair dominated the race from the early laps, following a turn-one incident in which fourth-fastest Fabio Quartararo crashed out, taking with him Dovizioso, who two weeks ago in Austria beat Marquez by two tenths of a second after another breath-taking battle.
Starting from pole from the 60th time in MotoGP, Marquez led most of this afternoon’s race, trying to escape Rins. But in the end he had to fight a straight duel for victory with the youngster who seemed have more grip from his tires in the crucial final stages. At the end of the penultimate lap Rins rode around Marquez at the final corner to take the lead. But Marquez immediately counter-attacked, regaining the advantage at turn one. He stayed there until the final meters of the last lap, when he had a high-speed front-end scare, which allowed Rins to take him on the inside at the last corner, with mere meters to go.
At the checkered flag the pair were separated by just 0.013 seconds, making this the fourth-closest premier-class Grand Prix finish since the World Championships started in 1949.
Marquez always races to win, despite his huge series lead, but despite his disappointment with today's final result he was happy that his latest battle had entertained the sun-blessed Silverstone crowd. He has won six of the 12 races so far this year and now has seven races left in which to secure his sixth MotoGP crown in the seven seasons he's raced in the category.
His next duty is a pre-race test at Misano, where he will try various technical settings and parts upgrades before the next race, as HRC engineers continue their never-ending quest to improve machine performance.
Marquez wasn't the only Honda rider hoping to be in the mix for a podium finish today. Local hero Cal Crutchlow (LCR Honda CASTROL RC213V) had high hopes of a top-three result, but it wasn't to be. The 33-year-old Briton has started from pole here and finished on the podium here in recent years, but today's race was compromised by a third-row start, the result of a minor tumble during yesterday's qualifying session.
In the early laps of the race Crutchlow looked like he may be able to join the lead group, but he didn't quite have front-running pace. The crowd favorite spent much of the race contesting fifth place with front-row starter Jack Miller, whom he beat by less than one second, both of them struggling with rear grip. This result keeps Crutchlow in the contest for top Independent Team Rider, with Miller and Quartararo.
Jorge Lorenzo (Repsol Honda Team RC213V) achieved his target at his return race, after an eight-week layoff following the back injuries he sustained during practice for June's Dutch MotoGP round. The 32-year-old Spaniard is far from fully race fit due to lack of recent riding time, but he needed to return here to commence his step-by-step return to full strength. The three-times MotoGP World Champion finished the race in 14th position, gradually reducing his lap-time deficit to the leaders over the weekend. He hopes that his strength will now increase with each outing, starting with the upcoming Misano tests.
Takaaki Nakagami (LCR Honda IDEMITSU RC213V) was aiming to continue his remarkable run of top-ten results and looked like he would achieve another great finish here. The 27-year-old from Chiba was leading a group of top riders contesting eighth place when he slid off at one-third distance. The former Silverstone Moto2 winner bravely remounted his 2018-spec RC213V to continue the race, finally taking the flag in last place. He will be hoping for a better result next time out.
Today's Moto2 race was another thriller, with Augusto Fernandez (FLEXBOX HP 40 Kalex) winning a final-lap skirmish with Jorge Navarro (Campetella Speed Up Speed Up), the pair covered by 0.489 seconds at the checkered flag. Earlier leader Brad Binder (Red Bull KTM Ajo KTM) took third, a further 0.08 seconds behind. Fourth place finisher was Remy Gardner (ONEXOX TKKR SAG Team Kalex), who missed the podium by just 0.167 seconds.
World Championship leader Alex Marquez (Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS Kalex) crashed out of the lead at one-third distance, but still leads the title chase by 35 points from Fernandez.
Tetsuta Nagashima (ONEXOX TKKR SAG Team Kalex) equalled his best result of the year in fifth place, two weeks after he was knocked out of a possible podium finish in Austria. The 27-year-old from Kanagawa beat rookie Fabio Di Giannantonio (Campetella Speed Up Speed Up), the experienced Lorenzo Baldassarri (FLEXBOX HP 40 Kalex) and veteran Thomas Luthi (Dynavolt Intact GP Kalex) by almost six seconds.
Grand Prix rookie Somkiat Chantra (IDEMITSU Honda Team Asia Kalex) had another great ride. The 20-year-old Thai rider finished 16th, just one position and one second outside the points. This was a considerable achievement for the youngster at MotoGP longest and arguably most complicated racetrack which he rode for the first time on Friday.
Chantra's part-time team-mate Teppei Nagoe (IDEMITSU Honda Team Asia Kalex), who is substituting for the injured Dimas Ekky Pratama (IDEMITSU Honda Team Asia Kalex), treated this weekend as another learning experience. The 21-year-old from Tokyo, who currently leads the J-GP2 series of the MFJ All-Japan Road Race Championship, riding for the MuSASHi RT HARC-PRO team, finished the race in 28th position. He now returns to Japan, aiming to secure the J-GP2 title for Honda.
Marcos Ramirez (Leopard Racing Honda NSF250RW) won a typically entertaining Moto3 race, leading a Honda monopoly of the first seven positions, which had the first seven riders crossing the finish line covered by 1.045 seconds.
The 21-year-old Spaniard beat 19-year-old Italian Tony Arbolino (VNE Snipers Honda NSF250RW) by 0.240 seconds, with Ramirez's team-mate Lorenzo Dalla Porta (Leopard Racing Honda NSF250RW) completing the podium, a further 0.134 seconds down, but more importantly increasing his lead in the World Championship.
The 22-year-old Italian led much of the 17-lap race, but was happy with his fourth podium from the last five races. He now leads the points chase by 14 points from Aron Canet, who was knocked off by a falling rival, recovering to 13th place at the finish.
The race was frantic throughout, with the lead changing constantly as riders fought for the advantage by attacking Silverstone's high-speed curves as fast as they dared and also using the slipstream effect on the straights.
Niccolo Antonelli (SIC58 Squadra Corse Honda NSF250RW) took the flag in fourth place, just 0.051 seconds behind Dalla Porta and 0.070 seconds ahead of Tatsuki Suzuki (SIC58 Squadra Corse Honda NSF250RW) who scored his best result since May's Spanish GP.
Team-mates Ayumu Sasaki (Petronas Sprinta Racing Honda NSF250RW) and John McPhee (Petronas Sprinta Racing Honda NSF250RW) also featured in the battle for victory, ending up fifth and sixth, respectively eight tenths of a second and one second behind the winner.
The domination of NSF250RW riders also increased Honda's advantage in the Moto3 Constructors World Championship.
Moto3 rookie Ai Ogura (Honda Team Asia Honda NSF250RW) enjoyed a stirring ride to tenth place, after briefly leading the race at one point, which was his first time out front in a World Championship event. The racing was incredibly close, with multiple contacts as riders fought for position, and a couple of contacts with rivals lost Ogura several places. The fact that the 18-year-old from Tokyo finished the race just 1.3 seconds behind the winner proves that he has the speed to race with the world's fastest Moto3 riders.
His team-mate Kaito Toba (Honda Team Asia Honda NSF250RW) had a less satisfying day. The 19-year-old from Fukuoka, who won the season-opening Qatar GP and has figured in the lead group at many other races, had a below-par weekend here, qualifying 18th and finishing 20th. Toba will use the two weekends off between this race and the next to refocus and ensure he returns to action with some of his early season speed.
The next Grand Prix, the San Marino GP, takes on September 15 and is followed immediately by the Aragon round, in Spain, on September 22.
Marc Marquez, Repsol Honda Team: 2nd
"I am happy with the result for the championship but not the result of the race, because to lose out in the final moment after leading is not the best feeling. Spending the whole race in front is difficult here because you use more of everything. I tried to go slow for one lap to see if Rins would lead, but he didn't and I knew [Maverick] Viñales was behind us so I kept pushing. My target wasn't the race, it was the championship and if the Yamaha riders arrived maybe we could have finished lower. In the last turn I had a moment on the front and had to close the gas which let Rins through but we are happy because we leave with 78 points over second, but I hope Dovi is OK after a big crash like that. I hope he can recover well and return because it is always better when you earn the points fighting."
Cal Crutchlow, LCR Honda CASTROL: 6th
"I tried my best at the start to be able to push, but the tire wasn't quite there. I felt a lack of grip immediately in the race and I knew I wouldn't be able to battle with the other guys. It was pretty similar to what happened in Mugello. But to finish 19 seconds behind the winner here is not acceptable, not from me and not from my team. We tried our best this weekend and we had pace, there was no doubt about that. Yesterday I was able to go one and a half seconds faster than I was at the end of the race, it's just strange how some tires are fine and some aren't. Don't get me wrong, it would have been difficult to win the race regardless, but I should have been a lot further up than I was."
Jorge Lorenzo, Repsol Honda Team: 14th
"Today went better than expected. Coming into this race I knew it would be difficult and I was thinking that maybe I will finish one minute or more behind the winner because all weekend I have been about three seconds slower than the fastest time. To finish within one minute of the winner and to take away two points is a good reward for a demanding race. I was able to learn more about how to conserve the tires as well as testing my fitness so I am pleased. Right now I am sore, but I will be stronger for the Misano test and then again in a better physical condition for the Misano race."
Takaaki Nakagami, LCR Honda IDEMITSU: 17th
"I didn't expect this crash during the weekend, from Friday to the warm-up we did a great job and gradually closed the gap. I expected our pace to be about two minutes high to middle and we made a good start. In the beginning I lost a bit of time with Pol (Espargaro) but once I overtook him I started to recover my pace and followed Jack (Miller) again. But at turn 16, after the apex when I came off the brake and started to touch the throttle, I lost the front grip and had no chance to recover it. I'm very disappointed and sorry for the team because the weekend was not so bad and our pace suggested we could fight for the top seven or eight. But we lost this opportunity and I'm very disappointed in myself, but these things happen in racing because I was pushing."
Augusto Fernandez, FLEXBOX HP 40: 1st
"What an unbelievable race! It was so hard – I was fighting and fighting and pushing, pushing, pushing – especially in the last laps when I had to battle so hard with Jorge. I am really, really happy with my second Moto2 win. It didn't come easily and I'd like to dedicate to my father, who had his birthday on Friday."
Jorge Navarro, Campetella Speed Up: 2nd
"I am a little bit disappointed because today was the day to win. in the end we finished second, but I am happy because we had a nearly perfect weekend. I did my job over all three days, but maybe the track conditions were a bit different in today's heat – the bike was moving around a lot on the brakes, in the corners and on the throttle. I got a good start and was pressing Alex [Marquez] when he made a mistake and crashed. Then things became quite complicated with the other riders."
Brad Binder, Red Bull KTM Ajo: 3rd
"That was one of the toughest races I've ever had in my life. I battled from the beginning right to the end. Things got harder in the last seven or eight laps, but I'm very happy with the way it finished. The team did a great job throughout the weekend, as we were struggling in free practice. This is the fourth podium in the last five contests and that shows that we are starting to be strong at every Grand Prix. The main thing is that we have found something that helps me maintain the same level until the end of the race. We have to keep pushing very hard for the rest of the season."
Somkiat Chantra, IDEMITSU Honda Team Asia: 16th
"I made a bad start and in the first laps I lost a lot of time and some positions. Throughout the race I gained confidence and in the end the bike was working well, I was able to battle and pass some riders. To finish the race in 16th position I am happy today because I feel I did my best. I am looking to forward to Misano in two weeks. See you in Italy!"
Teppei Nagoe, IDEMITSU Honda Team Asia: 28th
"That was a difficult race! It was a long, tough and hot race at a very difficult circuit. In the first laps I followed the riders in front, trying to learn from them. The lap time I set following them was good, but after ten or 11 laps the rear tire lost grip and it was difficult for me to manage the tire. I have enjoyed the chance I have been given for the last two races in Austria and here in the UK and I wish the team the best of luck for the remainder of 2019. Now I will return to Japan and concentrate on winning the GP2 All Japan championship for Honda."
Marcos Ramirez, Leopard Racing: 1st
"This is fantastic – my second victory and my second victory this year – just after I have signed for Moto2 next season. The race was incredible, with a lot of work to do and also lots of attacking and defending. Finally I made it through at the right time and now I cannot wait until the next race!"
Tony Arbolino, VNE Snipers: 2nd
"It was an incredible weekend, full of emotions. I am happy for the job done. Three podiums in a row are important and give us the right focus before facing my home race. We have different goals and, one by one, we are achieving them."
Lorenzo Dalla Porta, Leopard Racing: 3rd
"It's been a very good day, even if we didn't win. In the race I had a very good rhythm, which I didn't really expect, but the Honda is so good at the moment. I rode a very good rhythm until the final laps when my rear tire was finished. I tried to do everything perfectly and not make a single mistake, but on the last lap at corner seven or eight I went a little wide, so Marco and Tony overtook me, so I couldn't try to win. Anyway, this result is very important because we really need the points for the championship."
Ai Ogura, Honda Team Asia: 10th
"I am really happy with the race, until the final four laps. The start of the race for me was a big improvement, I was in the front group and I felt good, even leading the race at one point. The final four laps for me was difficult and I didn't manage well the race and I lost some positions. My target is to always give everything in the race and if I feel I have done this I will be happy. Next race we head to Misano, it is not a bad circuit for me as I won there in the Red Bull rookies cup. We have a couple of weeks training now with the team and I will arrive in Misano ready to fight on Sunday in the race."
Kaito Toba, Honda Team Asia: 20th
"Today I am very disappointed with the result, finishing in 20th position for me is not good enough. This result comes from not just a bad race but also the way we manage free practice and qualifying. In Misano I must improve this and my focus will be in the next two weeks to train hard, prepare well and get back on the right path with a podium finish."
|1||Alex RINS (Team SUZUKI ECSTAR)|
|2||Marc MÁRQUEZ (Repsol Honda Team)|
|3||Maverick VIÑALES (Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP)|
|4||Valentino ROSSI (Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP)|
|5||Franco MORBIDELLI (Petronas Yamaha SRT)|
|6||Cal CRUTCHLOW (LCR Honda CASTROL)|
|7||Danilo PETRUCCI (Ducati Team)|
|8||Jack MILLER (Pramac Racing)|
|9||Pol ESPARGARO (Red Bull KTM Factory Racing)|
|10||Andrea IANNONE (Aprilia Racing Team Gresini)|
|11||Francesco BAGNAIA (Pramac Racing)|
|12||Sylvain GUINTOLI (Team SUZUKI ECSTAR)|
|13||Hafizh SYAHRIN (Red Bull KTM Tech 3)|
|14||Jorge LORENZO (Repsol Honda Team)|
|15||Karel ABRAHAM (Reale Avintia Racing)|
|16||Tito RABAT (Reale Avintia Racing)|
|17||Takaaki NAKAGAMI (LCR Honda IDEMITSU)|
|RT||Aleix ESPARGARO (Aprilia Racing Team Gresini)|
|RT||Miguel OLIVEIRA (Red Bull KTM Tech 3)|
|RT||Johann ZARCO (Red Bull KTM Factory Racing)|
|RT||Fabio QUARTARARO (Petronas Yamaha SRT)|
|RT||Andrea DOVIZIOSO (Ducati Team)|
|1||Augusto FERNANDEZ (Flexbox HP 40)|
|2||Jorge NAVARRO (Campetella Speed Up)|
|3||Brad BINDER (Red Bull KTM Ajo)|
|4||Remy GARDNER (ONEXOX TKKR SAG Team)|
|5||Tetsuta NAGASHIMA (ONEXOX TKKR SAG Team)|
|6||Fabio DI GIANNANTONIO (Campetella Speed Up)|
|7||Lorenzo BALDASSARRI (Flexbox HP 40)|
|8||Thomas LUTHI (Dynavolt Intact GP)|
|9||Luca MARINI (SKY Racing Team VR46)|
|10||Xavi VIERGE (Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS)|
|11||Iker LECUONA (American Racing KTM)|
|12||Jorge MARTIN (Red Bull KTM Ajo)|
|13||Mattia PASINI (Tasca Racing Scuderia Moto2)|
|14||Marcel SCHROTTER (Dynavolt Intact GP)|
|15||Andrea LOCATELLI (Italtrans Racing Team)|
|16||Somkiat CHANTRA (IDEMITSU Honda Team Asia)|
|17||Stefano MANZI (MV Agusta Temporary Forward)|
|18||Dominique AEGERTER (MV Agusta Temporary Forward)|
|19||Marco BEZZECCHI (Red Bull KTM Tech 3)|
|20||Nicolo BULEGA (SKY Racing Team VR46)|
|21||Bo BENDSNEYDER (NTS RW Racing GP)|
|22||Joe ROBERTS (American Racing KTM)|
|23||Jake DIXON (Sama Qatar Angel Nieto Team)|
|24||Philipp OETTL (Red Bull KTM Tech 3)|
|25||Steven ODENDAAL (NTS RW Racing GP)|
|26||Lukas TULOVIC (Kiefer Racing)|
|27||Xavi CARDELUS (Sama Qatar Angel Nieto Team)|
|28||Teppei NAGOE (IDEMITSU Honda Team Asia)|
|RT||Sam LOWES (Federal Oil Gresini Moto2)|
|RT||Bradley SMITH (Petronas Sprinta Racing)|
|RT||Alex MARQUEZ (Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS)|
|1||Marcos RAMIREZ (Leopard Racing)|
|2||Tony ARBOLINO (VNE Snipers)|
|3||Lorenzo DALLA PORTA (Leopard Racing)|
|4||Niccolò ANTONELLI (SIC58 Squadra Corse)|
|5||Tatsuki SUZUKI (SIC58 Squadra Corse)|
|6||Ayumu SASAKI (Petronas Sprinta Racing)|
|7||John MCPHEE (Petronas Sprinta Racing)|
|8||Dennis FOGGIA (SKY Racing Team VR46)|
|9||Celestino Vietti (SKY Racing Team VR46)|
|10||Ai OGURA (Honda Team Asia)|
|11||Jaume MASIA (Bester Capital Dubai)|
|12||Darryn BINDER (CIP Green Power)|
|13||Aron CANET (Sterilgarda Max Racing Team)|
|14||Jeremy ALCOBA (Kömmerling Gresini Moto3)|
|15||Alonso LOPEZ (Estrella Galicia 0,0)|
|16||Jakub KORNFEIL (Redox PruestelGP)|
|17||Andrea MIGNO (Bester Capital Dubai)|
|18||Raul FERNANDEZ (Sama Qatar Angel Nieto Team)|
|19||Sergio GARCIA (Estrella Galicia 0,0)|
|20||Kaito TOBA (Honda Team Asia)|
|21||Filip SALAC (Redox PruestelGP)|
|22||Stefano NEPA (Reale Avintia Arizona 77)|
|23||Makar YURCHENKO (BOE Skull Rider Mugen Race)|
|24||Can ONCU (Red Bull KTM Ajo)|
|25||Tom BOOTH-AMOS (CIP Green Power)|
|26||Kazuki MASAKI (BOE Skull Rider Mugen Race)|
|27||Riccardo ROSSI (Kommerling Gresini Moto3)|
|28||Maximilian KOFLER (Sama Qatar Angel Nieto Team)|
|29||Brandon PAASCH (FPW Racing)|
|RT||Romano FENATI (VNE Snipers)|
|RT||Albert ARENAS (Sama Qatar Angel Nieto Team)|