Marquez Wins Historic Victory to Go 93 Points Clear
Marc Marquez won his seventh victory of the year at Misano, snatching the lead on the last lap after an enthralling race-long duel with remarkable rookie Fabio Quartararo.
Marquez Wins Historic Victory to Go 93 Points Clear
MISANO WORLD CIRCUIT MARCO SIMONCELLI, San Marino and Riviera Di Rimini, September 15, 2019
Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda Team RC213V) won his seventh victory of the year at Misano today, snatching the lead on the last lap after an enthralling race-long duel with remarkable rookie Fabio Quartararo.
This latest success was Marquez's 77th Grand Prix victory across all three classes, which moves him past 1960s legend Mike ‘The bike' Hailwood into fourth place in MotoGP's 71-year-old all-time winners' list. It is another important milestone for the masterful 26-year-old Spaniard who has won five of the last six MotoGP titles.
Marquez was especially keen to win here after taking tantalizingly close last-corner defeats at the last two races – by two tenths of a second in Austria and by 0.013 seconds three weekends ago in Britain. Today Marquez shadowed Quartararo lap after lap, making sure he saved his tires for when it mattered most.
On the last lap he dived past the Frenchman at turn one, only for Quartararo to regain the lead at turn four. Next Marquez attacked again at turn eight and rode the rest of the lap to perfection to cross the line nine tenths of a second in front to take an apt 93-point lead into next Sunday's race at Aragon, Spain, where he has been victorious on his last three visits.
Even by his own standards this is an incredible season for Marquez. From the 13 races so far he has won seven, finished second in five and slid out of the lead at the other. He has taken victories in Argentina, Spain, France, Catalunya, Germany, the Czech Republic, and San Marino. His runner-up results – all but one of them less than a second behind the winner – have been achieved in Qatar, Italy, the Netherlands, Austria and Britain. His only non-finish came at the Grand Prix of the Americas, where he led the race until he tumbled out of first position.
Today's latest successes also strengthened Honda's grip on the 2019 MotoGP Constructors World Championship. Currently the company is chasing its fourth consecutive constructors title and a landmark 25th in total.
Conditions were tricky in the extreme all weekend at Misano. The track offered significantly less grip than it had last year, with slower lap times and more crashes in all classes. Heroic Moto3 winner Tatsuki Suzuki (SIC58 Squadra Corse Honda NSF250RW) even likened the grip available to riding in the rain. Therefore many MotoGP riders struggled to find enough grip to allow them to achieve the lap times they knew they and their machines were capable of.
Team-mates Cal Crutchlow (LCR Honda CASTROL RC213V) and Takaaki Nakagami (LCR Honda IDEMITSU RC213V) both fell victim to the treacherous grip. Nakagami was fighting for a top-ten position when he slid off on the fourth lap. The 27-year-old from Chiba remounted and continued racing, bravely taking the flag in last position.
Crutchlow fell with five laps remaining and wasn't able to continue because his bike was damaged. The 33-year-old Briton had had a challenging two days of practice and qualifying, so he knew today's race wasn't going to be easy. He will now sit down with his team and prepare for Aragon, which should be kinder to him.
Marquez's team-mate Jorge Lorenzo (Repsol Honda Team RC213V) rode his second race since a four-race absence following a nasty crash during practice for June's Dutch TT. The 32-year-old three-times MotoGP king is still far from full strength, so his main focus at the moment is to complete races and steadily build his physical energy and power. He will continue his comeback at Aragon, moving forward step by step. Today he finished 14th for the second race in a row, an impressive improvement from 18th on the grid.
The Moto2 race was another thriller with the result in doubt until the last few corners when Augusto Fernandez (FLEXBOX HP 40 Kalex) dived past leader Fabio Di Giannantonio (+Ego Speed Up Speed Up), making contact in the process, to take his second consecutive victory.
Twenty-year-old Moto2 rookie Italian Di Giannantonio led nearly all the race, counter-attacking whenever Fernandez tried to snatch the lead. But then the 21-year-old had a few slides, which convinced him to shadow the leader for the remainder of the race, leaving his attack until the pair were three corners from the finish. The gap at the flag was 0.186 seconds.
World Championship leader Alex Marquez (Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS Kalex) joined the lead group for a while but after a few scares the 23-year-old Spaniard decided to ease his pace and take third place, a further 1.087 seconds behind. Marquez crashed out of the lead of the last race in Britain, so he could not afford another fall today. He now holds a 26-point lead over Fernandez.
Thomas Luthi (Dynavolt Intact GP Kalex) made a stunning start from the third row to go with the leaders, but he too could not stand the pace and slipped back to fourth, almost 1.5 seconds down on Marquez, thus preserving his third place in the championship standings. Sam Lowes (Federal Oil Gresini Moto2 Kalex) led the next group in fifth, his best result of the year.
Grand Prix rookie Somkiat Chantra (IDEMITSU Honda Team Asia, Kalex) produced another stand-out performance to score his third points haul in the last four races, placing 14th. The 20-year-old Thai rider had never seen the tricky Misano track before he arrived here to commence practice. This has been the case at pretty much every race this year, so Chantra has proved time and again his talent to ride a motorcycle and also to learn and work well with his team.
Chantra's team-mate Dimas Ekky Pratama (IDEMITSU Honda Team Asia Kalex) missed this race due to injury, so he was replaced by Andi Farid Izdihar (IDEMITSU Honda Team Asia Kalex), who made his Grand Prix debut today.
The 22-year-old Indonesian rider acquitted himself well during this momentous weekend, working with and learning from his technical crew and always improving his speed and consistency to finish 24th. Farid Izdihar usually rides a Honda CBR600RR in the Supersport class of the Asia Road Racing Championship, so he had so much to take in at Misano: new track, new team, new bike, new tires and so on.
Moto3 star Tatsuki Suzuki won an emotional first Grand Prix victory this morning, achieving this great moment for the team owned by Paolo Simoncelli at the track named in honor of his son Marco, who lost his life at the 2011 Malaysian GP.
The 21-year-old from Chiba rode a perfect race from pole position, battling for position throughout the 23 laps. He never got a moment to rest, with six or seven riders fighting with him for much of the race. Even on the last lap he was side by side with runner-up John McPhee (Petronas Sprinta Racing Honda NSF250RW) and third-place finisher Tony Arbolino (VNE Snipers Honda NSF250RW). The trio took the flag separated by two tenths of a second.
There was heartache for Ai Ogura (Honda Team Asia Honda NSF250RW), who was right with the leaders halfway through the final lap when he was taken out by another rider, through no fault of his own. The 18-year-old had worked so hard during the race to escape from the second group and catch the leaders. There was no doubt that Ogura had the pace to win, or at the least finish in the top three.
The all-Honda podium of Suzuki, McPhee and Arbolino increased the manufacturer's lead in the Constructors World Championship to 60 points with six races remaining. Honda is currently chasing a hat-trick of constructors prizes.
At the same time Lorenzo Dalla Porta (Leopard Racing Honda NSF250RW) increased his advantage in the Riders World Championship. The 22-year-old Italian spent much of the race with the leaders, slipping back slightly to cross the finish line in fifth place, but then he was penalized three seconds for exceeding track limits, which relegated him to eighth. Dalla Porta now leads the series by 22 points from Aron Canet, who failed to finish today's race due to machine issues.
The riders who benefitted from Dalla Porta's sanction were Gabriel Rodrigo (Kömmerling Gresini Moto3 Honda NSF250RW) and Marcos Ramirez (Leopard Racing Honda NSF250RW), who won last time out at Silverstone. They finished sixth and seventh.
Ogura's team-mate Kaito Toba (Honda Team Asia Honda NSF250RW) completed a disappointing day for their team when he was knocked down by another rider at the very first corner, through no fault of his own. This was a great shame for the 19-year-old from Fukuoka who had been fastest in morning warm-up.
The MotoGP paddock has no time to rest after today's racing as it travels westward towards the Aragon region of Spain for round 14 at MotorLand Aragon, near the ancient town of Alcaniz.
Marc Marquez, Repsol Honda Team: 1st
“Honestly speaking, I knew it wasn't necessary to win because I saw that Rins was out and Dovizioso was far from us but I had some extra motivation. I just tried to stay with Fabio as close as I could and in the end I was weighing up whether to try or not. On the last lap I decided to go. I knew Fabio was very fast in Sector 3, so I made my move before that and closed corner as much as I could. Fabio rode a very strong race today. I raced as smart as I could and in the end it is nice to win in Italy, but even nicer to have 93 points of advantage."
Jorge Lorenzo, Repsol Honda Team: 14th
“If in Silverstone we were able to exceed our expectations, unfortunately today we weren't able to do this and honestly I was expecting a little more. I was expecting my pace to be closer to the winner, maybe 1.5 seconds but in reality it was more. But my physical condition was better after the race and during practice we were able to be closer than before - this is a positive. The grip dropped for the race and I don't think this helped us. I'm looking forward to Aragon to be able to push more physically and train harder as my condition improves."
Takaaki Nakagami, LCR Honda IDEMITSU: 18th
“As soon as the race started I saw a warning about the front tire on the right hand side. I was in a group behind Joan Mir, looking for an overtaking opportunity, but with this warning on the front I couldn't keep the pace. I knew I was going to crash (if I kept pushing), but I didn't want to slow down. I was trying to take care of the right side, but then I had the crash. I'm very sorry to the team as this weekend many people came to support us. Unfortunately, Cal crashed also, so I'm not happy for the team or myself, but it's happened and now we must look at the data and focus on the next GP."
Cal Crutchlow, LCR Honda CASTROL: DNF
“To crash out of a bad position way too far off the lead is never good. I didn't have a good feeling (with the bike) in the test and didn't have a good feeling all weekend here and that's the reality of the situation. I didn't think I would crash at that corner or in the race at all, I felt I could manage it until the end of the race so it was a bit of a shock to crash, even though I was going slow. In general, I just didn't feel good with the bike this weekend and we need to improve for Aragon."
Augusto Fernandez, FLEXBOX HP 40: 1st
“That was a really, really hard race! I had a great pace but then I had a few moments, including one big slide when I nearly lost the rear end. After that I decided it would be better to wait until the end to attack. I took him on the last lap and we touched, but sometimes it is like this! A huge thanks to the team and now we go home to Spain with extra motivation!"
Fabio Di Giannantonio, +Ego Speed Up: 2nd
“I think I rode a great race, pushing from beginning to end. Augusto and I overtook each other a few times during the race – I was always able to counter-attack until the last time. I tried to close the door on the last lap but still he came through. Thanks to my team for a great weekend at home in front of all the fans in Italy!"
Alex Marquez, Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS: 3rd
“I knew before the race I had the pace to win but my plan was to finish on the podium. I nearly crashed several times because the grip was not so good. It was difficult to keep concentrating after that, but I kept calm and made sure we finished on the podium. I was completely on the limit at the end of the race, so these championship points are very important for me. Congratulations to the two guys who finished first and second!"
Somkiat Chantra, IDEMITSU Honda Team Asia: 14th
“The race has been difficult at the beginning because, after six laps, I felt that I hadn't any grip from the rear tire. At the end of the race I tried to push as much as possible, finishing 14th. I'm delighted to score two more points, but now it is time to think about Aragon."
Andi Farid Izdihar, IDEMITSU Honda Team Asia: 24th
“From Friday to the race, I improved a lot, working step by step and trying to go better every single minute I was on track. I finished in P24, doing my best during the race. All the team did a good job. I would like to thank them, and also IDEMITSU Honda Team Asia and Honda Motor for this chance."
Tatsuki Suzuki, Sic58 Squadra Corse: 1st
“This is amazing! Every race we try to finish in this position and finally we did it. At the start of the year we were quite strong, then there were a few mistakes and finally we have come back to the front. We got pole yesterday and today we did it again. I'm excited – so much!"
John McPhee, Petronas Sprinta Racing: 2nd
“It was an interesting race. I had good pace all weekend, but I left myself with a lot of work to do after a crash in qualifying. I worked hard and made my way to the top ten, but someone else crashed and the next thing I knew I was back in P18 again! It was difficult to make my way through the pack, but I had the rhythm to be fast and I just needed to pick them off one at a time. There was a chance of the win, but with four corners to go I made a pass for second that was on the limit, and it just left me a little bit too far back to have a go."
Tony Arbolino, VNE Snipers Team: 3rd
“This is my fourth podium in a row, so like I said at Brno, this is our objective: to be consistently at the front in every race. I'm really happy because I didn't expect this result. I chose the soft rear and sometimes it was difficult to open the gas, which lost me time. I am so happy to be on the podium again – now we stay focused, keep working hard and try to fight for the win again at Aragon next Sunday."
Ai Ogura, Honda Team Asia: DNF
“Not so much to say. During the weekend we worked perfectly. We had a good pace in the race, and finally, I was fighting for the podium. Unfortunately, I crashed on the last lap and couldn't finish the race. The positive is the experience I achieved for the future."
Kaito Toba, Honda Team Asia: DNF
“I crashed in turn one when someone touched me. I couldn't do anything. It's a very disappointing situation, because after being fastest in morning warm-up I had an excellent feeling in the warm-up lap, so I was very confident. Even if I started from the back of the grid, I was sure to finish in the top ten. Now it's time to recover, trying to be ready for Aragon."
|1||Marc MÁRQUEZ (Repsol Honda Team)|
|2||Fabio QUARTARARO (Petronas Yamaha SRT)|
|3||Maverick VIÑALES (Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP)|
|4||Valentino ROSSI (Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP)|
|5||Franco MORBIDELLI (Petronas Yamaha SRT)|
|6||Andrea DOVIZIOSO (Ducati Team)|
|7||Pol ESPARGARO (Red Bull KTM Factory Racing)|
|8||Joan MIR (Team SUZUKI ECSTAR)|
|9||Jack MILLER (Pramac Racing)|
|10||Danilo PETRUCCI (Ducati Team)|
|11||Johann ZARCO (Red Bull KTM Factory Racing)|
|12||Aleix ESPARGARO (Aprilia Racing Team Gresini)|
|13||Tito RABAT (Reale Avintia Racing)|
|14||Jorge LORENZO (Repsol Honda Team)|
|15||Hafizh SYAHRIN (Red Bull KTM Tech 3)|
|16||Miguel OLIVEIRA (Red Bull KTM Tech 3)|
|17||Karel ABRAHAM (Reale Avintia Racing)|
|18||Takaaki NAKAGAMI (LCR Honda IDEMITSU)|
|RT||Cal CRUTCHLOW (LCR Honda CASTROL)|
|RT||Michele PIRRO (Ducati Team)|
|RT||Alex RINS (Team SUZUKI ECSTAR)|
|RT||Francesco BAGNAIA (Pramac Racing)|
|1||Augusto FERNANDEZ (Flexbox HP 40)|
|2||Fabio DI GIANNANTONIO (+Ego Speed Up)|
|3||Alex MARQUEZ (Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS)|
|4||Thomas LUTHI (Dynavolt Intact GP)|
|5||Sam LOWES (Federal Oil Gresini Moto2)|
|6||Brad BINDER (Red Bull KTM Ajo)|
|7||Jorge NAVARRO (+Ego Speed Up)|
|8||Xavi VIERGE (Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS)|
|9||Enea BASTIANINI (Italtrans Racing Team)|
|10||Lorenzo BALDASSARRI (Flexbox HP 40)|
|11||Luca MARINI (SKY Racing Team VR46)|
|12||Jorge MARTIN (Red Bull KTM Ajo)|
|13||Andrea LOCATELLI (Italtrans Racing Team)|
|14||Somkiat CHANTRA (IDEMITSU Honda Team Asia)|
|15||Stefano MANZI (MV Agusta Temporary Forward)|
|16||Joe ROBERTS (American Racing KTM)|
|17||Bo BENDSNEYDER (NTS RW Racing GP)|
|18||Dominique AEGERTER (MV Agusta Temporary Forward)|
|19||Simone CORSI (NTS RW Racing GP)|
|20||Jake DIXON (Sama Qatar Angel Nieto Team)|
|21||Iker LECUONA (American Racing KTM)|
|22||Lukas TULOVIC (Kiefer Racing)|
|23||Philipp OETTL (Red Bull KTM Tech 3)|
|24||Andi IZDIHAR (Honda Team Asia )|
|25||Xavi CARDELUS (Sama Qatar Angel Nieto Team)|
|RT||Tetsuta NAGASHIMA (ONEXOX TKKR SAG Team)|
|RT||Remy GARDNER (ONEXOX TKKR SAG Team)|
|RT||Nicolo BULEGA (SKY Racing Team VR46)|
|RT||Marco BEZZECCHI (Red Bull KTM Tech 3)|
|RT||Adam NORRODIN (Petronas Sprinta Racing)|
|1||Tatsuki SUZUKI (SIC58 Squadra Corse)|
|2||John MCPHEE (Petronas Sprinta Racing)|
|3||Tony ARBOLINO (VNE Snipers)|
|4||Jaume MASIA (Bester Capital Dubai)|
|5||Dennis FOGGIA (SKY Racing Team VR46)|
|6||Gabriel RODRIGO (Kommerling Gresini Moto3)|
|7||Marcos RAMIREZ (Leopard Racing)|
|8||Lorenzo DALLA PORTA (Leopard Racing)|
|9||Filip SALAC (Redox PruestelGP)|
|10||Raul FERNANDEZ (Sama Qatar Angel Nieto Team)|
|11||Stefano NEPA (Reale Avintia Arizona 77)|
|12||Jakub KORNFEIL (Redox PruestelGP)|
|13||Andrea MIGNO (Bester Capital Dubai)|
|14||Riccardo ROSSI (Kommerling Gresini Moto3)|
|15||Elia BARTOLINI (Sky Junior Team VR46)|
|16||Deniz ONCU (Red Bull KTM Ajo)|
|RT||Ai OGURA (Honda Team Asia)|
|RT||Kazuki MASAKI (BOE Skull Rider Mugen Race)|
|RT||Meikon KAWAKAMI (Fundacion Andres Perez 77)|
|RT||Darryn BINDER (CIP Green Power)|
|RT||Aron CANET (Sterilgarda Max Racing Team)|
|RT||Albert ARENAS (Sama Qatar Angel Nieto Team)|
|RT||Niccolò ANTONELLI (SIC58 Squadra Corse)|
|RT||Celestino Vietti (SKY Racing Team VR46)|
|RT||Tom BOOTH-AMOS (CIP Green Power)|
|RT||Alonso LOPEZ (Estrella Galicia 0,0)|
|RT||Ayumu SASAKI (Petronas Sprinta Racing)|
|RT||Kaito TOBA (Honda Team Asia)|
|RT||Sergio GARCIA (Estrella Galicia 0,0)|
|RT||Makar YURCHENKO (BOE Skull Rider Mugen Race)|