Marquez Wins 78th Grand Prix from 200th Start
Marc Marquez totally dominated the Aragon Grand Prix, scoring his 78th victory from his 200th Grand Prix start and taking another step towards his sixth MotoGP Riders World Championship from the past seven seasons.
Marquez Wins 78th Grand Prix from 200th Start
MOTORLAND ARAGON, Aragon, September 22, 2019
Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda Team RC213V) totally dominated today’s Aragon Grand Prix, scoring his 78th victory from his 200th Grand Prix start and taking another step towards his sixth MotoGP Riders World Championship from the past seven seasons.
The 26-year-old has been very much in control here since Friday morning, when he completed FP1 an astonishing 1.617 seconds ahead of his closest rival.
His eighth victory of 2019 also takes Honda another step closer to an historic 25th premier-class Constructors World Championship
There was also joy for Honda in the Moto3 race, which opened today’s 14th of the 19 events in the 2019 season. Japanese rookie Ai Ogura (Honda Team Asia Honda NSF250RW) took his first World Championship podium result with a fine second place, the 18-year-old from Tokyo confirming that he has a great future in Grand Prix racing.
Marquez’s statistics continue to grow. Not only has he scored 78 victories across all three classes he has also achieved a total of 129 podiums and 89 pole positions. His victory record class by class stands at 52 in MotoGP, 16 in Moto2 and ten in the 125cc category, in which he made his Grand Prix debut in 2008. This year his record stands at eight wins, five seconds and one DNF, when he slid out of the lead of April’s Grand Prix of the Americas.
Starting from pole position today Marquez made a rapid getaway, taking the first corner in first position and then never letting his rivals get anywhere close enough to attack. After the first lap he was already 1.1 seconds ahead, by two-thirds distance he had grown his advantage to more than six seconds, then he eased his pace in the final laps to take the checkered flag 4.836 seconds ahead of runner-up Andrea Dovizioso.
Cal Crutchlow (LCR Honda CASTROL RC213V) rode a determined race around the magnificent MotorLand circuit, situated outside the ancient town of Alcaniz. The 33-year-old bounced back impressively from tumbling out of last weekend’s San Marino GP to qualify seventh and finish sixth, less than five seconds off the podium, despite making a few minor errors during the 23 laps.
Takaaki Nakagami (LCR Honda IDEMITSU RC213V) also had a strong ride to tenth place, having started from 14th on the grid. After suffering minor crashes in the last two races the 27-year-old from Chiba had an entertaining ride aboard his 2018-spec RC213V, battling back and forth with several rivals to finish at the head of the group, less than a second in front of Andrea Iannone. This was Nakagami’s eighth top ten of 2019.
Marquez’s team-mate Jorge Lorenzo (Repsol Honda Team RC213V) had another challenging weekend, still recovering from the troublesome back injuries he sustained at June’s Dutch TT. The five-times World Champion was fast in the early stages of the race, but as the race went on he experienced a loss of grip from the rear tire and was unable to maintain his pace. He took the flag in 20th.
Brad Binder (Red Bull KTM Ajo KTM) won his second Moto2 victory of the year, defeating Jorge Navarro (HDR Heidrun Speed Up Speed Up) by 0.787 seconds after a thrilling final few laps. Most significant of all, Alex Marquez (Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS Kalex) completed the podium in third, while his main title rival Augusto Fernandez (FLEXBOX HP 40 Kalex) crashed in the early stages. Marquez now leads the series by 38 points with five races remaining.
Binder, Marquez and Luca Marini (SKY Racing Team VR46 Kalex) were strongest in the early stages, but Marini slipped to fourth, just ahead of Sam Lowes (Federal Oil Gresini Moto2 Kalex) who is enjoying a return to form after a difficult run of races.
Fernandez – who had won the previous two races to close to within 26 points of Marquez – slid off on the first lap. The 21-year-old Spaniard remounted but 22nd, outside the points.
Grand Prix rookie Somkiat Chantra (IDEMITSU Honda Team Asia, Kalex) had an excellent but frustrating first race at Aragon. The 20-year-old Thai rider took the flag in 16th position, less than a second outside the World Championship points. Two weeks from now Chantra will contest his first home Grand Prix as a full-time championship rider. Last year he turned heads at Buriram when he finished ninth in his GP debut, riding in the Moto3 class.
Gerry Salim (IDEMITSU Honda Team Asia Kalex) made his Moto2 Grand Prix debut today, substituting for the injured Dimas Ekky Pratama (IDEMITSU Honda Team Asia Kalex). The 22-year-old Indonesian made good use of the weekend, improving his pace and learning plenty about the Moto2 class. He finished 29th.
Moto3 star Ogura rode a superb race to finish today’s outing in second place and score his first World Championship podium. The World Championship apprentice and former Red Bull Rookies and CEV rider has been building speed steadily in recent months with an excellent run of points-scoring finishes. Last Sunday at Misano he was in the fight for a podium when he was knocked down on the very last lap, so his Aragon result was a well-deserved reward for his ever-improving performances.
And Ogura had to fight for position at every corner, with a large pack of riders contesting second place behind local winner Aron Canet. Just 4.6 seconds separated Ogura from 15th finisher Jakub Kornfeil. The last few laps were especially hectic, Ogura beating Dennis Foggia by just over a tenth of a second.
Honda riders featured heavily in lead pack, with seven NSF250RW machines in the top ten. French GP winner John McPhee (Petronas Sprinta Racing Honda NSF250RW) was fourth, less than a tenth behind Foggia, despite losing one of his knee-sliders, which made cornering very difficult. He was followed over the line by Alonso Lopez (Estrella Galicia 0,0 Honda NSF250RW), Misano winner Tatsuki Suzuki (SIC58 Squadra Corse Honda NSF250RW) and Sergio Garcia (Estrella Galicia 0,0 Honda NSF250RW).
The Aragon round was complicated for World Championship leader Lorenzo Dalla Porta (Leopard Racing Honda NSF250RW), who qualified 12th, fought back from 15th in the early laps to take the flag in tenth, only to lose one position for exceeding track limits. He was thus credited with 11th, which puts him two points ahead of Canet with five races remaining.
Tony Arbolino (VNE Snipers Team Honda NSF250RW) was promoted to tenth to maintain his third place in the title chase. Honda riders fill five of the current six championship positions, with Honda working hard to take its third consecutive Moto3 Constructors World Championship.
Ogura’s team-mate Kaito Toba (Honda Team Asia Honda NSF250RW) was unable to race today. The 19-year-old from Fukuoka was taken out by another rider at Misano. He rode here on Friday but the pain was too much for him to continue.
Today’s racing marks the end of 11 consecutive European races. The MotoGP paddock now packs its flight cases and jets east for the Thailand, Japanese, Australian and Malaysian GPs. The 2019 season concludes at Valencia, Spain, on November 17.
Marc Marquez, Repsol Honda Team: 1st
“I was convinced about my strategy and what I had to do. I had a good feeling from when I left the box, so I knew I could push in the beginning and open a gap of four or five seconds and just keep it there, not pushing too much. I saw at one stage of the race that Viñales closed in a little, so I pushed a little more for two or three laps and I stabilised the advantage. It looked easy but it wasn’t, we have been working hard all weekend to find the limit. It was amazing to win here in front of our home fans so I have to say thank you to them all!”
Cal Crutchlow, LCR Honda CASTROL: 6th
“I’m happy with that – today was a race we had to finish after last week’s difficult weekend at Misano where there was no grip. I couldn’t wait to leave Misano and come to Aragon to start working for a good result. I lost a lot of time during the first few laps of the race with some battles with other riders, then in the middle of the race I ran off the track and lost another two places. The pace was pretty fast and I was happy enough with my own pace. Okay, I made mistakes, but all things considered I’m happy with sixth place. Hopefully we can do even better in Thailand.”
Takaaki Nakagami, LCR Honda IDEMITSU: 10th
“That was a really tough race. First of all I made a big mistake at the start with a big wheelie. I didn’t expect that, because all weekend I’d had good practice starts. The big wheelie lost me a lot of time, so the first laps were really difficult, then when I tried to overtake Petrucci I wasn’t able to stop the bike, so I went out of the track and lost two more positions. After that I tried to calm down and keep my pace to the end. It was a long race because I was alone for many laps, but finally I caught the group ahead of me – Petrucci, Oliveira and Iannone. I tried my best and in the end I beat them to get tenth place. This isn’t a bad result but our pace wasn’t fantastic and we still have some room to improve.”
Jorge Lorenzo, Repsol Honda Team: 20th
“At the start of the race I was very hopeful of a good result as I made a very strong start and I was quite competitive in the opening laps. Unfortunately I felt a lot of drop on the rear tire and I struggled for rear grip from early in the race. I tried to manage it by being as smooth as possible, but I dropped back little by little. It’s a pity, I would have rather started the race poorly and finished strong. But still we can take positives as we have learned more about the setting and I was pleased with how some sessions went this weekend. Congratulations to Marc and the Repsol Honda Team for a great win.”
Brad Binder, Red Bull KTM Ajo: 1st
“The strategy went out of the window after three laps when I saw small gap at the front, so I did my absolute best every lap and tried to limit the mistakes. I knew the end of race would be hard and I was really struggling but I have to give huge thanks to the team for giving me the equipment to last the distance and win here.”
Jorge Navarro, HDR Heidrun Speed Up: 2nd
“It took time to get through after the start and the race was difficult because we knew we were struggling on the back straight – even with a slipstream I was losing some meters to the other bikes. The first few laps everyone was very aggressive, so it was very difficult to pass, but once the tires dropped the others weren’t so fast in the corners and I had the chance to pass them because I had good rear grip, although I sometimes lost the front because I was on the limit. It was a shame I wasn’t closer to Brad until the last laps, so I could really fight for the win.”
Alex Marquez, Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS: 3rd
“Today’s race was important for the championship. It was also so difficult, because conditions changed a lot from yesterday, especially the wind direction, so it was difficult to understand the track. I had a good battle with Marini, but it wasn’t good for the race. I did my best and pushed to the last lap, nearly crashing many times. My thanks to the team for this race and now we must keep going for the championship.”
Somkiat Chantra, IDEMITSU Honda Team Asia: 16th
“I started 18th, and during the race, I fought with many riders. In the end I hadn’t much grip from the rear tire, so it was a difficult fight. I tried, but before the last lap I made a small mistake, and I lost the chance to score points. A nice weekend, I’m happy! See you in Thailand, my home race!”
Gerry Salim, IDEMITSU Honda Team Asia: 29th
“This was my first race of Moto2 in the World Championship. I had a lot of problems during the race. It was difficult for me to ride because, during practice I didn’t have the pace, and in the race, the rear tire had a lot of spinning, and it was difficult for me to control it. I kept trying to fight with Ruiu. I overtook him in the last corners but he passed me again. I would like to thank Honda Motor and Honda Team Asia for giving me this opportunity.”
Ai Ogura, Honda Team Asia: 2nd
“The sensation after achieving my first podium is special. The podium was one of my targets in my rookie season. About the race, in the beginning, after two or three laps, I tried to follow Aron [Canet], but he had a good pace, so it was impossible to follow him. After that, I tried to stay in front of the group. In the end, my strategy was perfect, and I’m pleased about that. I would like to thank the team and the sponsors. If I can continue like this in Thailand it would be nice. Since Le Mans I’ve been thinking about a day like today.”
John McPhee, Petronas Sprinta Racing: 4th
“I did everything I could, but it was a typical Moto3 battle. When I saw Canet make the break I knew I could go with him – but it was so hard to get away from the chasing pack. I felt really comfortable in the group until another rider ran into me and before I knew it about six of them were past! It was game-on after that, trying to bring the gap back, and I threw absolutely everything I could at it. With ten laps to go, I lost my left knee slider too – which is almost like losing your third wheel! In a few corners, I really had to change my riding style, but it only held me back a little bit and it wasn’t what cost me a podium. It was a shame not to get on the podium, but I’m happy with the result, especially as we’re up to fourth in the championship.”
Alonso Lopez, Estrella Galicia 0,0: 5th
“I’m very happy with the weekend, because both in wet and dry conditions we were very fast, and that is very positive. Riding alone in practice also helped me a lot to prepare for the race. Off the start I was always in the top three or four, and was quite comfortable in the group. On the last lap I tried to overtake Foggia and Ogura, but they shut me in a little and in the end I couldn’t pass them. What I will take away is the good feeling I had, and I am sure that if we continue like this, we can do a great job at the coming races. I want to thank the team and everybody who came out to support me.”
|1||Marc MÁRQUEZ (Repsol Honda Team)|
|2||Andrea DOVIZIOSO (Ducati Team)|
|3||Jack MILLER (Pramac Racing)|
|4||Maverick VIÑALES (Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP)|
|5||Fabio QUARTARARO (Petronas Yamaha SRT)|
|6||Cal CRUTCHLOW (LCR Honda CASTROL)|
|7||Aleix ESPARGARO (Aprilia Racing Team Gresini)|
|8||Valentino ROSSI (Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP)|
|9||Alex RINS (Team SUZUKI ECSTAR)|
|10||Takaaki NAKAGAMI (LCR Honda IDEMITSU)|
|11||Andrea IANNONE (Aprilia Racing Team Gresini)|
|12||Danilo PETRUCCI (Ducati Team)|
|13||Miguel OLIVEIRA (Red Bull KTM Tech 3)|
|14||Joan MIR (Team SUZUKI ECSTAR)|
|15||Tito RABAT (Reale Avintia Racing)|
|16||Francesco BAGNAIA (Pramac Racing)|
|17||Mika KALLIO (Red Bull KTM Factory Racing)|
|18||Karel ABRAHAM (Reale Avintia Racing)|
|19||Bradley SMITH (Aprilia Racing Team)|
|20||Jorge LORENZO (Repsol Honda Team)|
|21||Hafizh SYAHRIN (Red Bull KTM Tech 3)|
|1||Brad BINDER (Red Bull KTM Ajo)|
|2||Jorge NAVARRO (+Ego Speed Up)|
|3||Alex MARQUEZ (Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS)|
|4||Luca MARINI (SKY Racing Team VR46)|
|5||Sam LOWES (Federal Oil Gresini Moto2)|
|6||Thomas LUTHI (Dynavolt Intact GP)|
|7||Iker LECUONA (American Racing KTM)|
|8||Lorenzo BALDASSARRI (Flexbox HP 40)|
|9||Jorge MARTIN (Red Bull KTM Ajo)|
|10||Xavi VIERGE (Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS)|
|11||Fabio DI GIANNANTONIO (+Ego Speed Up)|
|12||Nicolo BULEGA (SKY Racing Team VR46)|
|13||Remy GARDNER (ONEXOX TKKR SAG Team)|
|14||Stefano MANZI (MV Agusta Temporary Forward)|
|15||Marco BEZZECCHI (Red Bull KTM Tech 3)|
|16||Somkiat CHANTRA (IDEMITSU Honda Team Asia)|
|17||Andrea LOCATELLI (Italtrans Racing Team)|
|18||Bo BENDSNEYDER (NTS RW Racing GP)|
|19||Dominique AEGERTER (MV Agusta Temporary Forward)|
|20||Jesko RAFFIN (NTS RW Racing GP)|
|21||Simone CORSI (NTS RW Racing GP)|
|22||Augusto FERNANDEZ (Flexbox HP 40)|
|23||Jake DIXON (Sama Qatar Angel Nieto Team)|
|24||Enea BASTIANINI (Italtrans Racing Team)|
|25||Lukas TULOVIC (Kiefer Racing)|
|26||Philipp OETTL (Red Bull KTM Tech 3)|
|27||Xavi CARDELUS (Sama Qatar Angel Nieto Team)|
|28||Gabriele RUIU (MV Agusta Idealavoro Forward)|
|29||Gerry SALIM (Honda Team Asia )|
|30||Joe ROBERTS (American Racing KTM)|
|RT||Tetsuta NAGASHIMA (ONEXOX TKKR SAG Team)|
|1||Aron CANET (Sterilgarda Max Racing Team)|
|2||Ai OGURA (Honda Team Asia)|
|3||Dennis FOGGIA (SKY Racing Team VR46)|
|4||John MCPHEE (Petronas Sprinta Racing)|
|5||Alonso LOPEZ (Estrella Galicia 0,0)|
|6||Tatsuki SUZUKI (SIC58 Squadra Corse)|
|7||Sergio GARCIA (Estrella Galicia 0,0)|
|8||Albert ARENAS (Sama Qatar Angel Nieto Team)|
|9||Gabriel RODRIGO (Kommerling Gresini Moto3)|
|10||Tony ARBOLINO (VNE Snipers)|
|11||Lorenzo DALLA PORTA (Leopard Racing)|
|12||Carlos TATAY (Fundacion Andreas Perez 77)|
|13||Ayumu SASAKI (Petronas Sprinta Racing)|
|14||Celestino Vietti (SKY Racing Team VR46)|
|15||Jakub KORNFEIL (Redox PruestelGP)|
|16||Andrea MIGNO (Bester Capital Dubai)|
|17||Darryn BINDER (CIP Green Power)|
|18||Filip SALAC (Redox PruestelGP)|
|19||Gerard RIU MALE (Baiko Racing Team)|
|20||Julian Jose GARCIA (VNE Snipers)|
|21||Raul FERNANDEZ (Sama Qatar Angel Nieto Team)|
|22||Davide PIZZOLI (SIC58 Squadra Corse)|
|23||Stefano NEPA (Reale Avintia Arizona 77)|
|24||Deniz ONCU (Red Bull KTM Ajo)|
|25||Kazuki MASAKI (BOE Skull Rider Mugen Race)|
|26||Riccardo ROSSI (Kommerling Gresini Moto3)|
|27||Tom BOOTH-AMOS (CIP Green Power)|
|RT||Makar YURCHENKO (BOE Skull Rider Mugen Race)|
|RT||Marcos RAMIREZ (Leopard Racing)|
|RT||Jaume MASIA (Bester Capital Dubai)|