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Marquez wins at Jerez, takes point lead

Holds off Rins and Vinales
Sunday, May 5, 2019


Marc Marquez powers to victory in Spain
Marc Marquez powers to victory in Spain

After falling in Austin while leading, Marc Marquez recovered and held off Alex Rins to win the MotoGP Spanish Grand Prix and take a slender one-point lead in the world championship standings over race runner-up Rins. 

As the lights went green, Marquez and Andrea Dovizioso (Mission Winnow Ducati) launched exceptionally well from 3rd and 4th on the grid to go into Turn 1 ahead of the Petronas Yamaha SRT machines, but Dovi was on the outside and Franco Morbidelli (Petronas Yamaha SRT) forced his way up the inside to push the Championship leader wide and down to 5th as Fabio Quartararo (Petronas Yamaha SRT) and Vinales slotted into 3rd and 4th.

So, Plan A for Marquez was perfectly executed as he led the MotoGP freight train around the first lap, but would he be able to pull away from the pack straight away? The answer was no, Morbidelli and Quartararo weren’t letting the number 93 get away. The top three were eking out a gap to Vinales and Dovizioso, with Rins making a good start from ninth to get himself into the top six.

It was as you were for the opening laps with a tenth here and a tenth there fluctuating between the top three, the other chasers losing touch ever so slightly. But then, on Lap 10, Marquez pulled the pin. A 1:38.4 compared to Morbidelli’s 1:39.1 suddenly saw Marquez with a gap of over a second, and it kept on creeping up until Quartararo was able to get past his teammate into second – Morbidelli seemingly starting to struggle. The flying Frenchman immediately gapped his more experienced teammate but the gap to Marquez was still climbing. Meanwhile, Vinales and Rins were being frustrated by Morbidelli.

However, the cruelest of luck then struck Quartararo. On Lap 14 as he wound his Yamaha up for the back straight, Quartararo slowed. The problem? A gearing issue, replays showing the youngest ever polesitter was stuck in third gear. A terrible shame for the rookie who looked set for a maiden podium as he returned to the garage in tears.

Marquez gaps the field early
Marquez gaps the field early
This left Rins to pick up the second place baton after he and Vinales had managed to navigate Morbidelli, with Rins pulling out a gap to over a second to Vinales but by this time, race leader Marquez was over three seconds up the road. A race for the final podium position it was then with Vinales having the two Bologna bullets swarming, Dovi and Petrucci could smell blood and just behind those pair, Morbidelli was having to fend off Cal Crutchlow (LCR Honda Castrol) and Valentino Rossi (Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP) – both of whom dispatched it Italian with relative ease.

With three laps to go it became a two-horse race for third, Petrucci losing touch with Dovi and Vinales as Rins held the gap to his compatriot to over a second. There was no way through for Dovizioso though as we headed onto the last lap, with the number 04 putting in his personal best lap in on the penultimate lap. Vinales was under pressure, but would he fold? No, as Marquez wheelied over the line, Rins rocked home second and the Yamaha man took his first podium since winning in Australia.

Dovizioso had to settle for fourth as he loses his Championship lead to Marquez, four manufactures finishing inside the top four in Jerez, with Petrucci picking up his best result of the year in fifth. Rossi would salvage sixth from 13th on the grid, yet another top-class Sunday performance from The Doctor, with Morbidelli eventually able to better Crutchlow for seventh and top Independent Team honors.

Takaaki Nakagami (LCR Honda Idemitsu) finished just two tenths off his teammate in eighth as a trio of Honda riders closed out the top ten – Team HRC’s Stefan Bradl crossing line in an impressive tenth.

Aleix Espargaro (Aprilia Racing Team Gresini) crossed the line in 11th with Jorge Lorenzo (Repsol Honda Team) 12th in Jerez. Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Pol Espargaro and Johann Zarco pick up points in P13 and P14 respectively, with Tito Rabat (Reale Avintia Racing) taking his second point of the season in P15.

Marquez celebrates in front of fellow Spaniards
Marquez celebrates in front of fellow Spaniards

Marc Marquez, 1st 

“This race was a mental race, more than a physical one. After the mistake in Austin it wasn’t easy to lead the race like that from beginning to end, but I knew I had the pace to do it and the bike to do it. I wanted to do a race like in Argentina and at the start in Austin to prove it was a mistake there. I felt good all weekend, smooth, comfortable and able to ride how I want. Thanks to the Repsol Honda Team, they’ve done an amazing job over the last few weeks and here this weekend. It’s great to be leading the championship again.”

Spain - Race Result

193Marc MARQUEZSPARepsol Honda TeamHonda41'08.685
242Alex RINSSPATeam SUZUKI ECSTARSuzuki+1.654
312Maverick VinalesSPAMonster Energy YamahaYamaha+2.443
44Andrea DOVIZIOSOITAMission Winnow DucatiDucati+2.804
59Danilo PETRUCCIITAMission Winnow DucatiDucati+4.748
646Valentino ROSSIITAMonster Energy YamahaYamaha+7.547
721Franco MORBIDELLIITAPetronas Yamaha SRTYamaha+8.228
930Takaaki NAKAGAMIJPNLCR Honda IDEMITSUHonda+10.274
106Stefan BRADLGERTeam HRCHonda+13.402
1141Aleix ESPARGAROSPAAprilia Racing Team GresiniAprilia+15.431
1299Jorge LORENZOSPARepsol Honda TeamHonda+18.473
1344Pol ESPARGAROSPARed Bull KTM FactoryKTM+20.156
145Johann ZARCOFRARed Bull KTM FactoryKTM+26.706
1553Tito RABATSPAReale Avintia RacingDucati+28.513
1617Karel ABRAHAMCZEReale Avintia RacingDucati+36.858
1738Bradley SMITHGBRAprilia Factory RacingAprilia+41.390
1888Miguel OLIVEIRAPORRed Bull KTM Tech 3KTM+41.570
1955Hafizh SYAHRINMALRed Bull KTM Tech 3KTM+50.568
2043Jack MILLERAUSPramac RacingDucati3 Laps
2136Joan MIRSPATeam SUZUKI ECSTARSuzuki5 Laps
2220Fabio QUARTARAROFRAPetronas Yamaha SRTYamaha12 Laps
2363Francesco BAGNAIAITAPramac RacingDucati19 Laps

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