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Marquez passes Doohan with 55th MotoGP win

A hard-fought victory at the Australian Grand Prix
Sunday, October 27, 2019


Marquez's Honda record, and he still young
Marquez's Honda record, and he still young

A hard-fought victory at the Australian Grand Prix cemented yet another record for eight-time World Champion Marc Marquez as he becomes Honda’s most successful rider in history.

During Honda’s home race at the Japanese Grand Prix, Marc Marquez joined mighty Mick Doohan and former teammate Dani Pedrosa as one of just three riders to win 54 Grand Prix races on Honda machinery. Now just a week later, the Repsol Honda Team rider raises the bar once again, clinching victory at Phillip Island for a record-breaking 55th premier class win on the Honda RC213V.

Since 1998, Australia’s Mick Doohan has held the honor of being Honda’s most successful rider after taking his 54th win at the Argentine Grand Prix as he celebrated his fifth straight premier class title on the NSR500. Doohan’s records and results stood as the standard for Honda riders for almost two decades after the Australian surpassed the feats of Freddie Spencer from the 80s.

Like Mick Doohan, all of Marquez’s wins have come in the premier class. His first victory in 2013 at Austin saw him beat fellow Honda legend Freddie Spencer’s 30-year old record as the youngest premier class Grand Prix winner. From his 125 premier class starts, Marc Marquez has taken to the top step of the podium 55 times and has finished on the podium in 75% of races since his 2013 MotoGP debut. Only Valentino Rossi (89) and Giacomo Agostini (68) have more premier class victories to their names than the 26-year-old from Cervera.

2019 has also seen Honda take their 300th premier class win, Marc Marquez taking victory in France, continuing the story of Honda’s premier class success which began in 1966 with Jim Redman, who won a total of 45 races for Honda.

Marc Marquez
Marc Marquez

Alongside holding the win record for Honda riders in the premier class, Marquez is also the most successful Honda rider in terms of premier class World Championships with six titles and holds the outright pole position record in the premier class with 62 – four more than Mick Doohan. Marquez needs just nine more podium finishes to equal Pedrosa’s record 112 premier class podiums on Honda machinery.

With two races still remaining in 2019, Marc Marquez (375 points) is just nine points away from surpassing Jorge Lorenzo’s record 383 points from a single premier class season.

The Spaniard and compatriot Maverick Vinales (Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP) broke clear but last lap drama saw the Yamaha man crash, allowing Cal Crutchlow (LCR Honda Castrol) to take P2 and home hero Jack Miller (Pramac Racing) to claim a stunning P3.

Race Summary

Sunday in Australia got off to a solid start for Marc Marquez as he lined up on the front row for the eighth straight year at Phillip Island.

The World Champion found himself in the heart of an incredible nine-rider battle during the opening laps as the field fought for early position. With perfect precision, Marquez carved his way forward to join Cal Crutchlow and Maverick Vinales at the front.

Lap ten saw the race enter its second stage, Vinales trying to break away from the chasing pack. But both Marquez and Crutchlow responded with low 1’29s to keep Vinales within just a few tenths. Lapping consistently in the 1’29s, the eight-time World Champion stalked Vinales and used the RC213V’s superior top speed to blast into the lead on the last lap and eventually cross the line for an 11th win in 2019.

The victory is Marquez’s 55th in the premier class and makes him Honda’s most successful rider as he moves ahead of Mick Doohan’s 1998 record of 54 wins. Now only Valentino Rossi (89) and Giacomo Agostini (68) have more premier class victories to their names. Marquez has now achieved five-straight premier class wins for the first time since 2014 and continues his run of 14 straight top-two finishes intact.

As a result of the win, the Repsol Honda Team are just a single point behind the Ducati Team in the Team Championship as Honda aim to complete the coveted triple crown.

The MotoGP World Championship will now travel to Malaysia for the final leg of the yearly flyaways – Round 18, the Malaysian Grand Prix at the familiar Sepang International Circuit. 

Marc Marquez 93 1ST
“It has been a crazy weekend with the weather and everything. Maverick was very fast today, but I was able to follow him and start slowly cooking the victory. Vinales started to push very hard and very fast at the front, but I knew that if I could stay with him for four or five laps then the victory was possible. The Repsol Honda Team have done a great job with the limited track time we have had. We had to gamble a little bit with the soft rear tyre and it was on the limit in the end, but we were able to win! It’s really special to take this 55th win with Honda, I feel incredible with the Honda family and I’m excited to enjoy this moment with them and the team.”


12593Marc MARQUEZSPARepsol Honda TeamHonda40'43.729
22035Cal CRUTCHLOWGBRLCR Honda CASTROLHonda+11.413
31643Jack MILLERAUSPramac RacingDucati+14.499
41363Francesco BAGNAIAITAPramac RacingDucati+14.554
51136Joan MIRSPATeam SUZUKI ECSTARSuzuki+14.817
61029Andrea IANNONEITAAprilia Racing Team GresiniAprilia+15.280
794Andrea DOVIZIOSOITADucati TeamDucati+15.294
8846Valentino ROSSIITAMonster Energy Yamaha MotoGPYamaha+15.841
9742Alex RINSSPATeam SUZUKI ECSTARSuzuki+16.032
10641Aleix ESPARGAROSPAAprilia Racing Team GresiniAprilia+16.590
11521Franco MORBIDELLIITAPetronas Yamaha SRTYamaha+24.145
12444Pol ESPARGAROSPARed Bull KTM Factory RacingKTM+26.654
1335Johann ZARCOFRALCR Honda IDEMITSUHonda+26.758
14217Karel ABRAHAMCZEReale Avintia RacingDucati+44.912
15155Hafizh SYAHRINMALRed Bull KTM Tech 3KTM+44.968
16099Jorge LORENZOSPARepsol Honda TeamHonda+1'06.045
DNF012Maverick VIÑALESSPAMonster Energy Yamaha MotoGPYamaha1 Lap
DNF082Mika KALLIOFINRed Bull KTM Factory RacingKTM3 Laps
DNF053Tito RABATSPAReale Avintia RacingDucati24 Laps
DNF020Fabio QUARTARAROFRAPetronas Yamaha SRTYamaha0 Lap
DNF09Danilo PETRUCCIITADucati TeamDucati0 Lap

Rider Standings

1MARQUEZ Marc93SPA375Repsol Honda TeamHonda
2DOVIZIOSO Andrea4ITA240Ducati TeamDucati
3RINS Alex42SPA183Team Suzuki EcstarSuzuki
4VINALES Maverick12SPA176Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGPYamaha
5PETRUCCI Danilo9ITA169Ducati TeamDucati
6QUARTARARO Fabio20FRA163Petronas Yamaha SRTYamaha
7ROSSI Valentino46ITA153Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGPYamaha
8MILLER Jack43AUS141Pramac RacingDucati
9CRUTCHLOW Cal35GBR133LCR HondaHonda
10MORBIDELLI Franco21ITA105Petronas Yamaha SRTYamaha
11ESPARGARO Pol44SPA89Red Bull KTM Factory RacingKTM
12MIR Joan36SPA77Team Suzuki EcstarSuzuki
13NAKAGAMI Takaaki30JPN74LCR HondaHonda
14ESPARGARO Aleix41SPA53Aprilia Racing Team GresiniAprilia
15BAGNAIA Francesco63ITA50Pramac RacingDucati
16IANNONE Andrea29ITA43Aprilia Racing Team GresiniAprilia
17OLIVEIRA Miguel88POR33Red Bull KTM Tech 3KTM
18ZARCO Johann5FRA30LCR HondaHonda
19LORENZO Jorge99SPA23Repsol Honda TeamHonda
20RABAT Tito53SPA18Reale Avintia RacingDucati
21BRADL Stefan6GER16Repsol Honda TeamHonda
22PIRRO Michele51ITA9Ducati TeamDucati
23SYAHRIN Hafizh55MAL8Red Bull KTM Tech 3KTM
24ABRAHAM Karel17CZE7Reale Avintia RacingDucati
25GUINTOLI Sylvain50FRA7Team Suzuki EcstarSuzuki
26KALLIO Mika82FIN2Red Bull KTM Factory RacingKTM

Team Standings

1Ducati Team409
2Repsol Honda Team408
3Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP329
4Petronas Yamaha SRT268
5Team Suzuki Ecstar264
6LCR Honda210
7Pramac Racing191
8Red Bull KTM Factory Racing118
9Aprilia Racing Team Gresini96
10Red Bull KTM Tech 341
11Reale Avintia Racing25
12HRC Test Team6
13Suzuki Test Team3

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