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Marquez beats Quartararo for 12th win of 2019

Again spanks the Yamaha rookie to give Honda triple crown
Sunday, November 17, 2019

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Marc Marquez wins 12th time in dominant 2019 season.  He is the best MotoGP rider of all-time without a doubt.
Marc Marquez wins 12th time in dominant 2019 season. He is the best MotoGP rider of all-time without a doubt.

The Repsol Honda Team are 2019 triple crown Champions after Marc Marquez claimed victory number 12 of the season at the Gran Premio Motul de la Comunitat Valenciana, with Jorge Lorenzo scoring points in his final MotoGP ride to help Honda win the Teams Championship. Fabio Quartararo (Petronas Yamaha SRT) and Jack Miller (Pramac Racing) complete the final podium of the season.

Miller was third on the grid and he launched his Pramac Racing Ducati off the line like a rocket and managed to grab the holeshot into Turn 1, with Marquez getting a sluggish getaway from the middle of the front row to drop down to P6 having run slightly wide at Turn 1.

Polesitter Quartararo then grabbed the lead from Miller as the Australian ran wide at Turn 2, with the Frenchman quickly creating a small gap to his rivals. Heading into Turn 1 on Lap 2, Marquez was into P3 past the fast-starting duo of Alex Rins (Team Suzuki Ecstar) and Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati Team). And it wouldn’t take the 2019 Champion long to pick off Miller as he locked his radar onto Quartararo.

The Rookie of the Year’s lead was 0.7 over Marquez, with the latter racing to an eight-tenths advantage over Miller. Marquez was creeping up to the back of the leading M1 slowly but surely, and on Lap 8 a surprise, late but super fine move at Turn 11 saw the number 93 lead.

Suddenly third place Miller – with Dovizioso and Rins in tow – had closed the gap to less than half a second, the top five covered by 1.7. However, Marquez was in the groove and the eight-time Champion had pulled to over half a second clear of Quartararo, with the gap hovering between 0.6 and 0.8 for a number of laps after. Miller wasn’t letting Quartararo have P2 all his own way either, that margin was remaining at a second – enough to keep the number 20 on his toes.

With no one making any real errors, the gaps were staying fair constant. A tenth here and a tenth there saw Marquez stretch his advantage to one and a half seconds with six laps remaining, with Miller cutting the gap to Quartararo down by four tenths – 0.6, was there a late twist for P2 inbound? Not quite, Miller didn’t have enough speed to catch the back of the M1 by the time the checkered flag was waved, with Marquez taking another 25-point haul to land Repsol Honda Team the 2019 triple crown.

Jack Miller comes home 3rd after leading early
Jack Miller comes home 3rd after leading early

Dovizioso and Ducati’s aims of picking up the Teams title didn’t materialize in Valencia, but P4 was a solid result for the Italian who was comfortably best of the rest in 2019. Rins capped off a fine season by claiming P5 at his home Grand Prix, however it wasn’t enough to grab P3 in the Championship from sixth place finisher Maverick Vinales (Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP) – the Malaysian GP winner having a quiet final round of the season before jumping onto the 2020 Yamaha on Tuesday.

Seventh for Joan Mir (Team Suzuki Ecstar) was a great way to round off a very solid rookie MotoGP campaign, the Spaniard ends 2019 with five consecutive top 10s. Valentino Rossi’s (Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP) P8 sees the nine-time World Champion end the season P7 in the overall standings, with Aleix coming out on top in the battle of the Espargaro brothers – P9 for Aleix Espargaro (Aprilia Racing Team Gresini), P10 for Pol Espargaro (Red Bull KTM Factory Racing).

Marquez chases Quartararo for the lead
Marquez chases Quartararo for the lead
Danilo Petrucci (Ducati Team), Johann Zarco (LCR Honda Idemitsu) and Iker Lecuona (Red Bull KTM Tech 3) all crashed at Turn 6, on Lap 14, in separate incidents. Petrucci was the first to go down, with Zarco then crashing slightly later and further around the corner seconds after.

A scary scenario then unfolded as Lecuona crashed at the exact same place as Zarco. Up and ok after his off, Zarco was then hit by Lecuona’s stricken KTM, sending the Frenchman into a summersault. Thankfully, Zarco – along with Lecuona and Petrucci – was ok. Cal Crutchlow (LCR Honda Castrol), Franco Morbidelli (Petronas Yamaha SRT) and Andrea Iannone (Aprilia Racing Team Gresini) crashed – riders ok.

On his final-ever MotoGP ride, five-time World Champion and future MotoGP Legend Jorge Lorenzo finished P13. It was an emotional day for the Spaniard who arrived back into pitlane to rapturous applause, with the Valencia fans paying their full respects to one of the sport’s greatest ever riders on his cool-down lap. #ThankYouJorge!

Marquez passes Quartararo for the win
Marquez passes Quartararo for the win
Winner's Quote

Marc Marquez
“A perfect end to a perfect season with the victory! I put a little extra pressure on myself with the gold helmet, so I needed to be extra smart! We did exactly what we wanted to do and won the Team Championship, taking the Triple Crown in this amazing season. Always the Riders Championship is the first objective, but I was happy to help win the Team Championship, not just for them but also for Jorge who has been a great champion, a hard rival and a great teammate. It will be difficult to improve on this year because we rode in a perfect way.”

Race Results

POSRIDERTEAMLAPSGAP
1Marc MarquezHonda270.000s
2Fabio QuartararoPetronas Yamaha271.026s
3Jack MillerPramac Ducati272.409s
4Andrea DoviziosoDucati273.326s
5Alex RinsSuzuki273.508s
6Maverick VinalesYamaha278.829s
7Joan MirSuzuki2710.622s
8Valentino RossiYamaha2722.992s
9Aleix EspargaroAprilia2732.704s
10Pol EspargaroKTM2732.973s
11Tito RabatAvintia Ducati2742.795s
12Mika KallioKTM2745.732s
13Jorge LorenzoHonda2751.044s
14Karel AbrahamAvintia Ducati271m04.871s
15Hafizh SyahrinTech3 KTM271m16.487s
DNFAndrea IannoneAprilia26DNF
DNFFranco MorbidelliPetronas Yamaha18DNF
DNFDanilo PetrucciDucati13DNF
DNFJohann ZarcoLCR Honda13DNF
DNFIker LecuonaTech3 KTM13DNF
DNFCal CrutchlowLCR Honda10DNF
DNFMichele PirroDucati8DNF
DNFFrancesco BagnaiaPramac Ducati0DNS

Final Point Standings

POSRIDERPTS
1Marc Marquez420
2Andrea Dovizioso269
3Maverick Vinales211
4Alex Rins205
5Fabio Quartararo192
6Danilo Petrucci176
7Valentino Rossi174
8Jack Miller165
9Cal Crutchlow133
10Franco Morbidelli115
11Pol Espargaro100
12Joan Mir92
13Takaaki Nakagami74
14Aleix Espargaro63
15Francesco Bagnaia54
16Andrea Iannone43
17Miguel Oliveira33
18Johann Zarco30
19Jorge Lorenzo28
20Tito Rabat23
21Stefan Bradl16
22Michele Pirro9
23Hafizh Syahrin9
24Karel Abraham9
25Sylvain Guintoli7
26Mika Kallio7
27Bradley Smith0

Team Standings

Pos.TeamPoints
1Repsol Honda Team458
2Ducati Team445
3Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP385
4Petronas Yamaha SRT307
5Team Suzuki Ecstar301
6Pramac Racing219
7LCR Honda210
8Red Bull KTM Factory Racing134
9Aprilia Racing Team Gresini106
10Red Bull KTM Tech 342
11Reale Avintia Racing32
12HRC Test Team6
13Suzuki Test Team3

Constructor Standings

Pos.TeamPoints
1Honda426
2Yamaha321
3Ducati318
4Suzuki234
5KTM111
6Aprilia88

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