2019 Spanish MotoGP: Marquez wins in Jerez

    Repsol Honda’s Marquez regains the lead in the championship with a big win in Jerez, finishing ahead of Suzuki’s Alex Rins and Yamaha’s Maverick Vinales.

    Published On May 06, 2019 03:38:00 PM

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    A weekend that saw Fabio Quartararo set a new lap record at the Circuito de Jerez and become the youngest rider to grab pole position in the MotoGP class, ended with the man whose record he broke, Marc Marquez, having the last laugh as he picked up his second victory of the season at the Spanish GP.

    Marquez, who started the race from third place, passed the two Petronas Yamaha SRT riders in front of him – Quartararo and Franco Morbidelli – to take the hole shot. However, Quartararo proved that his blisteringly fast lap in Q2 that bagged him pole position was no fluke, as he eased past his teammate - who had also passed him on the opening lap – and slotted into second, behind Marquez. But with just over 10 laps to go, Quartararo had to retire with a gearbox issue.

    At this point, Morbidelli dropped further down the order and Marquez started to build a gap between himself and Suzuki’s Alex Rins, who had moved into second. Rins – who has had a great start to the 2019 MotoGP season – continued his good form as he gradually moved up the pack, having started the race from 9th place.

    Following Quartararo’s retirement, things at the front remained uneventful, with Ducati’s Andrea Dovizioso failing to get close enough to make a move on Yamaha’s Maverick Vinales, who finished in third place. Qualifying didn’t exactly go to plan for the Yamaha Factory Racing team, but Vinales’ podium finish and Valentino Rossi finishing 6th (having started in 13th place) helped salvage the weekend. Ducati rider Danilo Petrucci took fifth place, recording his best result yet for the team after three consecutive sixth-place finishes.

    It was another weekend to forget for Repsol Honda’s Jorge Lorenzo, after a crash in Q2 saw him start in 11th place, and he finished the race in 12th place. Jack Miller, who spent the initial part of the race battling Rossi, crashed out after an incident with Aprilia’s Aleix Espargaro, who went on to finish 11th. Suzuki rookie Joan Mir and Pramac Ducati rider Francesco Bagnaia also crashed out of the race, while Aprilia’s Andrea Iannone did not participate in the race after injuring his leg on Saturday.

    After the Jerez round, the MotoGP rider championship table sees significant changes, with Marc Marquez moving to the top of the standings with 70 points, trailed by Alex Rins on 69 points and Andreas Dovizioso on 67 points. Despite not scoring in two out of the four rounds this season, Quartararo continues to top the Rookie of the Year standings.

    Results:

    POS

    RIDER

    TEAM

    LAPS

    GAP

    1

    Marc Marquez

    Honda

    25

    41m08.685s

    2

    Alex Rins

    Suzuki

    25

    1.654

    3

    Maverick Vinales

    Yamaha

    25

    2.443

    4

    Andrea Dovizioso

    Ducati

    25

    2.804

    5

    Danilo Petrucci

    Ducati

    25

    4.748

    6

    Valentino Rossi

    Yamaha

    25

    7.547

    7

    Franco Morbidelli

    Petronas Yamaha

    25

    8.228

    8

    Cal Crutchlow

    LCR Honda

    25

    10.052

    9

    Takaaki Nakagami

    LCR Honda

    25

    10.274

    10

    Stefan Bradl

    Team HRC

    25

    13.402

    11

    Aleix Espargaro

    Aprilia

    25

    15.431

    12

    Jorge Lorenzo

    Honda2518.473

    13

    Pol Espargaro

    KTM2520.156

    14

    Johann Zarco

    KTM2526.706

    15

    Tito Rabat

    Avintia Ducati2528.513

    16

    Karel Abraham

    Avintia Ducati2536.858

    17

    Bradley Smith

    Aprilia2541.390

    18

    Miguel Oliveira

    Tech3 KTM2541.570

    19

    Hafizh Syahrin

    Tech3 KTM2550.568
    -Jack MillerPramac Ducati22Retirement

    -

    Joan Mir

    Suzuki20Retirement

    -

    Fabio Quartararo

    Petronas Yamaha13Retirement

    -

    Francesco Bagnaia

    Pramac Ducati6Retirement

     

     

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