British MotoGP: Rins defeats Marquez to take photo-finish victory

    Rins executed a well thought-out move at the very last corner of the race to take victory by just 0.013 sec.

    Published On Aug 26, 2019 02:47:00 PM

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    For the second time in a row, Marc Marquez has had a win snatched away from him at the very last corner - In the Briitsh MotoGP race at Silverstone, Alex Rins was hot on the tail of Marquez for almost the entire race, before executing a racing-winning move at the very last corner. Rins pipped Marquez to the finish line by just 0.013 sec, making this the fourth closest premier class finish. A second place finish sees Marquez extend his lead in the championship to 78 points as Ducati’s Andrea Dovizioso (2nd in the overall standings) crashed out at the very first corner.

    As the lights went out at the start of the race, Marquez held onto the lead after starting on pole. Fabio Quartarraro fell behind after starting 3rd and took the outside line going into the first corner. Unfortunately, he lost the rear and high sided right in front of Dovizioso whose race ended with a violent crash into Quartarraro’s Yamaha. The incident pushed Rins, who started 5th, up to 3rd place, right behind Valentino Rossi. 

    Just a couple laps in, Rins successfully moved past Rossi and from then on, shadowed Marquez for the rest of the race. The Spaniard moved into the lead on lap 9 for just a few corners, but Marquez was able to swiftly re-take the lead. Just when it seemed like Marquez had this one in his pocket, a spectacular last two laps from Rins set the Suzuki rider up for a last corner move that put him across the line just 0.013 seconds ahead of the championship leader.

    Maverick Vinales finished close behind, just 0.6 sec behind the lead pair. Valentino Rossi brought the other factory Yamaha home in 4th. Franco Morbidelli’s Petronas Yamaha SRT crossed the line 5th, followed by local hero Cal Crutchlow, Danilo Petrucci and Jack Miller. Pol Espargaro was the highest finishing KTM rider after an incident between Johan Zarco and Tech 3 KTM rider Miguel Oliveira, resulted in the two crashing out of the race. Andrea Iannone claimed his best finish finish of the season in 10th. Jorze Lorenzo returned from injury, crossing the line 14th on the factory Honda.

    Tito Rabat fell on lap 6, but managed to get back on his bike and finish in 16th place on his Avintia Ducati. Takaaki Nakagami, who was in contention for a top 10 finish, also suffered a similar incident and ended up finishing down in 17th. Meanwhile, Aleix Espargaro rounded off the list of DNFs after a mechanical issue on his Aprilia ended his race with just a lap to go.

    Result:

    POS

    RIDER

    TEAM

    BIKE

    LAPS

    GAP

    1

    Alex Rins

    Suzuki

    Suzuki

    20

    40m12.799s

    2

    Marc Marquez

    Honda

    Honda

    20

    0.013s

    3

    Maverick Vinales

    Yamaha

    Yamaha

    20

    0.620s

    4

    Valentino Rossi

    Yamaha

    Yamaha

    20

    11.439s

    5

    Franco Morbidelli

    Petronas Yamaha

    Yamaha

    20

    13.109s

    6

    Cal Crutchlow

    LCR Honda

    Honda

    20

    19.169s

    7

    Danilo Petrucci

    Ducati

    Ducati

    20

    19.682s

    8

    Jack Miller

    Pramac Ducati

    Ducati

    20

    20.318s

    9

    Pol Espargaro

    KTM

    KTM

    20

    21.079s

    10

    Andrea Iannone

    Aprilia

    Aprilia

    20

    25.144s

    11

    Francesco Bagnaia

    Pramac Ducati

    Ducati

    20

    40.317s

    12

    Sylvain Guintoli

    Suzuki

    Suzuki

    20

    45.478s

    13

    Hafizh Syahrin

    Tech3 KTM

    KTM

    20

    54.783s

    14

    Jorge Lorenzo

    Honda

    Honda

    20

    56.651s

    15

    Karel Abraham

    Avintia Ducati

    Ducati

    20

    89.282s

    16

    Tito Rabat

    Avintia Ducati

    Ducati

    20

    91.716s

    17

    Takaaki Nakagami

    LCR Honda

    Honda

    20

    100.420s

    -

    Aleix Espargaro

    Aprilia

    Aprilia

    19

    Retirement

    -

    Miguel Oliveira

    Tech3 KTM

    KTM

    8

    Retirement

    -

    Johann Zarco

    KTM

    KTM

    8

    Retirement

    -

    Fabio Quartararo

    Petronas Yamaha

    Yamaha

    0

    Retirement

    -

    Andrea Dovizioso

    Ducati

    Ducati

    0

    Retirement

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