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

26th Aug 2019 2:47 pm

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

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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