Marquez seals 2019 MotoGP title with Thai GP win

    Marquez has become an eight-time world champion after successfully defeating Quartararo to win the Thai GP.

    Published On Oct 06, 2019 04:00:00 PM

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    Marquez seals 2019 MotoGP title with Thai GP win

    At just 26 years of age, Marc Marquez has now become the youngest ever rider to win six MotoGP premier class titles, after successfully defeating Fabio Quartararo in a thrilling final corner showdown to win the Thai GP and wrap up the 2019 MotoGP title. This also marks the Honda rider’s eighth world championship victory.

    Heading into the race, Marquez only needed to outscore Ducati’s Andrea Dovizioso by two points to clinch the title. However, instead of playing it safe, the Honda rider seemed as determined as ever to cross the finish line in first place. Polesitter Fabio Quartararo, who was gunning to secure his first victory, enjoyed a strong start, while behind him, Marquez was able to move up to 2nd place. The two then spent a majority of the race in close proximity, trading fastest laps several times. All the while, Marquez was setting himself up for an attack in the closing stages of the race.

    Marquez finally showed his hand on lap 23, passing Quartararo at Turn 3. But he then ran wide, which allowed Quartararo to re-take the lead. This set the stage for a nail-biting final lap. Marquez once again tried to pass Quartararo at Turn 3 and this time around, he was able to make the move stick. But Quartararo refused to back down, and launched an attack at Turn 12. However, Marquez was able to outpace the Petronas Yamaha SRT rider on the run to the finish line to win the race. “I was planning the weekend to try to win the race. It doesn’t matter the championship, it doesn’t matter the distance between me and Dovi (Dovizioso). My target was to try to find the best way to win the race and that’s what I did,” said an ecstatic Marquez after the race.

    As a result, Marquez has been able to wrap up the 2019 MotoGP title with four rounds yet to go – a testament to just how strong of a season it’s been for him. So far, he’s managed to finish on the podium in 14 out of 15 races, clinching nine race victories along the way.

    Maverick Vinales dropped out of contention to win the race early on after strolling with a full fuel load in the initial laps, and he had to settle for 3rd place. Behind him, Dovizioso was able to hold on to 4th place, while Alex Rins finished 5th after passing Franco Morbidelli on lap 15. Joan Mir secured a 7th place finish, followed by Valentino Rossi and Danilo Petrucci. Meanwhile, Aleix Espargaro’s retirement prompted Takaaki Nakagami into the top 10.

    Results

    POS

    RIDER

    TEAM

    BIKE

    LAPS

    GAP

    1

    Marc Marquez

    Honda

    Honda

    26

    39m36.223s

    2

    Fabio Quartararo

    Petronas Yamaha

    Yamaha

    26

    0.171s

    3

    Maverick Vinales

    Yamaha

    Yamaha

    26

    1.380s

    4

    Andrea Dovizioso

    Ducati

    Ducati

    26

    11.218s

    5

    Alex Rins

    Suzuki

    Suzuki

    26

    11.449s

    6

    Franco Morbidelli

    Petronas Yamaha

    Yamaha

    26

    14.466s

    7

    Joan Mir

    Suzuki

    Suzuki

    26

    18.729s

    8

    Valentino Rossi

    Yamaha

    Yamaha

    26

    19.162s

    9

    Danilo Petrucci

    Ducati

    Ducati

    26

    23.425s

    10

    Takaaki Nakagami

    LCR Honda

    Honda

    26

    29.423s

    11

    Francesco Bagnaia

    Pramac Ducati

    Ducati

    26

    30.103s

    12

    Cal Crutchlow

    LCR Honda

    Honda

    26

    33.216s

    13

    Pol Espargaro

    KTM

    KTM

    26

    35.667s

    14

    Jack Miller

    Pramac Ducati

    Ducati

    26

    39.736s

    15

    Andrea Iannone

    Aprilia

    Aprilia

    26

    40.038s

    16

    Miguel Oliveira

    Tech3 KTM

    KTM

    26

    40.136s

    17

    Tito Rabat

    Avintia Ducati

    Ducati

    26

    44.589s

    18

    Jorge Lorenzo

    Honda

    Honda

    26

    54.723s

    19

    Karel Abraham

    Avintia Ducati

    Ducati

    26

    56.012s

    20

    Hafizh Syahrin

    Tech3 KTM

    KTM

    26

    1m01.431s

    -

    Aleix Espargaro

    Aprilia

    Aprilia

    17

    Retirement

    -

    Mika Kallio

    KTM

    KTM

    3

    Retirement

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