San Marino MotoGP: Marquez beats Quartararo in last lap duel

    Marquez waited until the very last lap to move past Quartararo, crossing the line 0.903sec ahead of the rookie.

    Published On Sep 16, 2019 05:26:00 PM

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    Marc Marquez’s final lap move past Fabio Quartararo saw him clinch victory at Misano and extended his lead in the MotoGP championship to 93 points. This also happened to be his 77th career victory, putting him past the late Mike Hailwood and 4th on the list of most victories.

    The race started with Maverick Vinales on pole. The Spaniard got off to a good start but couldn’t hold onto the lead and Quartararo moved past him before the end of the first lap. By this point, Marquez, who started 5th, had picked off Pol Espargaro and Franco Morbidelli to move up to 3rd, behind the lead pair. By the time Marquez pulled off a move past Vinales to climb up to 2nd place, Quartararo was a second ahead and pulling away.

    However, it took the reigning champion only a couple laps to bridge the gap and he was right on the tail of the Quartararo’s Yamaha Petronas SRT until the very last lap. The Frenchman kept his calm under pressure but the last lap plunge moved Marquez into the lead. While Quartararo kept Marquez in his sights through the next few corners, he had to roll off the throttle to avoid running into the Honda, and was forced to settle for 2nd place.

    Vinales finished in 3rd place, 1.6sec behind the winner with the factory Yamaha of Rossi crossing the line in 4th, just over 11sec behind. Quartararo's Petronas teammate Franco Morbidelli finished 5th, making it four Yamahas in the top five. Andrea Dovizioso managed a 6th place finish in what has been a difficult weekend for Ducati, while Pol Espargaro who stood a chance of a better finish after starting in 2nd place, came 7th. Joan Mir brought home 8th place for Suzuki, ahead of the Pramac Ducati of Jack Miller and factory Ducati of Danilo Petrucci.

    Zarco, who will be leaving the factory KTM team at the end of this season, crossed the line 11th, ahead of the sole Aprilia of Aleix Espargaro in 12th. His teammate Andrea Iannone missed the race after suffering an injury in FP4.

    It was a difficult day for Alex Rins, who received a long-lap penalty only to crash out of the race before he could serve it. Francesco Bagnaia and Miguel Oliveira went out at the same corner. The LCR Honda pair of Takaaki Nakagami and Cal Crutchlow, along with Ducati wildcard Michele Pirro also suffered DNFs.

    Result

    POS

    RIDER

    TEAM

    BIKE

    GAP

    1

    Marc Marquez

    Honda

    Honda

    42m25.163s

    2

    Fabio Quartararo

    Petronas Yamaha

    Yamaha

    0.903s

    3

    Maverick Vinales

    Yamaha

    Yamaha

    1.636s

    4

    Valentino Rossi

    Yamaha

    Yamaha

    12.660s

    5

    Franco Morbidelli

    Petronas Yamaha

    Yamaha

    12.774s

    6

    Andrea Dovizioso

    Ducati

    Ducati

    13.744s

    7

    Pol Espargaro

    KTM

    KTM

    20.050s

    8

    Joan Mir

    Suzuki

    Suzuki

    22.512s

    9

    Jack Miller

    Pramac Ducati

    Ducati

    26.554s

    10

    Danilo Petrucci

    Ducati

    Ducati

    31.456s

    11

    Johann Zarco

    KTM

    KTM

    32.388s

    12

    Aleix Espargaro

    Aprilia

    Aprilia

    34.477s

    13

    Tito Rabat

    Avintia Ducati

    Ducati

    35.325s

    14

    Jorge Lorenzo

    Honda

    Honda

    47.247s

    15

    Hafizh Syahrin

    Tech3 KTM

    KTM

    1m02.280s

    16

    Miguel Oliveira

    Tech3 KTM

    KTM

    1m07.831s

    17

    Karel Abraham

    Avintia Ducati

    Ducati

    1m24.666s

    18

    Takaaki Nakagami

    LCR Honda

    Honda

    1 Lap

    -

    Cal Crutchlow

    LCR Honda

    Honda

    Retirement

    -

    Michele Pirro

    Ducati

    Ducati

    Retirement

    -

    Alex Rins

    Suzuki

    Suzuki

    Retirement

    -

    Francesco Bagnaia

    Pramac Ducati

    Ducati

    Retirement

    -

    Andrea Iannone

    Aprilia

    Aprilia

    Withdrawn

     

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