Marquez beats Quartararo for 12th win of 2019

Marc Marquez wins 12th time in dominant 2019 season.  He is the best MotoGP rider of all-time without a doubt.
Marc Marquez wins 12th time in dominant 2019 season. He is the best MotoGP rider of all-time without a doubt.

The Repsol Honda Team are 2019 triple crown Champions after Marc Marquez claimed victory number 12 of the season at the Gran Premio Motul de la Comunitat Valenciana, with Jorge Lorenzo scoring points in his final MotoGP ride to help Honda win the Teams Championship. Fabio Quartararo (Petronas Yamaha SRT) and Jack Miller (Pramac Racing) complete the final podium of the season.

Miller was third on the grid and he launched his Pramac Racing Ducati off the line like a rocket and managed to grab the holeshot into Turn 1, with Marquez getting a sluggish getaway from the middle of the front row to drop down to P6 having run slightly wide at Turn 1.

Polesitter Quartararo then grabbed the lead from Miller as the Australian ran wide at Turn 2, with the Frenchman quickly creating a small gap to his rivals. Heading into Turn 1 on Lap 2, Marquez was into P3 past the fast-starting duo of Alex Rins (Team Suzuki Ecstar) and Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati Team). And it wouldn’t take the 2019 Champion long to pick off Miller as he locked his radar onto Quartararo.

[adinserter name="GOOGLE AD"]The Rookie of the Year’s lead was 0.7 over Marquez, with the latter racing to an eight-tenths advantage over Miller. Marquez was creeping up to the back of the leading M1 slowly but surely, and on Lap 8 a surprise, late but super fine move at Turn 11 saw the number 93 lead.

Suddenly third place Miller – with Dovizioso and Rins in tow – had closed the gap to less than half a second, the top five covered by 1.7. However, Marquez was in the groove and the eight-time Champion had pulled to over half a second clear of Quartararo, with the gap hovering between 0.6 and 0.8 for a number of laps after. Miller wasn’t letting Quartararo have P2 all his own way either, that margin was remaining at a second – enough to keep the number 20 on his toes.

With no one making any real errors, the gaps were staying fair constant. A tenth here and a tenth there saw Marquez stretch his advantage to one and a half seconds with six laps remaining, with Miller cutting the gap to Quartararo down by four tenths – 0.6, was there a late twist for P2 inbound? Not quite, Miller didn’t have enough speed to catch the back of the M1 by the time the checkered flag was waved, with Marquez taking another 25-point haul to land Repsol Honda Team the 2019 triple crown.

Jack Miller comes home 3rd after leading early
Jack Miller comes home 3rd after leading early

Dovizioso and Ducati’s aims of picking up the Teams title didn’t materialize in Valencia, but P4 was a solid result for the Italian who was comfortably best of the rest in 2019. Rins capped off a fine season by claiming P5 at his home Grand Prix, however it wasn’t enough to grab P3 in the Championship from sixth place finisher Maverick Vinales (Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP) – the Malaysian GP winner having a quiet final round of the season before jumping onto the 2020 Yamaha on Tuesday.

Seventh for Joan Mir (Team Suzuki Ecstar) was a great way to round off a very solid rookie MotoGP campaign, the Spaniard ends 2019 with five consecutive top 10s. Valentino Rossi’s (Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP) P8 sees the nine-time World Champion end the season P7 in the overall standings, with Aleix coming out on top in the battle of the Espargaro brothers – P9 for Aleix Espargaro (Aprilia Racing Team Gresini), P10 for Pol Espargaro (Red Bull KTM Factory Racing).

Marquez chases Quartararo for the lead
Marquez chases Quartararo for the lead

Danilo Petrucci (Ducati Team), Johann Zarco (LCR Honda Idemitsu) and Iker Lecuona (Red Bull KTM Tech 3) all crashed at Turn 6, on Lap 14, in separate incidents. Petrucci was the first to go down, with Zarco then crashing slightly later and further around the corner seconds after.

A scary scenario then unfolded as Lecuona crashed at the exact same place as Zarco. Up and ok after his off, Zarco was then hit by Lecuona’s stricken KTM, sending the Frenchman into a summersault. Thankfully, Zarco – along with Lecuona and Petrucci – was ok. Cal Crutchlow (LCR Honda Castrol), Franco Morbidelli (Petronas Yamaha SRT) and Andrea Iannone (Aprilia Racing Team Gresini) crashed – riders ok.

On his final-ever MotoGP ride, five-time World Champion and future MotoGP Legend Jorge Lorenzo finished P13. It was an emotional day for the Spaniard who arrived back into pitlane to rapturous applause, with the Valencia fans paying their full respects to one of the sport’s greatest ever riders on his cool-down lap. #ThankYouJorge!

Marquez passes Quartararo for the win
Marquez passes Quartararo for the win

Winner's Quote

Marc Marquez
“A perfect end to a perfect season with the victory! I put a little extra pressure on myself with the gold helmet, so I needed to be extra smart! We did exactly what we wanted to do and won the Team Championship, taking the Triple Crown in this amazing season. Always the Riders Championship is the first objective, but I was happy to help win the Team Championship, not just for them but also for Jorge who has been a great champion, a hard rival and a great teammate. It will be difficult to improve on this year because we rode in a perfect way."

Race Results

1 Marc Marquez Honda 27 0.000s
2 Fabio Quartararo Petronas Yamaha 27 1.026s
3 Jack Miller Pramac Ducati 27 2.409s
4 Andrea Dovizioso Ducati 27 3.326s
5 Alex Rins Suzuki 27 3.508s
6 Maverick Vinales Yamaha 27 8.829s
7 Joan Mir Suzuki 27 10.622s
8 Valentino Rossi Yamaha 27 22.992s
9 Aleix Espargaro Aprilia 27 32.704s
10 Pol Espargaro KTM 27 32.973s
11 Tito Rabat Avintia Ducati 27 42.795s
12 Mika Kallio KTM 27 45.732s
13 Jorge Lorenzo Honda 27 51.044s
14 Karel Abraham Avintia Ducati 27 1m04.871s
15 Hafizh Syahrin Tech3 KTM 27 1m16.487s
DNF Andrea Iannone Aprilia 26 DNF
DNF Franco Morbidelli Petronas Yamaha 18 DNF
DNF Danilo Petrucci Ducati 13 DNF
DNF Johann Zarco LCR Honda 13 DNF
DNF Iker Lecuona Tech3 KTM 13 DNF
DNF Cal Crutchlow LCR Honda 10 DNF
DNF Michele Pirro Ducati 8 DNF
DNF Francesco Bagnaia Pramac Ducati 0 DNS

Final Point Standings

1 Marc Marquez 420
2 Andrea Dovizioso 269
3 Maverick Vinales 211
4 Alex Rins 205
5 Fabio Quartararo 192
6 Danilo Petrucci 176
7 Valentino Rossi 174
8 Jack Miller 165
9 Cal Crutchlow 133
10 Franco Morbidelli 115
11 Pol Espargaro 100
12 Joan Mir 92
13 Takaaki Nakagami 74
14 Aleix Espargaro 63
15 Francesco Bagnaia 54
16 Andrea Iannone 43
17 Miguel Oliveira 33
18 Johann Zarco 30
19 Jorge Lorenzo 28
20 Tito Rabat 23
21 Stefan Bradl 16
22 Michele Pirro 9
23 Hafizh Syahrin 9
24 Karel Abraham 9
25 Sylvain Guintoli 7
26 Mika Kallio 7
27 Bradley Smith 0

Team Standings

Pos. Team Points
1 Repsol Honda Team 458
2 Ducati Team 445
3 Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP 385
4 Petronas Yamaha SRT 307
5 Team Suzuki Ecstar 301
6 Pramac Racing 219
7 LCR Honda 210
8 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing 134
9 Aprilia Racing Team Gresini 106
10 Red Bull KTM Tech 3 42
11 Reale Avintia Racing 32
12 HRC Test Team 6
13 Suzuki Test Team 3

Constructor Standings

Pos. Team Points
1 Honda 426
2 Yamaha 321
3 Ducati 318
4 Suzuki 234
5 KTM 111
6 Aprilia 88

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