Repsol Honda captures Triple Crown
The big news prior to the season’s finale, 5-time Champion Jorge Lorenzo announced his retirement after an under-performing season with the Repsol Honda squad. But, it wasn’t all gloom as he assisted the team to a triple crown in the season’s final race. Reigning Champion Marc Marquez did what he does best, win races. For Marquez, it was his 12th win this season.
At race start, Fabio Quartararo on pole led the race in the early stint, The Yamaha satellite rider didn’t pull too far ahead with Marquez closing up fast. The champion was already in second place by the third lap. He then cut the gap from almost a second to just two tenths in five laps. Striking at Turn 11, Marquez only needed one chance to move to the front and quickly amassed an insurmountable lead. He sailed through in the final laps with Quantararo and Jack Millter behind. Andrea Dovizioso, Alex Rins and Maverick Vinales were the other factory riders who made an impact in the race, with fourth, fifth and sixth places.
With the 12 wins in 2019, Marquez has accumulated 420 points and becomes the first rider in history to score more than 400 points in a single season. For the team, they got the Triple Crown after winning the Riders, Teams and Constructors titles. This is the Repsol Honda’s ninth Triple Crown since the MotoGP class began in 2002, cementing them the most dominant team and constructor in the premier class. For the first time in the four-stroke era, the team has managed to take three Triple Crowns in a row.
Lorenzo is retired from MotoP after 297 Grand Prix starts, including this season’s finale where he ended up 13th. The five-time champion’s final career total shows: 68 wins, 152 podiums and 69 poles,
Ducati was the second best team in 2019 as they finished the season in the teams classification second and third in the constructors. Dovizioso took fourth in the finale, while Danilo Petrucci crashed out.
Viñales and Valentino Rossi struggled through the final race with rear grip issues. They finished sixth and eighth respectively. Vinales was third in the riders standings and Yamaha MotoGP ended up third in the teams category. Yamaha was the second best constructors thanks to the combined efforts of the factory and the SRT teams.
Riders are expected to hit the track at Valencia tomorrow for the first test of 2020 before moving to Jerez a few days later.
2019 MotoGP Race of Valencia results
1 MARQUEZ Marc Repsol Honda 41’21.469
2 QUARTARARO Fabio Yamaha SRT 1.026
3 MILLER Jack Pramac R 2.409
4 DOVIZIOSO Andrea Ducati 3.326
5 RINS Alex Suzuki 3.508
6 VINALES Maverick Yamaha 8.829
7 MIR Joan Suzuki 10.622
8 ROSSI Valentino Yamaha 22.992
9 ESPARGARO Aleix Aprilia 32.704
10 ESPARGARO Pol KTM 32.973
Final Riders standings
1 MARQUEZ Marc 420
2 DOVIZIOSO Andrea 269
3 VINALES Maverick 211
4 RINS Alex 205
5 QUARTARARO Fabio 192
6 PETRUCCI Danilo 176
7 ROSSI Valentino 174
8 MILLER Jack 165
10 MORBIDELLI Franco 115
Final Teams standings
1 Repsol Honda Team 420
2 Ducati Team 400
3 Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP 385
4 Petronas Yamaha SRT 307
5 Team Suzuki Ecstar 212
6 EG 0.0 Marc VDS 167
7 Pramac Racing 136
8 CWM LCR Honda 133
9 Aprilia Racing Team Gresini 114
10 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing 100
1 Honda 436
2 Yamaha 321
3 Ducati 309
4 Suzuki 234
5 KTM 111
6 Aprilia 89
7 Kawasaki 7