Category: MotoGP

Vinales wins Meaning-less Malaysian Grand Prix

The penultimate round this year’s MotoGP race fell to the Malaysian Grand Prix at Sepang.  This time around, at least someone other than newly crowned Champion Marc Marquez was able to win the race, although a rather meaning-less one. Factory Yamaha squad’s Maverick Vinales turned up the juice to beat Marquez and Andrea Dovizioso. Dovizioso’s podium finish did Shell some justice as they were the event and the team title sponsors. Fan favorite Valentino Rossi managed fourth, edging out Suzuki’s Alex Rins.

Shell held plenty of off-track activities to get people to go watch the race live and it apparently worked. Furthermore, tickets were relatively cheap by International Grand Prix standards to watch the world’s premier two-wheel race. The fans got their money’s worth as MotoGP is the most exciting race to watch and it doesn’t go on forever, with so many unnecessary interruptions.

The race started at high noon, as always Marquez was lightning quick off the line and grabbed six positions in the first two corners. Vinales led  Jack Miller in the first lap, with Marquez trailing close in third. With nine places gained, the reigning champion settled in behind Miller for a short while. After muscling past the Australian, Marquez began to work on closing the 1.6 second gap to Viñales.

The race quickly settled as Marquez eased up and allowed Vinales to maintain his lead. He rather finished in the points and prevented from ending up in the dirt. Dovizioso had dispatched Miller to get up to third place. Miller then had to confront Valentino Rossi who was blazing up behind him. The Doctor took his time and dispatched Miller in Turn 9 for fourth, with seven laps to go. Rossi next went after Dovizioso, but the Yamaha proved not as effective as the Ducati. He would settle in and defended his place from Rins. The order would finish with Vinales the winner, Marquez, Dovizioso, Rossi and Rins.


For Marquez, the result in Malaysia him the honor of being the first rider in history to score 17 MotoGP class podium finishes in a single season, extending his unbroken run of top-two finishes to 15. Marquez’s last finish outside of the top two came at the Czech GP in 2018 when he was third.

The teams now get a week’s rest after three consecutive GPs, before they return to action in Valencia for the finale, 14 – 17 November.

2019 MotoGP Malaysian GP Sepang results

1          Maverick Viñales        Yamaha           ESP            40’14.632

2          Marc Marquez Honda ESP     00’03.059

3          Andrea Dovizioso       Ducati ITA     00’05.611

4          Valentino Rossi          Yamaha           ITA            00’05.965

5          Alex Rins        Suzuki ESP     00’06.350

6          Franco Morbidelli       Yamaha           ITA            00’09.993

7          Fabio Quartararo         Yamaha           FRA            00’12.864

8          Jack Miller      Honda AUS    00’17.252

9          Danilo Petrucci           Ducati ITA     00’19.773

10        Joan Mir          Suzuki ESP     00’22.854

Riders standings

1          Marc Marquez Honda ESP     395

2          Andrea Dovizioso       Ducati ITA     256

3          Maverick Viñales        Yamaha           ESP     201

4          Alex Rins        Suzuki ESP     194

5          Danilo Petrucci           Ducati ITA     176

6          Fabio Quartararo         Yamaha           FRA    172

7          Valentino Rossi          Yamaha           ITA     166

8          Jack Miller      Honda AUS    149

9          Cal Crutchlow Honda GBR    133

10        Franco Morbidelli       Yamaha           ITA     115

MotoGP Malaysian Grand Prix preview

With the Riders’ crown already in Marc Marquez’s hands, the penultimate round of MotoGP, the Malaysian Grand Prix at Sepang Circuit, isn’t going to count for much except for Marquez’s team Repsol Honda trying to seal the Teams’ honors before the finale in Valencia, Spain. In the teams’ standings, Repsol Honda and Ducati are almost neck-to-neck with 408 and 409 points, respectively.

Marquez is looking for a personal best as he guns after a sixth straight Grand Prix victory this season and third at this very track. Meantime, Marquez hunts for more points to dethrone his team mate Jorge Lorenzo for most points scored in a single season. Lorenzo holds the record with 383 points and Marquez so far has 375 points.

Lorenzo  has been on the podium seven times at Sepang, but this time around it’s going to be difficult for him to beat the likes of the factory and Satellite Yamahas and Ducatis. He’ll try, nonetheless.

Ducati riders Andrea Dovizioso and Danilo Petrucci were in town to meet and greet the media at Shell KLIA station, a precursor event by Shell Malaysia. Dovizioso even presented awards to bike mechanics, who are representing their teams at the 2019 Shell Advance Global Masterclass Competition.

Ducati squad have five wins at Sepang in the past: Capirossi in 2005, Stoner in 2007 and 2009 and Dovizioso in 2016 and 2017. Sepang is also the track where Dovizioso obtained his first win with Ducati in the premier class in 2016.  Petrucci instead scored his best result in Malaysia on the Pramac Racing Team Desmosedici GP, when he finished in sixth place in 2015 and 2017. However, he might not be a 100 percent due to  a crash at Phillip Island which sprained his ankle. Regardless, Dovizioso holds second in the riders standings and Petrucci is fifth, just  7 points adrift of Maveritck Viñales and 14 from Suzuki’s Álex Rins in third.

Fan favorite Valentino Rossi isn’t doing too well this season, but fans here couldn’t care less. He practically has a legion of fans at Sepang. a circuit where he shone many times before. He was looking strong in the fight for the win last year when a crash cut his challenge short. Despite the 2018 mishap, the Doctor’s list of premier class successes in Sepang is impressive. He delighted the fans by snatching victories there in 2001, 2003, 2004, 2006, 2008 and 2010, he secured second places 2002, 2005, 2014, and 2016, and took third places in 2009 and 2015. This weekend he hopes to add another positive result to the list in order to move up from seventh place in the championship standings.

 Vinales is determined to fight at the front again this weekend. The Spaniard climbed onto the Malaysian podium on two occasions in previous years, securing a 125cc win in 2011 and first place in the Moto2 race in 2014. He is yet to claim a premier class MotoGP prize there. Last year he took fourth, his best premier class placement at this track thus far. Viñales currently holds fourth position in the overall rankings, seven points behind the rider in third position.

As usual. practice runs today, then the final practice and qualifying on Saturday. The 20-lap Malaysian GP is scheduled for 3p Local Time on Sunday.

Marquez is Most Accomplished Honda rider after Japanese GP win

With the MotoGP Riders’ title already done and dusted, 2019 Champion Marc Marquez didn’t seem to be slowing down as he scored another win at the Twin Ring Motegi in Japan on Sunday to become the most successful Honda rider, alongside Mick Doohan. Marquez’s win enabled Honda to clinch the Constructors’ title as well.

From the start, Marquez proved he wasn’t letting anyone top him eventhough the title’s already in hand. He shot off the blocks into the lead from Yamaha SRT rider Fabio Quartararo and the rest of the field. In three laps, Marquez had a second’s lead from the satellite Yamaha rider.

By lap 13, the gap between the top two ballooned to two seconds and the reigning champion switched his attention to managing the race. Settling into second as the race progressed, Quartararo was able to manage his tyres to the chequered flag to secure the rookie honors.

Finishing a distant third was Ducati’s Andrea Dovizioso. Dovizioso probably had the rider of the race honors as he fought his way back, having started from the third row. He got up to fifth after the first lap and passed Jack Miller and then Franco Morbidelli during the midpoint of the race. He held off attacks from Yamaha’s lead rider Maverick Viñales and locked on to the final podium on the final lap. He would finish just under five-tenths of a second behind the Yamaha SRT rider.

Marquez’s win was his tenth for the year and fourth in a row. Taking his 54th win in the premier class, Marquez draws level with Mick Doohan as the most successful premier class Honda rider. The 14 podiums, 13 of them in succession, of 2019 also move  Marquez to 350 championship points, just 33 points shy of Jorge Lorenzo’s all-time premier class points record of 383 with 75 points still to play for.

The MotoGP contingent now heads directly to round 17, the Australian Grand Prix at Phillip Island from 25 – 27 October.

2019 MotoGP Motegi results

1            MARQUEZ Marc              Repsol Honda    42’41.492

2            QUARTARARO Fabio      Yamaha SRT       +            0.870

3            DOVIZIOSO Andrea         Ducati   1.325

4            VINALES Maverick          Yamaha MotoGP             2.608

5            CRUTCHLOW Cal             LCR Honda         9.140

6            MORBIDELLI Franco       Yamaha SRT                     9.187

7            RINS Alex            Suzuki  9.306

8            MIR Joan   Suzuki            10.695

9            PETRUCCI Danilo   Ducati             14.216

10          MILLER Jack       Pramac

Riders standings

1            MARQUEZ Marc              350        Repsol Honda Team              Honda

2            DOVIZIOSO Andrea         31          Ducati Team      Ducati

3            VINALES Maverick          176        Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP             Yamaha

4            RINS Alex            42          Team Suzuki Ecstar         Suzuki

5            PETRUCCI Danilo             169        Ducati Team      Ducati

6            QUARTARARO Fabio      163        Petronas Yamaha SRT              Yamaha

7            ROSSI Valentino               145        Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP             Yamaha

8            MILLER Jack       125        Pramac Racing   Ducati

9            CRUTCHLOW Cal             113        LCR Honda         Honda

10          MORBIDELLI Franco       100

Marquez captures 8th title with emphatic Win at Buriram

The second ever Thai Grand Prix at the Buriram track saw Reigning Champion Marc Marquez pull a last lap stunner to score the win and capture the Riders’ title for the 8th time. Championship rival Ducati’s front man Andrea Dovizioso only managed fourth, which means the title goes to Marquez with four races left to run.

At the start, Marquez stayed close to the pole sitter Fabio Quartararo. Yamaha’s Maverick Vinales was also in the mix early in the race. It would soon be Quartararo and Marquez going one-on-one with the Yamaha rider for the win, from the mid-distance onwards. Everyone else settled in their rhythm.

The final laps were explosive as the 2019 MotoGP Champion launched an all out assault on the young Satellite Yamaha  rider, moving ahead as the last lap began. But it would go down to the final corner, Marquez expertly defending from Quartararo in the last corner to take the win and ultimately, the title. With 325 points, nine wins, 14 podiums, nine poles and 10 fastest laps, Marquez is the undisputed King in the Premier class; his sixth title with Repsol Honda and 8th overall. The victory is also Honda’s 150th in the MotoGP class, an achievement no other manufacturer has been able to match.

Vinales took third to salvage some decent points for the factory Yamaha, while Dovizioso could not make an impression and settle for fourth till race end. Alex Rins was the best Suzuki finisher in fifth, followed by Franco Morbidelli and Joan Mir.

Big names on the grid Valentino Rossi finished eighth, ahead of Ducati’s Danilo Petrucci and Japanese rider T. Nakagami.

The next Grand Prix moves to Japan from 18 – 20 October.  The remaining races  on the calendar include Australia, Malaysia and Valencia.


2019 Thai GP results

1         MARQUEZ Marc     Repsol Honda 39’36.223

2         QUARTARARO Fabio        Yamaha SRT    + 0.171

3         VINALES Maverick    Yamaha MotoGP     1.380

4         DOVIZIOSO Andrea      Ducati 11.218

5         RINS Alex       Suzuki          11.449

6         MORBIDELLI Franco Yamaha SRT     14.466

7         MIR Joan      Suzuki          18.728

8         ROSSI Valentino     amaha MotoGP      19.162

9         PETRUCCI Danilo   Ducati 23.425

10       NAKAGAMI Takaaki              LCR Honda   29.423

Riders standings

1         MARQUEZ Marc     93       SPA   325       

2         DOVIZIOSO Andrea          4       

3         RINS Alex     42       SPA   167   

4         VINALES Maverick  12       SPA   163     

5         PETRUCCI Danilo   9         ITA     162    

6         ROSSI Valentino     46       ITA     145           Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP           Yamaha

7         QUARTARARO Fabio        20       FRA    143 

8         MILLER Jack 43       AUS   119    

9         CRUTCHLOW Cal   35       GBR   102  

10       MORBIDELLI Franco         21       ITA     90

MotoGP Aragon: Marquez dominates, again

Reigning Champion Marc Marquez completed a perfect home weekend with a faultless 23-lap race. This story never gets old in the Marquez era: he dominates MotoGP. The top three on the Aragon GP podium were Marquez, Andrea Dovizioso and Jack Milller.

With a perfect start, Marquez shot forward and opened an advantage of half a second after just a few corners, growing to a full second by the end of the first lap. Lapping on average half a second faster than the riders behind him for most of the race saw Marquez quickly build an insurmountable lead, 5.5 seconds clear by mid-race distance.

Yamaha factory rider Maverick Viñales managed to gain a few tenths during the middle of the race, but Marquez quickly responded to stabilize the gap. Ultimately unchallenged, Marquez took his 78th career victory from 200 Grand Prix starts by 4.8 seconds.

With the win, Marquez is now a clear leader in the standings with 300 points; that’s 98-points in front of Dovizioso.

The weekend’s results leave Honda 65 points clear of second placed Ducati in the Manufacturers rankings and as a result of Marquez’s victory, the Repsol Honda Team move to within 24 points of the Ducati Team in the Teams rankings.

Both riders and team now begin their preparations for the Thai GP on 6 October. The Buriram race marks the start of the most intense part of the MotoGP season with four races in fives weeks and presents Marquez with his first chance to take the 2019 MotoGP title.

2019 Aragon GP results

1     MARQUEZ Marc  Repsol Honda    41’57.221

2     DOVIZIOSO Andrea   Ducati       4.836

3     MILLER Jack        Pramac Racing   5.430

4     VINALES Maverick Yamaha MotoGP 5.811

5     QUARTARARO Fabio        Yamaha SRT       8.924

6     CRUTCHLOW Cal             LCR Honda   10.390

7     ESPARGARO Aleix    Aprilia Racing   10.441

8     ROSSI Valentino  Yamaha       23.623

9     RINS Alex     Suzuki    27.998

10   NAKAGAMI Takaaki   LCR Honda    31.242

Riders standings

1     MARQUEZ Marc  300

2     DOVIZIOSO Andrea 202   

3     RINS Alex     156

4     PETRUCCI Danilo      155

5     VINALES Maverick     147

6     ROSSI Valentino         137

7     QUARTARARO Fabio        123      

8     MILLER Jack        117

9     CRUTCHLOW Cal      98  

10   MORBIDELLI Franco         80

Marquez takes 77th career victory at Misano

Reigning Champion Marc Marquez took a convincing win at the San Marino Grand Prix from Fabio Quartararo and Maverick Vinales. Prior to the race, both Repsol Hondas of Marquez and Jorge Lorenzo topped the final practice session.

The defending champion had a less-than-superb start to slot in third behind Quartararo and Vinales. Vinales lost the lead to fellow Yamaha rider on the opening lap. It didn’t take long for him to squeeze past Vinales on lap 4 to go after the Satellite Yamaha rider next.

Quartararo led for a time until Marquez cut his lead down lap after lap.  Vinales hung tight in third, being pursued by team mate Valentino Rossi.

In the closing laps, Vinales had closed up to less than a second to the lead riders. With the two leading men occupied with their own battle, the number-12 rider was riding on the limit. He came under 0.8s behind Quartararo but wasn’t able to put in a move.

The start of the last lap saw Marquez’s machine roar past Quartararo heading into Turn 1, the pair briefly sparring before Marquez made the move stick later in the lap. He topped Quartararo with a gap of 0.903s, Viñales took the chequered flag in third place, 1.636s from the front.

Marquez returned to the top step of the podium after back-to-back second place finishes. The win moves him 93 points clear of title Ducati rival Andrea Dovizioso, who finished sixth. There are six races to go. With the win, Marquez became  the fourth most successful rider in Grand Prix history.

Fourth was Rossi who struggled through the race. The Doctor moved up a spot on lap 6 and came up fifth a lap later when he overtook Pol Espargaro. It took a while before he was able to earn fourth place. He held Franco Morbidelli at bay in the closting stages and took fourth at the line.

Behind Morbidelli was Dovizioso, the championship runner-up. Seveth through tenth finishers were P.Espargaro, Joan Mir, Jack Miller and Ducati factory rider Danilo Petrucci.

The MotoGP teams and riders move to Spain for the Aragón Grand Prix, scheduled to take place next weekend at the MotorLand Aragón circuit.

2019 MotoGP San Marino results

1     MARQUEZ Marc  Repsol Honda    42’25.163

2     QUARTARARO Fabio Yamaha SRT       0.903

3     VINALES MaverickYamaha MotoGP 1.636

4     ROSSI Valentino  Yamaha MotoGP 12.660

5     MORBIDELLI Franco  Yamaha SRT       12.774

6     DOVIZIOSO Andrea   Ducatii       13.744

7     ESPARGARO Pol       KTM Factory 20.050

8     MIR Joan      Suzuki    22.512

9     MILLER Jack        Pramac Racing   26.554

10   PETRUCCI Danilo      Ducati       31.456

Riders standings

1     MARQUEZ Marc  93   SPA       275

2     DOVIZIOSO Andrea   4     ITA       182

3     PETRUCCI Danilo      9     ITA       151

4     RINS Alex     42   SPA       149      

5     VINALES Maverick     12       SPA       134

6     ROSSI Valentino  46   ITA  129      

7     QUARTARARO Fabio 20       FRA       112

8     MILLER Jack 43   AUS       101      

9     CRUTCHLOW Cal      35       GBR      88  

10   MORBIDELLI Franco  21   ITA       80

MotoGP Silverstone: Rins steals it from Marquez

Suzuki rider Alex Rins scored a brilliant victory against Reigning Champion Marc Marquez at Round 12 MotoGP in Silverstone.The margin of win was just 0.013 seconds. Maverick Vinales completed the British GP podium with a third place finish.

Marquez made a perfect start aboard from pole and escaped an incident involving Andrea Dovizioso and Fabio Quartararo, who both crashed out of the race, With the two contenders out, it was an all out fight between Marquez and Rins from that point. Rins had jumped from fifth to third after the contenders crashed out. By the end of the first lap, Rins had put in a pass on Valentino Rossi to take 2nd place, then proceeded to set several fastest laps.

With 12 laps left to go, Rins executed a move on Marquez and the pair exchanged positions back and forth. As Marquez attempted to pull away, Rins stayed on his tail. Even a small moment at Turn 9 with 4 laps to go was not enough to distract Rins from his goal. As the laps ticked down, he looked for every opportunity to overtake his rival, finally pulling off a fantastic move in the final corner to take his second win of the season. The result enabled him to regain 3rd place in the Riders standings.

Vinales finished third as the best rider for Yamaha, having battled Franco Morbidelli and eventually beating his factory team mate for third. The Yamaha rider was less than 3 seconds from the race leaders and had cut the gap to half a second by the final laps. He would end up 0.620s from first.

Rossi hung in there for fourth overall as he wasn‘t able to match the pace of the front-runners due to a lack of grip. He managed his race pace and ended up fourth behind his team mate.

Best Ducati finisher was Danilo Petrucci who topped Jack Miller but behind Cal Crutchlow for seventh.

With second place, Marquez’s 88th podium has equaled Giacomo Agostini’s premier class podium record. The result moves Honda to 45 points clear of Ducati in the constructor and brings the Repsol Honda Team to within 36 points of Ducati in the teams.

The teams now move to the Misano Circuit for a two-day test. Racing resumes at the San Marino GP from 13 – 15 September there.

2019 MotoGP Silverstone results
1        Alex Rins    Suzuki         ESP    40’12.799
2        Marc Marquez     Honda         ESP           00’00.013
3        Maverick Viñales Yamaha      ESP           00’00.620
4        Valentino Rossi   Yamaha      ITA           00’11.439
5        Franco Morbidelli          Yamaha      ITA           00’13.109
6        Cal Crutchlow      Honda         GBR           00’19.169
7        Danilo Petrucci    Ducati         ITA           00’19.682
8        Jack Miller  Honda         AUS   00’20.318
9        Pol Espargaro       KTM  ESP    00’21.079
10      Andrea Iannone  Aprilia         ITA           00’25.144

Riders Standings

1        Marc Marquez     Honda         ESP    250
2        Andrea Dovizioso          Ducati         ITA           172
3        Alex Rins    Suzuki         ESP    149
4        Danilo Petrucci    Ducati         ITA     145
5        Maverick Viñales Yamaha      ESP    118
6        Valentino Rossi   Yamaha      ITA     116
7        Jack Miller  Honda         AUS   94
8        Fabio Quartararo Yamaha      FRA   92
9        Cal Crutchlow      Honda         GBR   88
10      Franco Morbidelli          Yamaha      ITA           69




MotoGP tackles resurfaced Silverstone track for Round 12

Round 12 of the MotoGP Championship moves to the heartland of British Motorsports, Silverstone. Silverstone has been resurfaced this year and it  presents a somewhat unknown element as teams and riders will seek to understand tyre life, the various bumps and how fast the new surface is.

The Marquez – Dovizioso title rumble continues at this British track with Marqquez having an upper hand. Narrowly missing out on victory last time out, the reigning champion is fired up and ready to return to the top step of the podium to protect his comfortable 58-point championship lead. Since Austria 2018, Marquez has crossed the line in first or second in all the races he has finished, an impressive run he is looking to continue as he aims to return to the Silverstone podium for the first time since 2014. Another top three finish would see him equal Agostini’s 88 podiums in the premier class.

Jorge Lorenzo returns to racing after being out for three races. Having recovered from a back injury, the 5-time MotoGP champion will take it easy and acclimate to the RC213V again.

Ducati camp is fired up to push Dovizioso’s fight, following a marvelous win at Red Bull Ring. Dovizioso is actually the rider who scored the last race win in England in 2017 on his Ducati. Team mate Danilo Petrucci on the other hand arrives at Silverstone with the aim of defending his third place in the classification: with 136 points to his name, maintains a lead of 12 over Suzuki’s Alex Rins, in fourth place. Petrucci returns to the circuit where he scored his first podium in MotoGP, a second place in 2015, on a Ducati Pramac.
 
Yamaha MotoGP‘s Valentino Rossi and Maverick Viñales are looking to match the Hondas and Ducatis in the remaining six races. Rossi has stood on the Silverstone podium four times since the round was added to the racing calendar in 2010. He missed out on the first edition due to injury but made up for it by getting familiar with the Silverstone rostrum in the following years. The Doctor secured a MotoGP third place in 2014, and followed it up with a superb win in 2015, adding two further third places in 2016 and 2017. Unable to extend his podium streak last year, the Italian is keen to be in the mix for the win again at the British GP this weekend to enjoy the view from the rostrum and reduce the 21-point gap to fourth in the championship standings, as he currently holds fifth position.

Viñales holds sixth place in the overall rankings, one point behind Rossi, and is feeling optimistic he can reverse their roles this weekend. He is a fan of the Silverstone Circuit and has expressed that he is looking forward to this round in particular.

The British GP will take place at high noon on Sunday, 25 August due to the unique schedule of the UK round.

Dovizioso pulls through for win at Red Bull Ring

Andrea Dovizioso proved he is a worthy championship contender at the Red Bull Ring by beating rival Marc Marquez for win, last Sunday. All through the race, Dovizioso and Marquez went a it until the Ducati rider made it stick in the final lap of the race.

At race start, the Dovizioso-Marquez battle began at turn 3 on the first lap, but Marquez would slip back to fifth when he ran wide. At this time a certain Fabio Quartararo in a Yamaha Satellite led the race. The Yamaha Satellite rider would lead until lap 6 when Dovizioso overtook him as race leader. Marquez slotted second right behind the race leader. On lap 8, Marquez pounced on Dovizioso and made it stick for the lead. It looked like it was going to be another Marquez run, but Dovizioso wouldn’t have it. Quartararo, meanwhile, was third ahead of his factory Yamaha mates Maverick Vinales and Valentino Rossi. Imagine, a Satellite rider leading the factory guys.


In the final laps of the race, Dovizioso came back to capture the lead on lap 20. Marquez took his time to launch his counter attack, but was just short. Dovizioso would score the win, only 0.213 seconds in front of his rival. “My Strategy was to be aggressive right from the opening lap, but Marquez was more aggressive than me. He immediately tried to impose his rhythm but I was always able to respond and in the final stages I think he had more wear on his tyres than me so I could stay right on his tail until the end, and attempt that crazy passing move on him at the final corner,” Dovizioso commented.

Eventhough Marquez was second, he still holds a healthy 58-point advantage in the riders standings, while Honda continues to lead the constructors with 236 points.


Behind the trio were the factory Yamahas Rossi was fourth and Vinales fifth. Rossi made good on his race at the Red Bull Ring, gaining six positions through the race. Viñales lost some ground in the opening stages but recovered and showed solid pace to take fifth over the finish line.

Sixth was the factory Suzuki of Alex Rins who topped Francesco Bagnaia in a Satellite Ducati and Miguel Oliveira in a KTM. Danilo Petrucci had a difficult race, who started from row 4. The Italian managed to get up to ninth place on lap 17, but was unable to improve any further and finished the race in that position. Rounding off tenth was the second Satellite Yamaha of Franco Morbidelli.

The MotoGP riders will next be out on track for the British GP, scheduled for the weekend of 23-25 August at the Silverstone circuit.

2019 MotoGP Austria results
1 Andrea Dovizioso Ducati ITA 39’34.771
2 Marc Marquez Honda ESP 39’34.984
3 Fabio Quartararo Yamaha FRA 39’40.888
4 Valentino Rossi Yamaha ITA 39’42.490
5 Maverick Viñales Yamaha ESP 39’43.445
6 Alex Rins Suzuki ESP 39’43.466
7 Francesco Bagnaia Ducati ITA 39’50.792
8 Miguel Oliveira KTM PRT 39’50.977
9 Danilo Petrucci Ducati ITA 39’52.121
10 Franco Morbidelli Yamaha ITA 39’55.281

Riders standings
1 Marc Marquez Honda ESP 230
2 Andrea Dovizioso Ducati ITA 172
3 Danilo Petrucci Ducati ITA 136
4 Alex Rins Suzuki ESP 124
5 Valentino Rossi Yamaha ITA 103
6 Maverick Viñales Yamaha ESP 102
7 Fabio Quartararo Yamaha FRA 92
8 Jack Miller Honda AUS 86
9 Cal Crutchlow Honda GBR 78
10 Takaaki Nakagami Honda JPN 62

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MotoGP contingent heads to Austria

Just a week after the Brno round, MotoGP crews are back in action again at the Red Bull Ring in Austria for Round 11 of the Championship. This is the second set of back-to-back races of the the season, only the fourth edition held here.

The Championship scenario is all Marc Marquez at the moment unless Andrea Dovizioso could answer the challenge. Marquez has been consistent at Red Bull Ring with top five finishes in the previous three occasions, including two seconds. He’ll be hunting for a first win this time around.

Team mate Stefan Bradl will again join the Repsol Honda Team in place of the recovering Jorge Lorenzo. The German rider is excited at the prospect of another Grand Prix aboard the RC213V after improving his feeling on the bike during the Brno weekend. Racing in Austria in 2016, Bradl has some experience of the track to draw upon.

Following his second place finish at Brno last weekend, Dovizioso currently also lies second in the championship standings with 147 points (63 behind leader Márquez) and he arrives in Austria determined to repeat the results of the last three editions, in which he has always been on the podium: second (2016), first (2017) and third (2018). For his part, Team mate Danilo Petrucci will be aiming to step onto the podium of the Austrian track for the first time, so as to maintain his third place in the overall standings with 129 points, 15 ahead of Suzuki’s Alex Rins in fourth.

In the Yamaha camp, Maverick Viñales took a solid sixth place twice in Austria, and a twelfth place last year. This year he is planning to come back fighting at the Spielberg track, especially after showing strong pace again at the Brno test. At the last testing, he worked on braking later and deeper to suit the Spielberg track’s stop-start corners to make sure that he would be able to get in the mix for the battle for top positions.

MotoGP veteran and 9-time champion Valentino Rossi looks to pour his best riding as he knows  that the nature of the Red Bull Ring traditionally doesn’t play into the Yamaha’s strengths. The Doctor is more familiar with the Spielberg track than most. He first visited the rostrum there in 1996, taking third place in the 125cc class, and secured second place in the same class a year later, before a 19-year hiatus in Austrian GPs. The Italian’s best premier class result in there is the fourth place he snatched in 2016. It’s his aim to try and change that this year and reach for the podium.

The action begins with FP1 on Friday morning, between the picturesque hills of the Red Bull Ring. Lights for the 28-lap Motorrad Grand Prix von Österreich will go out at high noon on Sunday.