Marquez storms to victory at Jerez

Reigning Champion Marc Marquez has won Round 4 of the Championship after a brilliant ride at the Jerez Frontera Circuit. Marquez topped Alex Rins of the Suzuki outfit and Maverick Vinales of the Yamaha factory team. 9-ttime champion Valentino Rossi was left playing catch up through the race  and finished sixth overall.

With his 46th win in the premier class, Marquez holds the top of the standings table with 70 points, a point clear of second placed Rins. He also becomes the third most successful Honda rider in the premier class, overtaking Jim Redman who claimed 45 wins and overtakes Lawson to become the sixth most successful MotoGP rider in terms of premier class podium finishes with 80. Meanwhile, Honda tops the Constructors with 76 points.

Off the blocks. Marquez zipped to the top of the heap and quickly opened a gap to lead all. Vinales pushed from fifth to fourth in the opening lap, behind two Yamaha Satellites and the Suzuki of Alex Rins. After Fabio Quartararo retired from the race, it was Marquez leading Franco Morbidelli, RIns and Vinales.  Both Rins and Vinales would overpower the Yamaha SRT with ten laps to run.  However, VInales came under pressure from Andrea Dovizioso in the latter stages of the race but defended his position masterfully. He set various personal best sectors and ended on a high setting his best race lap, a 1:38.157s. Dovizioso had to settle for fourth, followed by the second Ducati of Danilo Pettucci and Rossi who fought from start to finish for a sixth place

Marque said in post-race,  “This race was a mental race, more than a physical one. After the mistake in Austin it wasn’t easy to lead the race like that from beginning to end, but I knew I had the pace to do it and the bike to do it. I wanted to do a race like in Argentina and at the start in Austin to prove it was a mistake there. It’s great to be leading the championship again.”

Behind Rossi came Morbidelli, Cal Crutchlow, Takaaki Nakagami and Stefan Bradl. Round 5 moves on to the French GP in Le Mans, from 17 – 19 May.

2019 MotoGP Jerez results

1            MARC MARQUEZ            SPA       REPSOL HONDA TEAM              41’08.685

2            ALEX RINS          SPA       TEAM SUZUKI ECSTAR   + 1.654

3            MAVERICK VIÑALES        SPA       MONSTER ENERGY YAMAHA MOTOGP         + 2.443

4            ANDREA DOVIZIOSO      ITA        MISSION WINNOW DUCATI              + 2.804

5            DANILO PETRUCCI          ITA        MISSION WINNOW DUCATI              + 4.748

6            VALENTINO ROSSI          ITA        MONSTER ENERGY YAMAHA MOTOGP         + 7.547

7            FRANCO MORBIDELLI    ITA        PETRONAS YAMAHA SRT              + 8.228

8            CAL CRUTCHLOW           GBR       LCR HONDA CASTROL    + 10.052

9            TAKAAKI NAKAGAMI      JPN        LCR HONDA IDEMITSU   + 10.274

10          STEFAN BRADL  GER       LCR HONDA       + 13.402

Riders standings

1 MARQUEZ Marc 93 SPA 70 Repsol Honda Team Honda
2 RINS Alex 42 SPA 69 Team Suzuki Ecstar Suzuki
3 DOVIZIOSO Andrea 4 ITA 67 Mission Winnow Ducati Ducati
4 ROSSI Valentino 46 ITA 61 Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha
5 PETRUCCI Danilo 9 ITA 41 Mission Winnow Ducati Ducati
6 VINALES Maverick 12 SPA 30 Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha
7 NAKAGAMI Takaaki 30 JPN 29 LCR Honda Honda
8 MILLER Jack 43 AUS 29 Pramac Racing Ducati
9 CRUTCHLOW Cal 35 GBR 27 LCR Honda Honda
10 MORBIDELLI Franco 21 ITA 25