|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
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