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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

MotoGP takes on Jerez, the first of the European legs

As MotoGP tackles Round 4 at the Jerez circuit, the first race of an 11-race European leg promises an exciting turn of championship status. Andrea Dovizioso and Ducati currently lead the Riders and Constructors. You can bet Reigning champion Marc Marquez and the Yamaha riders will answer the call to climb back up the standings.

Ducati, on the other hand, won’t just stand idle without a fight. From past records, Ducati has achieved a win and five podiums at Jerez. Dovizioso is tackling his 200th race this weekend and looks to continue the push in the riders standing, while Danilo Petrucci continues to hunt for a podium spot for his new team.

Following a disappointing race at Austin, Marquez and team mate Jorge Loenzo are most eager to resume their challenge on Spanish soil as 300th MotoGP race looms. Honda machines have taken 142 wins in that time and both Marc Marquez and Jorge Lorenzo will be fighting to make it 143 in Jerez.

After the difficulties of Austin, Marquez arrives in Jerez aiming to get his title defence back on track. With six podiums and two wins to his name in the premier class at the track. The Circuito de Jerez – Angel Nieto is the perfect staging ground for Marquez to attack his nine-point deficit in the championship battle.

Lorenzo is one of the only riders with a better record at Jerez than Marquez, the five-time champion having secured three wins and eight podiums in the premier class at the iconic circuit. A now fully fit Lorenzo is out for a strong weekend at the familiar Jerez circuit after being careful to avoid further injury in the opening races.

For the race, Stefan Bradl will join the MotoGP grid on a fifth Honda RC213V as a wildcard.

Rossi is single-handedly carrying the team on his shoulders as Maverick Vinales continues to struggle, after three rounds. Rossi currently holds second place in the championship rankings after taking second place at the two previous rounds. He has set himself a firm goal for this weekend: he is going to try to make it a podium hat-trick.

The Italian is expecting a hard battle, as the previous two years in Jerez were challenging, but to his advantage, he knows the track like no other. So far, he has claimed seven wins at this circuit (in 2001, 2002, 2003, 2005, 2007, 2009, and 2016), secured two second places (in 2008 and 2014), and achieved three third places (in 2000, 2010, and 2015) in the premier class alone. He was also successful here in the lower classes, securing a 125cc and 250cc win in 1997 and 1999 respectively, and a 250cc second place in 1998. 

Viñales arrives in Europe holding twelfth place in the championship standings after a disappointing end to the otherwise positive COTA weekend. Nevertheless, the Spaniard shows a strong determination to add another solid performance to his record at Jerez, which he considers one of his home races. 

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