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Petrucci wins Race of France in rain-hit conditions

Danilo Petrucci captured his first win of the season in a rained-out race at Le Mans. Repsol Honda’s rookie Alex Marquez took second place, his best placed finish in the premier class, ahead of the KTM of Pol Espargaro. .

Yamaha SRT’s Fabio Quartararo could only finish ninth and that was enough to extend his lead in the riders standings. Both championship contenders Joan Mir and Andrea Dovizioso ended 11th and 4th to remain second and third in the standings.

At race start, Petrucci shot off the grid into the lead from the front row, starting third on the grid. The two Ducatis led the race with Jack Miller in the Pramac Ducati in third. It was Ducatis in positions 1,2 and 3 in the early going. Behind the leading bikes, Joan Mir had to take serious evasive action on the opening lap after Valentino Rossi suffered a crash in front of him; the run-off cost him some positions.

The Ducati trio led for two thirds of the race. Alex Rins joined the foray in fourth as the Suzuki riider tried to dispatch Miller for third. Rins carved his way from seventh to fourth by lap 12. As the fastest rider on track, he made a jump to second by lap 18 of 26 when Dovizioso suffered tyre wear and Miller crashed out.

With seven laps to go, Rins would crash out of contention. This gave both Márquez and P.Espargaro a chance to creep up to second and third. Due to extreme tyre wear, Dovizioso was pushed back to fourth place. The race would finish with Petrucci pretty much taking a walk through win, followed by Marquez and Espargaro.

Dovizioso’s fourth place pushes him to third in the standings, 18 points behind Quartararo. Behind the Ducati were Johann Zarco, Miguel Oliveira, Takashi Nakagami and Stefan Bradl. Bradl’s eight place ensured a double finish for Repsol Honda, the first in a long while.

Quartararo finished ninth, while his Yamaha SRT team mate Franco Morbidelli crashed out of the race. Meanwhile, Maverick Vinales secured tenth place for factory Yamaha squad. He was the sole finisher for the factory team as Rossi crashed at race start. Mir made a last lap final dash to slot into 11th. This result was crucial for Mir, as he managed to maintain his second place in the title standings, where he now sits 10 points from the top.

The next race, tenth round, moves to the Aragon circuit in Spain from 16-18 October.

MotoGP Race of France results
1 Danilo PETRUCCI Ducati Team 45’54.736
2 Alex MARQUEZ Repsol Honda Team +1.273
3 Pol ESPARGARO Red Bull KTM Factory Racing +1.711
4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO Ducati Team +3.911
5 Johann ZARCO Esponsorama Racing +4.310
6 Miguel OLIVEIRA Red Bull KTM Tech 3 +4.466
7 Takaaki NAKAGAMI LCR Honda IDEMITSU +5.921
8 Stefan BRADL Repsol Honda Team +15.597
9 Fabio QUARTARARO Petronas Yamaha SRT +16.687
10 Maverick VIÑALES Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP +16.895

Riders standings
1 Fabio QUARTARARO Yamaha FRA 115
2 Joan MIR Suzuki SPA 105
3 Andrea DOVIZIOSO Ducati ITA 97
4 Maverick VIÑALES Yamaha SPA 96
5 Takaaki NAKAGAMI Honda JPN 81
6 Franco MORBIDELLI Yamaha ITA 77
7 Jack MILLER Ducati AUS 75
8 Pol ESPARGARO KTM SPA 73
9 Miguel OLIVEIRA KTM POR 69
10 Danilo PETRUCCI Ducati ITA 64

Vinales takes first win of the year for factory Yamaha squad

VInales takes first win of the year for factory Yamaha squad

Last Sunday’s second bout at the Misano track saw Yamaha factory rider Maverick Vinales capture his first win of the season as he lapped in first place from start to finish. For the second race in succession, Suzuki had Joan Mir on the  podium as he beat KTM’s Pol Espargaro in the final laps.

At race start, Vinales made a good jump from pole to lead the field. He was followed by Francesco Bagnaia, who was the only rider able to keep up the pace.

Five laps into the race. Vinales made a small mistake and went wide. He lost the lead momentarily as the Yamaha man was 1.5 seconds down on Bagnaia. Fabio Quartarari in the Yamaha SRT  was chasing the pair, but too far back to do anything.

At the mid-part of the race, Mir had caught up from a woeful starting position. Mir pushed hard and managed to move up into the top five by lap 5.

Vinales decided to make his move in the final ten laps of the race. Seven laps from the end, Bagnaia would crash out, leaving the race wide open for Vinales and podium runners. Behind him, Mir had promoted himself to second and P.Espargaro laid third. Mir made a gorgeous overtaking move on Quartararo for third, three laps from the end and then, overtook P.Espargaro for second. Vinales’ win was only his eighth win in his young career.

Quartararo ended up forth, ahead of M. Oliveira, Nakagami, Andrea Dovizioso, Alex Marquez and Danilo Petrucci.

Andrea Dovizioso who finished eighth maintained the lead by a single point from Quartararo in the riders standings. The Ducati man had to battle back from fourteenth, but made the top ten by mid-race. In the end, he couldn’t do better than  eighth at the finish line,

The upcoming race moves to the Circuit de Catalunya, from 25 – 27 September.

Race of Emilia Romagna Misano  round 2 results

1 M. VIÑALES – Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP – 41:55.846

2. J. MIR – Team SUZUKI ECSTAR – +02.425

3. P. ESPARGARO – Red Bull KTM Factory Racing – +04.528

4. F. QUARTARARO – Petronas Yamaha SRT – +03.419

5. M. OLIVEIRA – Red Bull KTM Tech 3 – +07.368

6. T. NAKAGAMI – LCR Honda IDEMITSU – +11.139

7. A. MARQUEZ – Repsol Honda Team – +11.929

8. A. DOVIZIOSO – Ducati Team – +13.113

9. F. MORBIDELLI – Petronas Yamaha SRT – +15.880

10. D. PETRUCCI – Ducati Team – +17.682

Riders standings

1  Andrea DOVIZIOSO Ducati ITA 84

2 Fabio QUARTARARO Yamaha FRA 83

3 Maverick VIÑALES Yamaha SPA 83

4 Joan MIR Suzuki SPA 80

5 Franco MORBIDELLI Yamaha ITA 64

6 Jack MILLER Ducati AUS 64

7 Takaaki NAKAGAMI Honda JPN 63

8 Miguel OLIVEIRA KTM POR 59

9 Valentino ROSSI Yamaha ITA 58

10 Pol ESPARGARO KTM SPA 57

Morbidelli secures first-ever win at Misano

Morbidelli secures first-ever win at Misano

Franco Morbidelli brought his Yamaha SRT back from the brink, after the last two rounds, by taking his first ever MotoGP career win at the Circuit Marco Simoncelli, last Sunday. His team mate Fabio Quartararo wasn’t as lucky, as he crashed out of the race. Behind the Yamaha SRT rider were Pramac’s Francesco Bagnaia and Suzuki’’s Joan Mir.

With Quartararo crashing out, the Riders standings saw Ducati’s Andrea Dovizioso take first place in the standings with a 6-point margin, despite finishing seventh.

Morbidelli jumped into the lead off the line with factory Yamaha’s Valentino Rossi and the rest of the field chasing after. Morbidelli went unchallenged virtually from start to finish.

The battle behind Morbidelli was the highlight of the race between a Yamaha, Pramac and two Suzukis. Rossi held second for much of the race, but couldn’t pull away from the chasing pack of Bagnaia, Mir and Álex Rins. Bagnaia shot past the Doctor who saw his pace dropped off towards the end of the race. Mir then overtook him to force the Doctor to fourth.

The two Suzukis were batlling amongst themselves for position the entire race. Rins pushed as high as fourth with Mir sixth mid-way through the race. With just a handful of laps remaining, both Suzuki riders were in podium contention but as Rins began to suffer physically, Mir was able to make his way through. On the last lap, Mir executed an incredible pass on Rossi to take his second podium of the year with third, while Rins finished fifth.

Behind the Suzukis was Maverick Vinales who overtook Jack Miller to take sixth place over the start-finish line, 5.383s from the lead.

Dovizioso finished seventh which enabled him to snatch the Riders standings lead. After Quartararo’s crash on lap 8, the Ducati rider tried to set his pace to close the gap on the front riders. Only towards the end of the race, he managed to finally catch the Ducati bike of Miller, passing it on the final lap to finish in the seventh position. Miller ended up eighth ahead of Nakagami and Esparagaro.

The MotoGP contingent next head to a one-day test, ahead of the seventh round of the season just days later from 18-20 September.

Race of San Marino results

1  . F. MORBIDELLI – Petronas Yamaha SRT – 42:02.272

2. F. BAGNAIA – Pramac Racing – +02.217

3. J. MIR – Team SUZUKI ECSTAR – +02.290

4. V. ROSSI – Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP – +02.643

5. A. RINS – Team SUZUKI ECSTAR – +04.044

6. M. VIÑALES – Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP – +05.383

7. A. DOVIZIOSO – Ducati Team – +10.358

8. J. MILLER – Pramac Racing – +11.155

9. T. NAKAGAMI – LCR Honda IDEMITSU – +10.839

10. P. ESPARGARO – Red Bull KTM Factory Racing – +12.030

Riders standings

1 Andrea DOVIZIOSO Ducati ITA 76

2 Fabio QUARTARARO Yamaha FRA 70

3 Jack MILLER Ducati AUS 64

4 Joan MIR Suzuki SPA 60

5 Maverick VIÑALES Yamaha SPA 58

6 Valentino ROSSI Yamaha ITA 58

7 Franco MORBIDELLI Yamaha ITA 57

8 Brad BINDER KTM RSA 53

9 Takaaki NAKAGAMI Honda JPN 53

10 Miguel OLIVEIRA KTM POR 48

Ducati celebrates 50th Win Milestone

Ducati is one of the perennial factory squads in MotoGP that has proven to be a force to be reckoned with in the top echelon of two-wheel racing. They have legions of followers known as the Ducatisti, not to mention a number of successes in the motorcycle racing world. Ducati has been an active factory team in the premier class since 2003, after the introduction of the new regulation for four-stroke engines.

For long-time Ducatisti, names like the Great Casey Stoner and Loris Capirossi have brought much accolades to the factory Ducati squad in MotoGP especially. Stoner is still the man with the most wins in a Ducati and brought home a title to the Bolognese-based squad in 2007.

Stoner riding style and racing instinct best suited the Desmosedici GP machine through the 2007 season and his formidable years as the top rider in MotoGP for several years. That year, MotoGP technical regulations required bikes to be 800cc, instead of 1000cc. But it didn’t matter to Stoner, the Australian came up with 10 wins, the most ever for Ducati, and 14 podiums to ensure the Riders and Manufacturers’ titles. After that spectacular year, Stoner would go on to win another 13 victories in three years and became the most successful rider onboard the Desmosedici GP bike.

After Stoner’s last success at Phillip Island in 2010, Ducati hadn’t much accomplished since the Stoner-era. From 2011 until 2015, they pretty much played catch up to the likes of the Hondas and Yamahas, even the Suzukis. It wasn’t till 2016, when Andrea Iannone scored a surprising win that Ducati tasted a podium success. A year later, Dovizioso pushed through for the win at the Sepang Circuit to bring Ducati back from the brink, late in the season. A win or even a podium finish was hard to come by for the proud Ducati MotoGP team. Although going through a relative slump in MotoGP, Ducati never stopped developing the Desmosedici GP bike, in terms of performance and evolutions introduced over the years. One such example was the innovative wings that have revolutionized aerodynamics of premier class machines,

Up to date, no one else has come close to Stoner’s numbers, even the likes of current rider Andrea Dovizioso, who’d just captured Ducati’s 50th win last Sunday at the Red Bull Ring, has only 14 wins in total. Dovizioso could one day beat Stoner’s record but it’s going to take some time.  

A look back at pre-Stoner era

Prior to the appearance of Stoner, Ducati MotoGP had two big names in the fold namely Loris Capirossi and Troy Bayliss. Capirossi tallied only seven wins during his tenure at Ducati. On the four-stroke bikes debut year in 2003, Capirossi and Bayliss gave Ducati a good combo, but it was Capirossi who eventually scored a win much later in the season.  In the opening race at Suzuka in Japan, Capi finished third at the finish line, taking the first of the 155 podiums obtained by the Italian factory squad. Also in 2003, at Mugello, the Desmosedici GP bike entered the history of motorcycling scoring the overall record of maximum speed (332,409 km/h with Capirossi). In their home race, at the Italian GP, Capirossi also took the second place, completing an all-Italian podium with Valentino Rossi and Max Biaggi.

A few weeks later, Capirossi gave Ducati its first MotoGP victory at the Catalunya Grand Prix, after an exciting race at Montmelò Circuit. For the Italian, it was the first of seven successes achieved with the Desmosedici machine from 2003 to 2007. Bayliss, ran with Ducati from 2003 – 04 but only managed to capture a win in 2006 as a substitute at the season finale in Valencia. Bayliss stood in for the injured Sete Gibernau, after becoming Champion in WorldSBK with Ducati.

Fast forward to 2017, Dovizioso became the golden boy at Ducati having moved to the Italian outfit from Repsol Honda. 5-time MotoGP Champion Jorge Lorenzo also  joined Ducati that year to partner Dovizioso, but he did not fit in quite as well. He still managed three wins in his two short years at Ducati, all in 2018. Dovizioso contributed four wins that year. In 2019, Dovizioso is paired with rookie Danilo Petrucci, who won a race at the home of Ducatistis in Mugello. One notable rider mention is Valentino Rossi who rode for Ducati between 2011 – 12. Rossi in his two seasons there only had 3 podium finishes.

Ducati as a squad has triumphed on 19 different circuits: Motegi, Sepang, Losail and the Red Bull Ring are the tracks where it has achieved the most successes, winning five victories. Mugello, Montmelò and Phillip Island follow with four wins; Valencia and Brno with three wins; Misano and Donington with two and finally Sachsering, Assen, Jerez, Silverstone, Laguna Seca, Motorland Aragon, Shanghai and Istanbul with a win.

Among the 50 victories achieved since 2003, Ducati has also scored six 1-2, placing its riders on the first and second steps of the podium on six occasions.

In addition to the 50 victories, Ducati has taken 155 podiums in the premier class since 2003: 136 obtained by the official team riders and 19 obtained by satellite teams riders.

List of Ducati riders and number of wins

Casey Stoner 23

Andrea Dovizioso 14

Loris Capirossi 7

Jorge Lorenzo 3

Troy Bayliss 1

Andrea Iannone 1

 Danilo Petrucci 1

2020 Suzuki GSX-RR ready for MotoGP Pre-season Test at Sepang

Suzuki MotoGP has unveiled their 2020 machine color scheme at the first official pre-season testing in Sepang. The 2020 season marks Suzuki’s 60th year in two-wheel racing, which began in 1980’s the Isle of Man’s Tourist Trophy. After that, the brand then got into its first GP and Championship title with Ernst Degner on the saddle in the 50cc category of 1982 season. From then until 2019, Suzuki would have 14 more championship titles, right up until the most recent victories in 2019 with Álex Rins at the Grand Prix of The Americas and British GP.

The 2020 Suzuki GSX-RR is decked in a combination of the familiar blue, mixed with a more traditional slate silver. From the technical standpoint, the MotoGP bike takes on a new engine spec and the riders will take it for a thorough test at upcoming pre-season venues in  Sepang and Qatar. The technical team have also worked to develop new solutions for the chassis, set up and electronics, in the off season.

The team riders in the 2020 season features returning riders RIns and Joan Mir. Both Spaniards enter the 2020 season following a successful and propitious 2019. Finishing 4th in last year’s championship standings, taking two excellent victories and eleven Top 5 finishes, Rins proved his place among the top riders in MotoGP. He is ready to attack this brand new season with gusto, aiming to build on his results and add more trophies to the cabinet. His team mate completed a notable rookie season with Suzuki last season, which included a total of top ten finishes, with a fifth place finish at the Australian GP, as his best result.

“Last season brought me one of the most exciting feelings on earth which was to win my first #motogp race. It was a dream come true, and the second victory felt amazing too. I will bring those emotions with me into 2020, as well as the awareness of the growth that I’ve made,’’ Rins said.

“Now in 2020 we have to stay focused and get good results, more podiums for sure and hopefully also more wins. This is the path to success, I believe; little by little, step by step, with hard work all together,” he added.

Second-year rider Mir commented, “The first year has been a learning one, the MotoGP machine is such a beast that you have to learn how to control it, and I had huge support from all of my team. Now I want to build on my experience and start placing my name among the top riders. I’m really eager to get on my MotoGP machine again in Sepang and start to improve further.”


The riders will have opportunities to prove themselves in the new season against the likes of the Repsol Hondas, Yamahas and Ducatis/

Ducati MotoGP sounds off title aspirations for 2020 season

Ducati MotoGP has unveiled its 2020 challenger ahead of the new season of the Premier two-wheel racing series. As last season, the team have stuck with its title sponsors and is still known as the Mission Winnow Ducati team.

For 2020, the team’s riders remain Andrea Dovizioso and Danilo Petrucci who took the covers off the new liveried Desmosedici GP20 challenger at the intro ceremony in Bologna. The GP20 is decked out in bright red with a few details in black and chrome. First assignment for the 2020 bike is the pre-season tests coming up. The first test is slated for 7 – 9 February at the Sepang track. The 2020 MotoGP season starts in early March at the Losail Circuit in Qatar. There are a grand total of twenty races scheduled this season.

The GP20 as a legitimate contender in 2020

The GP20 has been revised for the better from last season’s exploits. It’s got an engine that features a counter-rotating crankshaft, a spine and slice traction control. The new elements contribute to a more efficient aerodynamics, alongside the new aerofoils. This means the bike is even faster and has a competitive edge over its rivals.

Ducati hopes for a better competitive edge against their Japanese opponents i.e. the Hondas and Yamahas. The team would again rely on Dovizioso and Petrucci on their quest for MotoGP glory. “Last year we finished as runner-up for the third consecutive time behind Marc Màrquez, a rider that for sure made the difference last year, but we also did our best managing well our potential. Every year has its own story, and it is not easy to predict what will happen in 2020. Our goal is clear; we want to challenge for the title again,” Dovizioso remarked.

“I know our rivals will be back stronger this year, but that counts for me too. I have been improving and growing each season, and this year I want to confirm my results and make further steps forward compared to last year,” Petrucci concluded.

Ducati and fellow MotoGP manufacturers are preparing for the first pre-season test coming up on 7 February at Sepang.




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 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

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