Marc Marquez celebrated a dominating home victory at the Catalan GP while an apologetic Jorge Lorenzo had his strongest start to a race this season before falling.
The hottest conditions of the weekend met the MotoGP World Championship as the 24-rider strong field lined up on the grid. 51°C track temperature caused Marc Marquez little issue as he relished an early fight as the lights went out.
Marquez would soon find himself leading his home Grand Prix with a comfortable advantage due to incidents behind. Consistently lapping in the mid to low 1’40s during the early stages of the race, Marquez maintained his advantage to cross the line 2.660s clear of second place. This is the reigning MotoGP World Champion’s second premier class win in Barcelona and his fourth of the 2019 season.
The victory is Marquez’s 48th in the premier class and helps to extend his championship lead to 37 points over Dovizioso who was involved in the accident with Lorenzo. Honda hold a 15 points advantage over Ducati in the Constructor Championship.
“I chose the soft rear to try and push in the beginning and to try to not overheat the tyre but to try to be constant and fast. All of the Repsol Honda Team did a really good job this weekend; we worked hard and prepared well for the race. The team told me something had happened to Dovi, so I just kept pushing and focusing on my own race. We had the perfect strategy regardless and I want to thank all the fans who came out. Gracias! It’s always special when you can celebrate winning together with your brother, Alex rode well this weekend!”
|1||MARQUEZ Marc||93||SPA||25||Repsol Honda Team||40’31.175|
|2||QUARTARARO Fabio||20||FRA||20||Petronas Yamaha SRT||2.660|
|3||PETRUCCI Danilo||9||ITA||16||Mission Winnow Ducati||4.537|
|4||RINS Alex||42||SPA||13||Team Suzuki Ecstar||6.602|
|5||MILLER Jack||43||AUS||11||Pramac Racing||6.870|
|6||MIR Joan||36||SPA||10||Team Suzuki Ecstar||7.040|
|7||ESPARGARO Pol||44||SPA||9||Red Bull KTM Factory Racing||16.144|
|8||NAKAGAMI Takaaki||30||JPN||8||LCR Honda||17.969|
|9||RABAT Tito||53||SPA||7||Reale Avintia Racing||22.661|
|10||ZARCO Johann||5||FRA||6||Red Bull KTM Factory Racing||26.228|
|11||IANNONE Andrea||29||ITA||5||Aprilia Racing Team Gresini||32.036|
|12||OLIVEIRA Miguel||88||POR||4||Red Bull KTM Tech 3||44.666|
|13||GUINTOLI Sylvain||50||FRA||3||Team Suzuki Ecstar||51.363|