Dominant Marquez takes first win of 2019 in Argentina

Dominant Marquez takes first win of 2019 in Argentina

A 9.8 second victory for the untouchable Marc Marquez in Argentina as Jorge Lorenzo gains more points and crucial bike time.

Overnight rain in Termas de Rio Hondo didn’t deter the MotoGP field during morning Warm Up, both Repsol Honda Team riders running consistently in the top ten. Marc Marquez again finished on top, Jorge Lorenzo within a second and in 11th after the 20-minute session.

Forecasts were all proven wrong as the 25-lap Argentina Grand Prix ran without even a single drop of rain and instead the grid was met with ever-climbing track temperatures. A lightning start saw Marc Marquez convert his pole position into a one second lead after just a single lap, the reigning champion never once looking back. Lap after lap his advantage grew, Marquez over 12 seconds clear before the end of the race. Crossing the line 9.816 seconds ahead of second placed Valentino Rossi, Marquez claimed his first win of the season and his third win at the Termas de Rio Hondo circuit in untouchable style.

The victory was accompanied by Marquez’s biggest winning margin in a dry MotoGP race, his previous best coming at the 2016 Argentina GP (a gap of 7.679s) and is his 45th win in the premier class. Marquez leaves Argentina with 45 points and the championship lead.

Unfortunatley Jorge Lorenzo’s race got off to a difficult start as he dropped down to 21st from 12th after trouble getting off the line. However, consistent pace saw Lorenzo quickly return to points scoring positions and run at a pace similar to those fighting towards the front. Crossing the line in 12th, Lorenzo collects not only more points but also more race time on the Honda.

Honda now moves to the top of the Constructor’s Championship as a result of the victory.

The MotoGP World Championship prepares to travel to Austin, Texas for round three of the 2019 championship at the Red Bull Gran Prix of The Americas, April 12 -14. Marquez has won all six races at the circuit while Jorge Lorenzo has taken a pair of podiums previously.

Marc Marquez – 1st

“Today was a perfect day. I have been so concentrated since FP1 and everything worked well, just a tiny hiccup in FP4. But we kept pushing, pushing and in the race I knew that my strongest point was the first five laps. I put everything in and then I saw the difference, one second, two seconds, three seconds and then I settled into my rhythm and pushed a little less. I managed the tyres and the bike, it was a really sweet feeling with the bike.”

Jorge Lorenzo – 12th

First of all I want to say congratulations to the Repsol Honda Team and Marc Marquez for winning this race. Marc has been fantastic all weekend. In Warm Up we made quite a big step and I was able to be faster and I felt good for the race. Unfortunately we had some very unlucky things happen, at the start I hit the pit limiter and the bike wouldn’t go. When I realised I was at the back so I had to fight through, I was able to move forward but we can’t be happy with this result.”

Argentina Grand Prix Race Results 

DRY – Humidity: 75%, Track Temp: 41°C, Air Temp: 27°C
MotoGP 2019 Sunday, March 31st 2019

Pos.RiderNumNationPointsTeamConstructorTime/Gap
1MARQUEZ Marc93SPA25Repsol Honda TeamHonda41’43.688
2ROSSI Valentino46ITA20Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGPYamaha9.816
3DOVIZIOSO Andrea4ITA16Mission Winnow DucatiDucati10.530
4MILLER Jack43AUS13Pramac RacingDucati12.140
5RINS Alex42SPA11Team Suzuki EcstarSuzuki12.563
6PETRUCCI Danilo9ITA10Mission Winnow DucatiDucati13.750
7NAKAGAMI Takaaki30JPN9LCR HondaHonda18.160
8QUARTARARO Fabio20FRA8Petronas Yamaha SRTYamaha20.403
9ESPARGARO Aleix41SPA7Aprilia Racing Team GresiniAprilia25.292
10ESPARGARO Pol44SPA6Red Bull KTM Factory RacingKTM25.679
11OLIVEIRA Miguel88POR5Red Bull KTM Tech 3KTM25.855
12LORENZO Jorge99SPA4Repsol Honda TeamHonda27.497
13CRUTCHLOW Cal35GBR3LCR HondaHonda31.398
14BAGNAIA Francesco63ITA2Pramac RacingDucati32.893
15ZARCO Johann5FRA1Red Bull KTM Factory RacingKTM33.372
16SYAHRIN Hafizh55MAL0Red Bull KTM Tech 3KTM35.545
17IANNONE Andrea29ITA0Aprilia Racing Team GresiniAprilia38.238
18VINALES Maverick12SPA0Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGPYamahaDNF
19MORBIDELLI Franco21ITA0Petronas Yamaha SRTYamahaDNF
20MIR Joan36SPA0Team Suzuki EcstarSuzukiDNF
21RABAT Tito53SPA0Reale Avintia RacingDucatiDNF
22ABRAHAM Karel17CZE0Reale Avintia RacingDucatiDNF

Rider Standings 

Pos.RiderNumNationPointsTeamConstructor
1MARQUEZ Marc93SPA45Repsol Honda TeamHonda
2DOVIZIOSO Andrea4ITA41Mission Winnow DucatiDucati
3ROSSI Valentino46ITA31Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGPYamaha
4RINS Alex42SPA24Team Suzuki EcstarSuzuki
5PETRUCCI Danilo9ITA20Mission Winnow DucatiDucati
6CRUTCHLOW Cal35GBR19LCR HondaHonda
7NAKAGAMI Takaaki30JPN16LCR HondaHonda
8MILLER Jack43AUS13Pramac RacingDucati
9ESPARGARO Aleix41SPA13Aprilia Racing Team GresiniAprilia
10ESPARGARO Pol44SPA10Red Bull KTM Factory RacingKTM
11VINALES Maverick12SPA9Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGPYamaha
12QUARTARARO Fabio20FRA8Petronas Yamaha SRTYamaha
13MIR Joan36SPA8Team Suzuki EcstarSuzuki
14LORENZO Jorge99SPA7Repsol Honda TeamHonda
15OLIVEIRA Miguel88POR5Red Bull KTM Tech 3KTM
16MORBIDELLI Franco21ITA5Petronas Yamaha SRTYamaha
17BAGNAIA Francesco63ITA2Pramac RacingDucati
18ZARCO Johann5FRA2Red Bull KTM Factory RacingKTM
19IANNONE Andrea29ITA2Aprilia Racing Team GresiniAprilia

Words and Photos: Honda Racing Corporation