Marc Marquez back to his best with Spanish GP victory

Marc Marquez back to his best with Spanish GP victory

Marc Marquez becomes the first repeat premier class winner of 2019 as he storms to victory in Jerez, Jorge Lorenzo returning to the points.

Fans flooded the Circuito de Jerez – Angel Nieto from early in the morning, eager to see what would happen at the Gran Premio Red Bull de España.  21°C ambient temperatures and 42°C track temperature providing supreme racing conditions for fans and the Repsol Honda Team alike.

Leaving the fall of Warm Up behind him, Marc Marquez stormed off the line to lead the 23-rider field through the opening corners. Lap eight saw Marquez open a gap and begin to break away at the front, steadily building an advantage with each corner. The dominant ride saw the reigning World Champion cross the line 1.654 seconds ahead of second place after celebrating across the line in the 300th MotoGP race.

His 46th win in the premier class, and 72nd across all classes, moves Marquez to the top of the championship table with 70 points, a point clear of second placed Rins. His 1’38.051 on Lap 15 of the race secured Marquez a new race lap record at the Jerez circuit along with his 25 World Championship points. 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.

Jorge Lorenzo was left wanting more as he crossed the line in 12th at the Spanish GP. It proved a difficult race for Lorenzo who is still working on perfecting the setting of his Honda. Monday’s test day offers Lorenzo and his team an opportunity to deepen their understanding of the bike and regroup ahead of the French GP.

With 76 points, Honda sit atop the Constructor Championship.

Marc Marquez 

1ST 

“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. I felt good all weekend, smooth, comfortable and able to ride how I want. Thanks to the Repsol Honda Team, they’ve done an amazing job over the last few weeks and here this weekend. It’s great to be leading the championship again.”

Jorge Lorenzo 

12TH 

“It has been a difficult end to the weekend, we wanted to be stronger but I am still not comfortable on the bike. We are still lacking kilometers compared to the other Honda riders. Today especially I was not comfortable on the bike and it was a very difficult race. Tomorrow’s test will be important for us to try and improve my feeling, especially on corner entry where I think I am losing the most. We have to keep working.”

Spanish Grand Prix Race Results 

Pos.RiderNumNationPointsTeamTime/Gap
1MARQUEZ Marc93SPA25Repsol Honda Team41’08.685
2RINS Alex42SPA20Team Suzuki Ecstar1.654
3VINALES Maverick12SPA16Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP2.443
4DOVIZIOSO Andrea4ITA13Mission Winnow Ducati2.804
5PETRUCCI Danilo9ITA11Mission Winnow Ducati4.748
6ROSSI Valentino46ITA10Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP7.547
7MORBIDELLI Franco21ITA9Petronas Yamaha SRT8.228
8CRUTCHLOW Cal35GBR8LCR Honda10.052
9NAKAGAMI Takaaki30JPN7LCR Honda10.274
10BRADL Stefan6GER6HRC Test Team13.402
11ESPARGARO Aleix41SPA5Aprilia Racing Team Gresini15.431
12LORENZO Jorge99SPA4Repsol Honda Team18.473
13ESPARGARO Pol44SPA3Red Bull KTM Factory Racing20.156
14ZARCO Johann5FRA2Red Bull KTM Factory Racing26.706
15RABAT Tito53SPA1Reale Avintia Racing28.513
16ABRAHAM Karel17CZE0Reale Avintia Racing36.858
17SMITH Bradley38GBR0Aprilia Racing Test Team41.390
18OLIVEIRA Miguel88POR0Red Bull KTM Tech 341.570
19SYAHRIN Hafizh55MAL0Red Bull KTM Tech 350.568
20MILLER Jack43AUS0Pramac RacingDNF
21MIR Joan36SPA0Team Suzuki EcstarDNF
22QUARTARARO Fabio20FRA0Petronas Yamaha SRTDNF
23BAGNAIA Francesco63ITA0Pramac RacingDNF

Overall Rider Standings

Pos.RiderNumNationPointsTeam
1MARQUEZ Marc93SPA70Repsol Honda Team
2RINS Alex42SPA69Team Suzuki Ecstar
3DOVIZIOSO Andrea4ITA67Mission Winnow Ducati
4ROSSI Valentino46ITA61Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP
5PETRUCCI Danilo9ITA41Mission Winnow Ducati
6VINALES Maverick12SPA30Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP
7NAKAGAMI Takaaki30JPN29LCR Honda
8MILLER Jack43AUS29Pramac Racing
9CRUTCHLOW Cal35GBR27LCR Honda
10MORBIDELLI Franco21ITA25Petronas Yamaha SRT
11ESPARGARO Pol44SPA21Red Bull KTM Factory Racing
12ESPARGARO Aleix41SPA18Aprilia Racing Team Gresini
13QUARTARARO Fabio20FRA17Petronas Yamaha SRT
14LORENZO Jorge99SPA11Repsol Honda Team
15BAGNAIA Francesco63ITA9Pramac Racing
16MIR Joan36SPA8Team Suzuki Ecstar
17ZARCO Johann5FRA7Red Bull KTM Factory Racing
18OLIVEIRA Miguel88POR7Red Bull KTM Tech 3
19BRADL Stefan6GER6HRC Test Team
20IANNONE Andrea29ITA6Aprilia Racing Team Gresini
21RABAT Tito53SPA2Reale Avintia Racing

Words and Photos: Honda Racing Corporation