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.”

MotoGP 2019
Race Round 2   Argentina

Argentina Grand Prix Race Results

Dry
Humidity
75%
Track Temp
41°C
Air Temp
27°C
Pos. Rider Num Nation Points Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Marquez Marc 93 SPA 25 Repsol Honda Team Honda 41'43.688
2 Rossi Valentino 46 ITA 20 Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 9.816
3 Dovizioso Andrea 4 ITA 16 Mission Winnow Ducati Ducati 10.530
4 Miller Jack 43 AUS 13 Pramac Racing Ducati 12.140
5 Rins Alex 42 SPA 11 Team Suzuki Ecstar Suzuki 12.563
6 Petrucci Danilo 9 ITA 10 Mission Winnow Ducati Ducati 13.750
7 Nakagami Takaaki 30 JPN 9 LCR Honda Honda 18.160
8 Quartararo Fabio 20 FRA 8 Petronas Yamaha SRT Yamaha 20.403
9 Espargaro Aleix 41 SPA 7 Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia 25.292
10 Espargaro Pol 44 SPA 6 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 25.679
11 Oliveira Miguel 88 POR 5 Red Bull KTM Tech 3 KTM 25.855
12 Lorenzo Jorge 99 SPA 4 Repsol Honda Team Honda 27.497
13 Crutchlow Cal 35 GBR 3 LCR Honda Honda 31.398
14 Bagnaia Francesco 63 ITA 2 Pramac Racing Ducati 32.893
15 Zarco Johann 5 FRA 1 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 33.372
16 Syahrin Hafizh 55 MAL 0 Red Bull KTM Tech 3 KTM 35.545
17 Iannone Andrea 29 ITA 0 Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia 38.238
18 Vinales Maverick 12 SPA 0 Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha DNF
19 Morbidelli Franco 21 ITA 0 Petronas Yamaha SRT Yamaha DNF
20 Mir Joan 36 SPA 0 Team Suzuki Ecstar Suzuki DNF
21 Rabat Tito 53 SPA 0 Reale Avintia Racing Ducati DNF
22 Abraham Karel 17 CZE 0 Reale Avintia Racing Ducati DNF
Location Information

The Termas de Río Hondo Circuit is located 6km from the city which gives the venue its name, in the Province of Santiago del Estero. It was built in a 150 hectare area and officially inaugurated on May 11, 2008, during the visit of Argentina´s Touring Car Racing championship. In… read more.

Length 4.806 kilometres / 2.986 miles
Width 16 metres
Left corners 5
Right corners 9
Longest straight 1.076 kilometres / 0.669 miles
Constructed 2008
Modified 2013
Resurfacing Partly resurfaced before 2018 GP

Autódromo Provincial Termas de Río Hondo, Termas de Río Hondo, Santiago del Estero Province, Argentina - View in Google Maps

www.autodromotermas.com

Records

Pole Position 1m 37.683s (177.1km/h) Marc Marquez (Honda, 2014)
Race Lap 1m 39.019s (174.7 km/h) Valentino Rossi (Yamaha, 2015)
Race Time 34m13.628s (168.4 km/h) Marc Marquez (Honda, 2016) *shortened race
2019 Race Winner Marc Marquez (Honda)