Today Marc Marquez scored a hard-fought second place at a sunny Red Bull Ring, sharing the podium with race-winner Jorge Lorenzo and third-place rider Andrea Dovizioso.
Marc ultimately missed the win by only 0.130”, and definitely not for lack of trying. After taking the lead on the second lap, he tried to pull a gap at the front, but Lorenzo and Dovizioso closely chased him for most of the race. An inevitable battle was looming.
It began on lap 19 and had all of the 92,955 spectators on the edges of their seats until the last lap. At that point, it was duel between the two fellow countrymen, as Dovizioso had fallen slightly behind.
Although he still has yet to tame the Red Bull Ring, Marc leaves the track with an increased advantage in the points standings (+59 over Valentino Rossi) and the enjoyment he always feels after having given it his all in a race battle.
Dani Pedrosa also made some good overtakes today that allowed him to cross the finish line in seventh place, despite a mishap soon after the start having dropped him from a ninth-place grid spot to 14th at the end of the first lap.
The Repsol Honda Team is now leading the Team standings, Honda the Constructor and Marc Marquez the Rider Standings.
|1||Lorenzo Jorge||99||SPA||25||Ducati Team||Ducati||39'40.688|
|2||Marquez Marc||93||SPA||20||Repsol Honda Team||Honda||0.130|
|3||Dovizioso Andrea||4||ITA||16||Ducati Team||Ducati||1.656|
|4||Crutchlow Cal||35||GBR||13||LCR Honda||Honda||9.434|
|5||Petrucci Danilo||9||ITA||11||Alma Pramac Racing||Ducati||13.169|
|6||Rossi Valentino||46||ITA||10||Movistar Yamaha MotoGP||Yamaha||14.026|
|7||Pedrosa Dani||26||SPA||9||Repsol Honda Team||Honda||14.156|
|8||Rins Alex||42||SPA||8||Team Suzuki Ecstar||Suzuki||16.644|
|9||Zarco Johann||5||FRA||7||Red Bull KTM Factory Racing||KTM||20.760|
|10||Bautista Alvaro||19||SPA||6||Angel Nieto Team||Ducati||20.844|
|11||Rabat Tito||53||SPA||5||Reale Avintia Racing||Ducati||21.114|
|12||Vinales Maverick||25||SPA||4||Movistar Yamaha MotoGP||Yamaha||22.939|
|13||Iannone Andrea||29||ITA||3||Team Suzuki Ecstar||Suzuki||26.523|
|14||Smith Bradley||38||GBR||2||Red Bull KTM Factory Racing||KTM||29.168|
|15||Nakagami Takaaki||30||JPN||1||LCR Honda||Honda||30.072|
|16||Syahrin Hafizh||55||MAL||0||Monster Yamaha Tech 3||Yamaha||30.343|
|17||Espargaro Aleix||41||SPA||0||Aprilia Racing Team Gresini||Aprilia||31.775|
|18||Miller Jack||43||AUS||0||Alma Pramac Racing||Ducati||34.375|
|19||Morbidelli Franco||21||ITA||0||EG 0,0 Marc VDS||Honda||40.171|
|20||Redding Scott||45||GBR||0||Aprilia Racing Team Gresini||Aprilia||53.020|
|21||Abraham Karel||17||CZE||0||Angel Nieto Team||Ducati||53.261|
|22||Luthi Tom||12||SWI||0||EG 0,0 Marc VDS||Honda||54.355|
|23||Simeon Xavier||10||BEL||0||Reale Avintia Racing||Ducati||18 laps|
The Red Bull Ring in Spielberg is located beautifully in the Murtal-region of Styria, Austria. The circuit was originally built in 1969, then known as the Österreichring. In 1996 it was rebuilt with the track-layout it still had when, in 2011, it was reopened as the Red Bull Ring and… read more.
|Length||4.3 km / 2.68 miles|
|Longest straight||626 m / 2053.81 ft|
Red Bull Ring, Spielberg, Steiermark, Austria - View in Google Maps
|Pole Position||1m23.142s (186.9 Km/h) Andrea Iannone (Ducati, 2016)|
|Race Lap||1m24.277s (184.4 Km/h) Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati, 2018)|
|Race Time||39m40.688s (182.8) Jorge Lorenzo (Ducati, 2018)|
|2018 Race Winner||Jorge Lorenzo (Ducati)|