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.

Jorge Lorenzo had his best start to a Grand Prix as a Repsol Honda Team rider, jumping from tenth up to fourth place by just the second corner. Looking comfortable at the front, Lorenzo quickly closed in on the leading trio. Unfortunately Lorenzo suffered a fall at Turn 10 soon after, ending his race while fighting for the podium and sadly unable to avoid contact with other riders. The opening laps demonstrated Jorge Lorenzo’s ever-improving feeling on the RC213V.

The Repsol Honda Team now prepares for a day of testing at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya where both Marquez and Lorenzo will run through a number of solutions for the future. Racing action resumes in Assen, June 28 – 30 in a few weeks time.

Marc Marquez

1st

“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!”

Jorge Lorenzo

DNF

“You don’t have any options if you brake a little bit too late here, like happened with me. It was my fault, my mistake and I apologise. It was really unfortunate to take out Dovi, Maverick and Valentino – it wasn’t their fault obviously, it was mine. The only thing that matters today is the crash, I took out three riders unfortunately but if we think aside from this it was a weekend where we were able to make a step forward and I was consistent throughout.”

MotoGP 2019
Race Round 7   Catalunya

Catalan Grand Prix Race Results

Pos. Rider Num Nation Points Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Marquez Marc 93 SPA 25 Repsol Honda Team Honda 40'31.175
2 Quartararo Fabio 20 FRA 20 Petronas Yamaha SRT Yamaha 2.660
3 Petrucci Danilo 9 ITA 16 Ducati Team Ducati 4.537
4 Rins Alex 42 SPA 13 Team Suzuki Ecstar Suzuki 6.602
5 Miller Jack 43 AUS 11 Pramac Racing Ducati 6.870
6 Mir Joan 36 SPA 10 Team Suzuki Ecstar Suzuki 7.040
7 Espargaro Pol 44 SPA 9 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 16.144
8 Nakagami Takaaki 30 JPN 8 LCR Honda Honda 17.969
9 Rabat Tito 53 SPA 7 Reale Avintia Racing Ducati 22.661
10 Zarco Johann 5 FRA 6 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 26.228
11 Iannone Andrea 29 ITA 5 Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia 32.036
12 Oliveira Miguel 88 POR 4 Red Bull KTM Tech 3 KTM 44.666
13 Guintoli Sylvain 50 FRA 3 Suzuki Test Team Suzuki 51.363
14 Crutchlow Cal 35 GBR 0 LCR Honda Honda DNF
15 Morbidelli Franco 21 ITA 0 Petronas Yamaha SRT Yamaha DNF
16 Bagnaia Francesco 63 ITA 0 Pramac Racing Ducati DNF
17 Syahrin Hafizh 55 MAL 0 Red Bull KTM Tech 3 KTM DNF
18 Rossi Valentino 46 ITA 0 Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha DNF
19 Dovizioso Andrea 4 ITA 0 Ducati Team Ducati DNF
20 Vinales Maverick 12 SPA 0 Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha DNF
21 Lorenzo Jorge 99 SPA 0 Repsol Honda Team Honda DNF
22 Espargaro Aleix 41 SPA 0 Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia DNF
23 Abraham Karel 17 CZE 0 Reale Avintia Racing Ducati DNF
24 Smith Bradley 38 GBR 0 Aprilia Racing Test Team Aprilia DNF
Location Information

In 1989, through the joint collaboration of the Catalan Autonomous Government, the Montmeló Town Council and the Royal Automobile Club of Catalunya (RACC), work began on giving one of Europe’s most beautiful cities a state of the art race track to match. The Circuit de Catalunya opened on the doorstep… read more.

Length 4.627 kilometres / 2.875 miles
Width 12 metres
Left corners 5
Right corners 8
Longest straight 1.047 kilometres / 0.651 miles
Constructed 1991
Modified 2018

Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, Montmeló, Catalunya, Spain - View in Google Maps

www.circuitcat.com

Records

Pole Position 1m38.680s (168.8km/h) Jorge Lorenzo (Ducati, 2018)
Race Lap 1m40.021s (165.5km/h) Jorge Lorenzo (Ducati, 2018)
Race Time 40'13.566 (165.6km/h) Jorge Lorenzo (Ducati, 2018)
2019 Race Winner Marc Marquez (Honda)