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.
Catalan Grand Prix Race Results
|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||Mission Winnow Ducati||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||Team Suzuki Ecstar||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||Mission Winnow Ducati||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|
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|
|Longest straight||1.047 kilometres / 0.651 miles|
Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, Montmeló, Catalunya, Spain - View in Google Maps
|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)|