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2019 Brno MotoGP Results: Marquez Reigns Rain-Delayed GP

2019 Brno MotoGP Results

Although the rain had delayed the start of the Czech Republic Grand Prix at Brno, Marc Marquez wasted no time getting up to speed.

The Repsol Honda rider, who earned pole Saturday, equaling the record pole of 55 in the premier class with Mick Doohan, took the holeshot. He led all 20 laps of the race that was shortened by one due to the rain delay and “Quick Start” procedure.

Marc Marquez MotoGP Results Brno
Honda’s Marc Marquez

The 26-year-old Spaniard finished 2.452 ahead of his rival, Mission Winnow Ducati’s Andrea Dovizioso. The Italian Dovi remained in second throughout the entire race. Finishing third was Pramac Racing Ducati’s Jack Miller, who finished 3.497 seconds behind.

Marquez now has six wins in 10 races this season and has claimed nine podiums. He has a 63-point lead over Andrea Dovizioso with nine rounds remaining.

2019 Brno MotoGP Results: Marquez Reigns Rain-Delayed GP
Start of Brno MotoGP 2019

This was also Marquez’s 76th victory across all classes. He is tied with Mike Hailwood for third in overall GP victories:

  1. Giacomo Agostina, 122
  2. Valentino Rossi, 115
  3. Angel Neito, 90
  4. Mike Hailwood/Marc Marquez, 76

“I was really concentrated from the beginning as there were still some wet patches, especially at Turn 1,” Marc Marquez says. “I knew I needed to keep my rhythm as the Yamaha riders were starting from behind and they were strong in Warm Up.

“Then I saw that Dovi was behind me so I had to keep pushing and pushing. I had a little warning on lap 10 because that is when I started to push more to try and open the gap.

“Delaying the race was the best decision that could have been made because the track was in a mixed condition and it could have been quite dangerous. A crazy weekend with the weather but the whole Repsol Honda Team were perfect and helped me a lot to achieve victory!”

Ducati's Andrea Dovizioso at Brno MotoGP
Ducati’s Andrea Dovizioso

Team Suzuki Ecstar’s Alex Rins battled with Miller throughout 2019 Brno MotoGP, and finished fourth, 4.858 seconds behind Marquez. He was followed by LCR Honda’s Cal Crutchlow and Monster Energy Yamaha’s Valentino Rossi.

Rounding out the top 10 were Petronas Yamaha SRT’s Fabio Quartararo; Mission Winnow Ducati’s Danilo Petrucci; LCR Honda’s Takaaki Nakagami and Monster Energy Yamaha’s Maverick Vinales.

The 2019 MotoGP Championship directly heads to the Red Bull Ring for the Austrian Grand Prix August 11.

Following is from the official MotoGP race recap:

After a rain shower, a delay and the Quick Start Procedure, it was Marquez who shot off the line first to immediately take the lead, with Dovizioso slicing up into second as Johann Zarco (Red Bull KTM Factory Racing) and Miller found themselves struggling a little more with grip.

Jack Miller MotoGP Brno
Ducati’s Jack Miller

Initially, it became a four rider fight with Marquez, Dovizioso, Rins and Miller creating a gap over just over a second back to Pol Espargaro (Red Bull Factory Racing), who had Rossi for close company. As the laps ticked by the leading quartet were line astern as 0.8 covered them, and with limited dry track time throughout the weekend, the riders were wary of not jumping the gun too early.

Meanwhile, Rossi eventually got the better of Espargaro’s KTM, with Crutchlow quickly dispatching the latter to tuck in behind “The Doctor.” But by this time, the gap to the leaders was over four seconds.

Alex Rins Suzuki MotoGP Brno 2019
Suzuki’s Alex Rins

Would Marquez turn the wick up even further? The signs were there and with 10 to go, fourth place Miller had dropped 1.5 off the race leader, with Marquez’ lead over second-placed Dovi creeping up over the half-second mark. Then, with nine to go, Marquez was making his move. The gap increased to nearly a second, but at Turn 10, the number 93 had a warning shot on the front. It didn’t seem to faze the seven-time Champion though, as from then on, no one could keep the Honda man’s pace.

That meant it boiled down to a race for second and third between Dovi, Rins, and Miller with five laps remaining. Would there be a late twist in the tale for P2? Rins closed Dovi down slightly, but soon, it was the Suzuki under attack instead. Miller smelt blood and the Australian set his sights onto the back of Rins’ GSX-RR.

Valentino Rossi at Brno MotoGP 2019
Yamaha’s Valentino Rossi

With two laps left, he went for it at Turn 1, but the blue machine fought back up the inside. No matter, Miller got the job done a few seconds later at Turn 5 and with Rins struggling with his tires, the Spaniard gave up the ghost. Up the road, meanwhile, Marquez was out of sight as he took victory number six of the year.

2019 Brno MotoGP Results

Pos. Rider Time
1 Marc Marquez 39’24.430
2 Andrea Dovizioso 39’26.882
3 Jack Miller 39’27.927
4 Alex Rins 39’29.288
5 Cal Crutchlow 39’30.437
6 Valentino Rossi 39’33.513
7 Fabio Quartararo 39’36.522
8 Danilo Petrucci 39’38.406
9 Takaaki Nakagami 39’40.154
10 Maverick Viñales 39’40.988
11 Pol Espargaro 39’42.664
12 Francesco Bagnaia 39’44.168
13 Miguel Oliveira 39’46.969
14 Johann Zarco 39’54.889
15 Stefan Bradl 39’54.930
16 Tito Rabat 39’55.185
17 Andrea Iannone 40’01.600
18 Aleix Espargaro 40’01.773
19 Karel Abraham 40’08.726
20 Sylvain Guintoli 40’13.368

 

2019 MotoGP Point Standings (after 10 of 19 rounds)

Pos. Rider Points
1 Marc Marquez 210
2 Andrea Dovizioso 147
3 Danilo Petrucci 129
4 Alex Rins 114
5 Maverick Viñales 91
6 Valentino Rossi 90
7 Jack Miller 86
8 Cal Crutchlow 78
9 Fabio Quartararo 76
10 Pol Espargaro 61
11 Takaaki Nakagami 57
12 Franco Morbidelli 52
13 Joan Mir 39
14 Aleix Espargaro 31
15 Andrea Iannone 21
16 Jorge Lorenzo 19
17 Johann Zarco 18
18 Miguel Oliveira 18
19 Francesco Bagnaia 15
20 Tito Rabat 14
21 Stefan Bradl 13
22 Michele Pirro 9
23 Hafizh Syahrin 3
24 Karel Abraham 3
25 Sylvain Guintoli 3
26 Bradley Smith 0

Ron Lieback
Ron Lieback
One of the few moto journalists based on the East Coast, Ron Lieback joined the motorcycle industry as a freelancer in 2007, and is currently Online Editor at Ultimate Motorcycling.

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