2019 Silverstone MotoGP Results: Rins over Marquez by 0.013!

tight finish at British Grand Prix between Suzuki's Rins and Honda's Marquez

2019 British Grand Prix Results – MotoGP

Ahead of any on-track action at Silverstone for the 2019 British Grand Prix, we reported that there was no clear favorite for this year’s round.

For the past five rounds – not including 2018 that was canceled due to rain and large pockets of standing water that were fixed with some repaving for 2019 – five different winners won.

Marquez Marquez at British Grand Prix 2019
Honda’s Marc Marquez at 2019 Silverstone MotoGP

When Saturday’s qualifying session wrapped up, though, and Repsol Honda’s Marc Marquez became the clear favorite. He took the pole in record-breaking fashion, beating Monster Energy Yamaha’s Valentino Rossi to the top qualifying position by 0.428 of a second.

Marquez continued this strength during Sunday’s 20-lap British Grand Prix. He remained out front from pole but wasn’t alone.

Team Suzuki Ecstar’s Alex Rins diced with Marquez for the entire race and was able to beat Marquez to the finish line by a mere 0.013 of a second. This was the fourth-closest finish in premier class; the closest race was the 2006 Portuguese Grand Prix at Estoril when Valentino Rossi beat Toni Elias to the line by 0.002 of a second.

Claiming the final podium position was Monster Energy Yamaha’s Maverick Vinales, who finished 0.620 behind Rins. The next closet rider – Rossi – crossed the line 11.439 seconds back, just ahead of Petronas Yamaha SRT’s Franco Morbidelli.

Alex Rins wins Silverstone MotoGP 2019
Suzuki’s Alex Rins at 2019 Silverstone MotoGP

This was Rins second victory of the season, his other arriving at Circuit of the Americas in Texas where Rins ended Marquez’s five-year run of five race wins from pole. He also won that race on the final corner.

“Unbelievable, unbelievable! I’ve beaten two legends: Valentino in Texas, Marquez here in Silverstone,” Alex Rins says.

“It was so crazy. I beat him today but now I need to continue; I know it will be difficult. I made some mistakes, I nearly crashed at the first corner – I had a big moment. Two laps to the end I crossed the line very close to Marc and I thought the race was over but then I saw one lap remaining and thought: ‘wow, Alex, come on you need to keep pushing’.

“I was able to cut a lot of time in the first and second sectors and then in the last sector Marc was much stronger than me. Into Turn 16 he was able to brake really hard. The last lap was unique though and it was possible for me to overtake.

“I have a lot of confidence with my Suzuki right now. We work so hard during the practices to get the feeling right and I was able to play with my bike to brake harder.”

As for Marquez, this was his 11th podium finish in 12 races, which includes six wins and five second-place finishes. He continues to lead the points battle with 250 points – now 78 ahead of Mission Winnow Ducati’s Andrea Dovizioso.

British GP 2019 podium“I am happy with the result for the championship but not the result for the race as to lose out in the final moment after leading is not the best feeling,” Marc Marquez says.

“Spending the whole race in front is difficult here because you use more of everything. I tried to go slow for one lap to see if Rins would lead, but he didn’t and I knew Viñales was behind us so I kept pushing. My target wasn’t the race, it was the championship and if the Yamaha riders arrived maybe we could have finished lower.

“In the last turn I had a moment on the front and had to close the gas which let Rins through but we are happy because we leave with 78 points over second but I hope Dovi is OK after a big crash like that, I hope he can recover well and return because it is always better when you earn the points fighting.”

Pramac Ducati's Jack Miller in the UK
Ducati’s Jack Miller at 2019 Silverstone MotoGP

Dovi, who had also won at Silverstone in 2017, crashed out on the first lap after his GP19 was struck by the Petronas Yamaha YZR-M1 piloted by Fabio Quartararo after Quartararo high-sided in front of Dovi.

Dovi hit the pavement hard, and was flown to the Coventry Hospital due to several contusions and a concussion. Fortunately, medical examination said there were no further complications.

Silverstone MotoGP Results: Rins over Marquez by 0.013 of a Second!Rounding out the top 10 at 2019 Silverstone MotoGP were LCR Honda’s Cal Crutchlow; Mission Winnow Ducati’s Danilo Petrucci; Pramac Racing Ducati’s Jack Miller; Red Bull KTM’s Pol Espargaro; and Aprilia Racing Team Gresini’s Andrea Iannone.

The 2019 MotoGP Championship now breaks for three weeks ahead of San Marino Grand Prix at Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli, where Marquez has two wins in the premier class and finished second behind winner Dovizioso last season.

tight finish at British Grand Prix between Suzuki's Rins and Honda's Marquez

2019 Silverstone MotoGP Results

Pos.RiderTime
1Alex Rins40’12.799
2Marc Marquez00’00.013
3Maverick Viñales00’00.620
4Valentino Rossi00’11.439
5Franco Morbidelli00’13.109
6Cal Crutchlow00’19.169
7Danilo Petrucci00’19.682
8Jack Miller00’20.318
9Pol Espargaro00’21.079
10Andrea Iannone00’25.144
11Francesco Bagnaia00’40.317
12Sylvain Guintoli00’45.478
13Hafizh Syahrin00’54.783
14Jorge Lorenzo00’56.651
15Karel Abraham01’29.282
16Tito Rabat01’31.716
17Takaaki Nakagami01’40.420

 

2019 MotoGP Point Standings (after 12 of 19 rounds)

Pos.RiderPoints
1Marc Marquez250
2Andrea Dovizioso172
3Alex Rins149
4Danilo Petrucci145
5Maverick Viñales118
6Valentino Rossi116
7Jack Miller94
8Fabio Quartararo92
9Cal Crutchlow88
10Franco Morbidelli69
11Pol Espargaro68
12Takaaki Nakagami62
13Joan Mir39
14Aleix Espargaro33
15Francesco Bagnaia29
16Andrea Iannone27
17Miguel Oliveira26
18Johann Zarco22
19Jorge Lorenzo21
20Stefan Bradl16
21Tito Rabat14
22Michele Pirro9
23Sylvain Guintoli7
24Hafizh Syahrin6
25Karel Abraham5
26Bradley Smith0