A 9.8 second victory for the untouchable Marc Marquez in Argentina as Jorge Lorenzo gains more points and crucial bike time.

Overnight rain in Termas de Rio Hondo didn’t deter the MotoGP field during morning Warm Up, both Repsol Honda Team riders running consistently in the top ten. Marc Marquez again finished on top, Jorge Lorenzo within a second and in 11th after the 20-minute session.

Forecasts were all proven wrong as the 25-lap Argentina Grand Prix ran without even a single drop of rain and instead the grid was met with ever-climbing track temperatures. A lightning start saw Marc Marquez convert his pole position into a one second lead after just a single lap, the reigning champion never once looking back. Lap after lap his advantage grew, Marquez over 12 seconds clear before the end of the race. Crossing the line 9.816 seconds ahead of second placed Valentino Rossi, Marquez claimed his first win of the season and his third win at the Termas de Rio Hondo circuit in untouchable style.

The victory was accompanied by Marquez’s biggest winning margin in a dry MotoGP race, his previous best coming at the 2016 Argentina GP (a gap of 7.679s) and is his 45th win in the premier class. Marquez leaves Argentina with 45 points and the championship lead.

Unfortunately Jorge Lorenzo’s race got off to a difficult start as he dropped down to 21st from 12th after trouble getting off the line. However, consistent pace saw Lorenzo quickly return to points scoring positions and run at a pace similar to those fighting towards the front. Crossing the line in 12th, Lorenzo collects not only more points but also more race time on the Honda.

Honda now moves to the top of the Constructor’s Championship as a result of the victory.

The MotoGP World Championship prepares to travel to Austin, Texas for round three of the 2019 championship at the Red Bull Gran Prix of The Americas, April 12 -14. Marquez has won all six races at the circuit while Jorge Lorenzo has taken a pair of podiums previously.

Marc Marquez

Marc Marquez 93

Today was a perfect day. I have been so concentrated since FP1 and everything worked well, just a tiny hiccup in FP4. But we kept pushing, pushing and in the race I knew that my strongest point was the first five laps. I put everything in and then I saw the difference, one second, two seconds, three seconds and then I settled into my rhythm and pushed a little less. I managed the tyres and the bike, it was a really sweet feeling with the bike.

Repsol Honda Team
Jorge Lorenzo

Jorge Lorenzo 99

First of all I want to say congratulations to the Repsol Honda Team and Marc Marquez for winning this race. Marc has been fantastic all weekend. In Warm Up we made quite a big step and I was able to be faster and I felt good for the race. Unfortunately we had some very unlucky things happen, at the start I hit the pit limiter and the bike wouldn’t go. When I realised I was at the back so I had to fight through, I was able to move forward but we can’t be happy with this result.

Repsol Honda Team
Gran Premio Motul de la República Argentina

Termas de Río Hondo, Argentina

MotoGP 2019, Round 2

Sunny / 27
Sunday 31 Mar 2019, 18:58 UTC
  • Track Condition: Dry
  • Air Temp: 27°C
  • Humidity: 75%
  • Ground Temp: 41°C
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Points Pts. Team Constructor Constr. Time/Gap
1 Marc Marquez 93 SPA 25 Repsol Honda Team Honda 41'43.688
2 Valentino Rossi 46 ITA 20 Yamaha Factory Racing Team Yamaha +9.816
3 Andrea Dovizioso 4 ITA 16 Ducati Team Ducati +10.530
4 Jack Miller 43 AUS 13 Alma Pramac Racing Ducati +12.140
5 Alex Rins 42 SPA 11 Team SUZUKI ECSTAR Suzuki +12.563
6 Danilo Petrucci 9 ITA 10 Ducati Team Ducati +13.750
7 Takaaki Nakagami 30 JPN 9 LCR Honda Honda +18.160
8 Fabio Quartararo 20 FRA 8 Petronas Yamaha SRT Yamaha +20.403
9 Aleix Espargaro 41 SPA 7 Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia +25.292
10 Pol Espargaro 44 SPA 6 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM +25.679
11 Miguel Oliveira 88 POR 5 KTM Tech 3 Racing KTM +25.855
12 Jorge Lorenzo 99 SPA 4 Repsol Honda Team Honda +27.497
13 Cal Crutchlow 35 GBR 3 LCR Honda Honda +31.398
14 Francesco Bagnaia 63 ITA 2 Alma Pramac Racing Ducati +32.893
15 Johann Zarco 5 FRA 1 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM +33.372
16 Hafizh Syahrin 55 THA 0 KTM Tech 3 Racing KTM +35.545
17 Andrea Iannone 29 ITA 0 Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia +38.238
NC Maverick Viñales 12 SPA 0 Yamaha Factory Racing Team Yamaha DNF
NC Franco Morbidelli 21 ITA 0 Petronas Yamaha SRT Yamaha DNF
NC Joan Mir 36 SPA 0 Team SUZUKI ECSTAR Suzuki DNF
NC Tito Rabat 53 SPA 0 Reale Avintia Racing Ducati DNF
NC Karel Abraham 17 CZE 0 Reale Avintia Racing Ducati DNF
Saturday 30 Mar 2019, 19:44 UTC
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Team Constructor Constr. Time/Gap
1 Marc Marquez 93 SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 1'38.304
2 Maverick Viñales 12 SPA Yamaha Factory Racing Team Yamaha +0.154
3 Andrea Dovizioso 4 ITA Ducati Team Ducati +0.164
4 Valentino Rossi 46 ITA Yamaha Factory Racing Team Yamaha +0.241
5 Jack Miller 43 AUS Alma Pramac Racing Ducati +0.244
6 Franco Morbidelli 21 ITA Petronas Yamaha SRT Yamaha +0.582
7 Fabio Quartararo 20 FRA Petronas Yamaha SRT Yamaha +0.593
8 Cal Crutchlow 35 GBR LCR Honda Honda +0.651
9 Takaaki Nakagami 30 JPN LCR Honda Honda +0.734
10 Danilo Petrucci 9 ITA Ducati Team Ducati +0.789
11 Pol Espargaro 44 SPA Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM +1.185
12 Jorge Lorenzo 99 SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda +1.216
13 Aleix Espargaro 41 SPA Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia +0.984
14 Miguel Oliveira 88 POR KTM Tech 3 Racing KTM +0.994
15 Karel Abraham 17 CZE Reale Avintia Racing Ducati +1.027
16 Alex Rins 42 SPA Team SUZUKI ECSTAR Suzuki +1.080
17 Francesco Bagnaia 63 ITA Alma Pramac Racing Ducati +1.083
18 Johann Zarco 5 FRA Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM +1.267
19 Joan Mir 36 SPA Team SUZUKI ECSTAR Suzuki +1.301
20 Tito Rabat 53 SPA Reale Avintia Racing Ducati +1.674
21 Hafizh Syahrin 55 THA KTM Tech 3 Racing KTM +1.749
22 Andrea Iannone 29 ITA Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia +1.814
Friday 29 Mar 2019, 20:09 UTC
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Team Constructor Constr. Time/Gap
1 Andrea Dovizioso 4 ITA Ducati Team Ducati 1'39.181
2 Jack Miller 43 AUS Alma Pramac Racing Ducati +0.009
3 Maverick Viñales 12 SPA Yamaha Factory Racing Team Yamaha +0.164
4 Cal Crutchlow 35 GBR LCR Honda Honda +0.165
5 Fabio Quartararo 20 FRA Petronas Yamaha SRT Yamaha +0.176
6 Valentino Rossi 46 ITA Yamaha Factory Racing Team Yamaha +0.260
7 Alex Rins 42 SPA Team SUZUKI ECSTAR Suzuki +0.270
8 Marc Marquez 93 SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda +0.316
9 Franco Morbidelli 21 ITA Petronas Yamaha SRT Yamaha +0.322
10 Takaaki Nakagami 30 JPN LCR Honda Honda +0.448
11 Andrea Iannone 29 ITA Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia +0.473
12 Aleix Espargaro 41 SPA Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia +0.516
13 Danilo Petrucci 9 ITA Ducati Team Ducati +0.559
14 Francesco Bagnaia 63 ITA Alma Pramac Racing Ducati +0.618
15 Joan Mir 36 SPA Team SUZUKI ECSTAR Suzuki +0.765
16 Pol Espargaro 44 SPA Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM +0.770
17 Johann Zarco 5 FRA Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM +0.775
18 Karel Abraham 17 CZE Reale Avintia Racing Ducati +0.814
19 Miguel Oliveira 88 POR KTM Tech 3 Racing KTM +0.825
20 Tito Rabat 53 SPA Reale Avintia Racing Ducati +0.929
21 Jorge Lorenzo 99 SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda +0.978
22 Hafizh Syahrin 55 THA KTM Tech 3 Racing KTM +1.571
Rider Standings
Sunday, 31 Mar 2019 - Open world standings grid
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Points Pts. Team Constructor Constr.
1 Marc MARQUEZ 93 SPA 45 Repsol Honda Team Honda
2 Andrea DOVIZIOSO 4 ITA 41 Ducati Team Ducati
3 Valentino ROSSI 46 ITA 31 Yamaha Factory Racing Team Yamaha
4 Alex RINS 42 SPA 24 Team SUZUKI ECSTAR Suzuki
5 Danilo PETRUCCI 9 ITA 20 Ducati Team Ducati
6 Cal CRUTCHLOW 35 GBR 19 LCR Honda Honda
7 Takaaki NAKAGAMI 30 JPN 16 LCR Honda Honda
8 Aleix ESPARGARO 41 SPA 13 Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia
9 Jack MILLER 43 AUS 13 Alma Pramac Racing Ducati
10 Pol ESPARGARO 44 SPA 10 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM
11 Maverick VIñALES 12 SPA 9 Yamaha Factory Racing Team Yamaha
12 Fabio QUARTARARO 20 FRA 8 Petronas Yamaha SRT Yamaha
13 Joan MIR 36 SPA 8 Team SUZUKI ECSTAR Suzuki
14 Jorge LORENZO 99 SPA 7 Repsol Honda Team Honda
15 Miguel OLIVEIRA 88 POR 5 KTM Tech 3 Racing KTM
16 Franco MORBIDELLI 21 ITA 5 Petronas Yamaha SRT Yamaha
17 Johann ZARCO 5 FRA 2 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM
18 Andrea IANNONE 29 ITA 2 Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia
19 Francesco BAGNAIA 63 ITA 2 Alma Pramac Racing Ducati