Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda Team RC213V) rode to his 12th victory of 2019 at chilly, windswept Valencia today to conclude his best-ever Grand Prix season and complete the coveted triple crown for Honda.

At last month’s Thai Grand Prix Marquez won the MotoGP Riders World Championship, next time out in Japan Honda secured the MotoGP Constructors World Championship and today the Repsol Honda Team won the MotoGP Teams World Championship.

This is the third consecutive year that Honda has utterly dominated motorcycling’s fastest and most technical demanding race series with a remarkable triple-crown success.

And this triple crown is Honda’s second of 2019, following the triple crown of title victory in MotoGP as well as the MXGP World Championship with Tim Gajser and the Trial World Championship with Toni Bou.

Indeed Honda has been the dominant force since the advent of MotoGP’s four-stroke class in 2002, both with its riders and its range of superb machines: the RC211V, the RC212V and the current RC213V.

During those 18 MotoGP seasons Honda riders have won the MotoGP Riders World Championship ten times, Honda has taken the MotoGP Constructors World Championship on 12 occasions and the Repsol Honda Team has won the team prize ten times.

Today’s race wasn’t only memorable for Honda’s success, it will also be remembered as the last race for Jorge Lorenzo (Repsol Honda Team RC213V), who announced his retirement on Thursday, bringing to a close an illustrious career that included five World Championships and 68 Grand Prix victories. The 32-year-old Spaniard finished 13th, taking three points to help his team to the teams title. Fittingly for the rider who has raced with the number 99 for many years, today’s race was attended by 99,000 fans.

Marquez started the race from second place on the grid but didn’t get a great getaway and had to fight his way through from fifth place at the end of the first lap. From there the magical 26-year-old Spaniard began moving forward like only he knows how, passing Alex Rins, Andrea Dovizioso and Jack Miller to move into second place one lap later.

Then he started chasing down early leader Fabio Quartararo, who had started from pole position and was already seven tenths ahead after two laps. Marquez relentlessly closed the gap aboard his RC213V, until he was ready to attack on the eighth of 27 laps, having already set a new lap record on the fourth lap. He made a superb move on his young rival, squeezing inside at the Turn 11 right-hander. From there he immediately began to open a gap to deny Quartararo the chance to counter-attack.

By lap 18 Marquez was a second in front and from there he simply had to maintain that gap. But this wasn’t easy – the weather has been cold and windy all weekend here, causing numerous tumbles because riders have struggled to keep their tyres at optimum temperature. Even Marquez had fallen twice in practice.

This has been a remarkable season for a rider who had already made his mark on MotoGP history in previous campaigns. The winner of the 2010 125cc world title, the 2012 Moto2 crown and the 2013, 2014, 2016, 2017 and 2018 MotoGP championships had his greatest-ever season in 2019.

From the 19 races he scored 12 victories, six second places and one DNF, which adds up to 420 points, the highest points score in the Grand Prix history. He also achieved the biggest title-winning margin in 71 years of GP racing, ending the season 151 points ahead of runner-up Andrea Dovizioso.

His sixth MotoGP title in seven years is also the greatest title hit rate since Giacomo Agostini dominated the racing in the late 1960s and early 1970s. During 2019 Marquez scored Honda’s 300th premier-class victory and helped the company to an historic 25th premier-class Constructors World Champion during the 60th anniversary season of Honda’s debut in the smaller categories of Grand Prix racing.

His 56th MotoGP victory took his total to 82 over all three classes (including 16 in Moto2 and ten in 125s) which puts him fourth overall in the all-time winners list, behind Agostini, Rossi and Angel Nieto. And he is third in the premier-class list, behind Rossi and Agostini.

Team-mates Cal Crutchlow (LCR Honda CASTROL RC213V) and Johann Zarco (LCR Honda IDEMITSU RC213V) both fell victim to the treacherous conditions.

Crutchlow slid off at Turn One on lap 11, while holding ninth place. It wasn’t the season finale wanted by the 34-year-old Briton who has scored three podiums this year: third places in Qatar and Germany and a brilliant second behind Marquez in Australia.

Zarco, who was substituting for Takaaki Nakagami (LCR Honda IDEMITSU RC213V), slid off at Turn Six immediately after Danilo Petrucci on lap 14. While in the gravel trap Zarco was hit by the fallen bike of Iker Lecuona, who had crashed moments later. This sudden rash of crashes suggested that grip was momentarily reduced at the corner, either due to the wind and/or dust on the track.

Today’s racing completed MotoGP’s longest-ever season, with 19 races across all three classes. Preparation for the 20-race 2020 season commence on Tuesday with MotoGP testing here at Valencia and later in the week with Moto2 and Moto3 testing at Jerez. Next season starts in Qatar on March 8.

Marc Marquez

Marc Marquez 93

A perfect end to a perfect season with the victory! I put a little extra pressure on myself with the gold helmet, so I needed to be extra smart! We did exactly what we wanted to do and won the Teams Championship, taking the triple crown in this amazing season. Always the Riders Championship is the first objective, but I was happy to help win the Teams Championship, not just for them but also for Jorge who has been a great champion, a hard rival and a great team-mate. It will be difficult to improve on this year because we rode in a perfect way.

Repsol Honda Team
Jorge Lorenzo

Jorge Lorenzo 99

Today was a special day. On the grid I had a very different feeling to all my other races and certainly in the opening laps I was more cautious than other races because the conditions were very difficult and I wanted to finish my last race. I focused mostly on myself in the race and I am pleased to end with some points certainly. It is great to help the Repsol Honda Team win the Teams Championship after an unbelievable season from Marc. I want to say thank you to all of Honda as they have treated me with the utmost respect and professionalism. I wish them all the best for the future.

Repsol Honda Team
Cal Crutchlow

Cal Crutchlow 35

I feel okay after the crash – but it’s disappointing to crash out of the last round of the season here at Valencia. Ironically I felt quite good in the race and was trying to bridge the gap to the guys in front of me. I braked a little too late going into Turn One. I got on the dirty part of the track and I nearly saved the bike but didn’t quite manage it. Now it’s important to work at improving the bike for next year. I don’t know what the full testing schedule will be here over the next few days, but I’m looking forward to the test.

LCR Honda
Johann Zarco

Johann Zarco 5

It was a little bit of a difficult race and I knew it was going to be a long race. I thought maybe I could have a good pace and I was around tenth place, which was okay. After overtaking Pol Espargaro I tried to get a better pace. I saw the [Danilo] Petrucci crash and don’t know if l lost focus because I crashed in the same corner. Then I was sliding along thinking, what a shame, I lost the race, and I didn’t check behind me, so the bike of Lecuona totally took me away. I have a big pain in my left ankle but it’s not so bad because it’s ligament damage, not bones. It’s a shame to finish the season in that way. I learned a lot of things about the Honda. It didn’t come easy, but MotoGP isn’t easy! Now I cross my fingers that I can recover well and then we will see what be my future will be.

LCR Honda Idemitsu
Gran Premio Motul de la Comunitat Valenciana

Comunitat Valenciana, Spain

MotoGP 2019, Round 19

Sunny / 15
Sunday 17 Nov 2019, 13:45 UTC
  • Track Condition: Dry
  • Air Temp: 15°C
  • Humidity: 44%
  • Ground Temp: 16°C
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Points Pts. Team Constructor Constr. Time/Gap
1 Marc Marquez 93 SPA 25 Repsol Honda Team Honda 41'21.469
2 Fabio Quartararo 20 FRA 20 Petronas Yamaha SRT Yamaha +1.026
3 Jack Miller 43 AUS 16 Alma Pramac Racing Ducati +2.409
4 Andrea Dovizioso 4 ITA 13 Ducati Team Ducati +3.326
5 Alex Rins 42 SPA 11 Team SUZUKI ECSTAR Suzuki +3.508
6 Maverick Viñales 12 SPA 10 Yamaha Factory Racing Team Yamaha +8.829
7 Joan Mir 36 SPA 9 Team SUZUKI ECSTAR Suzuki +10.622
8 Valentino Rossi 46 ITA 8 Yamaha Factory Racing Team Yamaha +22.992
9 Aleix Espargaro 41 SPA 7 Aprilia Racing Team Aprilia +32.704
10 Pol Espargaro 44 SPA 6 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM +32.973
11 Tito Rabat 53 SPA 5 Reale Avintia Racing Ducati +42.795
12 Mika Kallio 82 FIN 4 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM +45.732
13 Jorge Lorenzo 99 SPA 3 Repsol Honda Team Honda +51.044
14 Karel Abraham 17 CZE 2 Reale Avintia Racing Ducati +1'04.871
15 Hafizh Syahrin 55 THA 1 KTM Tech 3 Racing KTM +1'16.487
Cloudy / 17
Saturday 16 Nov 2019, 14:03 UTC
  • Track Condition: Dry
  • Air Temp: 17°C
  • Humidity: 26%
  • Ground Temp: 23°C
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Team Constructor Constr. Time/Gap
1 Fabio Quartararo 20 FRA Petronas Yamaha SRT Yamaha 1'29.978
2 Marc Marquez 93 SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda +0.032
3 Jack Miller 43 AUS Alma Pramac Racing Ducati +0.108
4 Maverick Viñales 12 SPA Yamaha Factory Racing Team Yamaha +0.200
5 Franco Morbidelli 21 ITA Petronas Yamaha SRT Yamaha +0.471
6 Andrea Dovizioso 4 ITA Ducati Team Ducati +0.533
7 Joan Mir 36 SPA Team SUZUKI ECSTAR Suzuki +0.595
8 Alex Rins 42 SPA Team SUZUKI ECSTAR Suzuki +0.617
9 Cal Crutchlow 35 GBR LCR Honda Honda +0.748
10 Danilo Petrucci 9 ITA Ducati Team Ducati +0.793
11 Pol Espargaro 44 SPA Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM +0.930
12 Valentino Rossi 46 ITA Yamaha Factory Racing Team Yamaha +0.976
13 Johann Zarco 5 FRA LCR Honda Idemitsu Honda +0.288
14 Michele Pirro 51 ITA Ducati Test Team Ducati +0.411
15 Aleix Espargaro 41 SPA Aprilia Racing Team Aprilia +0.434
16 Jorge Lorenzo 99 SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda +0.757
17 Mika Kallio 82 FIN Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM +0.845
18 Tito Rabat 53 SPA Reale Avintia Racing Ducati +0.969
19 Iker Lecuona 27 SPA KTM Tech 3 Racing KTM +1.120
20 Andrea Iannone 29 ITA Aprilia Racing Team Aprilia +1.176
21 Karel Abraham 17 CZE Reale Avintia Racing Ducati +1.277
22 Hafizh Syahrin 55 THA KTM Tech 3 Racing KTM +1.301
Sunny / 17
Friday 15 Nov 2019, 14:53 UTC
  • Track Condition: Dry
  • Air Temp: 17°C
  • Humidity: 36%
  • Ground Temp: 21°C
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Team Constructor Constr. Time/Gap
1 Fabio Quartararo 20 FRA Petronas Yamaha SRT Yamaha 1'30.735
2 Maverick Viñales 12 SPA Yamaha Factory Racing Team Yamaha +0.148
3 Marc Marquez 93 SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda +0.239
4 Jack Miller 43 AUS Alma Pramac Racing Ducati +0.265
5 Franco Morbidelli 21 ITA Petronas Yamaha SRT Yamaha +0.464
6 Alex Rins 42 SPA Team SUZUKI ECSTAR Suzuki +0.495
7 Joan Mir 36 SPA Team SUZUKI ECSTAR Suzuki +0.545
8 Aleix Espargaro 41 SPA Aprilia Racing Team Aprilia +0.570
9 Andrea Dovizioso 4 ITA Ducati Team Ducati +0.616
10 Johann Zarco 5 FRA LCR Honda Idemitsu Honda +0.634
11 Cal Crutchlow 35 GBR LCR Honda Honda +0.698
12 Danilo Petrucci 9 ITA Ducati Team Ducati +0.720
13 Michele Pirro 51 ITA Ducati Test Team Ducati +1.030
14 Valentino Rossi 46 ITA Yamaha Factory Racing Team Yamaha +1.040
15 Francesco Bagnaia 63 ITA Alma Pramac Racing Ducati +1.133
16 Jorge Lorenzo 99 SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda +1.145
17 Pol Espargaro 44 SPA Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM +1.170
18 Tito Rabat 53 SPA Reale Avintia Racing Ducati +1.424
19 Karel Abraham 17 CZE Reale Avintia Racing Ducati +1.543
20 Mika Kallio 82 FIN Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM +1.732
21 Andrea Iannone 29 ITA Aprilia Racing Team Aprilia +1.833
22 Hafizh Syahrin 55 THA KTM Tech 3 Racing KTM +2.152
23 Iker Lecuona 27 SPA KTM Tech 3 Racing KTM +2.379
Rider Standings
Sunday, 17 Nov 2019 - Open world standings grid
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Points Pts. Team Constructor Constr.
1 Marc MARQUEZ 93 SPA 420 Repsol Honda Team Honda
2 Andrea DOVIZIOSO 4 ITA 269 Ducati Team Ducati
3 Maverick VIñALES 12 SPA 211 Yamaha Factory Racing Team Yamaha
4 Alex RINS 42 SPA 205 Team SUZUKI ECSTAR Suzuki
5 Fabio QUARTARARO 20 FRA 192 Petronas Yamaha SRT Yamaha
6 Danilo PETRUCCI 9 ITA 176 Ducati Team Ducati
7 Valentino ROSSI 46 ITA 174 Yamaha Factory Racing Team Yamaha
8 Jack MILLER 43 AUS 165 Alma Pramac Racing Ducati
9 Cal CRUTCHLOW 35 GBR 133 LCR Honda Honda
10 Franco MORBIDELLI 21 ITA 115 Petronas Yamaha SRT Yamaha
11 Pol ESPARGARO 44 SPA 100 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM
12 Joan MIR 36 SPA 92 Team SUZUKI ECSTAR Suzuki
13 Takaaki NAKAGAMI 30 JPN 74 LCR Honda Honda
14 Aleix ESPARGARO 41 SPA 63 Aprilia Racing Team Aprilia
15 Francesco BAGNAIA 63 ITA 54 Alma Pramac Racing Ducati
16 Andrea IANNONE 29 ITA 43 Aprilia Racing Team Aprilia
17 Miguel OLIVEIRA 88 POR 33 KTM Tech 3 Racing KTM
18 Johann ZARCO 5 FRA 30 LCR Honda Idemitsu Honda
19 Jorge LORENZO 99 SPA 28 Repsol Honda Team Honda
20 Tito RABAT 53 SPA 23 Reale Avintia Racing Ducati
21 Stefan BRADL 6 GER 16 Repsol Honda Team Honda
22 Hafizh SYAHRIN 55 THA 9 KTM Tech 3 Racing KTM
23 Karel ABRAHAM 17 CZE 9 Reale Avintia Racing Ducati
24 Michele PIRRO 51 ITA 9 Ducati Test Team Ducati
25 Mika KALLIO 82 FIN 7 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM
26 Sylvain GUINTOLI 50 FRA 7 Suzuki Test Team Suzuki