Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda Team RC213V) and Cal Crutchlow (LCR Honda CASTROL RC213V) scored a superb Honda one-two at Phillip Island today, completing the most complicated weekend of the year in superb style.

Cold, wet and windy early spring weather caused difficulties throughout the three days, with qualifying abandoned yesterday due to treacherous conditions. The Q1 and Q2 sessions were instead run this morning, just four hours before the race.

Magical Marquez’s 11th victory of 2019 and his fifth in a row was also his 55th in MotoGP, which makes more history for the remarkable 26-year-old Spaniard, who is now the most successful Honda Grand Prix rider of all time. He took the record from Mick Doohan, who won 54 500cc Grands Prix between 1990 and 1998, and Dani Pedrosa, who won 54 races across the 125cc, 250cc and MotoGP classes between 2002 and 2017. Fittingly, Doohan was the first rider Marquez remembers watching on television when he was a young child!

Today’s success also takes Marquez, Honda and the Repsol Honda Team one step closer to a third consecutive triple crown of the MotoGP Riders World Championship, MotoGP Constructors World Championship and MotoGP Teams World Championship, a truly remarkable performance from rider, team and Honda.

Honda’s great day was completed by Italian youngster Lorenzo Dalla Porta (Leopard Racing Honda NSF250RW) who won the Moto3 race to secure the Moto3 Riders World Championship and help Honda take the Moto3 Constructors World Championship.

The MotoGP race was yet another thriller and anything but straightforward for Marquez and his rivals. Phillip island is one of MotoGP’s fastest, most challenging tracks in ideal conditions, but today’s cool track temperature and gusting winds made the 27 laps especially tricky. Thus fortune definitely favoured the brave.

Marquez’s victory rival was countryman Maverick Vinales. The pair set a blistering pace out front, pulling away from the rest of the pack, after Marquez had made contact with Crutchlow through one of Phillip Island’s fast sweepers. From that point on this was a straight two-way duel, with both men riding as fast as they dared, while also working to save their tires for the vital last laps.

Once again, Marquez chose the perfect strategy. At Honda’s home race last Sunday he opened a gap and managed his advantage. This time he followed Vinales for much of the race, finally taking the lead at the end of the penultimate lap, using his RC213V’s amazing speed to power past Vinales on the start/finish straight.

During the final lap he braked super-late into every corner and used tight lines to defend his position, even though it started to rain! Vinales knew he had once chance to retake the lead – at Turn Ten, three corners before the checkered flag. But the 24-year-old lost control of his machine approaching the right-hander and fell, thankfully unharmed.

That promoted Crutchlow to second, the Briton crossing the finish line 11.4 seconds behind his fellow HRC rider and three seconds ahead of local hero Jack Miller.

This was the third time Marquez and Crutchlow have shared the podium in 2019 and this result was particularly special for Crutchlow, who was ruled out of last year’s Australian GP by a high-speed crash during practice. The broken right ankle the three-times MotoGP winner suffered in that fall still affects him today, so he rode a hero’s race, even taking the lead at one point.

The performance of both RC213V machines was perfect, a huge testament to the work of the Repsol Honda Team, the LCR Honda CASTROL team and HRC, who had little dry track time in which to find the best set-up for the race.

Johann Zarco (LCR Honda IDEMITSU RC213V) made his Honda MotoGP debut today, substituting for Takaaki Nakagami (LCR Honda IDEMITSU RC213V), who misses the last three races of 2019 after undergoing surgery on a troublesome shoulder injury last week. Zarco finished the race a very creditable 13th.

The ever-changing weather didn’t make life easy for the 29-year-old Frenchman, who had to learn a new bike through the wind and rain that spoiled much of practice during Friday and Saturday. Nevertheless he kept his cool and worked steadily towards his goals of getting to grips with Nakagami’s 2018-spec RC213V and scoring points.

Zarco was an impressive sixth fastest in yesterday afternoon’s FP4 session, which was red-flagged due to winds gusting across the seaside circuit at 50km/h/30mph. That performance made him hopeful of a top-ten result in the race, but instead he had to be happy with 13th. He will hope for better weather at next weekend’s Malaysian GP, where he will continue his adaptation to the RC213V.

Today’s conditions were far from ideal for a rider working to recover confidence after a four-race midseason layoff due to injury. Jorge Lorenzo (Repsol Honda Team RC213V) finished the race in 16th position, one place outside the World Championship points. The three-times MotoGP king struggled to get enough feel from his tires in the poor weather, so he couldn’t as hard as he wanted. He now looks forward to Sepang, where track temperatures will be higher.

Teams now north to Kuala Lumpur for next weekend’s Malaysian Grand Prix at Sepang, the third MotoGP round in three weekends. The season concludes at Valencia, Spain, on November 17.

Marc Marquez

Marc Marquez 93

It has been a crazy weekend with the weather and everything. Maverick was very fast today, but I was able to follow him and start slowly cooking the victory. Vinales started to push very hard and very fast at the front, but I knew that if I could stay with him for four or five laps then the victory was possible. The Repsol Honda Team have done a great job with the limited track time we have had. We had to gamble a little bit with the soft rear tire and it was on the limit in the end, but we were able to win! It's really special to take this 55th win with Honda, I feel incredible with the Honda family and I'm excited to enjoy this moment with them and the team.

Repsol Honda Team
Cal Crutchlow

Cal Crutchlow 35

We're over the moon – the team did a great job building me a bike capable of being on the podium. I missed a little bit to go with front guts, because my rear tire was gone after a few hard laps behind the leaders. What a year it's been – to come to back after the injury and sit all winter getting the rehab going and now standing on the podium here! The crash has haunted me for a year, so it's nice to be on the podium. It was also nice to have the surgeon here that did the operation on my ankle, because he saved my career. The whole LCR CASTROL team deserved this today. We know we got lucky with second place, because Maverick deserved to be on the podium, but it's great to be up on the podium with my mate Jack [Miller]. I managed the situation as best as I could in the race. Marc and Maverick were fantastic and I think we rode well to get the podium – all credit to the team and to Honda.

LCR Honda
Johann Zarco

Johann Zarco 5

The race today was very interesting and finally I'm happy. It was my first race with Honda and the guy I had to fight for position was Pol Espargaro. He did a very nice race. From the beginning I overtook him many times, but he really fought to not let me go. He made many nice overtakes, which slowed us down. We had a group in front of us and step by step they went away – I think I could have stayed with them but for the fight with Pol. Anyway, I learned lot. Trying to learn the bike from Friday wasn't easy because the weather made it difficult just to do five laps, and I had to learn many things. Today I rode 27 laps in a correct way and I feel good physically. Thirteenth isn't a very nice position, but I need time to control a few more things on the bike. Cal did an amazing job and another Honda rider, Marc, won the race. I just have to learn and things will come.

LCR Honda Idemitsu
Jorge Lorenzo

Jorge Lorenzo 99

I expected before we arrived that I would struggle here but you're always hopeful that things will change and you're able to be fast. From FP1 we struggled in the wind and the cold. It's the worst result since returning from the Assen injury, unfortunately this is reality. Malaysia in normal conditions will be better, it's a track that suits me more and I think we can return to a pace similar to what we had in Motegi.

Repsol Honda Team
Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix

Phillip Island, Australia

MotoGP 2019, Round 17

Sunny / 16
Sunday 27 Oct 2019, 05:04 UTC
  • Track Condition: Dry
  • Air Temp: 16°C
  • Humidity: 63%
  • Ground Temp: 30°C
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Points Pts. Team Constructor Constr. Time/Gap
1 Marc Marquez 93 SPA 25 Repsol Honda Team Honda 40'43.729
2 Cal Crutchlow 35 GBR 20 LCR Honda Honda +11.413
3 Jack Miller 43 AUS 16 Alma Pramac Racing Ducati +14.499
4 Francesco Bagnaia 63 ITA 13 Alma Pramac Racing Ducati +14.554
5 Joan Mir 36 SPA 11 Team SUZUKI ECSTAR Suzuki +14.817
6 Andrea Iannone 29 ITA 10 Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia +15.280
7 Andrea Dovizioso 4 ITA 9 Ducati Team Ducati +15.294
8 Valentino Rossi 46 ITA 8 Yamaha Factory Racing Team Yamaha +15.841
9 Alex Rins 42 SPA 7 Team SUZUKI ECSTAR Suzuki +16.032
10 Aleix Espargaro 41 SPA 6 Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia +16.590
11 Franco Morbidelli 21 ITA 5 Petronas Yamaha SRT Yamaha +24.145
12 Pol Espargaro 44 SPA 4 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM +26.654
13 Johann Zarco 5 FRA 3 LCR Honda Idemitsu Honda +26.758
14 Karel Abraham 17 CZE 2 Reale Avintia Racing Ducati +44.912
15 Hafizh Syahrin 55 THA 1 KTM Tech 3 Racing KTM +44.968
16 Jorge Lorenzo 99 SPA 0 Repsol Honda Team Honda +1'06.045
Sunny / 18
Friday 25 Oct 2019, 06:02 UTC
  • Track Condition: Dry
  • Air Temp: 18°C
  • Humidity: 59%
  • Ground Temp: 36°C
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Team Constructor Constr. Time/Gap
1 Maverick Viñales 12 SPA Yamaha Factory Racing Team Yamaha 1'28.824
2 Andrea Dovizioso 4 ITA Ducati Team Ducati +0.496
3 Cal Crutchlow 35 GBR LCR Honda Honda +0.501
4 Danilo Petrucci 9 ITA Ducati Team Ducati +0.503
5 Jack Miller 43 AUS Alma Pramac Racing Ducati +0.520
6 Marc Marquez 93 SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda +0.597
7 Valentino Rossi 46 ITA Yamaha Factory Racing Team Yamaha +0.612
8 Alex Rins 42 SPA Team SUZUKI ECSTAR Suzuki +0.648
9 Franco Morbidelli 21 ITA Petronas Yamaha SRT Yamaha +0.894
10 Aleix Espargaro 41 SPA Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia +0.967
11 Joan Mir 36 SPA Team SUZUKI ECSTAR Suzuki +1.051
12 Karel Abraham 17 CZE Reale Avintia Racing Ducati +1.173
13 Andrea Iannone 29 ITA Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia +1.346
14 Francesco Bagnaia 63 ITA Alma Pramac Racing Ducati +1.602
15 Johann Zarco 5 FRA LCR Honda Idemitsu Honda +1.617
16 Jorge Lorenzo 99 SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda +1.882
17 Pol Espargaro 44 SPA Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM +2.035
18 Mika Kallio 82 FIN Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM +2.041
19 Hafizh Syahrin 55 THA KTM Tech 3 Racing KTM +2.116
20 Miguel Oliveira 88 POR KTM Tech 3 Racing KTM +2.580
21 Tito Rabat 53 SPA Reale Avintia Racing Ducati +2.635
Rider Standings
Sunday, 27 Oct 2019 - Open world standings grid
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Points Pts. Team Constructor Constr.
1 Marc MARQUEZ 93 SPA 375 Repsol Honda Team Honda
2 Andrea DOVIZIOSO 4 ITA 240 Ducati Team Ducati
3 Alex RINS 42 SPA 183 Team SUZUKI ECSTAR Suzuki
4 Maverick VIñALES 12 SPA 176 Yamaha Factory Racing Team Yamaha
5 Danilo PETRUCCI 9 ITA 169 Ducati Team Ducati
6 Fabio QUARTARARO 20 FRA 163 Petronas Yamaha SRT Yamaha
7 Valentino ROSSI 46 ITA 153 Yamaha Factory Racing Team Yamaha
8 Jack MILLER 43 AUS 141 Alma Pramac Racing Ducati
9 Cal CRUTCHLOW 35 GBR 133 LCR Honda Honda
10 Franco MORBIDELLI 21 ITA 105 Petronas Yamaha SRT Yamaha
11 Pol ESPARGARO 44 SPA 89 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM
12 Joan MIR 36 SPA 77 Team SUZUKI ECSTAR Suzuki
13 Takaaki NAKAGAMI 30 JPN 74 LCR Honda Honda
14 Aleix ESPARGARO 41 SPA 53 Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia
15 Francesco BAGNAIA 63 ITA 50 Alma Pramac Racing Ducati
16 Andrea IANNONE 29 ITA 43 Aprilia Racing Team Gresini 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 23 Repsol Honda Team Honda
20 Tito RABAT 53 SPA 18 Reale Avintia Racing Ducati
21 Stefan BRADL 6 GER 16 Repsol Honda Team Honda
22 Michele PIRRO 51 ITA 9 Ducati Test Team Ducati
23 Hafizh SYAHRIN 55 THA 8 KTM Tech 3 Racing KTM
24 Karel ABRAHAM 17 CZE 7 Reale Avintia Racing Ducati
25 Sylvain GUINTOLI 50 FRA 7 Suzuki Test Team Suzuki
26 Mika KALLIO 82 FIN 2 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM