For the second time in as many races Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda Team RC213V) entertained hundreds of millions of MotoGP fans around the world with a thrilling battle for MotoGP victory, only to lose out at the very last corner.

The reigning MotoGP World Champion’s hard-fought second place nonetheless increased his lead in this year’s points chase. the result was his 88th premier-class podium finish, which makes him the sport’s equal most successful podium finisher, alongside 1960s and 1970s legend Giacomo Agostini. With 12 of 19 races done Marquez leads the Riders World Championship by 78 points from Andrea Dovizioso.

Meanwhile Honda improved its advantage in the Constructors World Championship to lead the series by 45 points. This year the company aims to continue its record-breaking progress with a 25th crown in the 40 years since it returned to Grand Prix racing at the 1979 British Grand Prix.

Today Marquez’s great rival was compatriot Alex Rins. The pair dominated the race from the early laps, following a turn-one incident in which fourth-fastest Fabio Quartararo crashed out, taking with him Dovizioso, who two weeks ago in Austria beat Marquez by two tenths of a second after another breath-taking battle.

Starting from pole from the 60th time in MotoGP, Marquez led most of this afternoon’s race, trying to escape Rins. But in the end he had to fight a straight duel for victory with the youngster who seemed have more grip from his tires in the crucial final stages. At the end of the penultimate lap Rins rode around Marquez at the final corner to take the lead. But Marquez immediately counter-attacked, regaining the advantage at turn one. He stayed there until the final meters of the last lap, when he had a high-speed front-end scare, which allowed Rins to take him on the inside at the last corner, with mere meters to go.

At the checkered flag the pair were separated by just 0.013 seconds, making this the fourth-closest premier-class Grand Prix finish since the World Championships started in 1949.

Marquez always races to win, despite his huge series lead, but despite his disappointment with today’s final result he was happy that his latest battle had entertained the sun-blessed Silverstone crowd. He has won six of the 12 races so far this year and now has seven races left in which to secure his sixth MotoGP crown in the seven seasons he’s raced in the category.

His next duty is a pre-race test at Misano, where he will try various technical settings and parts upgrades before the next race, as HRC engineers continue their never-ending quest to improve machine performance.

Marquez wasn’t the only Honda rider hoping to be in the mix for a podium finish today. Local hero Cal Crutchlow (LCR Honda CASTROL RC213V) had high hopes of a top-three result, but it wasn’t to be. The 33-year-old Briton has started from pole here and finished on the podium here in recent years, but today’s race was compromised by a third-row start, the result of a minor tumble during yesterday’s qualifying session.

In the early laps of the race Crutchlow looked like he may be able to join the lead group, but he didn’t quite have front-running pace. The crowd favorite spent much of the race contesting fifth place with front-row starter Jack Miller, whom he beat by less than one second, both of them struggling with rear grip. This result keeps Crutchlow in the contest for top Independent Team Rider, with Miller and Quartararo.

Jorge Lorenzo (Repsol Honda Team RC213V) achieved his target at his return race, after an eight-week layoff following the back injuries he sustained during practice for June’s Dutch MotoGP round. The 32-year-old Spaniard is far from fully race fit due to lack of recent riding time, but he needed to return here to commence his step-by-step return to full strength. The three-times MotoGP World Champion finished the race in 14th position, gradually reducing his lap-time deficit to the leaders over the weekend. He hopes that his strength will now increase with each outing, starting with the upcoming Misano tests.

Takaaki Nakagami (LCR Honda IDEMITSU RC213V) was aiming to continue his remarkable run of top-ten results and looked like he would achieve another great finish here. The 27-year-old from Chiba was leading a group of top riders contesting eighth place when he slid off at one-third distance. The former Silverstone Moto2 winner bravely remounted his 2018-spec RC213V to continue the race, finally taking the flag in last place. He will be hoping for a better result next time out.

The next Grand Prix, the San Marino GP, takes on September 15 and is followed immediately by the Aragon round, in Spain, on September 22.

Marc Marquez

Marc Marquez 93

I am happy with the result for the championship but not the result of the race, because to lose out in the final moment after leading is not the best feeling. 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 [Maverick] 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.

Repsol Honda Team
Cal Crutchlow

Cal Crutchlow 35

I tried my best at the start to be able to push, but the tire wasn't quite there. I felt a lack of grip immediately in the race and I knew I wouldn't be able to battle with the other guys. It was pretty similar to what happened in Mugello. But to finish 19 seconds behind the winner here is not acceptable, not from me and not from my team. We tried our best this weekend and we had pace, there was no doubt about that. Yesterday I was able to go one and a half seconds faster than I was at the end of the race, it's just strange how some tires are fine and some aren't. Don't get me wrong, it would have been difficult to win the race regardless, but I should have been a lot further up than I was.

LCR Honda
Jorge Lorenzo

Jorge Lorenzo 99

Today went better than expected. Coming into this race I knew it would be difficult and I was thinking that maybe I will finish one minute or more behind the winner because all weekend I have been about three seconds slower than the fastest time. To finish within one minute of the winner and to take away two points is a good reward for a demanding race. I was able to learn more about how to conserve the tires as well as testing my fitness so I am pleased. Right now I am sore, but I will be stronger for the Misano test and then again in a better physical condition for the Misano race.

Repsol Honda Team
Takaaki Nakagami

Takaaki Nakagami 30

I didn't expect this crash during the weekend, from Friday to the warm-up we did a great job and gradually closed the gap. I expected our pace to be about two minutes high to middle and we made a good start. In the beginning I lost a bit of time with Pol (Espargaro) but once I overtook him I started to recover my pace and followed Jack (Miller) again. But at turn 16, after the apex when I came off the brake and started to touch the throttle, I lost the front grip and had no chance to recover it. I'm very disappointed and sorry for the team because the weekend was not so bad and our pace suggested we could fight for the top seven or eight. But we lost this opportunity and I'm very disappointed in myself, but these things happen in racing because I was pushing.

LCR Honda
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Silverstone, United Kingdom

MotoGP 2019, Round 12

Sunny / 31
Sunday 25 Aug 2019, 12:46 UTC
  • Track Condition: Dry
  • Air Temp: 31°C
  • Humidity: 27%
  • Ground Temp: 44°C
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Points Pts. Team Constructor Constr. Time/Gap
1 Alex Rins 42 SPA 25 Team SUZUKI ECSTAR Suzuki 40'12.799
2 Marc Marquez 93 SPA 20 Repsol Honda Team Honda +0.013
3 Maverick Viñales 12 SPA 16 Yamaha Factory Racing Team Yamaha +0.620
4 Valentino Rossi 46 ITA 13 Yamaha Factory Racing Team Yamaha +11.439
5 Franco Morbidelli 21 ITA 11 Petronas Yamaha SRT Yamaha +13.109
6 Cal Crutchlow 35 GBR 10 LCR Honda Honda +19.169
7 Danilo Petrucci 9 ITA 9 Ducati Team Ducati +19.682
8 Jack Miller 43 AUS 8 Alma Pramac Racing Ducati +20.318
9 Pol Espargaro 44 SPA 7 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM +21.079
10 Andrea Iannone 29 ITA 6 Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia +25.144
11 Francesco Bagnaia 63 ITA 5 Alma Pramac Racing Ducati +40.317
12 Sylvain Guintoli 50 FRA 4 Suzuki Test Team Suzuki +45.478
13 Hafizh Syahrin 55 THA 3 KTM Tech 3 Racing KTM +54.783
14 Jorge Lorenzo 99 SPA 2 Repsol Honda Team Honda +56.651
15 Karel Abraham 17 CZE 1 Reale Avintia Racing Ducati +1'29.282
16 Tito Rabat 53 SPA 0 Reale Avintia Racing Ducati +1'31.716
17 Takaaki Nakagami 30 JPN 0 LCR Honda Honda +1'40.420
Sunny / 28
Saturday 24 Aug 2019, 15:28 UTC
  • Track Condition: Dry
  • Air Temp: 28°C
  • Humidity: 30%
  • Ground Temp: 42°C
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Team Constructor Constr. Time/Gap
1 Marc Marquez 93 SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 1'58.168
2 Valentino Rossi 46 ITA Yamaha Factory Racing Team Yamaha +0.428
3 Jack Miller 43 AUS Alma Pramac Racing Ducati +0.434
4 Fabio Quartararo 20 FRA Petronas Yamaha SRT Yamaha +0.444
5 Alex Rins 42 SPA Team SUZUKI ECSTAR Suzuki +0.502
6 Maverick Viñales 12 SPA Yamaha Factory Racing Team Yamaha +0.594
7 Andrea Dovizioso 4 ITA Ducati Team Ducati +0.594
8 Franco Morbidelli 21 ITA Petronas Yamaha SRT Yamaha +0.928
9 Cal Crutchlow 35 GBR LCR Honda Honda +1.075
10 Takaaki Nakagami 30 JPN LCR Honda Honda +1.259
11 Danilo Petrucci 9 ITA Ducati Team Ducati +1.319
12 Aleix Espargaro 41 SPA Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia +1.452
13 Pol Espargaro 44 SPA Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM +0.605
14 Johann Zarco 5 FRA Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM +0.704
15 Miguel Oliveira 88 POR KTM Tech 3 Racing KTM +0.814
16 Tito Rabat 53 SPA Reale Avintia Racing Ducati +0.972
17 Andrea Iannone 29 ITA Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia +1.296
18 Francesco Bagnaia 63 ITA Alma Pramac Racing Ducati +1.418
19 Sylvain Guintoli 50 FRA Suzuki Test Team Suzuki +1.716
20 Hafizh Syahrin 55 THA KTM Tech 3 Racing KTM +1.756
21 Jorge Lorenzo 99 SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda +2.618
22 Karel Abraham 17 CZE Reale Avintia Racing Ducati +5.901
Sunny / 25
Friday 23 Aug 2019, 15:14 UTC
  • Track Condition: Dry
  • Air Temp: 25°C
  • Humidity: 55%
  • Ground Temp: 40°C
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Team Constructor Constr. Time/Gap
1 Fabio Quartararo 20 FRA Petronas Yamaha SRT Yamaha 1'59.225
2 Marc Marquez 93 SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda +0.251
3 Maverick Viñales 12 SPA Yamaha Factory Racing Team Yamaha +0.540
4 Valentino Rossi 46 ITA Yamaha Factory Racing Team Yamaha +0.712
5 Cal Crutchlow 35 GBR LCR Honda Honda +0.768
6 Andrea Dovizioso 4 ITA Ducati Team Ducati +0.885
7 Franco Morbidelli 21 ITA Petronas Yamaha SRT Yamaha +0.958
8 Miguel Oliveira 88 POR KTM Tech 3 Racing KTM +1.135
9 Jack Miller 43 AUS Alma Pramac Racing Ducati +1.167
10 Danilo Petrucci 9 ITA Ducati Team Ducati +1.203
11 Takaaki Nakagami 30 JPN LCR Honda Honda +1.267
12 Aleix Espargaro 41 SPA Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia +1.272
13 Pol Espargaro 44 SPA Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM +1.366
14 Johann Zarco 5 FRA Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM +1.439
15 Alex Rins 42 SPA Team SUZUKI ECSTAR Suzuki +1.441
16 Francesco Bagnaia 63 ITA Alma Pramac Racing Ducati +1.563
17 Andrea Iannone 29 ITA Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia +1.682
18 Tito Rabat 53 SPA Reale Avintia Racing Ducati +2.364
19 Karel Abraham 17 CZE Reale Avintia Racing Ducati +2.967
20 Sylvain Guintoli 50 FRA Suzuki Test Team Suzuki +3.015
21 Hafizh Syahrin 55 THA KTM Tech 3 Racing KTM +3.192
22 Jorge Lorenzo 99 SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda +3.682
Rider Standings
Sunday, 25 Aug 2019 - Open world standings grid
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Points Pts. Team Constructor Constr.
1 Marc MARQUEZ 93 SPA 250 Repsol Honda Team Honda
2 Andrea DOVIZIOSO 4 ITA 172 Ducati Team Ducati
3 Alex RINS 42 SPA 149 Team SUZUKI ECSTAR Suzuki
4 Danilo PETRUCCI 9 ITA 145 Ducati Team Ducati
5 Maverick VIñALES 12 SPA 118 Yamaha Factory Racing Team Yamaha
6 Valentino ROSSI 46 ITA 116 Yamaha Factory Racing Team Yamaha
7 Jack MILLER 43 AUS 94 Alma Pramac Racing Ducati
8 Fabio QUARTARARO 20 FRA 92 Petronas Yamaha SRT Yamaha
9 Cal CRUTCHLOW 35 GBR 88 LCR Honda Honda
10 Franco MORBIDELLI 21 ITA 69 Petronas Yamaha SRT Yamaha
11 Pol ESPARGARO 44 SPA 68 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM
12 Takaaki NAKAGAMI 30 JPN 62 LCR Honda Honda
13 Joan MIR 36 SPA 39 Team SUZUKI ECSTAR Suzuki
14 Aleix ESPARGARO 41 SPA 33 Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia
15 Francesco BAGNAIA 63 ITA 29 Alma Pramac Racing Ducati
16 Andrea IANNONE 29 ITA 27 Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia
17 Miguel OLIVEIRA 88 POR 26 KTM Tech 3 Racing KTM
18 Johann ZARCO 5 FRA 22 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM
19 Jorge LORENZO 99 SPA 21 Repsol Honda Team Honda
20 Stefan BRADL 6 GER 16 Repsol Honda Team Honda
21 Tito RABAT 53 SPA 14 Reale Avintia Racing Ducati
22 Michele PIRRO 51 ITA 9 Ducati Test Team Ducati
23 Sylvain GUINTOLI 50 FRA 7 Suzuki Test Team Suzuki
24 Hafizh SYAHRIN 55 THA 6 KTM Tech 3 Racing KTM
25 Karel ABRAHAM 17 CZE 5 Reale Avintia Racing Ducati