Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda Team RC213V) scored a fantastic second-place finish in the race of the year so far at sun-blessed Mugello today. The result gives the reigning World Champion his fifth podium from six races and will take him to his home race at Barcelona-Catalunya with an increased advantage in the title chase.

Today’s race was historic for Honda, since it took place one day short of the 60th anniversary of the company’s first World Championship race, the Isle of Man Ultra-Lightweight TT, staged on June 3, 1959. On that day Naomi Taniguchi’s scored Honda’s first World Championship point aboard an RC142 125cc twin. Honda’s Grand Prix victory record now stands at more than 750 wins.

Mugello has never been an easy circuit for the 26-year-old Spaniard who with his crew revised the set-up of his RC213V to cope with the demands of this uniquely complex racetrack. Yesterday he proved the performance of his 2019 RC213V, as well as his own riding and tactical prowess, by grabbing pole position in spectacular style.

Today he played his part in an unforgettable battle for victory, spending the entire 23 laps fighting back and forth with Danilo Petrucci, Andrea Dovizioso and Alex Rins. They all took their turns in the lead.

Marquez gave it all and attacked wherever he could, often squeezing past Petrucci and Dovizioso through the corners and sometimes drafting past them on Mugello’s start/finish straight, where the fastest bikes exceed 350kmh/217mph. The speed of his RC213V on MotoGP’s fastest straight underlined the sterling development work undertaken by HRC engineers in their preparation for the 2019 season.

Of course, all four riders knew the race would come down to a frantic last-lap shootout. At the start of the last lap Marquez braked super-late for the first corner to retake the lead, but he ran slightly wide, which allowed Dovizioso to attack him on the inside. However, they tangled and Petrucci grabbed his chance, sweeping back into the lead and holding his advantage to the chequered flag to take his first Grand Prix victory in front of the ecstatic Italian crowd.

Marquez was right behind the local hero as they flashed past the chequered flag – only 0.043 seconds between them – with Dovizioso a further 0.295 seconds behind. Thus the podium trio was covered by 0.338 seconds. Rins took fourth, just behind Dovizioso.

Twenty points to add to the three victories and the one second-place finish achieved so far this season made Marquez a happy man as he works towards winning a sixth MotoGP crown in seven years.

Honda’s next finisher was every bit as delighted as Marquez. Takaaki Nakagami (LCR Honda IDEMITSU RC213V) did a stunning job on his 2018 RC213V, finishing in fifth place, after qualifying tenth quickest. This was the best-ever MotoGP result for the 27-year-old from Chiba, who graduated to the premier class last season, after winning two Moto2 races during the previous few seasons.

Nakagami charged through the pack after the start, moving up to sixth at the end of the first lap, but then he lost several positions, which the regained when two rivals slid off and when he overtook team-mate Cal Crutchlow (LCR Honda CASTROL RC213V). in the final laps Nakagami did everything in his power to hold off factory rider Maverick Vinales and he just managed it. this result was further proof of the youngster’s huge potential.

Crutchlow rode with the lead group during the early stages and seemed capable of running the same pace. But from half-distance he was unable to maintain the leaders’ pace and he slipped back to eighth place, struggling with rear tyre wear issues.

Jorge Lorenzo (Repsol Honda Team RC213V) scored points again, maintaining a run of five points-scoring rides from the first six races of the year. However, the 32-year-old didn’t finish where he wanted to finish. He took the flag in 13th position, just a fraction of a second behind Aleix Espargaro and Joan Mir.

Lorenzo is still working with his crew to adapt his RC213V to his particular riding technique. He tried some new parts here and has more coming for upcoming races. Once he feels fully at home he is sure he will once again be able to race at the front.

Marc Marquez

Marc Marquez 93

Today was time to defend, and we did it in the best way we could because usually this is not one of our best circuits. I stayed calm and waited to try something in the last lap. I was able to try but I missed the apex on the first corner and then both overtook me. Petrucci rode very well at the front today, congratulations to him. My goal was to finish in front of Dovizioso and Rins and we did this so I’m happy. Also congratulations to my brother Alex, he had a great race today too. As always, thanks to the Repsol Honda Team as they have worked hard to allow us to fight for victory here.

Repsol Honda Team
Takaaki Nakagami

Takaaki Nakagami 30

It was an amazing day and an amazing race. I was really strong from the start and I know that this is a weak point for me. In all the races after a couple of laps I’ve dropped positions and then fight back in the middle and at the end. But today, I was really strong at the beginning of the race and then tried to keep the position. At the end I knew that [Maverick] Vinales was really pushing hard, but I never gave up and fought hard. It’s the best result for me, I was the second Honda, and fifth place is amazing. I didn’t expect it, it’s a fantastic weekend for me and I want to thank the team who did a really great job all weekend, the bike worked really well.

LCR Honda
Cal Crutchlow

Cal Crutchlow 35

Today was a very difficult day, quite possibly my worst race of the season. Again I was in the front group, but then got dropped from the front group which has not normally happened to me in previous years. I had a bad feeling with the bike when I was changing direction, which was happening all weekend, and I was not able to be competitive in that area. Then with about 14 laps remaining I felt a big drop in the rear tyre and was unable to keep my pace throughout the rest of the race. After the race we assessed the situation with the team and Michelin and found an unusual rubber wear on the rear tyre. So we’ll continue to evaluate it and I’m sure Michelin will investigate why this happened. I’m pleased to finish and get some points on a tough day, but that’s not where I need to finish at all.

LCR Honda
Jorge Lorenzo

Jorge Lorenzo 99

Today was more or less what we expected. I didn’t have the pace and wasn’t as comfortable on the bike to be more competitive. We made a change in the warm-up and it improved some areas. Not better or worse than we expected but neither myself nor Honda give up on making progress and finding a solution together. Now I will go to Japan to work with Honda on some improvements to come back stronger.

Repsol Honda Team
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Autodromo del Mugello, Italy

MotoGP 2019, Round 6

Sunny / 29
Sunday 2 Jun 2019, 12:46 UTC
  • Track Condition: Dry
  • Air Temp: 29°C
  • Humidity: 33%
  • Ground Temp: 49°C
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Points Pts. Team Constructor Constr. Time/Gap
1 Danilo Petrucci 9 ITA 25 Ducati Team Ducati 41'33.794
2 Marc Marquez 93 SPA 20 Repsol Honda Team Honda +0.043
3 Andrea Dovizioso 4 ITA 16 Ducati Team Ducati +0.338
4 Alex Rins 42 SPA 13 Team SUZUKI ECSTAR Suzuki +0.535
5 Takaaki Nakagami 30 JPN 11 LCR Honda Honda +6.535
6 Maverick Viñales 12 SPA 10 Yamaha Factory Racing Team Yamaha +7.481
7 Michele Pirro 51 ITA 9 Ducati Test Team Ducati +13.288
8 Cal Crutchlow 35 GBR 8 LCR Honda Honda +13.937
9 Pol Espargaro 44 SPA 7 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM +16.533
10 Fabio Quartararo 20 FRA 6 Petronas Yamaha SRT Yamaha +17.994
11 Aleix Espargaro 41 SPA 5 Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia +20.523
12 Joan Mir 36 SPA 4 Team SUZUKI ECSTAR Suzuki +20.544
13 Jorge Lorenzo 99 SPA 3 Repsol Honda Team Honda +20.813
14 Karel Abraham 17 CZE 2 Reale Avintia Racing Ducati +27.298
15 Andrea Iannone 29 ITA 1 Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia +28.051
16 Miguel Oliveira 88 POR 0 KTM Tech 3 Racing KTM +30.101
17 Johann Zarco 5 FRA 0 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM +41.857
Sunny / 26
Saturday 1 Jun 2019, 14:23 UTC
  • Track Condition: Dry
  • Air Temp: 26°C
  • Humidity: 30%
  • Ground Temp: 47°C
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Team Constructor Constr. Time/Gap
1 Marc Marquez 93 SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 1'45.519
2 Fabio Quartararo 20 FRA Petronas Yamaha SRT Yamaha +0.214
3 Danilo Petrucci 9 ITA Ducati Team Ducati +0.362
4 Franco Morbidelli 21 ITA Petronas Yamaha SRT Yamaha +0.440
5 Jack Miller 43 AUS Alma Pramac Racing Ducati +0.510
6 Cal Crutchlow 35 GBR LCR Honda Honda +0.560
7 Maverick Viñales 12 SPA Yamaha Factory Racing Team Yamaha +0.662
8 Francesco Bagnaia 63 ITA Alma Pramac Racing Ducati +0.741
9 Andrea Dovizioso 4 ITA Ducati Team Ducati +0.774
10 Takaaki Nakagami 30 JPN LCR Honda Honda +0.868
11 Pol Espargaro 44 SPA Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM +0.914
12 Michele Pirro 51 ITA Ducati Test Team Ducati +1.119
13 Alex Rins 42 SPA Team SUZUKI ECSTAR Suzuki +0.261
14 Tito Rabat 53 SPA Reale Avintia Racing Ducati +0.400
15 Aleix Espargaro 41 SPA Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia +0.621
16 Karel Abraham 17 CZE Reale Avintia Racing Ducati +0.750
17 Jorge Lorenzo 99 SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda +0.857
18 Valentino Rossi 46 ITA Yamaha Factory Racing Team Yamaha +0.906
19 Johann Zarco 5 FRA Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM +1.116
20 Joan Mir 36 SPA Team SUZUKI ECSTAR Suzuki +1.241
21 Hafizh Syahrin 55 THA KTM Tech 3 Racing KTM +1.944
22 Miguel Oliveira 88 POR KTM Tech 3 Racing KTM +1.957
23 Andrea Iannone 29 ITA Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia +2.025
Sunny / 23
Friday 31 May 2019, 13:54 UTC
  • Track Condition: Dry
  • Air Temp: 23°C
  • Humidity: 32%
  • Ground Temp: 45°C
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Team Constructor Constr. Time/Gap
1 Francesco Bagnaia 63 ITA Alma Pramac Racing Ducati 1'46.732
2 Fabio Quartararo 20 FRA Petronas Yamaha SRT Yamaha +0.046
3 Danilo Petrucci 9 ITA Ducati Team Ducati +0.131
4 Pol Espargaro 44 SPA Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM +0.234
5 Maverick Viñales 12 SPA Yamaha Factory Racing Team Yamaha +0.241
6 Marc Marquez 93 SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda +0.330
7 Alex Rins 42 SPA Team SUZUKI ECSTAR Suzuki +0.435
8 Cal Crutchlow 35 GBR LCR Honda Honda +0.438
9 Jack Miller 43 AUS Alma Pramac Racing Ducati +0.453
10 Franco Morbidelli 21 ITA Petronas Yamaha SRT Yamaha +0.536
11 Andrea Dovizioso 4 ITA Ducati Team Ducati +0.615
12 Johann Zarco 5 FRA Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM +0.687
13 Michele Pirro 51 ITA Ducati Test Team Ducati +0.689
14 Takaaki Nakagami 30 JPN LCR Honda Honda +0.751
15 Joan Mir 36 SPA Team SUZUKI ECSTAR Suzuki +0.847
16 Aleix Espargaro 41 SPA Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia +0.880
17 Tito Rabat 53 SPA Reale Avintia Racing Ducati +0.954
18 Valentino Rossi 46 ITA Yamaha Factory Racing Team Yamaha +0.994
19 Andrea Iannone 29 ITA Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia +1.155
20 Jorge Lorenzo 99 SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda +1.382
21 Karel Abraham 17 CZE Reale Avintia Racing Ducati +1.414
22 Hafizh Syahrin 55 THA KTM Tech 3 Racing KTM +1.764
23 Miguel Oliveira 88 POR KTM Tech 3 Racing KTM +2.182
Rider Standings
Sunday, 2 Jun 2019 - Open world standings grid
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Points Pts. Team Constructor Constr.
1 Marc MARQUEZ 93 SPA 115 Repsol Honda Team Honda
2 Andrea DOVIZIOSO 4 ITA 103 Ducati Team Ducati
3 Alex RINS 42 SPA 88 Team SUZUKI ECSTAR Suzuki
4 Danilo PETRUCCI 9 ITA 82 Ducati Team Ducati
5 Valentino ROSSI 46 ITA 72 Yamaha Factory Racing Team Yamaha
6 Jack MILLER 43 AUS 42 Alma Pramac Racing Ducati
7 Cal CRUTCHLOW 35 GBR 42 LCR Honda Honda
8 Takaaki NAKAGAMI 30 JPN 40 LCR Honda Honda
9 Maverick VIñALES 12 SPA 40 Yamaha Factory Racing Team Yamaha
10 Pol ESPARGARO 44 SPA 38 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM
11 Franco MORBIDELLI 21 ITA 34 Petronas Yamaha SRT Yamaha
12 Fabio QUARTARARO 20 FRA 31 Petronas Yamaha SRT Yamaha
13 Aleix ESPARGARO 41 SPA 27 Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia
14 Jorge LORENZO 99 SPA 19 Repsol Honda Team Honda
15 Joan MIR 36 SPA 12 Team SUZUKI ECSTAR Suzuki
16 Johann ZARCO 5 FRA 10 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM
17 Francesco BAGNAIA 63 ITA 9 Alma Pramac Racing Ducati
18 Michele PIRRO 51 ITA 9 Ducati Test Team Ducati
19 Miguel OLIVEIRA 88 POR 8 KTM Tech 3 Racing KTM
20 Andrea IANNONE 29 ITA 7 Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia
21 Stefan BRADL 6 GER 6 HRC Test Team Honda
22 Karel ABRAHAM 17 CZE 2 Reale Avintia Racing Ducati
23 Hafizh SYAHRIN 55 THA 2 KTM Tech 3 Racing KTM
24 Tito RABAT 53 SPA 2 Reale Avintia Racing Ducati