Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda Team RC213V) secured the 2019 MotoGP World Championship with a breathtaking last-corner victory in today’s Thailand Grand Prix, with four races remaining. The result gives the 26-year-old his sixth premier-class crown in seven years, a title hit rate better than anyone since Giacomo Agostini in the late 1960s and early 1970s.

Marquez’s ninth victory of the season also extends Honda’s advantage in the MotoGP Constructors World Championship as the company chases its own record: a milestone 25th constructors crown in the premier class. And the Repsol Honda Team is also in the hunt for the teams title.

If rider, constructor and team do win the 2019 triple crown, it will be their third in a row, another remarkable achievement from the riders, engineers, technicians and crew that help the RC213V reach peak performance wherever they race.

Marquez spent 25 laps of this afternoon’s 26-lap race shadowing Fabio Quartararo, the pair setting a blisteringly fast pace ahead of the pack despite gruellingly hot and humid weather. On the final lap the Spaniard passed the Frenchman at Turn Three, opened a small gap, only for Quartararo to close through the final sector and pass Marquez into the last corner. However, Quartararo was on the absolute limit and ran a fraction wide into the turn, so Marquez was able to undercut him on the exit to win the race to the chequered flag by 0.171 seconds. Marquez won last year’s inaugural Thailand GP in similar style, undercutting Andrea Dovizioso at the final corner.

Today’s result continues Marquez’s astonishing 2019 season: nine wins and five second places from the first 15 races, with just one DNF in April’s Grand Prix of the Americas, when the youngster slid off while holding a commanding lead. It also brings his world title count to eight, with the 2010 125cc crown and 2012 Moto2 title preceding his domination of MotoGP.

This race victory and World Championship success were all the more incredible considering what happened in Friday morning’s opening practice session. Marquez crashed heavily in the final minutes of FP1, sustaining bruising to his lower back, left leg and right hip. After medical checks he was passed fit to ride and despite some discomfort from his injuries his resolve to win never wavered.

Takaaki Nakagami (LCR Honda IDEMITSU RC213V) was Honda’s next finisher, the Japanese rider recording a tenth-place finish, his ninth top ten in his second season in MotoGP. This was a good result at the end of a challenging weekend for the 27-year-old from Chiba, who now heads home to prepare for his home race, the Japanese Grand Prix at Twin Ring Motegi on October 20.

Nakagami started from 14th on the grid, after a complicated time in practice and qualifying. The former Moto2 race winner and his crew regrouped for the race, making final improvements to his 2018-spec RC213V that allowed him to come through from 12th at the end of the first lap.

Team-mate Cal Crutchlow (LCR Honda CASTROL RC213V) also had a difficult weekend. The three-times MotoGP race winner started from 14th, alongside Nakagami, and struggled to get into the groove in the early laps. But as the race went on his pace improved and the 35-year-old Briton showed good speed. In the end, however, he had to be happy with 12th place and four World Championship points.

Three-times MotoGP World Champion Jorge Lorenzo (Repsol Honda Team RC213V) finished outside the points in 18th. The 33-year-old Spaniard is still recovering from the injuries he sustained when he fell during practice for June’s Dutch TT at Assen. After that tumble he missed four races, finally returning to action at the British Grand Prix at the end of August. Since then, race by race, he has been working to rebuild his physical strength and confidence. He plans to take another step forward at the Japanese GP.

After a gruelling weekend in tropical heat, the MotoGP paddock has ten days to catch its breath before the action resumes at Motegi, where practice begins on October 18. The Japanese Grand Prix is the first of three races held on consecutive weekends, with Australia and Malaysia following.

Marc Marquez

Marc Marquez 93

I’m very happy. I’m so happy. When you have an advantage like I had you realise you are so close to the championship but you need to find something to keep you motivated. Today it was winning the race and it’s what I did. Fabio was so fast during the race but I never gave up, even during the middle of the race where it looked like he was escaping. It was a beautiful way to win the championship – even if I wasn’t thinking about it on the last lap! Arriving in parc fermé with the whole Repsol Honda Team there was fantastic; it’s a dream to do it with the whole fan club and the nice celebration. Every year is special, it’s not easy to keep everything perfect each year to fight for the title and I had a very hard winter with the injury but myself, the team and HRC managed it well. Now we’ll enjoy this feeling a little bit!

Repsol Honda Team
Takaaki Nakagami

Takaaki Nakagami 30

That was a really hard race, with tough conditions for everybody. The grip level was quite nice. From the beginning I felt I was able to go a bit faster than in practice, so I was able to overtake some riders. I tried to do my best every lap and my lap times were really, really consistent. It was tough, because all through the race [Francesco] Bagnaia was less than one second behind me. I’m quite happy with another top ten. It’s really important for me because the next race is my home GP. Thanks to my team who did a really great job all weekend and now we are really looking forward to my home GP.

LCR Honda
Cal Crutchlow

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Today was not a great result. The first six laps I had were very difficult. I had a brake issue from the start, so I had to figure out how to ride the bike with that. Once I was alone and able to ride the way I wanted I was able to pick off some riders. Maybe it was a brake overheating issue. I lost a lot of time in the early laps but in the end I was able to grab a few points in the Thai GP. I know we need to improve as a team and also I need to improve for the next race in Japan. We need to congratulate Marc and Honda for winning the championship and now we look forward to going to Japan.

LCR Honda
Jorge Lorenzo

Jorge Lorenzo 99

First of all I want to say congratulations to Marc and the whole Repsol Honda Team – eight Word Championships is a very impressive achievement. On my side, it’s difficult to accept this result as it is very disappointing. I tried my best to be as fast as possible but in the warmer conditions I had trouble stopping and I found it difficult. We now look ahead to Motegi where we hope we can be stronger.

Repsol Honda Team
PTT Thailand Grand Prix

Chang International Circuit, Thailand

MotoGP 2019, Round 15

Sunny / 31
Sunday 6 Oct 2019, 07:42 UTC
  • Track Condition: Dry
  • Air Temp: 31°C
  • Humidity: 58%
  • Ground Temp: 48°C
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Points Pts. Team Constructor Constr. Time/Gap
1 Marc Marquez 93 SPA 25 Repsol Honda Team Honda 39'36.223
2 Fabio Quartararo 20 FRA 20 Petronas Yamaha SRT Yamaha +0.171
3 Maverick Viñales 12 SPA 16 Yamaha Factory Racing Team Yamaha +1.380
4 Andrea Dovizioso 4 ITA 13 Ducati Team Ducati +11.218
5 Alex Rins 42 SPA 11 Team SUZUKI ECSTAR Suzuki +11.449
6 Franco Morbidelli 21 ITA 10 Petronas Yamaha SRT Yamaha +14.466
7 Joan Mir 36 SPA 9 Team SUZUKI ECSTAR Suzuki +18.729
8 Valentino Rossi 46 ITA 8 Yamaha Factory Racing Team Yamaha +19.162
9 Danilo Petrucci 9 ITA 7 Ducati Team Ducati +23.425
10 Takaaki Nakagami 30 JPN 6 LCR Honda Honda +29.423
11 Francesco Bagnaia 63 ITA 5 Alma Pramac Racing Ducati +30.103
12 Cal Crutchlow 35 GBR 4 LCR Honda Honda +33.216
13 Pol Espargaro 44 SPA 3 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM +35.667
14 Jack Miller 43 AUS 2 Alma Pramac Racing Ducati +39.736
15 Andrea Iannone 29 ITA 1 Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia +40.038
16 Miguel Oliveira 88 POR 0 KTM Tech 3 Racing KTM +40.136
17 Tito Rabat 53 SPA 0 Reale Avintia Racing Ducati +44.589
18 Jorge Lorenzo 99 SPA 0 Repsol Honda Team Honda +54.723
19 Karel Abraham 17 CZE 0 Reale Avintia Racing Ducati +56.012
20 Hafizh Syahrin 55 THA 0 KTM Tech 3 Racing KTM +1'01.431
Sunny spells / 29
Saturday 5 Oct 2019, 10:17 UTC
  • Track Condition: Dry
  • Air Temp: 29°C
  • Humidity: 72%
  • Ground Temp: 46°C
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Team Constructor Constr. Time/Gap
1 Fabio Quartararo 20 FRA Petronas Yamaha SRT Yamaha 1'29.719
2 Maverick Viñales 12 SPA Yamaha Factory Racing Team Yamaha +0.106
3 Marc Marquez 93 SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda +0.212
4 Franco Morbidelli 21 ITA Petronas Yamaha SRT Yamaha +0.712
5 Danilo Petrucci 9 ITA Ducati Team Ducati +0.803
6 Jack Miller 43 AUS Alma Pramac Racing Ducati +0.878
7 Andrea Dovizioso 4 ITA Ducati Team Ducati +0.973
8 Joan Mir 36 SPA Team SUZUKI ECSTAR Suzuki +1.016
9 Valentino Rossi 46 ITA Yamaha Factory Racing Team Yamaha +1.022
10 Alex Rins 42 SPA Team SUZUKI ECSTAR Suzuki +1.059
11 Pol Espargaro 44 SPA Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM +1.346
12 Aleix Espargaro 41 SPA Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia +1.539
13 Cal Crutchlow 35 GBR LCR Honda Honda +0.284
14 Takaaki Nakagami 30 JPN LCR Honda Honda +0.703
15 Francesco Bagnaia 63 ITA Alma Pramac Racing Ducati +0.731
16 Andrea Iannone 29 ITA Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia +0.743
17 Miguel Oliveira 88 POR KTM Tech 3 Racing KTM +0.814
18 Tito Rabat 53 SPA Reale Avintia Racing Ducati +0.869
19 Jorge Lorenzo 99 SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda +0.920
20 Karel Abraham 17 CZE Reale Avintia Racing Ducati +1.088
21 Mika Kallio 82 FIN Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM +1.164
22 Hafizh Syahrin 55 THA KTM Tech 3 Racing KTM +1.294
Sunny spells / 31
Friday 4 Oct 2019, 09:04 UTC
  • Track Condition: Dry
  • Air Temp: 31°C
  • Humidity: 61%
  • Ground Temp: 51°C
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Team Constructor Constr. Time/Gap
1 Fabio Quartararo 20 FRA Petronas Yamaha SRT Yamaha 1'30.404
2 Maverick Viñales 12 SPA Yamaha Factory Racing Team Yamaha +0.193
3 Franco Morbidelli 21 ITA Petronas Yamaha SRT Yamaha +0.221
4 Jack Miller 43 AUS Alma Pramac Racing Ducati +0.294
5 Valentino Rossi 46 ITA Yamaha Factory Racing Team Yamaha +0.329
6 Marc Marquez 93 SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda +0.487
7 Aleix Espargaro 41 SPA Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia +0.603
8 Andrea Dovizioso 4 ITA Ducati Team Ducati +0.623
9 Joan Mir 36 SPA Team SUZUKI ECSTAR Suzuki +0.682
10 Alex Rins 42 SPA Team SUZUKI ECSTAR Suzuki +0.690
11 Danilo Petrucci 9 ITA Ducati Team Ducati +0.711
12 Francesco Bagnaia 63 ITA Alma Pramac Racing Ducati +0.750
13 Cal Crutchlow 35 GBR LCR Honda Honda +0.940
14 Takaaki Nakagami 30 JPN LCR Honda Honda +1.020
15 Pol Espargaro 44 SPA Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM +1.095
16 Andrea Iannone 29 ITA Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia +1.108
17 Karel Abraham 17 CZE Reale Avintia Racing Ducati +1.184
18 Tito Rabat 53 SPA Reale Avintia Racing Ducati +1.528
19 Miguel Oliveira 88 POR KTM Tech 3 Racing KTM +1.532
20 Jorge Lorenzo 99 SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda +1.545
21 Mika Kallio 82 FIN Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM +1.587
22 Hafizh Syahrin 55 THA KTM Tech 3 Racing KTM +2.180
Rider Standings
Sunday, 6 Oct 2019 - Open world standings grid
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Points Pts. Team Constructor Constr.
1 Marc MARQUEZ 93 SPA 325 Repsol Honda Team Honda
2 Andrea DOVIZIOSO 4 ITA 215 Ducati Team Ducati
3 Alex RINS 42 SPA 167 Team SUZUKI ECSTAR Suzuki
4 Maverick VIñALES 12 SPA 163 Yamaha Factory Racing Team Yamaha
5 Danilo PETRUCCI 9 ITA 162 Ducati Team Ducati
6 Valentino ROSSI 46 ITA 145 Yamaha Factory Racing Team Yamaha
7 Fabio QUARTARARO 20 FRA 143 Petronas Yamaha SRT Yamaha
8 Jack MILLER 43 AUS 119 Alma Pramac Racing Ducati
9 Cal CRUTCHLOW 35 GBR 102 LCR Honda Honda
10 Franco MORBIDELLI 21 ITA 90 Petronas Yamaha SRT Yamaha
11 Pol ESPARGARO 44 SPA 80 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM
12 Takaaki NAKAGAMI 30 JPN 74 LCR Honda Honda
13 Joan MIR 36 SPA 58 Team SUZUKI ECSTAR Suzuki
14 Aleix ESPARGARO 41 SPA 46 Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia
15 Francesco BAGNAIA 63 ITA 34 Alma Pramac Racing Ducati
16 Andrea IANNONE 29 ITA 33 Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia
17 Miguel OLIVEIRA 88 POR 29 KTM Tech 3 Racing KTM
18 Johann ZARCO 5 FRA 27 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM
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 7 KTM Tech 3 Racing KTM
24 Sylvain GUINTOLI 50 FRA 7 Suzuki Test Team Suzuki
25 Karel ABRAHAM 17 CZE 5 Reale Avintia Racing Ducati