Reigning MotoGP World Champion Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda Team RC213V) raced to a famous victory at Jerez today in from of his legions of Spanish fans. Marquez’s second dominant victory from the first four races of the season moved him back into the lead of the World Championship.

The 26-year-old’s 46th MotoGP success was also great reason to celebrate for the Spanish-based Repsol Honda Team, which won its third consecutive victory at Jerez, following Marquez’s win last year and the now-retired Dani Pedrosa’s in 2017. Before this weekend got underway Jerez’s turn six was named in honour of Pedrosa, who won 54 Grands Prix with Honda machinery between 2002 and 2017.

Marquez took control of this race from the very beginning, winning the charge to the first corner from third on the grid and never once relinquishing the lead. However, he had to resist huge pressure from his pursuers in the early stages. At one third distance he was still only a few tenths ahead of Franco Morbidelli, but as the race reached half-distance and tyre wear began to tell, he was unmatchable.

The man who is chasing a sixth MotoGP crown in seven years is a master of controlling his motorcycle when tyres wear and grip reduces. Midway through the race he twice broke the lap record to open his advantage to four seconds, allowing him to control the final stages. This was an important and psychologically demanding success for Marquez, who had crashed out of the lead of the last race and lost the points lead.

This latest win once again underlined the amazing performance of the 2019 RC213V, which puts Honda at the top of the Constructors World Championship. Honda is aiming for a fourth successive constructors title. And since the first Jerez Grand Prix in 1987, Honda riders have won 22 of the 33 premier-class races stages at this popular venue.

Team-mates Cal Crutchlow (LCR Honda CASTROL RC213V) and Takaaki Nakagami (LCR Honda IDEMITSU RC213V) finished in team formation after a frantic contest in the second group. Crutchlow crossed the line in eighth place, having bounced back well from a heavy tumble yesterday. The 33-year-old Briton finished just two tenths of a second in front of 27-year-old Chiba rider Nakagami, who performed particularly well in the later stages. He started from eighth on the grid, following the best qualifying performance of his MotoGP career.

HRC test-rider Stefan Bradl (Team HRC RC213V) completed the top ten, an astonishing result from the 29-year-old German, whose last race was last November’s Valencia GP, when he took the place of injured Crutchlow. Like other MotoGP riders, the former Moto2 World Champion will stay here tomorrow for an important one-day test, evaluating various parts for Honda.

This weekend started well for Jorge Lorenzo (Repsol Honda Team RC213V), who was one of the fastest riders on Friday. However, a low-speed fall in qualifying left the three-times MotoGP World Champion 11th on the grid, for a race at a track where overtaking is notoriously difficult. The Spaniard found himself caught up in the pack during the early stages and unable to make significant progress. in his keenness to push forward he ran wide several times, which dropped him to 15th at one point of the race. He rallied in the closing stages, moving up to 12th place at the finish. Lorenzo celebrated his 32nd birthday yesterday.

MotoGP continues the European sector of the championship with the French Grand Prix at Le Mans, on May 19.

Marc Marquez

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This race was a mental race, more than a physical one. After the mistake in Austin it wasn’t easy to lead the race like that from beginning to end, but I knew I had the pace to do it and the bike to do it. I wanted to do a race like in Argentina and at the start in Austin to prove it was a mistake there. I felt good all weekend, smooth, comfortable and able to ride how I want. Thanks to the Repsol Honda Team, they’ve done an amazing job over the last few weeks and here this weekend. It’s great to be leading the championship again.

Repsol Honda Team
Cal Crutchlow

Cal Crutchlow 35

I never really found a good setting all weekend, I think if I’d been able to find a better setting I would have been able to use the hard rear tyre. This morning I was quite fast on the hard rear tyre, but I wasn’t confident enough to use it in the race because I didn’t know if I was going to have a bad feeling with it like the last couple of days. So I opted to go with the medium and it was the wrong choice – it’s as simple as that. But I tried my best and eighth place was better than not finishing today, for sure. We need to work on the setting of the bike, that’s the main thing, as I don’t feel very comfortable at the moment, as you saw in the race.

LCR Honda
Takaaki Nakagami

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At the end of the race we were quite competitive and the lap time was consistent, in the low 38s and on the last lap I did very close to the best time, but it was too late. The first lap was much better than at the other circuits, but we are still missing a bit of aggression on the riding and I lost a few positions at the start of the race. We have to focus on that point because during the race and at the end of the race we were quite strong. It’s another top 10, P9 is not too bad but we can improve a lot for the next race and keep improving.

LCR Honda
Stefan Bradl

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I am very happy with the result because we have done a good job over the last month’s testing. We found positive things and turned it into a result which is important to me, reinforcing in myself that I have the speed. It’s also important for the team around me, the guys work a lot away from the races so these points and the positive feedback is a reward for them. The work we are doing now will be important for the future. Thanks to my team and to HRC for all their efforts.

HRC Test Team
Jorge Lorenzo

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It has been a difficult end to the weekend, we wanted to be stronger, but I am still not comfortable on the bike. We are still lacking kilometres compared to the other Honda riders. Today especially I was not comfortable on the bike and it was a very difficult race. Tomorrow's test will be important for us to try and improve my feeling, especially on corner entry where I think I am losing the most. We have to keep working.

Repsol Honda Team
Gran Premio Red Bull de España

Circuito de Jerez, Spain

MotoGP 2019, Round 4

Sunny / 21
Sunday 5 May 2019, 12:55 UTC
  • Track Condition: Dry
  • Air Temp: 21°C
  • Humidity: 61%
  • Ground Temp: 42°C
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Points Pts. Team Constructor Constr. Time/Gap
1 Marc Marquez 93 SPA 25 Repsol Honda Team Honda 41'08.685
2 Alex Rins 42 SPA 20 Team SUZUKI ECSTAR Suzuki +1.654
3 Maverick Viñales 12 SPA 16 Yamaha Factory Racing Team Yamaha +2.443
4 Andrea Dovizioso 4 ITA 13 Ducati Team Ducati +2.804
5 Danilo Petrucci 9 ITA 11 Ducati Team Ducati +4.748
6 Valentino Rossi 46 ITA 10 Yamaha Factory Racing Team Yamaha +7.547
7 Franco Morbidelli 21 ITA 9 Petronas Yamaha SRT Yamaha +8.228
8 Cal Crutchlow 35 GBR 8 LCR Honda Honda +10.052
9 Takaaki Nakagami 30 JPN 7 LCR Honda Honda +10.274
10 Stefan Bradl 6 GER 6 HRC Test Team Honda +13.402
11 Aleix Espargaro 41 SPA 5 Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia +15.431
12 Jorge Lorenzo 99 SPA 4 Repsol Honda Team Honda +18.473
13 Pol Espargaro 44 SPA 3 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM +20.156
14 Johann Zarco 5 FRA 2 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM +26.706
15 Tito Rabat 53 SPA 1 Reale Avintia Racing Ducati +28.513
16 Karel Abraham 17 CZE 0 Reale Avintia Racing Ducati +36.858
17 Bradley Smith 38 GBR 0 Aprilia Racing Test Team Aprilia +41.390
18 Miguel Oliveira 88 POR 0 KTM Tech 3 Racing KTM +41.570
19 Hafizh Syahrin 55 THA 0 KTM Tech 3 Racing KTM +50.568
Sunny / 20
Saturday 4 May 2019, 15:01 UTC
  • Track Condition: Dry
  • Air Temp: 20°C
  • Humidity: 71%
  • Ground Temp: 30°C
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Team Constructor Constr. Time/Gap
1 Fabio Quartararo 20 FRA Petronas Yamaha SRT Yamaha 1'36.880
2 Franco Morbidelli 21 ITA Petronas Yamaha SRT Yamaha +0.082
3 Marc Marquez 93 SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda +0.090
4 Andrea Dovizioso 4 ITA Ducati Team Ducati +0.138
5 Maverick Viñales 12 SPA Yamaha Factory Racing Team Yamaha +0.234
6 Cal Crutchlow 35 GBR LCR Honda Honda +0.295
7 Danilo Petrucci 9 ITA Ducati Team Ducati +0.329
8 Takaaki Nakagami 30 JPN LCR Honda Honda +0.452
9 Alex Rins 42 SPA Team SUZUKI ECSTAR Suzuki +0.471
10 Francesco Bagnaia 63 ITA Alma Pramac Racing Ducati +0.504
11 Jorge Lorenzo 99 SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda +0.616
12 Joan Mir 36 SPA Team SUZUKI ECSTAR Suzuki +0.634
13 Valentino Rossi 46 ITA Yamaha Factory Racing Team Yamaha +0.207
14 Stefan Bradl 6 GER HRC Test Team Honda +0.242
15 Jack Miller 43 AUS Alma Pramac Racing Ducati +0.441
16 Aleix Espargaro 41 SPA Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia +0.461
17 Pol Espargaro 44 SPA Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM +0.634
18 Johann Zarco 5 FRA Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM +0.656
19 Bradley Smith 38 GBR Aprilia Racing Test Team Aprilia +1.193
20 Tito Rabat 53 SPA Reale Avintia Racing Ducati +1.239
21 Karel Abraham 17 CZE Reale Avintia Racing Ducati +1.283
22 Miguel Oliveira 88 POR KTM Tech 3 Racing KTM +1.730
23 Hafizh Syahrin 55 THA KTM Tech 3 Racing KTM +2.878
24 Andrea Iannone 29 ITA Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia +1.370
Sunny / 25
Friday 3 May 2019, 15:56 UTC
  • Track Condition: Dry
  • Air Temp: 25°C
  • Humidity: 51%
  • Ground Temp: 46°C
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Team Constructor Constr. Time/Gap
1 Danilo Petrucci 9 ITA Ducati Team Ducati 1'37.909
2 Marc Marquez 93 SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda +0.012
3 Andrea Dovizioso 4 ITA Ducati Team Ducati +0.097
4 Jorge Lorenzo 99 SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda +0.136
5 Cal Crutchlow 35 GBR LCR Honda Honda +0.195
6 Maverick Viñales 12 SPA Yamaha Factory Racing Team Yamaha +0.203
7 Takaaki Nakagami 30 JPN LCR Honda Honda +0.225
8 Fabio Quartararo 20 FRA Petronas Yamaha SRT Yamaha +0.300
9 Stefan Bradl 6 GER HRC Test Team Honda +0.464
10 Jack Miller 43 AUS Alma Pramac Racing Ducati +0.555
11 Franco Morbidelli 21 ITA Petronas Yamaha SRT Yamaha +0.569
12 Alex Rins 42 SPA Team SUZUKI ECSTAR Suzuki +0.625
13 Francesco Bagnaia 63 ITA Alma Pramac Racing Ducati +0.684
14 Pol Espargaro 44 SPA Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM +0.726
15 Andrea Iannone 29 ITA Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia +0.767
16 Valentino Rossi 46 ITA Yamaha Factory Racing Team Yamaha +0.772
17 Aleix Espargaro 41 SPA Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia +0.812
18 Joan Mir 36 SPA Team SUZUKI ECSTAR Suzuki +0.880
19 Johann Zarco 5 FRA Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM +0.988
20 Tito Rabat 53 SPA Reale Avintia Racing Ducati +1.201
21 Bradley Smith 38 GBR Aprilia Racing Test Team Aprilia +1.501
22 Karel Abraham 17 CZE Reale Avintia Racing Ducati +1.623
23 Miguel Oliveira 88 POR KTM Tech 3 Racing KTM +1.865
24 Hafizh Syahrin 55 THA KTM Tech 3 Racing KTM +2.985
Rider Standings
Sunday, 5 May 2019 - Open world standings grid
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Points Pts. Team Constructor Constr.
1 Marc MARQUEZ 93 SPA 70 Repsol Honda Team Honda
2 Alex RINS 42 SPA 69 Team SUZUKI ECSTAR Suzuki
3 Andrea DOVIZIOSO 4 ITA 67 Ducati Team Ducati
4 Valentino ROSSI 46 ITA 61 Yamaha Factory Racing Team Yamaha
5 Danilo PETRUCCI 9 ITA 41 Ducati Team Ducati
6 Maverick VIñALES 12 SPA 30 Yamaha Factory Racing Team Yamaha
7 Takaaki NAKAGAMI 30 JPN 29 LCR Honda Honda
8 Jack MILLER 43 AUS 29 Alma Pramac Racing Ducati
9 Cal CRUTCHLOW 35 GBR 27 LCR Honda Honda
10 Franco MORBIDELLI 21 ITA 25 Petronas Yamaha SRT Yamaha
11 Pol ESPARGARO 44 SPA 21 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM
12 Aleix ESPARGARO 41 SPA 18 Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia
13 Fabio QUARTARARO 20 FRA 17 Petronas Yamaha SRT Yamaha
14 Jorge LORENZO 99 SPA 11 Repsol Honda Team Honda
15 Francesco BAGNAIA 63 ITA 9 Alma Pramac Racing Ducati
16 Joan MIR 36 SPA 8 Team SUZUKI ECSTAR Suzuki
17 Miguel OLIVEIRA 88 POR 7 KTM Tech 3 Racing KTM
18 Johann ZARCO 5 FRA 7 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM
19 Andrea IANNONE 29 ITA 6 Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia
20 Stefan BRADL 6 GER 6 HRC Test Team Honda
21 Tito RABAT 53 SPA 2 Reale Avintia Racing Ducati