Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda Team RC213V) won his seventh victory of the year at Misano today, snatching the lead on the last lap after an enthralling race-long duel with remarkable rookie Fabio Quartararo.

This latest success was Marquez’s 77th Grand Prix victory across all three classes, which moves him past 1960s legend Mike ‘The bike’ Hailwood into fourth place in MotoGP’s 71-year-old all-time winners’ list. It is another important milestone for the masterful 26-year-old Spaniard who has won five of the last six MotoGP titles.

Marquez was especially keen to win here after taking tantalizingly close last-corner defeats at the last two races – by two tenths of a second in Austria and by 0.013 seconds three weekends ago in Britain. Today Marquez shadowed Quartararo lap after lap, making sure he saved his tires for when it mattered most.

On the last lap he dived past the Frenchman at turn one, only for Quartararo to regain the lead at turn four. Next Marquez attacked again at turn eight and rode the rest of the lap to perfection to cross the line nine tenths of a second in front to take an apt 93-point lead into next Sunday’s race at Aragon, Spain, where he has been victorious on his last three visits.

Even by his own standards this is an incredible season for Marquez. From the 13 races so far he has won seven, finished second in five and slid out of the lead at the other. He has taken victories in Argentina, Spain, France, Catalunya, Germany, Czech Republic and San Marino. His runner-up results – all but one of them less than a second behind the winner – have been achieved in Qatar, Italy, Netherlands, Austria and Britain. His only non-finish came at the Grand Prix of Americas, where he led the race until he tumbled out of first position.

Today’s latest successes also strengthened Honda’s grip on the 2019 MotoGP Constructors World Championship. Currently the company is chasing its fourth consecutive constructors title and a landmark 25th in total.

Conditions were tricky in the extreme all weekend at Misano. The track offered significantly less grip than it had last year, with slower lap times and more crashes in all classes. Heroic Moto3 winner Tatsuki Suzuki (SIC58 Squadra Corse Honda NSF250RW) even likened the grip available to riding in the rain. Therefore many MotoGP riders struggled to find enough grip to allow them to achieve the lap times they knew they and their machines were capable of.

Team-mates Cal Crutchlow (LCR Honda CASTROL RC213V) and Takaaki Nakagami (LCR Honda IDEMITSU RC213V) both fell victim to the treacherous grip. Nakagami was fighting for a top-ten position when he slid off on the fourth lap. The 27-year-old from Chiba remounted and continued racing, bravely taking the flag in last position.

Crutchlow fell with five laps remaining and wasn’t able to continue because his bike was damaged. The 33-year-old Briton had had a challenging two days of practice and qualifying, so he knew today’s race wasn’t going to be easy. He will now sit down with his team and prepare for Aragon, which should be kinder to him.

Marquez’s team-mate Jorge Lorenzo (Repsol Honda Team RC213V) rode his second race since a four-race absence following a nasty crash during practice for June’s Dutch TT. The 32-year-old three-times MotoGP king is still far from full strength, so his main focus at the moment is to complete races and steadily build his physical energy and power. He will continue his comeback at Aragon, moving forward step by step. Today he finished 14th for the second race in a row, an impressive improvement from 18th on the grid.

The MotoGP paddock has no time to rest after today’s racing as it travels westward towards the Aragon region of Spain for round 14 at MotorLand Aragon, near the ancient town of Alcaniz.

Marc Marquez

Marc Marquez 93

Honestly speaking, I knew it wasn't necessary to win because I saw that Rins was out and Dovizioso was far from us but I had some extra motivation. I just tried to stay with Fabio as close as I could and in the end I was weighing up whether to try or not. On the last lap I decided to go. I knew Fabio was very fast in Sector 3, so I made my move before that and closed corner as much as I could. Fabio rode a very strong race today. I raced as smart as I could and in the end it is nice to win in Italy, but even nicer to have 93 points of advantage.

Repsol Honda Team
Jorge Lorenzo

Jorge Lorenzo 99

If in Silverstone we were able to exceed our expectations, unfortunately today we weren't able to do this and honestly I was expecting a little more. I was expecting my pace to be closer to the winner, maybe 1.5 seconds but in reality it was more. But my physical condition was better after the race and during practice we were able to be closer than before - this is a positive. The grip dropped for the race and I don't think this helped us. I'm looking forward to Aragon to be able to push more physically and train harder as my condition improves.

Repsol Honda Team
Takaaki Nakagami

Takaaki Nakagami 30

As soon as the race started I saw a warning about the front tire on the right hand side. I was in a group behind Joan Mir, looking for an overtaking opportunity, but with this warning on the front I couldn't keep the pace. I knew I was going to crash (if I kept pushing), but I didn't want to slow down. I was trying to take care of the right side, but then I had the crash. I'm very sorry to the team as this weekend many people came to support us. Unfortunately, Cal crashed also, so I'm not happy for the team or myself, but it's happened and now we must look at the data and focus on the next GP.

LCR Honda
Cal Crutchlow

Cal Crutchlow 35

To crash out of a bad position way too far off the lead is never good. I didn't have a good feeling (with the bike) in the test and didn't have a good feeling all weekend here and that's the reality of the situation. I didn't think I would crash at that corner or in the race at all, I felt I could manage it until the end of the race so it was a bit of a shock to crash, even though I was going slow. In general, I just didn't feel good with the bike this weekend and we need to improve for Aragon.

LCR Honda
Gran Premio Octo di San Marino e della Riviera di Rimini

Misano World Circuit, San Marino

MotoGP 2019, Round 13

Sunny / 26
Sunday 15 Sep 2019, 13:23 UTC
  • Track Condition: Dry
  • Air Temp: 26°C
  • Humidity: 54%
  • Ground Temp: 39°C
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Points Pts. Team Constructor Constr. Time/Gap
1 Marc Marquez 93 SPA 25 Repsol Honda Team Honda 42'25.163
2 Fabio Quartararo 20 FRA 20 Petronas Yamaha SRT Yamaha +0.903
3 Maverick Viñales 12 SPA 16 Yamaha Factory Racing Team Yamaha +1.636
4 Valentino Rossi 46 ITA 13 Yamaha Factory Racing Team Yamaha +12.660
5 Franco Morbidelli 21 ITA 11 Petronas Yamaha SRT Yamaha +12.774
6 Andrea Dovizioso 4 ITA 10 Ducati Team Ducati +13.744
7 Pol Espargaro 44 SPA 9 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM +20.050
8 Joan Mir 36 SPA 8 Team SUZUKI ECSTAR Suzuki +22.512
9 Jack Miller 43 AUS 7 Alma Pramac Racing Ducati +26.554
10 Danilo Petrucci 9 ITA 6 Ducati Team Ducati +31.456
11 Johann Zarco 5 FRA 5 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM +32.388
12 Aleix Espargaro 41 SPA 4 Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia +34.477
13 Tito Rabat 53 SPA 3 Reale Avintia Racing Ducati +35.325
14 Jorge Lorenzo 99 SPA 2 Repsol Honda Team Honda +47.247
15 Hafizh Syahrin 55 THA 1 KTM Tech 3 Racing KTM +1'02.280
16 Miguel Oliveira 88 POR 0 KTM Tech 3 Racing KTM +1'07.831
17 Karel Abraham 17 CZE 0 Reale Avintia Racing Ducati +1'24.666
18 Takaaki Nakagami 30 JPN 0 LCR Honda Honda +1 lap
Sunny / 26
Saturday 14 Sep 2019, 14:17 UTC
  • Track Condition: Dry
  • Air Temp: 26°C
  • Humidity: 62%
  • Ground Temp: 40°C
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Team Constructor Constr. Time/Gap
1 Maverick Viñales 12 SPA Yamaha Factory Racing Team Yamaha 1'32.265
2 Pol Espargaro 44 SPA Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM +0.295
3 Fabio Quartararo 20 FRA Petronas Yamaha SRT Yamaha +0.306
4 Franco Morbidelli 21 ITA Petronas Yamaha SRT Yamaha +0.445
5 Marc Marquez 93 SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda +0.477
6 Andrea Dovizioso 4 ITA Ducati Team Ducati +0.773
7 Valentino Rossi 46 ITA Yamaha Factory Racing Team Yamaha +0.814
8 Johann Zarco 5 FRA Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM +0.858
9 Alex Rins 42 SPA Team SUZUKI ECSTAR Suzuki +1.000
10 Joan Mir 36 SPA Team SUZUKI ECSTAR Suzuki +1.166
11 Takaaki Nakagami 30 JPN LCR Honda Honda +1.184
12 Michele Pirro 51 ITA Ducati Test Team Ducati +1.196
13 Francesco Bagnaia 63 ITA Alma Pramac Racing Ducati +0.341
14 Cal Crutchlow 35 GBR LCR Honda Honda +0.369
15 Aleix Espargaro 41 SPA Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia +0.375
16 Jack Miller 43 AUS Alma Pramac Racing Ducati +0.424
17 Danilo Petrucci 9 ITA Ducati Team Ducati +0.483
18 Jorge Lorenzo 99 SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda +0.630
19 Miguel Oliveira 88 POR KTM Tech 3 Racing KTM +1.015
20 Hafizh Syahrin 55 THA KTM Tech 3 Racing KTM +1.175
21 Karel Abraham 17 CZE Reale Avintia Racing Ducati +1.254
22 Tito Rabat 53 SPA Reale Avintia Racing Ducati +1.757
23 Andrea Iannone 29 ITA Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia +1.606
Sunny / 26
Friday 13 Sep 2019, 15:15 UTC
  • Track Condition: Dry
  • Air Temp: 26°C
  • Humidity: 58%
  • Ground Temp: 41°C
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Team Constructor Constr. Time/Gap
1 Maverick Viñales 12 SPA Yamaha Factory Racing Team Yamaha 1'32.775
2 Fabio Quartararo 20 FRA Petronas Yamaha SRT Yamaha +0.057
3 Marc Marquez 93 SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda +0.396
4 Valentino Rossi 46 ITA Yamaha Factory Racing Team Yamaha +0.695
5 Franco Morbidelli 21 ITA Petronas Yamaha SRT Yamaha +0.749
6 Pol Espargaro 44 SPA Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM +0.849
7 Michele Pirro 51 ITA Ducati Test Team Ducati +0.929
8 Danilo Petrucci 9 ITA Ducati Team Ducati +0.953
9 Aleix Espargaro 41 SPA Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia +0.987
10 Andrea Dovizioso 4 ITA Ducati Team Ducati +1.051
11 Alex Rins 42 SPA Team SUZUKI ECSTAR Suzuki +1.099
12 Cal Crutchlow 35 GBR LCR Honda Honda +1.132
13 Johann Zarco 5 FRA Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM +1.181
14 Takaaki Nakagami 30 JPN LCR Honda Honda +1.223
15 Francesco Bagnaia 63 ITA Alma Pramac Racing Ducati +1.228
16 Jack Miller 43 AUS Alma Pramac Racing Ducati +1.295
17 Jorge Lorenzo 99 SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda +1.364
18 Tito Rabat 53 SPA Reale Avintia Racing Ducati +1.431
19 Joan Mir 36 SPA Team SUZUKI ECSTAR Suzuki +1.454
20 Miguel Oliveira 88 POR KTM Tech 3 Racing KTM +1.587
21 Andrea Iannone 29 ITA Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia +1.606
22 Karel Abraham 17 CZE Reale Avintia Racing Ducati +2.068
23 Hafizh Syahrin 55 THA KTM Tech 3 Racing KTM +2.160
Rider Standings
Sunday, 15 Sep 2019 - Open world standings grid
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Points Pts. Team Constructor Constr.
1 Marc MARQUEZ 93 SPA 275 Repsol Honda Team Honda
2 Andrea DOVIZIOSO 4 ITA 182 Ducati Team Ducati
3 Danilo PETRUCCI 9 ITA 151 Ducati Team Ducati
4 Alex RINS 42 SPA 149 Team SUZUKI ECSTAR Suzuki
5 Maverick VIñALES 12 SPA 134 Yamaha Factory Racing Team Yamaha
6 Valentino ROSSI 46 ITA 129 Yamaha Factory Racing Team Yamaha
7 Fabio QUARTARARO 20 FRA 112 Petronas Yamaha SRT Yamaha
8 Jack MILLER 43 AUS 101 Alma Pramac Racing Ducati
9 Cal CRUTCHLOW 35 GBR 88 LCR Honda Honda
10 Franco MORBIDELLI 21 ITA 80 Petronas Yamaha SRT Yamaha
11 Pol ESPARGARO 44 SPA 77 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM
12 Takaaki NAKAGAMI 30 JPN 62 LCR Honda Honda
13 Joan MIR 36 SPA 47 Team SUZUKI ECSTAR Suzuki
14 Aleix ESPARGARO 41 SPA 37 Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia
15 Francesco BAGNAIA 63 ITA 29 Alma Pramac Racing Ducati
16 Johann ZARCO 5 FRA 27 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM
17 Andrea IANNONE 29 ITA 27 Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia
18 Miguel OLIVEIRA 88 POR 26 KTM Tech 3 Racing KTM
19 Jorge LORENZO 99 SPA 23 Repsol Honda Team Honda
20 Tito RABAT 53 SPA 17 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