Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda Team RC213V) rode to a rousing victory at a packed Le Mans today, taking Honda to its landmark 300th premier-class Grand Prix win.

After leading the Argentine and Spanish Grands Prix from start to finish the reigning MotoGP king had to fight for his 47th MotoGP win, battling with Australian Jack Miller and then riding harder than ever to maintain his advantage over Italians Andrea Dovizioso and Danilo Petrucci, who joined him on the podium.

The 2019 French Grand Prix was a tough and complex race all the way, with cold track temperatures convincing Marquez to run a soft-compound front tyre for the first time. He pushed very hard for most of the 27 laps, stretching his advantage to four seconds with seven laps remaining, then was able to ease into his own safety zone and win by 1.9 seconds.

Honda’s 300th victory in the class of kings (the category included 500cc machines until 2001 and larger-capacity MotoGP bikes since 2002) comes 63 years after the company won first time out in the category, when Jim Redman won the 1966 West German Grand Prix at Hockenheim, riding an RC181. Thirty years later Spaniard Carlo Checa scored Honda’s 100th premier-class success at Barcelona-Catalunya, riding a Honda NSR500. And ten years after that American Nicky Hayden took Honda’s 200th victory in the class at Assen, riding a Repsol Honda Team RC211V.

Marquez now stands second in Honda’s league of all-time 500cc/MotoGP winners, with 47 victories since he graduated to MotoGP in 2013. Top of the league is Mick Doohan, who won 54 500cc victories between 1990 and 1998; third is Valentino Rossi (33 wins, 2000 to 2003), then Dani Pedrosa (31 wins, 2006 to 2017), Freddie Spencer (20 wins, 1982 to 1985), Wayne Gardner (18 wins, 1986 to 1992), Alex Crivillé (15 wins 1992 to 2000) and Casey Stoner (15 wins, 2011 to 2012).

These next few weeks marks another significant anniversary for Honda: it is 60 years since the company commenced its first world championship campaign at the Isle of Man TT on June 3, 1959. Five Honda riders contested the Ultra-Lightweight race on that famous day, with Naomi Taniguchi scoring world championship points at the company’s first attempt. He took sixth place, riding a 125cc RC142.

Cal Crutchlow (LCR Honda CASTROL RC213V) had a strong ride that was constrained by a fifth-row start, the consequence of yesterday’s changeable weather conditions. The three-times MotoGP winner ran the same soft/soft tyre combination as Marquez but never felt confident to push to the limit. Nevertheless, he did make forward progress, advancing four places on the first lap and then another two on the second lap. After that he spent much of the race chasing Franco Morbidelli, eventually finishing ninth, just behind local hero Fabio Quartararo, who set the fastest lap of the race.

Marque’s team-mate Jorge Lorenzo (Repsol Honda Team RC213V) made another step forward in his challenging start to the 2019 season. The 32-year-old three-times MotoGP World Champion qualified on the third row of the grid and ran inside the top ten for most of the race, finally taking the flag in 11th place. Nonetheless, Lorenzo made progress this weekend, further refining the ergonomics of his RC212V to suit his precise riding technique.

Takaaki Nakagami (LCR Honda IDEMITSU RC213V) looked set to continue his very impressive start to his second season in MotoGP, fighting for a fifth consecutive top-ten result. But the 27-year-old from Chiba slid off at two-thirds distance, without injury.

The MotoGP circus travels south west from Le Mans to Italy, for the Italian GP at Mugello on June 2.

Marc Marquez

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Of course here in Le Mans it’s always difficult with the temperature and the weather, especially today. I think this is the first time I have had a race where I had the soft tyre in the front but it was the safest option. I was focused on being consistent until I saw the gap increasing, I pushed a little bit more and into the low 32s until I saw I had two seconds. I’m happy with today’s result and it is fantastic to be able to take Honda’s 300th premier class win!

Repsol Honda Team
Jorge Lorenzo

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Eleventh place is not where we want to be but I saw progress. This makes me happy and gives me even more enthusiasm for the next races. It was the first weekend I finished a day in the top five, qualified in the top eight and you know, apart from Qatar where it was a slow race, this is the race where I finished closest to the winner. We’re learning more each weekend and race; it is just a matter of time. Thanks to the Repsol Honda Team for continuing to work hard and congratulations to Honda for 300 wins.

Repsol Honda Team
Cal Crutchlow

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A disappointing day in terms of the result, I didn’t come here to finish ninth this weekend. So I’m disappointed in terms of where I finished, but the positive we have to take is that we got some more valuable data on the bike. Overall, I didn’t feel comfortable with the setting of the bike and the feeling I had with the bike and the tyres this afternoon, so we need to improve and work on that. We qualified in 15th and that always makes it difficult, but I got a good start and was ninth on the first lap and then finished ninth in the race. I wanted to reduce the gap to the leaders a little bit, but that was not possible today, so we’ll try again in Mugello. Congratulations to HRC for the incredible success of the 300 victories: I am proud to be part of it!

LCR Honda
Takaaki Nakagami

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Of course, I’m really disappointed and first of all I want to say sorry to the team because they did a really great job all weekend. I’m upset that the weekend ended like this, but fortunately I’m okay, it was quite a nasty crash. The race was a bit of a struggle from the beginning, we knew that we didn’t have really good pace, but I tried to do my best and was pushing very hard, although the data didn’t show too many mistakes. Sometimes it just happens, but of course I’m disappointed (to crash) and I’ll just try to stay positive. The next race is in Mugello and it’s the home race for the team so hopefully we’ll have a good weekend there. I really like the layout at Mugello, it’s high-speed and a good circuit for my riding style and I can’t wait to ride there with the new bikes.

LCR Honda
Grand Prix de France

Le Mans, France

MotoGP 2019, Round 5

Cloudy / 15
Sunday 19 May 2019, 12:52 UTC
  • Track Condition: Dry
  • Air Temp: 15°C
  • Humidity: 79%
  • Ground Temp: 19°C
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Points Pts. Team Constructor Constr. Time/Gap
1 Marc Marquez 93 SPA 25 Repsol Honda Team Honda 41'53.647
2 Andrea Dovizioso 4 ITA 20 Ducati Team Ducati +1.984
3 Danilo Petrucci 9 ITA 16 Ducati Team Ducati +2.142
4 Jack Miller 43 AUS 13 Alma Pramac Racing Ducati +2.940
5 Valentino Rossi 46 ITA 11 Yamaha Factory Racing Team Yamaha +3.053
6 Pol Espargaro 44 SPA 10 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM +5.935
7 Franco Morbidelli 21 ITA 9 Petronas Yamaha SRT Yamaha +7.187
8 Fabio Quartararo 20 FRA 8 Petronas Yamaha SRT Yamaha +8.439
9 Cal Crutchlow 35 GBR 7 LCR Honda Honda +9.853
10 Alex Rins 42 SPA 6 Team SUZUKI ECSTAR Suzuki +13.709
11 Jorge Lorenzo 99 SPA 5 Repsol Honda Team Honda +15.003
12 Aleix Espargaro 41 SPA 4 Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia +29.512
13 Johann Zarco 5 FRA 3 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM +33.061
14 Hafizh Syahrin 55 THA 2 KTM Tech 3 Racing KTM +35.481
15 Miguel Oliveira 88 POR 1 KTM Tech 3 Racing KTM +36.044
16 Joan Mir 36 SPA 0 Team SUZUKI ECSTAR Suzuki +1 lap
Raining / 15
Saturday 18 May 2019, 15:21 UTC
  • Track Condition: Wet
  • Air Temp: 15°C
  • Humidity: 82%
  • Ground Temp: 17°C
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Team Constructor Constr. Time/Gap
1 Marc Marquez 93 SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 1'40.952
2 Danilo Petrucci 9 ITA Ducati Team Ducati +0.360
3 Jack Miller 43 AUS Alma Pramac Racing Ducati +0.414
4 Andrea Dovizioso 4 ITA Ducati Team Ducati +0.600
5 Valentino Rossi 46 ITA Yamaha Factory Racing Team Yamaha +0.703
6 Franco Morbidelli 21 ITA Petronas Yamaha SRT Yamaha +0.729
7 Takaaki Nakagami 30 JPN LCR Honda Honda +1.107
8 Jorge Lorenzo 99 SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda +1.115
9 Aleix Espargaro 41 SPA Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia +1.498
10 Fabio Quartararo 20 FRA Petronas Yamaha SRT Yamaha +1.557
11 Maverick Viñales 12 SPA Yamaha Factory Racing Team Yamaha +1.603
12 Pol Espargaro 44 SPA Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM +0.495
13 Francesco Bagnaia 63 ITA Alma Pramac Racing Ducati +2.315
14 Johann Zarco 5 FRA Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM +2.362
15 Cal Crutchlow 35 GBR LCR Honda Honda +2.447
16 Miguel Oliveira 88 POR KTM Tech 3 Racing KTM +2.718
17 Karel Abraham 17 CZE Reale Avintia Racing Ducati +2.815
18 Joan Mir 36 SPA Team SUZUKI ECSTAR Suzuki +2.939
19 Alex Rins 42 SPA Team SUZUKI ECSTAR Suzuki +3.039
20 Tito Rabat 53 SPA Reale Avintia Racing Ducati +3.684
21 Hafizh Syahrin 55 THA KTM Tech 3 Racing KTM +4.050
22 Andrea Iannone 29 ITA Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia +4.119
Cloudy / 20
Friday 17 May 2019, 15:16 UTC
  • Track Condition: Dry
  • Air Temp: 20°C
  • Humidity: 39%
  • Ground Temp: 31°C
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Team Constructor Constr. Time/Gap
1 Maverick Viñales 12 SPA Yamaha Factory Racing Team Yamaha 1'31.428
2 Marc Marquez 93 SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda +0.190
3 Fabio Quartararo 20 FRA Petronas Yamaha SRT Yamaha +0.285
4 Jorge Lorenzo 99 SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda +0.288
5 Andrea Dovizioso 4 ITA Ducati Team Ducati +0.308
6 Danilo Petrucci 9 ITA Ducati Team Ducati +0.471
7 Pol Espargaro 44 SPA Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM +0.495
8 Aleix Espargaro 41 SPA Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia +0.704
9 Takaaki Nakagami 30 JPN LCR Honda Honda +0.775
10 Jack Miller 43 AUS Alma Pramac Racing Ducati +0.810
11 Franco Morbidelli 21 ITA Petronas Yamaha SRT Yamaha +0.811
12 Cal Crutchlow 35 GBR LCR Honda Honda +0.842
13 Francesco Bagnaia 63 ITA Alma Pramac Racing Ducati +0.857
14 Valentino Rossi 46 ITA Yamaha Factory Racing Team Yamaha +0.892
15 Joan Mir 36 SPA Team SUZUKI ECSTAR Suzuki +0.894
16 Alex Rins 42 SPA Team SUZUKI ECSTAR Suzuki +0.957
17 Johann Zarco 5 FRA Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM +1.146
18 Karel Abraham 17 CZE Reale Avintia Racing Ducati +1.571
19 Andrea Iannone 29 ITA Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia +1.713
20 Miguel Oliveira 88 POR KTM Tech 3 Racing KTM +1.973
21 Tito Rabat 53 SPA Reale Avintia Racing Ducati +2.003
22 Hafizh Syahrin 55 THA KTM Tech 3 Racing KTM +2.475
Rider Standings
Sunday, 19 May 2019 - Open world standings grid
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Points Pts. Team Constructor Constr.
1 Marc MARQUEZ 93 SPA 95 Repsol Honda Team Honda
2 Andrea DOVIZIOSO 4 ITA 87 Ducati Team Ducati
3 Alex RINS 42 SPA 75 Team SUZUKI ECSTAR Suzuki
4 Valentino ROSSI 46 ITA 72 Yamaha Factory Racing Team Yamaha
5 Danilo PETRUCCI 9 ITA 57 Ducati Team Ducati
6 Jack MILLER 43 AUS 42 Alma Pramac Racing Ducati
7 Franco MORBIDELLI 21 ITA 34 Petronas Yamaha SRT Yamaha
8 Cal CRUTCHLOW 35 GBR 34 LCR Honda Honda
9 Pol ESPARGARO 44 SPA 31 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM
10 Maverick VIñALES 12 SPA 30 Yamaha Factory Racing Team Yamaha
11 Takaaki NAKAGAMI 30 JPN 29 LCR Honda Honda
12 Fabio QUARTARARO 20 FRA 25 Petronas Yamaha SRT Yamaha
13 Aleix ESPARGARO 41 SPA 22 Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia
14 Jorge LORENZO 99 SPA 16 Repsol Honda Team Honda
15 Johann ZARCO 5 FRA 10 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM
16 Francesco BAGNAIA 63 ITA 9 Alma Pramac Racing Ducati
17 Miguel OLIVEIRA 88 POR 8 KTM Tech 3 Racing KTM
18 Joan MIR 36 SPA 8 Team SUZUKI ECSTAR Suzuki
19 Andrea IANNONE 29 ITA 6 Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia
20 Stefan BRADL 6 GER 6 HRC Test Team Honda
21 Hafizh SYAHRIN 55 THA 2 KTM Tech 3 Racing KTM
22 Tito RABAT 53 SPA 2 Reale Avintia Racing Ducati