Marc Marquez’s comfortable win in Jerez has seen the Honda rider return to the top of the leader board with 70 points. However, his lead is a slender one.

Alex Rins is now on 69 points after battling through from 9th on the grid to cross the line second. Going into the weekend Italian Andrea Dovizioso was the top rider. His fourth-place finish in Jerez saw him slip to third overall on 67 points. Valentino Rossi had a terrible qualifying at this round. He had to go through Q1 and failed to get through to Q2. As a result, he started 13th on the grid but as has become a habit he rode through the field to finish the race in sixth. He stands on 61 points which means the leading four riders are separated by just nine points.

Youngest ever pole-sitter

There was a strange line up to the front row of the grid as both the Petronas Yamaha SRT riders occupied positions one and two. The team had an amazing qualifying with Fabio Quartararo taking pole position and his teammate Franco Morbidelli lining up second. Quartararo took Marquez’s record of being the youngest ever pole-sitter. Both had edged out Marc Marquez on the factory Honda.

When the lights went out Marquez made no mistake and took the race lead. He never really looked troubled overly troubled even though the Petronas Yamaha of Morbidelli and Quartararo held on in the opening laps.

Marquez upped the pace

Marquez then upped his pace and began to stretch the field behind. Quartararo managed to overtake his teammate and move into second place. Morbidelli began to fade as the race went on and dropped back down the field. Quartararo then found himself out of luck as a gearing problem ended his race and a very good chance of a podium finish.

Alex Rins had worked his way through the field and moved into second place. Maverick Viñales was third and Dovizioso was close behind the Yamaha rider.

Further back, Valentino Rossi made his way through the pack to cross the line in sixth behind fellow Italian Danilo Petrucci. Franco Morbidelli eventually came home in seventh place, followed by Cal Crutchlow, Takaaki Nakagami and Stefan Bradl a very respectable tenth.

“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. “

Marc Marquez

MotoGP Jerez 2019

Pos. Rider Time/Gap Points
1 Marc MARQUEZ 41’08.685 25
2 Alex RINS +1.654 20
3 Maverick VIÑALES +2.443 16
4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO +2.804 13
5 Danilo PETRUCCI +4.748 11
6 Valentino ROSSI +7.547 10
7 Franco MORBIDELLI +8.228 9
8 Cal CRUTCHLOW +10.052 8
9 Takaaki NAKAGAMI +10.274 7
10 Stefan BRADL +13.402 6
11 Aleix ESPARGARO +15.431 5
12 Jorge LORENZO +18.473 4
13 Pol ESPARGARO +20.156 3
14 Johann ZARCO +26.706 2
15 Tito RABAT +28.513 1
16 Karel ABRAHAM +36.858  
17 Bradley SMITH +41.390  
18 Miguel OLIVEIRA +41.570  
19 Hafizh SYAHRIN +50.568