Misano Adriatico - Spaniard
Marc Marquez screamed with joy as he snatched victory on the final lap
at the San Marino Grand Prix on Sunday to close in on a sixth MotoGP
The 26-year-old Spaniard said his motivation had been high after his
spat with local hero Valentino Rossi in qualifying on Saturday.
"I knew there was no need to win because (Andrea) Dovizioso was far
behind but what happened yesterday (Saturday) in qualifying gave me
extra motivation and winning today was the best way to answer," said
Marquez and Rossi both insisted the other had deliberately ruined his
chance to start on pole position as they pushed for the best time on
the final lap in qualifying.
Honda rider Marquez, starting on the second row, matched Rossi with a
third MotoGP win in Misano, finishing ahead of France's Fabio
Quartararo, on a Yamaha-SRT, who had the lead for most of the race.
Pole sitter Maverick Vinales completed the podium for Yamaha.
Marquez now has a 93-point lead on Italian Ducati rider Dovizioso
with six races left this season. Dovizioso finished sixth on Sunday in
front of his home crowd.
Seven-time MotoGP world champion Rossi - who last won in Misano in
2014 - finished fourth 12.660 behind Marquez after starting from the
"At the end I just decided to go for it," said Marquez, after his
seventh win this season after being pipped on the line in the last two
races at Silverstone and the Dutch GP.
"Having lost two races on the last corner burned a bit," said Marquez.
"Fabio, however, is ready to win a race and, starting next year,
fight for the championship. now I can say that it is very nice to win in
Marquez has now won 77 Grand Prix races in all categories to overtake British legend Mike Hailwood, who competed in the 1960s.
The Spaniard has won 51 MotoGP races, 16 Moto2 and 10 Moto3 - and is
fourth overall behind Giacomo Agostini (122), Rossi (115) and Angel
"It was a very tough race," said Quartararo, 20, who has now achieved four podium finishes in his first season.
"It was the first time that I battled like that with Marquez."
Marquez claims a sixth win in Misano and third in the MotoGP category
after 2015 and 2017. He matches Rossi's record of three wins at the San
Suzuki's Alex Rins, winner in Silverstone, lost his third place in
the championship standings after crashing out of the race, with the next
round at home in Valencia next weekend.
In Moto2, Spaniard Augusto Fernandez also snatched victory on the final lap to make it back-to-back wins after Silverstone.
The 21-year-old Kalex rider's audacious overtaking move on the final
lap gave him victory over Italian pole sitter Fabio di Giannantonio.
Spain's Alex Marquez - younger brother of Marc Marquez - consolidated his overall world championship lead by finishing third.
In Moto3, Japan's Tatsuki Suzuki started on pole to claim his maiden
victory after a thrilling seven-rider battle at the Misano World Circuit
Marco Simoncelli, near Rimini in eastern Italy.
Suzuki's victory was charged with emotion as he races for the team of
Italian Paolo Simoncelli, whose son Marco died after an accident in
2011, with the Misano circuit named in his honour.
Results and standings after the San Marino MotoGP, the 13th of the 19-round world championship series, on Sunday:
1. Marc Marquez (ESP/Honda) 42min 25.163sec, 2. Fabio Quartararo (FRA/Yamaha-SRT) at 0.903sec, 3. Maverick Vinales (ESP/Yamaha) 1.636, 4. Valentino Rossi (ITA/Yamaha) 12.660, 5. Franco Morbidelli (ITA/Yamaha) 12.774, 6. Andrea Dovizioso (ITA/Ducati) 13.744, 7. Pol Espargaro (ESP/KTM) 20.050, 8. Joan Mir (ESP/Suzuki) 22.512, 9. Jack Miller (AUS/Ducati-Pramac) 26.554, 10. Danilo Petrucci (ITA/Ducati) 31.456, 11. Johann Zarco (FRA/KTM) 32.388
Did not finish: Alex Rins (ESP/Suzuki), Francesco Bagnaia (ITA/Ducati-Pramac), Michele Pirro (ITA/Ducati), Takaaki Nagakami (JPN/Honda-LCR), Cal Crutchlow (Honda-LCR)
World championship standings:
1. Marc Marquez (ESP/Honda) 275pts, 2. Andrea Dovizioso (ITA/Ducati) 182, 3. Danilo Petrucci (ITA/Ducati) 151, 4. Alex Rins (ESP/Suzuki) 149, 5. Maverick Vinales (ESP/Yamaha) 134, 6. Valentino Rossi (ITA/Yamaha) 129, 7. Fabio Quartararo (FRA/Yamaha-SRT) 112
1. Honda 281pts, 2. Ducati 221, 3. Yamaha 215, 4. Suzuki 174, 5. KTM 85, 6. Aprilia 57
1. Augusto Fernandez (ESP/Kalex) 41min 12.535sec, 2. Fabio di Giannantonio (ITA/SpeedUp) at 0.186sec, 3. Alex Marquez (ESP/Kalex) 1.283, 4. Thomas Luthi (SUI/Kalex) 2.733, 5. Sam Lowes (GBR/Kalex) 8.764
1. Alex Marquez (ESP/Kalex) 197 pts, 2. Augusto Fernandez (ESP/Kalex) 171, 3. Thomas Lthi (Sui/Kalex) 159, 4. Jorge Navarro (ESP/SpeedUp) 155, 5. Brad Binder (AFS/KTM) 135
1. Tatsuki Suzuki (JPN/Honda) 40min 00.034sec, 2. John McPhee (GBR/Honda) at 0.112sec, 3. Tony Arbolino (ITA/Honda) 0.201, 4. Jaume Masia (ESP/KTM) 0.708, 5. Dennis Foggia (ITA/KTM) 3.232
Selected: 8. Lorenzo Dalla Porta (ITA/Honda) at 3.740
1. Lorenzo Dalla Porta (ITA/Honda) 179 pts, 2. Aron Canet (ESP/KTM) 157, 3. Tony Arbolino (ITA/Honda) 149, 4. Marcos Ramirez (ESP/Honda) 123, 5. Niccolo Antonelli (ITA/Honda) 118
Selected: 9. Tatsuki Suzuki (JPN/Honda) 75