Featured MotoGP: Marquez romps to Jerez win

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    Repsol Honda's Marc Marquez has become the first repeat premier class winner of 2019 after storming to victory in Jerez.

    Marquez stormed off the line to lead the 23-rider field through the opening corners, and once at the front he never looked back. Lap eight saw the Spaniard begin to open a gap and begin to break away, steadily building an advantage with each corner and eventually crossing the line 1.654 seconds ahead of second place rider, Suzuki's Alex Rins.

    Marquez said: “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.”

    Marquez took the holeshot from third on the grid, with Petronas Yamaha's Franco Morbidelli just getting the jump on his team-mate, polesitter team-mate Fabio Quartararo, to slot into second. But it was tight, with Ducati's Andrea Dovizioso initially threatening for P2 but then getting shuffled back to fifth behind Maverick Viñales on the factory Yamaha.

    Marquez quickly set about getting into a rhythm at the front, but Morbidelli wasn’t letting the reigning champion escape. Little by little, however, the gap began to extend. And as the number 21 dropped off the back of the Repsol Honda in the lead, team-mate Quartararo was looking menacing in third. Soon enough, the Frenchman was able to capitalise on a small mistake for the Italian and it was the rookie polesitter who moved into second.

    Unleashed, Quartararo soon set about getting on terms with Marquez’s pace but a mechanical issue stopped him in his tracks. This mishap moved Morbidelli in second and Suzuki's Alex Rins in third.

    However, the pace was too hot for Morbidelli and Rins, then Viñales, Dovizioso and Petrucci all got past.

    Out at the front Marquez took the chequered flag ahead of Rins, but the fight for third was close, with Viñales and Dovizioso fighting until the very last corner for the final podium place, and although the Italian was close throughout the final lap looking for a way through, it was the Spaniard who took third.

    Dovizioso took a decent fourth, ahead of team-mate Danilo Petrucci, with Yamaha's Valentino Rossi finishing sixth, Morbidelli seventh, LCR Honda's Cal Crutchlow eight, Takaaki Nakagami ninth and Honda test rider Stefan Bradl an impressive tenth.

    The result was Marquez's 46th win in the premier class, his 72nd across all classes, and sees him top the overall riders standings with 70 points, a point clear of second placed Rins. His 1’38.051 on Lap 15 of the race secured Marquez a new race lap record at the Jerez circuit along with his 25 World Championship points. He also becomes the third most successful Honda rider in the premier class, overtaking Jim Redman who claimed 45 wins, and he overtakes Lawson to become the sixth most successful MotoGP rider in terms of premier class podium finishes with 80.
     

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