2019 Barcelona MotoGP Race Result: A Big Birthday Cake But Very Few Guests

There could have been no odder celebration for MotoGP’s 70th birthday than the chaos under the burning sun of Catalunya. The party was missing some of its most iconic guests after they were forced into an early exit but the reigning world champion made it a worthwhile race for the home crowd, Marc Marquez making it a hat-trick for Spain in Montmeló. The Spaniard also made sure that his record for the youngest GP winner stayed intact but Fabio Quartararo was more than delighted with his first painkiller-fuelled podium in the premier class. Danilo Petrucci scored a hat-trick of consecutive podiums and brought at least half a smile to the Ducati garage.

That smile was much wider at the start of the race, when King of the Holeshot Andrea Dovizioso took on Marquez into turn one and came out victorious. Having started on the front row, both the Petronas boys lost a lot of ground in turn one, while Maverick Viñales and Jorge Lorenzo were flying and soon harassing Marquez for second. Petrucci and Valentino Rossi were not too far behind, with Alex Rins battling Quartararo and Jack Miller at this early stage.

The end of lap one was already promising a tasty affair, with the all-star cast at the front but disaster struck on lap two. Marquez took over the lead from Dovizioso in turn ten but the move went barely noticed as Lorenzo behind him messed up (with a touch of bad luck) while attempting an overtake on Viñales and the Spaniard took Dovizioso, Viñales and Rossi out like innocent bowling pins. The only survivor of the turn ten melee was Marquez, who made his own luck with his choice of overtaking spot and ended up the sole leader by one second, with Petrucci, Quartararo and Rins there to pick up the pieces for the podium battle.

By lap six, Marquez had extended his advantage with a sequence of fastest laps, while Rins looked like the fastest of the chasers but was struggling to get ahead of Petrucci and Quartararo. Despite several attempts here and there, the Suzuki had to wait until the final ten laps to one-up the Ducati in a harsh move in turn four but by then Marquez had disappeared into the horizon by five seconds.

Rins did not get much of a shot to lead the chase as Petrucci used his speed into turn one to retake second with eight laps to go. Rins’ worries started to multiply as Quartararo, Miller and Crutchlow smelled blood and a rodeo ride from the Suzuki man in turn one dropped him out of the podium battle, to seventh position. Petrucci did not get much of a breather either as Quartararo immediately attacked and the Yamaha was more successful in holding on to second position. Crutchlow left the podium party with six laps left, after a failed move on Miller at turn four.

Once the poleman got into the lead of the chasing pack, the gap to Marquez got under five seconds but four seconds in five laps was too much to ask of the young Frenchman. For the final four laps, the podium battle reduced to two, Quartararo and Petrucci dropping Miller, Rins and Joan Mir, while Pol Espargaro was still posting personal best sectors on a lonely ride to seventh.

Marquez was just starting to drop the pace in the 1:41s for the final few laps after a scarily consistent run of high 1:40s but Quartararo did not seem keen to give up the fight just yet and threw a late 1:40 into the game, reducing the gap to three seconds for the last two laps. Petrucci on the other hand threw in the towel and settled for third, while Rins made a late move on Miller and made amends for his earlier mistake with a fourth place. Miller rounded out the top five ahead of a good result for Mir in sixth. Pol Espargaro brought it almost literally home in seventh, with Takaaki Nakagami, Tito Rabat and Johann Zarco completing the top ten. With the long list of riders who didn’t see the checkered flag, everyone who did ended up in the points, namely Andrea Iannone, Miguel Oliveira and wildcard Sylvain Guintoli.

As if Marquez needed any help in the championship, his teammate's blunder sees him leave his home race with a 37 point advantage on Dovizioso. Rins stays third, another two points back, with Petrucci fourth, 42 points behind the leader. It was a big impact both on the tarmac and in the championship for Viñales and Rossi, the Yamahas losing touch quite decisively in the title battle.

Results:

Pos. Num. Rider Bike Gap
1 93 Marc MARQUEZ Honda 40'31.175
2 20 Fabio QUARTARARO Yamaha +2.660
3 9 Danilo PETRUCCI Ducati +4.537
4 42 Alex RINS Suzuki +6.602
5 43 Jack MILLER Ducati +6.870
6 36 Joan MIR Suzuki +7.040
7 44 Pol ESPARGARO KTM +16.144
8 30 Takaaki NAKAGAMI Honda +17.969
9 53 Tito RABAT Ducati +22.661
10 5 Johann ZARCO KTM +26.228
11 29 Andrea IANNONE Aprilia +32.036
12 88 Miguel OLIVEIRA KTM +44.666
13 50 Sylvain GUINTOLI Suzuki +51.363
    Not Classified    
  35 Cal CRUTCHLOW Honda 6 Laps
  21 Franco MORBIDELLI Yamaha 8 Laps
  63 Francesco BAGNAIA Ducati 19 Laps
  55 Hafizh SYAHRIN KTM 21 Laps
  46 Valentino ROSSI Yamaha 22 Laps
  4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO Ducati 22 Laps
  12 Maverick VIÑALES Yamaha 23 Laps
  99 Jorge LORENZO Honda 23 Laps
  41 Aleix ESPARGARO Aprilia 23 Laps
  17 Karel ABRAHAM Ducati 0 Lap
  38 Bradley SMITH Aprilia 0 Lap
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2019
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Total votes: 24

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What a disappointment for this crash of champions to play out so early in the race. That is racing. Jorge's ambition outweighed his tallent on this rare occasion. He's without doubt the villain of the incident but a racing incident none the less. The championship is not over by a long shot. Marc can relax a little and manage the title chase, yet he will be painfully aware of just how quick the fickle finger of fate can do a dirty on him through no fault of his own and turn the title chase on its head. Marc' strategy is certainly working though. Get onto the front row, nail it from the start, get the lead, get the hammer down and then manage the race. Well executed race by him yet again. Petrux did a great job again and Quattraro has certainly arrived. Marc certainly has two fingertips on the big trophy 2019 but at this stage thats all. This ain't 2014.

Total votes: 6

        just pondering, how much outrage would be expressed if it had been MM93 doing the JL99 effort. I suspect people would be a lot less charitable with regards "just a racing incident"type of thing.

                                             Cheers Beamer 12

Total votes: 22

If Jorge Lorenzo was known for making passes by diving from miles back and relying on the other rider getting out of the way (or get pushed) there would no doubt be many column inches on how this time he went too far. But he isn't, just like Dani Pedrosa wasn't when he took Dovi out at CotA a couple of years ago.

Total votes: 8

one has a history within the premier class of riding cleanly and bemoaning when folks even get too close. The other has a terrible history of poor sportsmanship due to his aggressive riding style and was the reason for the points system being created. So, not really a fair question. 

Total votes: 30

Come on now indeed....  Remember last in Jerez. Dovi & Lorenzo go long in a breaking duel at the now ironically named Pedrosa corner, leaving the door open for Dani to rail through on the racing line. Jorge cuts back sharply to close the door on Dani... boom all three are down. Two years running now Lorenzo has torpedoed Dovi's championship chances. In the last 3 years Dovi and Marquez have fought some tooth and nail battles but neither has brought down the other. Think about it.

Total votes: 14

If over the arc of Jorge's premier class career you can find a repeated pattern of abuse (non-verbal or finger wagging type) on track of his compatriots, I would agree and state I was wrong. My comment isn't to say that Jorge never makes mistakes, all the premier class guys do because they are on the razor edge and sometimes find themselves on the other side of the limit. However, MM93 does have that reputation as a poor sportsman and thus was the reason the premier class created the points system.

Total votes: 7

Out of all the riders on the MotoGP grid in Barcelona how many have had race bans for unsportsmanlike behavior? I can count two and coincidentally they are on the same team. 

Total votes: 4

From a couple of quick views of the replays, while Jorge was certainly at fault, events conspired against him to some degree. Looked to me that Dovi really had to park it on the way into the corner when Marquez passed. That in turn Took away any wiggle room Jorge had when going in hot. At that point he was snookered. He could only either brake more and loose it or barge into Dovi and both crash anyhow.

The yams were both collateral damage. Rossi looked to be in hot as well, which is why he couldn't turn in and avoid as Petrucci did.

Damn shame, the good starts by Vinales and Lorenzo set up an interesting race at the front, which all but evaporated after this incident. Good podium battle though.

Total votes: 28

only after you see a number of different angles you see Dovi basically stopped on the same line as JL's predicted line.  Will be interesting to hear what the other riders really think, was he too hot and therefore too silly that early in the race or are they going to be more forgiving?  Remains to be seen.

Total votes: 7

I expect that Dovi and Vinales will be penalized for "being out of the line" and causing Lorenzo to crash, since he was not out of control. 

Total votes: 13

when he dared to ride his bike through the biggest gap on the planet instead of slowing down and allowing Jorge to get back into the race :-)

Total votes: 12