2019 Buriram MotoGP FP1 Result: Viñales Leads Through Marquez Misfortune

Friday morning at the Chang International Circuit was a warm but overcast affair, making conditions more bearable for the premier class crowd. Marc Marquez was back at the scene of his success at the first Thai GP and the world champion was keen to reclaim the land, topping the timesheets by over a second as soon as he hit the track. The closest rivals got for the next 25 minutes was eighth tenths of a second, with a handful of riders within very close proximity on the timesheets.

Marquez was showing unrivalled pace in the mid to high 1:31s throughout the session and looked set to top the timesheets ahead of the final push on soft rubber but things got a bit more complicated for the final five minutes. The Honda man had a frightening crash at turn 7 on his outlap and was unusually slow to bounce back, with little left intact on his bike. While the limping world champion was sent for a check at the medical centre, Maverick Viñales took his FP1 crown with the first 1:30 time of the weekend. The Yamaha man showed good pace too but not quite as consistent as his Honda rival’s.

Fabio Quartararo also slipped past Marquez on the timesheets, two tenths slower than his factory colleague and two hundredths faster than the world champion’s early benchmark. Aragon podium men Andrea Dovizioso and Jack Miller rounded out the top five, within three tenths of the leader. Valentino Rossi led the chase for the early part of the session but finished his morning half a second slower than his teammate, ahead of compatriots Franco Morbidelli and Danilo Petrucci.

Joan Mir and Pecco Bagnaia completed the top ten, with Alex Rins 11th after a session where he suffered a late technical issue. Pol Espargaro had an eventful morning on his return from injury, which he celebrated with an impressive save at turn 12 and a 13th place, his best time within a second of the leader.

~~~ UPDATE ~~~

Marc Marquez has been declared fit, with some bruising on his back and legs. He will try to ride in FP2. Alberto Puig told reporters the crash was caused by Marquez being on the dirty part of the track. "On the back straight probably he was not on the correct line," Puig said. "He was on the outside line and looks like that area is a little bit dirty. The tyre got some dust there and it's one possibility that the tyre was not completely clean. That was probably the reason because he was not fast and the tyre was up to temperature, so probably it was a matter of some dust or dirt on the tyre."

Results:

Pos. Num. Rider Bike Time Gap 1st Prev.
1 12 Maverick VIÑALES Yamaha 1'30.979    
2 20 Fabio QUARTARARO Yamaha 1'31.170 0.191 0.191
3 93 Marc MARQUEZ Honda 1'31.187 0.208 0.017
4 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO Ducati 1'31.205 0.226 0.018
5 43 Jack MILLER Ducati 1'31.227 0.248 0.022
6 46 Valentino ROSSI Yamaha 1'31.482 0.503 0.255
7 21 Franco MORBIDELLI Yamaha 1'31.569 0.590 0.087
8 9 Danilo PETRUCCI Ducati 1'31.593 0.614 0.024
9 36 Joan MIR Suzuki 1'31.753 0.774 0.160
10 63 Francesco BAGNAIA Ducati 1'31.799 0.820 0.046
11 42 Alex RINS Suzuki 1'31.847 0.868 0.048
12 41 Aleix ESPARGARO Aprilia 1'31.865 0.886 0.018
13 44 Pol ESPARGARO KTM 1'31.895 0.916 0.030
14 30 Takaaki NAKAGAMI Honda 1'31.947 0.968 0.052
15 29 Andrea IANNONE Aprilia 1'32.239 1.260 0.292
16 53 Tito RABAT Ducati 1'32.280 1.301 0.041
17 88 Miguel OLIVEIRA KTM 1'32.524 1.545 0.244
18 35 Cal CRUTCHLOW Honda 1'32.554 1.575 0.030
19 99 Jorge LORENZO Honda 1'32.838 1.859 0.284
20 82 Mika KALLIO KTM 1'32.877 1.898 0.039
21 55 Hafizh SYAHRIN KTM 1'33.033 2.054 0.156
22 17 Karel ABRAHAM Ducati 1'33.129 2.150 0.096
Round Number: 
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2019
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3 view perspectives between these two short videos below. One is unusual/not regular feed, showing him coming off and right at you.

Marc had a BIG off. Fast. Zero warning. Not much rubber down, hot out. Rain threatening, bringing perhaps some impetus to get quick quickly. Oliveira did the same crash early in the session there, same spot. Marc had been sliding both his front and rear a good bit early in the session. Lots of the faster riders skidding around here and there. Maverick too.

Not quite a proper chicane, but after a left flick there is a right one as well. As soon as he began his right flick, BOOM.

The bike tumbled like an avalanche, binned. Swingarm twisted nearly off, bits everywhere, no rear tire. The bike got it way worse than he did, but his initial impact looked very hard.

Hope you are ok MM93! Ouch.

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=SGDmNkZuGyk

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=8ocdAxzG6yg

That bike was far to close for comfort smashing over and over behind him.  Scarey stuff, hope he is ok.

Right?
The WORST is when the bike follows you into the fence at speed. Super scary.

Marc was walking with a wobble and two marshalls assisting before heading to the medical center, which is good. Not the head, he was conscious. But HURT. I think they are checking his back out. Can't rule out internal concerns too, he looked battered. Tough crash, even for the Skittle.

Addendum, he is back at the track and going to ride in FP2. Bruised back and leg. Tough kid.

5 mins into FP2, Marc is fastest. Nice recovery. Just has one bike of course.

Quartararo though topped the session. You've gotta love this rookie. Unless you are Morbidelli. And maybe a couple of Factory Yamaha guys? Yamaha looks good this weekend. A few Ducatis as well (Miller is strong again, top Duc in FP2).

Pol had a lovely save on his right elbow that got perfect "from the inside, just ahead and quite close" camera coverage. Welcome back already right back to fast P.Espargaro! Go look if you want, I have to go have a life outside Motomatters today and can't serve you video clips.
Cheers!

Go Yamaha!!!

...the only way the championship was ever going to get interesting was if Marc suffered an injury which caused him to miss some races. I don't think anyone would ever wish that to happen....but just incase anyone missed it...

It's a sign of Marcs domination this year that even if this crash had put him out for the remaining 5 races of the year Dovi would have to finish 2nd in those 5 races ( or a combination of results averaging 20 points roughly ) to stop Marc becoming champion! Given the Yamahas current form...wouldn't happen.

Good news to hear that Marc is ok. If he needs a holiday, i think the title will still be there come November.