Courtesy of Red Bull Media Service Team
Spaniard second at Malaysian GP as Italian Dovizioso holds on for podium.
Spaniard Marc Marquez had to settle for second place on Sunday at the Malaysian GP as compatriot Maverick Viñales put in a blistering performance up front to take the win, however he did make history with his 2019 season points haul. Here is all you need to know:
– Marquez came into the race assured of his sixth MotoGP world title with only the team title left to fight for over the final two races at Sepang and Valencia.
– He had to start in 11th after a controversial Saturday qualifying session that saw the Repsol Honda rider’s tow tactic backfire when he flicked into a highside crash.
– Thankfully he landed safely and started Sunday’s race superbly by making his way into the top four after one lap, but was then frustrated by Australian Jack Miller.
– The 26-year-old finally got past the Pramac Ducati rider, however Viñales had built up a commanding lead on his Monster Yamaha to claim his second 2019 win.
– Italian Andrea Dovizioso came in third on his Ducati to continue his strong season with Miller eighth and Spain’s Pol Espargaro 11th for Red Bull KTM Factory.
– Spaniard Jorge Lorenzo‘s tough season continued back in 14th for Repsol Honda with Finn Mika Kallio and popular home racer Hafizh Syahrin ending the race in 15th and 16th for their Red Bull KTM teams as Frenchman Johann Zarco crashed out for LCR Honda.
– Marquez has now accrued a new biggest points haul record across a single MotoGP campaign with 395 points over 18 races at 87.77%, which eclipses Lorenzo’s mark of 383 from 18 races in 2010 at 87.50%.
– In terms of his amazing start, the Cervera native said: “Dovizioso was also very fast. It was one of the best laps of my career. Mugello 2015 was also very good, and yesterday I watched what I did and said, ‘OK, I will try to repeat it’, and the first lap was perfect.”
Malaysian GP top-five result:
1. Maverick Viñales SPA Monster Yamaha 40m 14.632s
2. Marc Marquez SPA Repsol Honda +3.059s
3. Andrea Dovizioso ITA Ducati Team +5.611s
4. Valentino Rossi ITA Monster Yamaha +5.965s
5. Alex Rins SPA Suzuki Ecstar +6.350s
2019 MotoGP team standings with one round left:
1. Mission Winnow Ducati 432
2. Repsol Honda Team 430
3. Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP 367