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Álex Rins claimed an incredible victory at the British Grand Prix, and with it his second of the season, to beat Honda’s Marc Márquez by half a bike length as he out-dragged Márquez with the finish line in sight after an epic race-long duel between the Spanish rivals.
A huge, fiery crash at the first corner took out championship challenger Andrea Dovizioso and Fabio Quartararo as the French rookie high-sided on the exit of Copse corner. Dovizioso had nowhere to go and the Italian rider’s Ducati slammed into the Yamaha - both riders lucky to escape serious injury.
Pole-sitter Marc Márquez escaped the carnage to lead from a rejuvenated Álex Rins on the Suzuki with Valentino Rossi in third, as the riders bedded in the tyres on a scorching, resurfaced Silverstone circuit - the weather a stark contrast from last year’s waterlogged and postponed race.
After five laps Márquez and Rins pulled clear from Rossi, the multiple MotoGP™ champion under pressure from Yamaha team-mate Maverick Viñales for third place and a couple of laps later the Spaniard made it past.
With 12 laps remaining, Rins made his move on Márquez on the run out of Copse, but was re-passed by the reigning champion a few hundred metres later as the game of cat and mouse between the Spanish riders intensified.
Throughout the closing laps, and with questions over who had the most grip remaining, Viñales managed to close up to the leading duo as Rins continued to ask questions of Márquez’ lead and with three laps remaining was within pouncing distance.
Rins passed at Aintree with two laps remaining, but the power of the Márquez’ Honda managed to drag him back into the lead, but Rins regrouped and challenged the reigning champion at the flat-out Woodcote corner as the duel was set up for the final lap.
And what a final lap it was. Márquez looked to have an answer for everything that Rins could throw at him, but as the riders headed into Woodcote for the final time, Rins managed to pop out of the slipstream of the Honda and take the win in one of the most exciting battles of the season so far with Viñales finishing a close third.
MotoGP™ of Great Britain results
- Álex Rins (ESP) 40m 12.799s
- Marc Márquez (ESP) +0.013
- Maverick Vinales(ESP) +0.620
- Valentino Rossi (ITA) +11.439
- Franco Morbidelli (ITA) +13.109
- Cal Crutchlow (GBR) +19.169
- Danilo Petrucci (ITA) +19.682
- Jack Miller (AUS) +20.318
- Pol Espargaró (ESP) +21.079
- Andrea Iannone (ITA) +25.144
A case of history repeating at Silverstone
If you thought that the battle between Marc Márquez and Andrea Dovizioso last time out at the Red Bull Ring in Austria was intense then think again.
The battle between Márquez and Suzuki’s Álex Rins on the long straights of Silverstone provided an epic duel and one which, until a few metres before the finish line, looked to have been won by the reigning champion Márquez on the Honda.
By managing to out-drag and out-smart Márquez and cross the line 0.031 in the lead, Rins summoned up the ghosts of Silverstone’s past and treated the tens of thousands of fans at the track and the millions watching at home to a repeat of a classic scenario from four decades ago.
Back in 1979 Kenny Roberts beat Barry Sheene by just 0.030 in a classic race and in an almost carbon copy finish, Rins has managed to not only beat Márquez and take his second win of the season, but also somehow go one better than Sheene and Roberts’ spectacle from all those years ago.
Dovizioso and Quartararo lucky to escape from sickening smash
Any hopes of Ducati’s Andrea Dovizioso making a return to the top step of the podium at Silverstone following a hard-fought victory at the last race in Austria were shattered just a few hundred metres into the race.
On the exit of the quick first corner, Yamaha’s Fabio Quartararo lost control trying to recover from a slow start. As his bike hit the tarmac, Dovizioso had nowhere to go and as he accelerated from his seventh place on the grid he smashed into the stricken Yamaha.
Despite the horrific nature of the crash, the safety kit did its job and following observation at a local hospital, both riders were found to have avoided serious injury.
The main injury it seems is to Dovizioso’s championship hopes...
Pol Espargaró hits the top-10 again for KTM
Red Bull KTM’s Pol Espargaró turned in yet another solid performance and brought the points home astride his KTM.
Ninth place at Silverstone means that out of the 12 races so far, Espargaró has cracked the top ten 50 percent of the time and the Silverstone result puts him 11th in the MotoGP™ championship standings, just a single point behind Yamaha rider Franco Morbidelli.
With seven races to go the Spanish rider will be looking to finish the season as top KTM rider and also bag a top-10 finish in the championship.
The 2019 MotoGP™ crown is surely going to Marc Márquez
Behind the spectacular nature and ultra-close finish of the British Grand Prix, the championship standings make good reading for Honda’s Marc Márquez, as he looks for his sixth MotoGP™ triumph.
Despite losing out to Álex Rins by less then the length of a bike at Silverstone, Márquez leads the MotoGP™ rider’s standings by a whopping 78 points and following Andrea Dovizioso’s retirement, any slim hope of the Italian claiming his maiden premier class crown is pretty much all but gone.
Still, with some great circuits left on the calendar and a victory hungry Rins on the prowl, the runner-up slot in the standings is still far from decided.
Can Rins overhaul Dovizioso in the remaining seven races?
MotoGP™ 2019 championship standings
- Marc Márquez (ESP) 250 points
- Andrea Dovizioso (ITA) 172
- Álex Rins (ESP) 149
- Danilo Petrucci (ITA) 145