MotoGP Silverstone Results 2019

Bruce Allen
by Bruce Allen

Rins mugs Marquez in last-turn British thriller

Today’s GoPRO British Grand Prix unfolded according to script, a script seemingly written by some Hollywood hack. Plucky young challenger Alex Rins trails peerless champion for the entire race, makes a late mistake, but recovers in time to steal the win by 13/thousandths of a second in one of the closest MotoGP tilts of all time. Marc Marquez lost a relatively meaningless battle but happily extended his lead in the war to a dispiriting 78 points.

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Alex Rins steals one from Marc Marquez, winning by a mere 0.013 seconds.

The battle everyone was hoping for – Marquez vs. Fabio Quartararo – never got started, as the young Frenchman, starting from P4, got way too aggressive on cold tires early in Lap 1, high-sided, and dropped his Petronas Yamaha directly in front of Ducati hopeful Andrea Dovizioso, who had nowhere to go but up. Both riders ended their day in the gravel; both could be injured, as there is no report yet. Dovi clearly got the worst of the deal impact-wise, and it was Fabio’s crash. This Ducati debacle left a top five of Marquez, Valentno Rossi, Rins, Franco Morbidelli and Maverick Viñales. The two Italians would later yield to the three Spaniards, producing an all-Spanish podium, the same three that graced the podium at Jerez early in the year.

Huge drama at turn one! ? @FabioQ20 crashes out with @AndreaDovizioso unable to avoid the Yamaha! The Ducati rider is stretchered away ? #BritishGP ??

— MotoGP™ ?? (@MotoGP) August 25, 2019

Fabio Quartararo crashed on the first corner, taking out Andrea Dovizioso in the process. Dovizioso was taken off the track on a stretcher but was later seen up on his feet. He was later taken via helicopter to Coventry Hospital after the medical center determined he suffered a concussion.

Practice and Qualifying

At least two things became immediately clear on Friday, as Petronas Yamaha prodigy Quartararo flirted with, then broke, the all-time track record at Silverstone, held by Marquez since 2017. First, the new racing surface is, as my dad used to say, “very adequate.” Second, Quartararo, who led both sessions, is fully capable of securing his first MotoGP win this weekend; the Yamaha contingent in general appears to love themselves some Silverstone.

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While Frabio Quartararo has been impressive in qualifying all season, he has been prone to mistakes that prevent him from getting his Alien card.

(Note: I have been reluctant to jump on the Quartararo bandwagon with the readers who have, because I believe young Fabio still gets the yips at the end of close races. Until he displays the testicules d’acier one needs to stare down the likes of Marquez or Dovi on the last lap, he cannot be considered for an Alien card. Rins had to wait until his first win to receive his; it’s only fair. And Fabio hasn’t yet won his first race. He may, in fact, be The New Kid in Town. He may be a flash in the proverbial pan. Too early to say.)

The track record took a pounding on Friday afternoon, then again, en masse, on Saturday morning. FP3 has ingeniously positioned itself as QØ. The last five minutes is a time attack on soft tires, trying to gain automatic entry to Q2, bypassing Q1 and being able to devote FP4 to race simulations. Friday afternoon saw four riders under the old record – Quartararo, Marquez, Viñales and Rossi. On Saturday morning, 16 riders eclipsed the 2017 record, led by Fabio’s remarkable 1:58.547, 1.4 seconds faster than the target. There were four Yamahas in the top eight. Left out in the Q1 cold were names led by Dovizioso, Rins, and Takaa Nakagami; Jorge Lorenzo, limping around multiple seconds behind the leaders, must have been terrified. And this was all before FP4 and Q1. The weather was superb. There was a little rubber on the track.

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Jorge Lorenzo returned to action after missing the last few rounds due to injury.

Dovizioso and Rins made it through Q1 to set up an exhilarating Q2. With zeroes showing on the clock, and riders out on the track, the leaders, as best I recall, were Fabio, Rins and Viñales. Faster than you can blink your eyes, Rossi, Marquez and Jack Miller thundered across the finish line on to the front row, relegating the Frenchman and the two Spaniards to Row 2, juste comme ça. In the process, Marquez set yet another all-time track record, the fifth time this season he has done so in twelve rounds, one of which was wet. Rossi sitting second and Miller third set up a grand battle on Sunday, in which my two picks not named Marquez would start from P6 and P7. With the weather and the racing surface both close to perfect, Sunday’s race promised, well, more of what we’re used to, #93 taking the win and any of seven or eight other riders poised to join him on the rostrum, to carry his train, as it were.

Farther Down the Food Chain

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Maverick Viñales took third, handily pushing teammate Valentino Rossi off the podium.

Valentino Rossi, his best days behind him and no threat to podium, managed to hold on to fourth place in front of countryman Franco Morbidelli and homeboy Cal Crutchlow, who said during the week he needs surgery, i.e., don’t come crying to him if you need a MotoGP win. Danilo Petrucci (P7) beat Jack Miller for Top Ducati of the Day to take the Taller Than Danny DeVito Award for this week. Pol Espargaro and a shocking Andrea Iannone allowed KTM and Aprilia, respectively, to make token appearances in the top ten.

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Johann Zarco’s soon-to-be-former employer can’t be happy that he took out fellow KTM rider Miguel Oliveira. Zarco was deemed to have been riding in an irresponsible manner, and will be penalized three grid positions at Misano.

Johann Zarco, in his season of discontent, took out fellow KTM peddler Miguel Oliveira on Lap 9, effectively ruining yet another Sunday for Pit Bierer & Co. (Sidebar: Aron Canet, currently toiling in Moto3, will someday wear KTM colors in MotoGP. Not this next year, but a year or two after that. Just sayin’.)

The Big Picture

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Though he would have liked the win, Marc Marquez should be satisfied with second place, especially with Andrea Dovizioso crashing out early.

The 2019 championship staggered inexorably closer to the abyss today, as Marquez extended his series lead over the fallen Dovizioso to a game-over 78 points which, with a better script, would be 83. Rins took over third place from Petrucci and closed the distance between himself and Dovizioso. Viñales and Rossi are fighting amongst themselves for the honor of finishing fifth for the season. Miller, Quartararo and Crutchlow are tussling over P7. Morbidelli and Pol Espargaro are currently locked in a duel for the final spot in the top ten.

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Lorenzo dalla Porta leaves Silverstone leading Aron Canet by 14 points for the Moto3 title chase.

The Moto3 race today was, as usual, a barn-burner, with Marcos Ramirez sneaking across the line first, followed in close order by a hacked-off Tony Arbolino and Ramirez’ teammate Lorenzo dalla Porta, who leads the series by 14 points over Canet, whose own opportunity got skittled early in the race by Albert Arenas. Arbolino said in a post-race interview that he felt harshly treated by the two Leopard Hondas and swore revenge, perhaps as soon as Misano. This vendetta stuff among Italians is so pre-Renaissance.

Over in Moto2, Augusto Fernandez took advantage of a crash by series leader Alex Marquez to win in front of a clot of riders including Jorge Navarro, Brad Binder and Remy Gardner. Fernandez took 25 points out of Marquez and now trails Little Brother by 35 points which, if nothing else, is less than 60. Lots of rumors flying around about Moto3 guys getting kicked up to Moto2 next year, including Ramirez and, of all people, Naughty Romano Fenati who, despite his trove of personality disorders, is fast on a motorcycle and would likely be excited beyond words to have 765cc roaring beneath him. More about that later.

The World Championship leader is down! ? @alexmarquez73 has barely made a mistake ALL year! ? #BritishGP ??

— MotoGP™ ?? (@MotoGP) August 25, 2019

A mistake by Alex Marquez took him out of the Moto2 race. He still holds a 35-point lead over both Augusto Fernandez and Thomas Luthi for the championship.

Today’s Tranches

After Austria:

Tranche 1: Marc Marquez
Tranche 2: Danilo Petrucci, Jack Miller, Andrea Dovizioso, Alex Rins, Fabio Quartararo, Valentino Rossi
Tranche 3: Maverick Viñales, Pol Espargaro, Joan Mir, Takaa Nakagami, Cal Crutchlow, Franco Morbidelli, Pecco Bagnaia
Tranche 4: Jorge Lorenzo, Johann Zarco, Miguel Oliveira, Aleix Espargaro
Tranche 5: Karel Abraham, Hafizh Syahrin, Tito Rabat, Andrea Iannone

After Silverstone:

Tranche 1: Marc Marquez
Tranche 2: Andrea Dovizioso, Alex Rins, Fabio Quartararo, Valentino Rossi, Maverick Viñales, Cal Crutchlow, Jack Miller
Tranche 3: Danilo Petrucci, Pol Espargaro, Joan Mir, Takaa Nakagami, Franco Morbidelli, Miguel Oliveira
Tranche 4: Johann Zarco, Aleix Espargaro, Pecco Bagnaia, Andrea Iannone
Tranche 5: Jorge Lorenzo, Karel Abraham, Hafizh Syahrin, Tito Rabat

Two Weeks Until Rimini

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With two fourth-place finishes in a row, Valentino Rossi would love nothing more than to return to the podium at Misano.

As summer draws to a close the flying circus returns to Italy, to the Adriatic Riviera, to one of the sweetest venues on the calendar. Beaches, mountains, San Marino has it all, not to mention one of the world’s great racetracks. Despite the boorish comportment of #93, we will find things to discuss as we close in on November. A great number of readers seem to care a lot about Valentino Rossi and KTM motorcycles; not sure why, but we’re always happy to host the discussion.

2019 MotoGP Silverstone Results




Álex RinsSuzuki Ecstar40:12.799


Marc MarquezRepsol Honda+0.013


Maverick ViñalesMonster Energy Yamaha+0.620


Valentino RossiMonster Energy Yamaha+11.439


Franco MorbidelliPetronas Yamaha SRT+13.109


Cal CrutchlowLCR Honda Castrol+19.169


Danilo PetrucciMission Winnow Ducati+19.682


Jack MillerPramac Ducati+20.318


Pol EspargaroRed Bull KTM Factory+21.079


Andrea IannoneAprilia Gresini+25.144


Francesco BagnaiaPramac Ducati+40.317


Sylvain GuintoliSuzuki Ecstar+45.478


Hafizh SyahrinRed Bull KTM Tech3+54.783


Jorge LorenzoRepsol Honda+56.651


Karel AbrahamReale Avintia Ducati+1:29.282


Tito RabatReale Avintia Ducati+1:31.716


Takaaki NakagamiLCR Honda Idemitsu+1:40.420

Not Classified


Aleix EspargaroAprilia Gresini1 Lap


Miguel OliveiraRed Bull KTM Tech312 Laps


Johann ZarcoRed Bull KTM Factory12 Laps


Fabio QuartararoPetronas Yamaha SRT0 Laps


Andrea DoviziosoMission Winnow Ducati0 Laps

2019 MotoGP Top 10 Standings After 12 Rounds




Marc MarquezRepsol Honda250


Andrea DoviziosoMission Winnow Ducati172


Álex RinsSuzuki Ecstar149


Danilo PetrucciMission Winnow Ducati145


Maverick ViñalesMonster Energy Yamaha118


Valentino RossiMonster Energy Yamaha116


Jack MillerPramac Racing Ducati94


Fabio QuartararoPetronas Yamaha SRT92


Cal CrutchlowLCR Honda Castrol88


Franco MorbidelliPetronas Yamaha SRT69
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  • Barrylindon Barrylindon on Aug 26, 2019

    Nice race, that Suzuki speed on the corners was mind blowing, always rooting for them but at this point anybody not in awe with Marquez is just a hater, in the last corners he was braking hard with the rear wheel on the air and already leaning, nobody else does that.

    Dorna should step in and move Lorenzo to Suzuki and Zarco to a Yamaha, we are losing on talented guys riding a machine that is just not suited for them.

    After a year of sleep Iannone just decided to wake up, what a waste of talent, he was fighting with Marquez in moto2 and look at him now.

    I was very disappointed with my boy Jorge Martin as he was at the bottom of the field in practice but he recovered and ended 12 not so bad.

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    • Mad4TheCrest Mad4TheCrest on Aug 27, 2019

      Remember the CRT bikes? Remember that 'customer' Honda RCV that essentially put an end to Nicky Hayden's GP career? There are bikes not even Marquez at his best could win on. I imagine MM could fight his way to a top 5, maybe a podium on the KTM, but that Aprillia is a dog at most tracks and not even Marquez magic could fix it.

  • Eduardo Gonzlez Eduardo Gonzlez on Aug 26, 2019

    Really good race, Rins rode amazingly well, and Marquez, man, he's awesome, the way he makes the Honda do stuff it isn't supposed to do, he is in (or from) a different planet.
    And Rins kind of reminded me of Colin Edwards in the way he rides, he is smooth as hell. really enjoyed seeing him.
    Shame about El Diablo and Dovi, read that Fabio had to slow down because he saw Rins loosing the front end, and that's why he crashed, and that´s why Dovi flew landing with the grace of a stone(?).
    And Zarco, the season can't end early enough for him, really terrible year.
    What else? Not much, really enjoyed the race, though I haven't watched either Moto 3 and Moto 2 races. Before I forget, Marc is going to win the Championship long before the season is over. But, if the races are good ones, who care?