MotoGP 2019: Last lap glory for Marc Marquez at Misano
A last lap overtaking manoeuvre that Marc Marquez pulled off over Fabio Quartararo at Misano, ensured him a fine victory and continued success as he hunts down the 2019 MotoGP championship title. The Spaniard also managed to extend his lead at the head of the MotoGP championship standings, which means that his sixth title is looking more secure with each race. Marquez now leads the MotoGP championship standings by 93 points.
The man on pole at Misano was Yamaha's Maverick Viñales, who ultimately had to settle for third place in the race. Viñales managed to get off to a good start, but then had a few slow laps. This allowed Quartararo and Marquez to get past him, although it was the Frenchman in the lead for the most part of the race.
While the top three managed to get away at the head of the order, Franco Morbidelli was in fourth, while Pol Espargaro kept Valentino Rossi, Andrea Dovizioso and Alex Rins behind him.
Perhaps it was the final lap of the race that was the most spectacular, though, with Marquez finally making his move on Quartararo. The Frenchman then managed to retake the race lead at Turn 4. However, Marquez managed to muscle his way to the head once again on Turn 8. Quartararo managed to get very close to Marquez once more, even making mild contact with his rear tyre on Turn 14, but he couldn't get past him. This allowed Marquez to take yet another victory at the head of the order. It was his 77th career win - one more than MotoGP legend Mike Hailwood.
Quartararo ultimately finished second, with Maverick Vinales taking the last spot on the podium.
Valentino Rossi took fourth place, having overtaken Franco Morbidelli, who in turn had to settle for fifth place.
Andrea Dovizioso finished the race in sixth place, which meant that his title hopes have now been further reduced.
Espargaro took seventh place for Red Bull KTM, while Joan Mir took his Suzuki to eighth place. Pramac Ducati's Jack Miller ended his race in ninth place.
Danilo Petrucci ended the race 10th, while Johann Zarco finished 11th on the second Red Bull KTM. Aleix Espargaro finished 12th.
Avintia Ducati's Tito Rabat ended the race 13th, one spot ahead of the second Repsol Honda of Jorge Lorenzo. The final point went to Hafizh Syahrin who ended 15th for Tech3.
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