2019 Silverstone MotoGP Race Result: Getting Spoiled By Final Corners

After MotoGP’s own version of a prevented Titanic last year, Silverstone was out to impress with beautiful weather to match the beautiful track surface and the premier class race rewarded their efforts handsomely. Two of the usual contenders rose to the occasion and served a race long waltz that only ended out of the final corner of the final lap, when Alex Rins robbed Marc Marquez by one hundredth of a second to get his second win in the premier class. The world champion lifted a bittersweet second place podium, while Maverick Viñales was resigned to being the spectator in third.

Poleman Marquez was unbothered at the start, ahead of Valentino Rossi and with Rins and Viñales immediately mugging Jack Miller. A few seconds later, all eyes were on the gravel trap at turn one, after Fabio Quartararo’s rookie mistake took out a fast-starting Andrea Dovizioso. The Italian seemed generally ok but was stretchered away while his machine was on fire and the big loss in the championship would have added further to the pain. Despite his main title competition being eliminated early on, Marquez didn’t have an easy way fending off Rins and Rossi and more Yamahas were on their way, Viñales and Franco Morbidelli in their metaphorical rear view mirrors.

However, by lap four, it seemed like Rins inherited Quartararo’s mantle, race pace and task of harassing Marquez, the duo taking off ahead of Rossi. Teammate Viñales smelled blood and was soon on the attack, under the watchful eye of Morbidelli and Crutchlow, who were fighting to keep up with the factory Yamahas. The task was more difficult than they would have liked, the gap growing to one second by lap five.

Back at the front, Rossi regrouped with personal best sectors on lap six but the gap to the two lead Spaniards was already nudging the two second mark and Viñales took up the task of reeling them in just one lap later. The young Spaniard was already rueing those first seven laps as he struggled to bring that gap down and even allowed them a few extra tenths on the next lap.

Marquez and Rins entered lap eight side by side and the Suzuki used its better drive out of turn one to take the lead for the first time but the world champion snapped back a couple corners later and normal service was resumed. Meanwhile, Viñales was extended a lifeline by the shenanigans up front and came as close as one second and a half, with Rossi another second back and Morbidelli a bit lonely in fifth, after some early tickles from Crutchlow. The home rider had another problem on his hands soon after, pal Miller on the attack for sixth place at the halfway mark of the race.

Marquez felt the pressure from Rins as the both of them dipped into the 1:59s with ten laps left, pulling away from the Yamahas once again and testing each other’s tyre saving skills. Suzuki’s superior corner speed often saw Rins almost alongside Marquez but the next real attack had to wait until the race entered those crucial final five laps. Meantime, Viñales completely ditched his teammate and his gap to the leaders was yo-yo-ing from 1.5 seconds to 2 seconds and back.

The first to blink in the victory battle was Rins, who almost launched himself off at Club Corner with four laps to go, but the Spaniard quickly got glued back up to his leading compatriot. The lucky escape didn’t seem to have spoked Rins too much and the Suzuki man was finding the inside of Marquez coming through the Loop section on the penultimate lap. Marquez recovered the lead swiftly but Rins declared war with that move and tried to find another way around his rival on his inside, on the outside and at every opportunity.

It all came down to the final corner, Rins mugging Marquez of the victory with excellent drive to the line. Viñales came within six tenths of that overtake but could only sit and watch the drama unfold ahead. Rossi took the checkered flag ten seconds later, with Morbidelli equalling his best result with fifth. Crutchlow secured sixth ahead of Danilo Petrucci and Jack Miller, with Pol Espargaro and Andrea Iannone rounding out the top ten.

Despite the rather painful defeat, Marquez will find some consolation in his boosted championship lead, 78 points ahead of a pretty battered Dovizioso. The Italian avoided any fractures but couldn’t avoid a trip to the hospital due to the heavy blow to the head that caused a momentary loss of memory.


Pos. Num. Rider Bike Gap
1 42 Alex RINS Suzuki 40'12.799
2 93 Marc MARQUEZ Honda +0.013
3 12 Maverick VIÑALES Yamaha +0.620
4 46 Valentino ROSSI Yamaha +11.439
5 21 Franco MORBIDELLI Yamaha +13.109
6 35 Cal CRUTCHLOW Honda +19.169
7 9 Danilo PETRUCCI Ducati +19.682
8 43 Jack MILLER Ducati +20.318
9 44 Pol ESPARGARO KTM +21.079
10 29 Andrea IANNONE Aprilia +25.144
11 63 Francesco BAGNAIA Ducati +40.317
12 50 Sylvain GUINTOLI Suzuki +45.478
13 55 Hafizh SYAHRIN KTM +54.783
14 99 Jorge LORENZO Honda +56.651
15 17 Karel ABRAHAM Ducati +1'29.282
16 53 Tito RABAT Ducati +1'31.716
17 30 Takaaki NAKAGAMI Honda +1'40.420
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  41 Aleix ESPARGARO Aprilia 1 Lap
  88 Miguel OLIVEIRA KTM 12 Laps
  5 Johann ZARCO KTM 12 Laps
    Not Finished 1st Lap    
  20 Fabio QUARTARARO Yamaha 0 Lap
  4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO Ducati 0 Lap
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Full marks to Rins and Marquez, the new surface and the weather. I fear thats also done it for the championship. It may well have been a 3 way to the flag had Dovi not been taken out judging by the warm up. Anyway, it was a racing incident and Dovi is pretty much intact thanks to Alpine Stars, Suomy and his reflexes to get that speed scrubbed off by a huge amount prior to impact with Quattararo's bike. That did it aswell for Zarco and KTM. What was he thinking when he took Oliviera out. I wonder if they even want him on the track for the rest of the season on their bike. He has already resigned and is doing KTM no good whatsoever. KTM are pulling out of Moto2 anyway and watching Binder manhandle that bike 16 seconds clear of the next KTM in class to podium reminds me of what Stoner did with the pipe frame 800 Ducati. KTM may aswell drop Zarco pronto and let Binder ride out the rest of the season alongside Pol. On the other hand he has pulled himself up to 5th in that championship and aside of Alex Marquez, is right in the hunt with seven rounds remaining.

I get it that you can't gel with the bike. Neither did Rossi on the Ducati. But he stuck with it and gave it his all. All I heard from Zarco is whining. I believe he has hurt his career more than the KTM ever did. 

Zarco/Lowes. 2016? Same corner possibly?? I think in certain corners, JZ can take seemingly improbable early corner apexes and still make it work (for passing and good lap times) a la Toni Elias... just not as consistantly or successfully. ;)

What a finish! Viva Rins and wee Suzuki besting Goliath in a straight fight. Marquez was running defensive braking lines stealing a bit of Suzuki corner speed potential in the tight stuff. The drive out from the Suzuki was lovely. The bike has some lines all to itself, fun to watch a more conventional bike and rider style take a win like that out of 93's pocket. Vinales was coming, may have overheated his front doing so as he rolled off a few tenths for a bit.

What did we miss? Quartararo up front. Very thankful for Rins, enjoyed the excitement, and...look at this form in the perfectly captured photo. SHOULDER dragging like it is no big deal. Lowest spec Yamaha out there, and Fabio consistently runs fabulous pace. Missed you out there, kid.

(Hate to link to you know where, but the picture is worth it)

Very very glad The Professor is fine and home for the night with just bruising and a concussion. That was a BIG off. The flat on the back landing put a lot of impact on his low back and hips as well as the back of his head. Heels too. Loss of consciousness and memory = major concussion, not to be taken lightly. Dovi got away as unscathed as possible and very thankful for that.

This was mentioned in FP1 - apprently Quartaro told photographers he'd attempt to get his shoulder down after the session had finished so they were ready with the cameras

Still amazing



Rins and the Suzuki were great. If they had been stalking anyone else but Marquez I would have bet my house on a Suzuki victory, the bike looked that good. Marquez is special and he proved this yet again in this so close loss. So far in 2019 he has come second to three different opposition makes, somehow managing to come first or second in every race he has finished. That is an amazing effort of consistency and speed that deserves the 2019 title.

Isn't 2020 looking tasty, another Suzuki win with a bike that really handles and preserves its tyres, Yamaha improvement and Dovi cant be that unlucky two years in a row.

I know that many didn't like my comment on Spielberg race, so I repeat it now wityh jus a change of name. 

Silverstone was the demonstration that Marc's Honda is by far the best bike around (and now equal to Ducati in the straight), so superior that Marquez doesn't need to fall anymore: others can make a faster lap, but the average lap of Marquez is always superior. Silverstone was also the demonstration that Marc, great rider, is the greatest only with the best bike, but another great rider like Rins can beat him when the difference is not great. 

I was disappointed but hardly surprised that Marc wouldn't go to 42ins and congratulate him. I was not disappointed that Alex went to Marc and made him shake hands, like a good sportsman would. I will never deny MM93's talent (except to say he wouldn't seem so otherworldly if a prime Freddie Spencer were on track with him) but his arrogance and entitlement destroy any chance I go beyond a grudging respect for his dominance of this era. Two races in a row I've had the pleasure of screaming with joy at the finish. What a great time in Motogp!

He’s being beaten at his own game, that must rankle. Seems funny now that two races back we were saying it looked like no one could touch mm93 now and all we’d see for the next few years was him in the distance and the rest fighting over second. I think Quartararo or Rins will be serious title challengers in 21 if not next year, and he can see it coming.

shame Vale couldn’t stick with them. Is he finally running out of steam?

The Honda has that engine, and is going to handle and provide front end feel better next year (not worse).

The Ducati is there but still a bit off the mark at bogey tracks, although improving as such. Cornering a bit better. But Dovi doesn't seem to have that last 5% to take it to Marc for a championship in a straight fight. Bagnaia is still learning the NASA rocket, and in a cocoon. Last year was a make or break season, Honda made a miracle motor and Marc looks relaxed. I don't see a title challenger soon in red.

Yamaha is coming good as we speak, electronics/engine character/tire wear and drive traction on the mend. Quartararo looks the next challenger to Marquez, and Vinales could do the same with a step forward. The ball is in Yamaha's court and I am with a lot of MotoGP fans in hoping they hit it solidly. Quartraro on a good full fat Yamaha with a bit more engine may be a title challenger. How sure does that sound? Bet hedged.

Rins and Suzuki, how I wish I could see a title challenge but don't. It was a lot to ask that the wee Suzuki project even be where it is, grabbing a few podiums and scraps, stealing a win. No title challenger there soon in likelihood. I want that! But, no.

KTM and Binder or Oliveira? No.

It is not what I want to say of course, but everyone is racing for second for the title in 2020. And the Honda is improving next year atop a monster motor.

Hoping for a surprise.

Vale isn't running out of steam (if so, he would not do that not after just a few laps anyway), he had bad grip from his rear tyre, like Miller and Crutchlow too, and I believe a few riders more. That's why he started losing ground so early on already. And in the later stages the tyre got destroyed from pushing it, so he had to back off even more. From the comments from Crutchlow it appears they got a dodgy tyre for the race, since it performed so different from practices, but he was not allowed to actually say so. Same as in World Championship Superbikes, where saying bad things about the Pirelli tyres will result in serious fines. Not allowed.

So maybe there are consistency issues with the tyre quality. Would really be a shame if something like that ruined their races, especially for Rossi since he really seemed to be on the pace again this weekend, after a frustrating mid-season. And realistically he has less time left to waste than Miller and Crutchlow (although Crutchlow actually seems closer to retirement than Rossi now).

Let me respond to both of the above, in reverse order.

Re Vale, I’m looking at the big picture and the reality is that I don’t think he’s really in the running for wins these days, just podiums on the better days, and that’s a shift from last year or the year before. Hopefully there will still be that odd event where all his planets align and he pulls it off - in recent years that’s always been special to watch because on paper he just shouldn’t be able to do that, which gives it a bit of magic.

Re challengers, yes Honda will improve but so will the others. Márquez is, to my mind, the greatest rider since Vale, who was the greatest since (take your pick). We climb on our fathers shoulders, and sooner or later there will be someone better than Márquez. Incidentally, this is why the great GOAT debate is pointless to me. Quartararo impresses me big time, as does Rins. Both appear to have that tiny bit of extra hunger and determination that converts into belief, that in turn converts into ability and speed. If Quartararo can do what he’s doing on a satellite bike, albeit one that is essentially just a different version of the factory machine, don’t you think he’ll do it even better once promoted? The same in a sense applies to Rins, if Suzuki find a smidgeon more grunt, he’ll be a constant thorn in the side of Márquez. And looking at the amazing progress they’ve made in two or three years, what’s to say they don’t break through next year? Yamaha did that in 02 or thereabouts and Ducati in 07-ish (dates were never my strong point).

I don’t see this being true for Viñales, based on performance to date, as he’s been too inconsistent over the past two years. For sure he has the ability to win a championship but I don’t see him dominating for a period of years, just perhaps riding consistently well and maybe getting slightly lucky one year. I feel the same about others, like Miller, Morbidelli and even Lorenzo these days. The latter is now neutered and I doubt will ever win another title. I’m sure Márquez is still going to be the man to beat for another 3 or 4 years, but eminently beatable either next year or soon after. A bit like the mighty Mick or Vale after they dominated for 3 or 4 years. After a while, new kids come through who go one better, for instance getting their shoulder down, not just elbow. I think Márquez has been able to do amazing things to date because he’s had space to do them, he could afford to lose half a second with a near crash or run off track because he’s known he can easily make that up later in the race. A bit like Vale was always lousy at qualifying because it really didn’t matter that much, he’d win anyway. But you can’t do that when the margin to two or three chasers is hundredths of a second and any mistake will cost you the win. Just as it did this weekend past. The opportunities for Márquez to be extreme will shrink and more and more, he’ll have to think about the points. I guess overall, my point is that I think this is, if not just around the corner, at least starting to appear in view.

Lilyvani, agreed.
Pvalve, you have been SO much more insightful than this over the yrs. Trying to stick w respectful verbage. Yellow lenses.

Bad tire, blame Michelin, Vale is top notch? He did well, is still in the game, and waning. Sunsets are ok. Lovely even. He is the 3rd best YAMAHA rider now. Who are all behind Marc. Rins pops in ahead of Vale. And Dovi ahead of them both. Sometimes another Duc, and Red ought to have a 2nd rider even w and surpassing Dovi, but that is another comment.

The beauty of Valentino Rossi shall remain untarnished. Just like that of the rare greats before him. His life after riding is likely to be an unprecedentedly wonderful contribution to MotoGP. Really! I needn't delineate.

You know we all get our bum wiped, and our body is food for bugs, right? Ok, good talk.

P.S. Vinales has the ingredients to do the real business. Don't rule him out. I mean it...like transcending into championship consistency. The manner in which he is struggling is of one with mortal limits. Flipside of a Dovi, same coin. Dovi knows he can before doing. Maverick would AFTER. (Quartararo can make that step too, more smoothly).

Re an above comment re why to not expect the Suzuki to be even better next yr? Resources. Money. Ecstar livery. They are exceeding expectations. Yamaha will be making most gains. KTM too, impressively. Honda has more coming. Ducati is anyone's guess, and it is the RIDER side of that equation that may proffer most. Suzuki? It is a surprise they are on. I am a fan. Them and Aqua are my teams of choice. But my lenses are fairly clear. The Suzuki project is closest to its envelope. Well, and maybe that other Italian bike unfortunately.

Here comes Yamaha in terms of gains. And KTM along with (damn!) Honda.

Riders? Bagnaia has potential. Quartararo. Lorenzo relative to recent performance, but he is done at the pointy end over the season. Oliveira rises. Incoming Binder. Another couple coming Moto2 kids, then dark horse outside surprises. Tea leaves read.