MotoGP: Marquez Wins Tense San Marino Grand Prix

Marquez celebrating his seventh victory of 2019, extending his championship lead to 93 points. Image courtesy of

Marc Marquez snatches thrilling win at San Marino Grand Prix in Italy.

Marquez Clinches Victory

After losing the win on the final laps in the last two races, Marc Marquez was back on the top step. This time, the venue of his triumph was the Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli.

The Spanish sensation started from 5th after he and Valentino Rossi escaped sanction for their qualifying incident.

However, Marquez’s win did not come easy as Fabio Quartararo was in sublime for on his Petronas Yamaha.

The French youngster put his head down and charged ahead while Marquez hunted him down steadily.

Marquez hunting down rookie Quartararo on his way to victory in San Marino. Image sourced from @MotoGP via Twitter.

Meanwhile, pole-sitter Maverick Vinales in the factory Yamaha was in a lonely third place, with his team-mate and home hero Valentino Rossi 4th just missing out on the podium.

Rossi finished 12.660 seconds adrift of Marquez, after starting on the third row in 7th.

For most of the race, Quartararo kept Marc Marquez at bay, but after studying Fabio for the past 26 laps, the Spaniard struck on the final lap.

Subsequently subduing the Frenchman to the same fate Marquez himself suffered in Britain & Austria.

With this win, Marc Marquez is one step closer to his sixth title with a 93-point lead over Ducati’s Andrea Dovizioso, who crossed the line in 6th.

Fernandez Wins Amid Controversy – Moto2

Spain’s Augusto Fernandez got his elbows out when he squared off against Fabio Di Giannantonio.

Fabio pulled off a brilliant lap to secure pole position for the race.  Image courtesy of

Fabio Di Giannantonio who led from pole position, was consistently hounded by Fernandez’s Kalex. Ultimately he was pushed into multiple mistakes by Augusto.

After multiple laps running in close succession, Fernandez seized victory with controversial move into Turn 14.

Fernandez was a little overzealous and ran wide onto the runoff.

Where he gained enough momentum to allow for a last gasp lunge, pulling off a block pass on the rookie Di Giannantonio.

The incident got some attention from the stewards and both riders were summoned to explain themselves.

Though the stewards were not particularly impressed by his aggression, Augusto escaped without penalty.

Tatsuki’s Maiden Win – Moto3

In the Moto3, Tatsuki Suzuki fended off several riders in a manic Moto3 race to snatch his maiden career victory.

This win was actually very poetic as he was racing for the Squadra Corse SIC 58 Racing team, at the Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli.

Suzuki was embroiled in a thrilling seven-rider battle which witnessed heart-stopping moments and excitement.

The 23-lap race was littered with crashes with several competitors failing to finish.

Unfortunately, one of them was Ai Ogura, who had clawed up his way to podium contention from 11th.

Sadly, he was an innocent victim when Andrea Migno clipped Tony Arbolino’s bike and crashed, with Ogura right next to Migno.

“It’s fantastic. We’ve been trying to win for a long time and we’ve often had to pull out,” exclaimed an emotional Suzuki who finished ahead of John McPhee and Tony Arbolino respectively in a Honda clean sweep.