MotoGP Misano: Marquez out-thinks Quartararo for tactical win

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MotoGP World Championship leader Marc Marquez out-thought and out-fought MotoGP rookie Fabio Quartararo to claim his seventh win of 2019 in Misano, as he builds his lead atop the World Championship to 93 points over Andrea Dovizioso.

It was the pole sitter Maverick Vinales who took the lead off the line, with Marquez suffering a wobbly start. Quartararo took the lead from Vinales on the third lap and one lap later Vinales was demoted to third place when Marquez followed the Frenchman through. The front two quickly put over two and a half seconds into the pole sitter over the next five to six laps, leaving it down to just the front two for the victory.

As the laps ticked down, Quartararo continued to ride perfectly, with the Spaniard stalking the satellite Yamaha man. As the final lap began, the World Champion moved past Quartararo into the first corner, however, three corners later the Frenchman snapped back to re-take the lead. It wasn’t long, as Marquez took the lead back down at turn seven, out-braking Quartararo.

A small twitch for Marquez as he began the run down the back straight left Quartararo with a chance to line up the Spaniard down into turn fourteen. Marquez rode defensively and stopped his RC213V in the middle of the corner, forcing Quartararo to sit up, to avoid rear-ending him. This left Marquez with a comfortable final two corners, whilst Quartararo’s wait for the MotoGP victory goes on.

Maverick Vinales ended in third position, after pulling slightly closer to the front two with their final lap moves.

It was so close, yet so far, for Valentino Rossi who ended in fourth place, just getting the better of Franco Morbidelli, with Andrea Dovizioso not far behind. It was seventh for front row starter Pol Espargaro, with Joan Mir, Jack Miller and Danilo Petrucci rounding out the top ten.

Johann Zarco continued his good weekend with an eleventh-place finish, ahead of Aleix Espargaro, Tito Rabat, Jorge Lorenzo and Hafizh Syahrin rounding out the point scorers in fifteenth.