MotoGP Valencia: Marquez caps historic season with another win

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MotoGP World Champion Marc Marquez capped off a historic season, with the Spaniard winning his twelfth race of 2019 and becoming the first man to break the 400-point barrier at the Ricardo Tormo Circuit in Valencia.

Starting from second on the front row, Marquez didn’t enjoy the best of starts and found himself down in fifth place through the first checkpoint. However, it wasn’t long before Marquez did what he seems to do better than anybody else.

A double move past Andrea Dovizioso and Alex Rins into turn one on the second lap, it wasn’t long before he was past Miller into second. Marquez then closed the second and a half gap Quartararo had opened up early on and on lap eight, Marquez squeezed past Quartararo at turn eleven.

Marquez slowly eeked away from the Frenchman, before eventually crossing the line 1.026 seconds clear on his rear wheel. With his win, Marquez also saw the Repsol Honda team take the team championship, completing yet another triple crown for Marquez, HRC and Repsol Honda.

Jack Miller closed Quartararo down in the final laps, however the Aussie didn’t quite have enough to challenge, settling for third place in the final race of the season. Andrea Dovizioso was fourth place on his factory Ducati, withstanding pressure from Alex Rins for the entire race.

Maverick Vinales was a disappointing sixth place on his factory Yamaha, with Joan Mir and Valentino Rossi in seventh and eighth respectively. The Espargaro brothers rounded out the top ten with Aleix Espargaro getting the better of his younger brother Pol.

Tito Rabat was one spot further back in eleventh place with Mika Kallio finishing ahead of the departing Jorge Lorenzo who ended the final race of his sensational career which included five World Championships with a thirteenth place, ahead of Karel Abraham and Hafizh Syahrin, who rounded out the point scorers and race finishers.

There was a scary crash for Johann Zarco, when the Frenchman lost the front end of his RC213V. Whilst walking through the gravel trap, Zarco had his back turned and was blindsided by the crashing RC16 of Iker Lecuona. Zarco was stretchered away but thankfully was later seen in the LCR garage.