Marc Márquez, starting from fifth position, made a great start to the San Marino GP, placing third after the first lap. On Lap 4, the Repsol Honda Team rider passed Maverick Viñales to take second place and together with Fabio Quartararo managed to open a gap over the chasing pack.
At the beginning of the last lap, Márquez took the lead for the first time, and despite later losing the position, he launched a final move at Turn 8 that gave him the victory.
With this triumph, Márquez surpasses Mike Hailwood for wins in all classes with 77, and also overtakes Giacomo Agostini with 89 podiums in the premier class. The Repsol Honda Team rider increases his lead at the top of the overall standings to 93 points, with 150 remaining in play.
Jorge Lorenzo, who started from 18th, progressed throughout the race, crossing the finish line in the points in 14th place.
2019 San Marino GP - Rider statements
Honestly speaking, I knew it wasn’t necessary to win because I saw that Rins was out and Dovizioso was far from us but I had some extra motivation. I just tried to stay with Fabio as close as I could and in the end I was weighing up whether to try or not.
On the last lap I decided to go. I knew Fabio was very fast in Turn 3, so I made my move before that and closed corner as much as I could. Fabio rode a very strong race today. I raced as smart as I could and in the end it is nice to win in Italy, but even nicer to have 93 points of advantage.
If in Silverstone we were able to exceed our expectations, unfortunately today we weren’t able to do this and honestly I was expecting a little more. I was expecting my pace to be closer to the winner, maybe 1.5 seconds but in reality it was more.
But my physical condition was better after the race and during practice we were able to be closer than before – this is a positive. The grip dropped for the race and I don’t think this helped us. I’m looking forward to Aragon to be able to push more physically and train harder as my condition improves.