CADIZ, Spain – Spain’s Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda RC 321 V) staged on Sunday another dominating performance to win the Spanish MotoGP held at the Jerez-Angel Nieto circuit, his second victory of the season enabling him to recover the general classification’s top spot.
The Honda Repsol pilot now tops the general classification with 70 points, just one point ahead of his compatriot Alex Rins and three more points than Italy’s Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati Desmosedici GP 19), who came fourth at the Jerez-Angel Nieto circuit.
Marquez attacked from the first lap, taking the lead ahead of Yamaha’s two pilots; Italy’s Franco Morbidello and Fabio Quartararo of France who dominated the free practice sessions, with Maverick Viñales in the fifth spot who then managed to push to fourth, surpassing Italy’s Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati Desmosedidi GP 19).
The Repsol Honda pilot, who crashed during free practice without major physical consequences tried to pick up the pace to stage a breakaway as he did in Argentina.
However, he was keen to avoid the mistake he committed in Austin which proved to be costly as he came away from that race empty-handed with no points.
Earlier in the day, it was announced that Italy’s Andrea Iannone (Aprillia RS-GP) was not going to take part in the race due to a crash on Saturday and although Iannone did not break any bones, he struck his left heel severely.
At the circuit, Marquez imposed his will, with Morbidelli and Quartararo trying to keep up the pace, while Alex Rins (Suzuki GSX RR) recovered lost territory.
After barely six laps, Marquez strengthened his grip over the lead, followed by Morbidelli, Quartararo and Viñales, with Rins nipping at their heels in the fifth spot after successfully overtaking Dovizioso.
Marquez was the most consistent of the leading pack, which allowed him to widen the gap ahead of Morbidelli and Quartararo to 0.881s by the ninth lap.
With the first two spots well secured by Marquez and the Frenchman respectively, Morbidelli, Rins and Viñales were fighting for the remaining spot on the podium, while Valentino Rossi was stuck in the tenth spot.
In the 14th lap, Marquez made a statement by posting a new record of one minute, 38.181s, suggesting that he is untouchable for Quartararo, whose bike forced him out of the race, leaving the second spot up for grabs.
Marquez improved the record with a 15th lap of one minute, 38.051s to grab a nearly four-second advantage over second-placed Rins, who took the second spot just when Viñales managed to surpass Morbidelli to complete an all-Spanish podium.