BARCELONA, Spain – Marc Marquez rode to a dominant MotoGP victory in his home race Sunday at Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya.
Andrea Dovizioso got the jump off the line ahead of polesitter Fabio Quartararo and Marquez down into turn one to grab the holeshot, with Quartararo slipping backwards.
Marvick Viñales also got a good start, but it was Jorge Lorenzo who was one of the biggest movers as he charged from 10th at the start to fourth by the time the field got to turn five on lap one.
Vinales briefly took second from Marquez, but Marquez took the spot back on lap two moments before a race-defining crash. Coming into turn 10 Lorenzo got on his brakes too late in an attempt to pass Vinales while Marquez tried to pass Dovizioso.
Coming into the corner too fast, Lorenzo clipped Dovizioso and the two riders went down. Vinales also crashed in the melee, collecting Valentino Rossi in the process. The race was over for all four riders, leaving Marquez at the front of the field.
The crash left Marquez free and clear at the front of the field and he was never challenged again, beating Petronas Yamaha SRT’s Quartararo to the checkered flag by more than two seconds.
“I chose the soft rear to try and push in the beginning and to try to not overheat the tire, but to try to be constant and fast,” Marquez said. “All of the Repsol Honda Team did a really good job this weekend; we worked hard and prepared well for the race. The team told me something had happened to Dovi, so I just kept pushing and focusing on my own race. We had the perfect strategy regardless and I want to thank all the fans who came out.”
Quartararo’s runner-up result was his best finish in MotoGP competition and the first podium for the class rookie. Danilo Petrucci finished third for Ducati, followed by Alex Rins and Jack Miller.