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We were expecting to have an interesting and thrilling race at the 2019 British GP and Silverstone didn’t disappoint us! It never has. It was one of the best races that we’ve seen so far this season. What a brilliant display of racing and talent.

Since Marquez occupied the pole position for this race, we had already guessed that this young man is going to take the lead from the very first lap. And he did. Valentino Rossi returned to his form and was at the 2nd place in the first grid. So expectations from The Doctor were high. Alex Rins started from the 5th place on his Suzuki.

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Fabio and Dovi’s crash

For Fabio and Dovizioso, the race ended as soon as the lights went out. The number 22 made a mistake by giving too much gas while exiting the first corner and founding himself in a brutal high-side. Dovizioso was right behind and had no room to escape. He hit Fabio’s Petronas Yamaha and went airborne. His Ducati flipped and caught fire after impact with the ground. Dovizioso didn’t take his fall well either.

As the race proceeded, Marquez continued to push harder and clocked blazingly fast lap times. He was followed by Rossi who seemed to have some issue because he wasn’t performing as brilliantly as he did in the qualifyings which gave him the 2nd spot at the starting grid. Anyway, Rossi was under continuous pressure from Alex Rins.

After a few laps, Rins overtook Rossi and never looked back. Rossi’s lap times weren’t quick enough to keep him in the action in the front. Also, he was being chased down by his teammate Maverick Vinales who, unlike Rossi, had better control on his M1. Eventually, during the last part of the race, Vinales overtook Rossi.

It was Marquez leading and Rins chasing him. This went on for the remaining race and was fantastic to watch! Both these guys displayed unmatched performance, courage, and clean race. Marquez’s Honda had immense acceleration so on the straights Rins always fell behind. However, Rins’ Suzuki was extremely stable in the corners and carrying more speed. This allowed Rins to cover up the crucial time lap by lap.

In the final laps, Rins had a near-miss when he looked back to have a quick glimpse of Vinales. This made him lose his concentration and he had a wobbly moment while exiting a fast corner. Thankfully, he made up his lost time. He was desperate to pass Marquez. He even took the outer line in the last corner of the circuit and surprised Marquez. Unfortunately, he didn’t have space and was back behind the Spaniard. Until the last lap and the last corner.

Alex made an extremely brilliant move in the last corner of the race where he first went a bit wide and then took the inside line and utilised Suzuki’s edge grip and mid-corner stability to gain a phenomenal exit speed. And thus, went ahead enough of Marquez to take his second and the best MotoGP win by mere 0.013 seconds!

Marquez, of course, didn’t let his guard lost throughout the race and gave his 100%, it was just not his day. It was in the last corner where he was beaten by Dovizioso in the Austin GP, not once but twice (in 2017). And now this. Pretty strange, right?

So, Alex was first, Marquez was second, Vinales secured the third spot followed by Rossi. Morbidelli finished at the fifth place with Cal Crutchlow settling for the sixth. It was a bad day for KTM as Zarco collided with Oliveira while trying to pass, taking them both out.

Race Results:

1 Alex Rins SPA Suzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR) 40m 12.799s
2 Marc Marquez SPA Repsol Honda (RC213V) +0.013s
3 Maverick Viñales SPA Monster Yamaha (YZR-M1) +0.620s
4 Valentino Rossi ITA Monster Yamaha (YZR-M1) +11.439s
5 Franco Morbidelli ITA Petronas Yamaha (YZR-M1) +13.109s
6 Cal Crutchlow GBR LCR Honda (RC213V) +19.169s
7 Danilo Petrucci ITA Mission Winnow Ducati (GP19) +19.682s
8 Jack Miller AUS Pramac Ducati (GP19) +20.318s
9 Pol Espargaro SPA Red Bull KTM Factory (RC16) +21.079s
10 Andrea Iannone ITA Factory Aprilia Gresini (RS-GP) +25.144s
11 Francesco Bagnaia ITA Pramac Ducati (GP18)* +40.317s
12 Sylvain Guintoli FRA Suzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR) +45.478s
13 Hafizh Syahrin MAL Red Bull KTM Tech3 (RC16) +54.783s
14 Jorge Lorenzo SPA Repsol Honda (RC213V) +56.651s
15 Karel Abraham CZE Reale Avintia Ducati (GP18) +89.282s
16 Tito Rabat SPA Reale Avintia Ducati (GP18) +91.716s
17 Takaaki Nakagami JPN LCR Honda (RC213V) +100.420s
Aleix Espargaro SPA Factory Aprilia Gresini (RS-GP) DNF
Miguel Oliveira POR Red Bull KTM Tech3 (RC16)* DNF
Johann Zarco FRA Red Bull KTM Factory (RC16) DNF
Fabio Quartararo FRA Petronas Yamaha (YZR-M1)* DNF
Andrea Dovizioso ITA Mission Winnow Ducati (GP19) DNF