Márquez Takes Title With Victory Earned On Last Lap

July 15, 2016

Marc Márquez made a good start to the Thai GP, completing the first lap in second position and escaping from the rest of the group along with Fabio Quartararo.

The Repsol Honda Team rider remained behind the Frenchman throughout the race and made a move to pass him on the final lap, holding his position on the last corner.

With this result, Marc Márquez is crowned 2019 MotoGP World Champion with four races of the season remaining. It is his eighth title in all classes.

Jorge Lorenzo finished 18th, at the end of a complicated weekend at the Buriram circuit.

The next round of the series will be the Japanese Grand Prix, which will be held from October 18th to 20th.

 

MARC MÁRQUEZ

“I’m very happy. I’m so happy. When you have an advantage like I had you realise you are so close to the championship but you need to find something to keep you motivated. Today it was winning the race and it’s what I did. Fabio was so fast during the race but I never gave up, even during the middle of the race where it looked like he was escaping. It was a beautiful way to win the championship – even if I wasn’t thinking about it on the last lap! Arriving in parc ferme with the whole Repsol Honda Team there was fantastic; it’s a dream to do it with the whole fan club and the nice celebration. Every year is special, it’s not easy to keep everything perfect each year to fight for the title and I had a very hard winter with the injury but myself, the team and HRC managed it well. Now we’ll enjoy this feeling a little bit!”

 

JORGE LORENZO

“First of all I want to say congratulations to Marc and the whole Repsol Honda Team, eight Word Championships is a very impressive achievement. On my side, it’s difficult to accept this result as it is very disappointing. I tried my best to be as fast as possible but in the warmer conditions I had trouble stopping and I found it difficult. We now look ahead to Motegi where we hope we can be stronger.”

 

BEGOÑA ELICES. Executive Managing Director of Communication and Chairman’s Office

“Marc Márquez is a unique rider, both on and off the track. What he has achieved, at only 26 years old, is incredible. At Repsol we are very proud to have accompanied him since the beginning of his career and to have seen him grow as an athlete and as a person, through to him already being considered one of the greats of the sport. Marc is an example of effort, talent and kindness for all of us. Today is a very special day, because this is also a collective triumph for the Repsol Honda Team, in an important year for us. We are celebrating the 25th anniversary of the most successful sporting and technological alliance in the world of motorcycle racing. Congratulations to Marc, and to the whole team!”

 

YOSHISHIGE NOMURA. HRC President

“Marc [Márquez] did a magnificent job once again to win his sixth MotoGP title on Honda’s 60th anniversary of World Grand Prix racing. I wholeheartedly salute his dauntless riding that mesmerizes his fans, supported by his persistent training and mature attitude towards racing. I’m grateful for all the support in winning the championship he had from the team staff, the many sponsors who support our racing activities, and MotoGP fans worldwide.”