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MotoGP British GP

MotoGP British GP: Alex Marquez takes maiden win in wet Silverstone sprint

Alex Marquez took his maiden MotoGP win in the British Grand Prix sprint race, fending off a fierce challenge from Marco Bezzecchi on a wet track.

Alex Marquez, Gresini Racing

The Gresini Ducati rider lined up third and despite briefly falling back off the line to fifth, took two positions in as many corners to run second.

He snatched the lead from KTM rider Jack Miller at Stowe the following lap and despite VR46 rider Bezzecchi’s late charge, Marquez took his maiden win.

Bezzecchi’s second place finish sees him take second in the standings, with Maverick Vinales finishing third for Aprilia for his first sprint podium.

With Bezzecchi lining up on pole, he was embroiled in a battle for the lead with Miller, the Australian taking the lead into Brooklands on the first lap.

GasGas rookie Augusto Fernandez slotted into third before he was passed by Pramac Ducati rider Jorge Martin, with Marquez then passing him for fourth.

Martin briefly led at the end of the first lap before Miller retook the lead on the Hamilton Straight, with Martin second and Bezzecchi in third.

Behind, both Aprilias had a good start, with Vinales up into fifth by lap two while team-mate Aleix Espargaro slotted in behind him.

Marquez passed Martin at Copse before getting past Bezzecchi at Maggotts and Becketts for second.

As Miller ran wide, the Spaniard pounced, taking the lead at Stowe as Bezzecchi followed him through into second at Vale, with Miller falling to third.

Vinales soon passed Martin before charging after Miller, eventually making it into the podium places at the start of lap six.

Marco Bezzecchi, VR46 Racing Team

Marco Bezzecchi, VR46 Racing Team

Photo by: Gold and Goose / Motorsport Images

Up ahead, Marquez had built a 0.8s gap to Bezzecchi, with a further 1.3s back to Vinales, as Espargaro passed Miller for fourth.

Bezzecchi soon began to close the gap to the leader, slashing it by 0.4s by lap eight.

Despite a valiant last lap effort from Bezzecchi, closing rapidly on Marquez, he was unable to catch the leader, finishing 0.3s behind Marquez.

Pramac team-mates Martin and Johann Zarco battled for sixth before the pair made it past Miller, with a close move between the Frenchman and the Australian at Stowe as Miller fell to seventh. Miller and Martin traded positions several times over lap eight, but Martin finished ahead.

A charging Zarco passed Espargaro at the Village complex for fourth on the final lap, splitting the two Aprilias. Zarco finished fourth, with Espargaro fifth ahead of Martin and Miller.

Fernandez was eighth, with the second KTM of Brad Binder rounding off the points-paying positions in ninth.

Championship leader Bagnaia had a difficult race, losing five positions on lap one to fall to ninth before running wide at Turn 15 to drop more positions.

He retains his lead in the standings but finished 14th, behind team-mate Enea Bastianini.

Marc Marquez, Repsol Honda Team

Marc Marquez, Repsol Honda Team

Photo by: Gold and Goose / Motorsport Images

It was a dismal day for the Japanese manufacturers, with Yamaha rider Franco Morbidelli the highest finisher in 15th.

The factory Honda pair of Joan Mir and Marc Marquez were 17th and 18th, with Yamaha rider Fabio Quartararo in 21st having lined up last.

LCR rider Takaaki Nakagami was 20th, with Iker Lecuona, racing in place of an injured Alex Rins, 22nd.

Pol Espargaro, making his sprint race debut for GasGas after returning from serious injuries suffered in FP2 at the season-opening Portuguese GP, finished 16th.

MotoGP British GP - Sprint race results

 
 
         
Driver Info
 
 
 
   
Cla Rider # Bike Laps Time Interval km/h Retirement Points
1 Spain A. Marquez Alex Marquez Gresini Racing 73 Ducati 10 -       12
2 Italy M. Bezzecchi Marco Bezzecchi Team VR46 72 Ducati 10 +0.366 0.366     9
3 Spain M. Viñales Maverick Viñales Aprilia Racing Team 12 Aprilia 10 +3.374 3.008     7
4 France J. Zarco Johann Zarco Pramac Racing 5 Ducati 10 +5.671 2.297     6
5 Spain A. Espargaro Aleix Espargaro Aprilia Racing Team 41 Aprilia 10 +6.068 0.397     5
6 Spain J. Martin Jorge Martin Pramac Racing 89 Ducati 10 +7.294 1.226     4
7 Australia J. Miller Jack Miller Red Bull KTM Factory Racing 43 KTM 10 +9.415 2.121     3
8 Spain A. Fernandez Augusto Fernandez Tech 3 37 KTM 10 +9.850 0.435     2
9 South Africa B. Binder Brad Binder Red Bull KTM Factory Racing 33 KTM 10 +10.435 0.585     1
10 Portugal M. Oliveira Miguel Oliveira RNF Racing 88 Aprilia 10 +11.247 0.812      
11 Italy L. Marini Luca Marini Team VR46 10 Ducati 10 +17.365 6.118      
12 Italy F. Di Giannantonio Fabio Di Giannantonio Gresini Racing 49 Ducati 10 +20.063 2.698      
13 Italy E. Bastianini Enea Bastianini Ducati Team 23 Ducati 10 +24.352 4.289      
14 Italy F. Bagnaia Francesco Bagnaia Ducati Team 1 Ducati 10 +25.527 1.175      
15 Italy F. Morbidelli Franco Morbidelli Yamaha Factory Racing 21 Yamaha 10 +27.191 1.664      
16 Spain P. Espargaro Pol Espargaro Tech 3 44 KTM 10 +27.693 0.502      
17 Spain J. Mir Joan Mir Repsol Honda Team 36 Honda 10 +29.062 1.369      
18 Spain M. Marquez Marc Marquez Repsol Honda Team 93 Honda 10 +29.326 0.264      
19 Spain R. Fernández Raúl Fernández RNF Racing 25 Aprilia 10 +29.627 0.301      
20 Japan T. Nakagami Takaaki Nakagami Team LCR 30 Honda 10 +29.909 0.282      
21 France F. Quartararo Fabio Quartararo Yamaha Factory Racing 20 Yamaha 10 +30.326 0.417      
22 Spain I. Lecuona Iker Lecuona Repsol Honda Team 27 Honda 10 +47.674 17.348      

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