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Marc Marquez Regains Championship Lead After A 4th Victory in Wet San Marino GP

Marc Marquez Regains Championship Lead


Every champion knows the journey to the top is never without hiccups; some minor others incredibly major. Marc Marquez, who has experienced both minor and major setbacks in the last few MotoGP meets, overcame the odds to rise back to his rightful top position. Riding in second behind Andrea Dovizioso in the Austrian Grand Prix last month was a minor setback but crashing out in Silverstone was a disaster to the 24-year old reigning champ. However, true to his undying fighting spirit, Marc Marquez rode back to the top of the championship table in last weekend’s San Marino Grand Prix to clinch his fourth victory of the season. He won the race in extremely challenging wet conditions after overtaking the Italian Danilo Petrucci on the final lap. Petrucci who rides for the Pramac Ducati team had dominated much of the race after Jorge Lorenzo was thrown off his bike for the second time in San Marino.

Riding in second behind Andrea Dovizioso in the Austrian Grand Prix last month was a minor setback but crashing out in Silverstone was a disaster to the 24-year old reigning champ.

However, true to his undying fighting spirit, Marc Marquez rode back to the top of the championship table in last weekend’s San Marino Grand Prix to clinch his fourth victory of the season. He won the race in extremely challenging wet conditions after overtaking the Italian Danilo Petrucci on the final lap. Petrucci who rides for the Pramac Ducati team had dominated much of the race after Jorge Lorenzo was thrown off his bike for the second time in San Marino.

Petrucci who rides for the Pramac Ducati team had dominated much of the race after Jorge Lorenzo was thrown off his bike for the second time in San Marino.

Marc Marquez’s victory in San Marino Grand Prix takes him back to the top of the championship with the same points as Andrea Dovizioso who could only finish third in last weekend’s race. Both Marquez and Dovi have won four races each this season so far but Marquez has more second place finishes.

Jorge Lorenzo’s Hopes Dashed by Another San Marino Crash

The San Marino GP was an action packed race in extremely wet conditions. It was a tricky wet afternoon that proved to be a challenge for even the most seasoned riders. Typical of Jorge Lorenzo, he took an early lead before the end of the first lap and kept on extending his lead over Marquez and the rest of the pack. Lorenzo had begun at sixth position and looked set for a strong performance after taking the lead at the end of the first lap.

Meanwhile, the Italian Petrucci whizzed past Dovi and then Marquez in what seemed to be the fastest lap of the race just before drama unfolded. Lorenzo, enjoying a comfortable lead, was suddenly thrown from his bike with 22 laps to go at turn 6.

Britain’s Cal Crutchlow followed suit almost immediately. Fortunately, both riders came out of the mishap unhurt. For Lorenzo, the crash was particularly irritating keeping in mind that this was the second time he’d suffered the same fate in the Misano circuit. The first had happened in 2015 at the same circuit. Loris Baz was another victim of the wet conditions. He slid out but was still able to continue the race. Poor Lorenzo left the race with 22 laps to go, his hopes of clinching the championship dwindling even further.

Loris Baz was another victim of the wet conditions. He slid out but was still able to continue the race. Poor Lorenzo left the race with 22 laps to go, his hopes of clinching the championship dwindling even further.

Valentino Rossi: The Notable Absentee

Maverick Vinales, who started the race from pole position, was the hopeful contender for the Yamaha team after teammate and renowned legend Italian Valentino Rossi suffered an injury last week while training. It was too sad for Rossi to miss this home event all because of leg fractures he suffered in an accident at Enduro training. Rossi has already undergone surgery and will probably miss at least two races, which means his hopes of clinching the elusive tenth title this season are as good as done. It is no surprise that there has been significant silence from Rossi fans in the last few weeks. I sincerely wish him the fastest recovery.

It was too sad for Rossi to miss this home event all because of leg fractures he suffered in an accident at Enduro training. Rossi has already undergone surgery and will probably miss at least two races, which means his hopes of clinching the elusive tenth title this season are as good as done.

It is no surprise that there has been significant silence from Rossi fans in the last few weeks. I sincerely wish him the fastest recovery.

Championship Hopefuls After the San Marino Grand Prix

Holding on neck to neck at the top of the MotoGP championship are Repsol Honda’s Marc Marquez and Andrea Dovizioso of the Ducati team, each with 199 points. Marquez holds the lead because he has more second places than Dovi, who managed a third position behind Petrucci in San Marino.

Yamaha’s Maverick Vinales, another competent rider I’m keeping my eyes on, is third in overall championship standings with 183 points. Vinales is a calculating rider to watch out for in the remaining races. In the fourth position is the long time legend Valentino Rossi, who is not expected to show up in the next race, with 157 points. I don’t really expect Rossi to be in top form when he comes back, which is a major blow to his aspirations of clinching his tenth title this season.

I don’t really expect Rossi to be in top form when he comes back, which is a major blow to his aspirations of clinching his tenth title this season.

Final Thoughts

As usual, Repsol Honda’s Marc Marquez is still my favorite bet to win the championship. Marquez, the reigning champion, has seen his share of setbacks this season but still comes back to the top. After the Silverstone mess, a victory in San Marino GP was not an option but a must. In his words, five points in a race can be a lot in the remaining races. At present form, I strongly believe Marquez is bound to be the fastest rider in recent times.

In his words, five points in a race can be a lot in the remaining races. At present form, I strongly believe Marquez is bound to be the fastest rider in recent times.


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