2019 MotoGP – Round 13 – Misano

‘What becomes of the broken-hearted?’ Asks Boris after Misano

Did anyone else hear Fabulous’s heart break like a cheap plate a Greek wedding?

MotoGP Rnd Misano Quartararo Marquez
Fabio Quartararo, Marc Marquez

Marquez foxed all weekend, and even qualified fifth, pretending it was all going to be Yamaha at Misano. And then he stalked Fabulous for the entire race – the two of them constantly lapping faster than the rest of the field – lulling Quartararo into thinking: “I go this! I so got this! My first ever MotoGP win! On a satellite hand-me-down! I am going to be under a pile of supermodels tonight!”

And then Marquez just crushed him on the last lap. I could see it happening. We could all see it happening. I’m sure even Fabulous could see it happening via his pit board. And then when it happened, the rookie tried heroically to fight back, and almost rear-ended Marquez, who maybe might’ve possibly slowed down a whisker to put the kid off his game.

And it worked. Of course it did.

MotoGP Rnd Misano Marquez Morbidelli Pack
Marc Marquez

I think Marc might even have practiced this kinda race-time ruthlessness on Rossi during Qualifying. Rossi ain’t no rookie, though. And he wrote the book on ruthless. So when Marc chopped him up and ran off the prescribed track limits (so had Rossi a few corners earlier) into the green zone as a result, Rossi passed him, then slowed him up a touch when Marquez went to pass him back.

A racing incident during Qualifying, when Marquez was on a hot lap? Sure. Why not. Marc even waved. Rossi stared.

MotoGP Rnd Misano Fri Valentino Rossi
Valentino Rossi

I’m just pleased they’re not pretending to like each other anymore.

The race itself was altogether processional.

Vinales, Fabulous and Marquez all charged to the front, and everyone else kinda drifted behind them.

MotoGP Rnd Misano Vinales Rossi
Maverick Viñales and Valentino Rossi

No-one was overly pleased with the lack of grip the newly-blasted surface of Misano provided, but that was the game.

Certainly, there was no talk of the Yamahas lacking power. Even Quartararo’s old shitter didn’t seem to be lacking grunt when he was leading Marquez.

MotoGP Rnd Misano Vinales
Fabio Quartararo

Rossi, for his part, had put every new thing Yamaha brought the recent test, on his Factory Yamaha – new exhaust, new swingarm, new brake covers – and still couldn’t run the lap times. It took him too long to pass the feverish KTM-riding Aparagus brother, and then he was busy chasing Morbidelli down for most of the race before finally passing his protégé for a lacklustre fourth.

Vinales ran utterly true to form. He secured pole position. He rode like a man possessed for theree laps. Then he rode backwards for six laps. Then he started trying again. It’s just so frustrating to watch.

MotoGP Rnd Misano Vinales Pb
Maverick Vinales

Iannone didn’t race. He’s crashed three times during Practice and Qualifying, and felt his time would be better spent formulating his new management rules for Romano ‘Let me brake for you’ Fenati, whose career he is now in charge of. His pit crew offered trackside commentator Simon Crafar the ride if he wanted it.

Aprilia’s woes continued with the other Asparagus brother, who was at a loss to understand what new parts the racing manager, Romano Albesiano, was talking to the media about. So he asked if Romano could point to them.

MotoGP Rnd Misano Aleix Espargaro
Aleix Espargaro

Doubtlessly Romano then showed Aleix the new air in the tyres and the new oil in the crankcase.

Rins, proud winner of the last race at Silverstone, crashed. Cal crashed, Bagnaia crashed, and Oliveira crashed.

Zarco, who had been penalised three grid places for upsetting Oliveira last round, did not crash, but if he’d done so, no-one would have noticed.

MotoGP Rnd Misano Johann Zarco
Johann Zarco

The Ducatis did not even figure in this round. It was Honda (which is really Marquez carrying the entire HRC on his back), followed by four Yamahas. Dovi was back in sixth, having managed to conquer Pol’s KTM.

Then came Mir, freshly back from having pitched his bike into a tree, caused a forest fire, and deflated his lungs a few weeks back in testing. He was followed by Miller, who once again out-rode Petrucci.

MotoGP Rnd Misano QP Jack Miller
Jack Miller

So while the race lacked any true dramatic sass, it was nonetheless hugely entertaining seeing if Fabulous could actually feed Marquez some of his own crap.

And a huge disappointment when that didn’t happen.

I cannot see the title going anywhere else this year. The Spaniard is simply all-powerful.
And when the circus moves to Aragon next week, he may well take it up another notch for his home race.

MotoGP Rnd Misano Quartararo Marquez
Fabio Quartararo, Marc Marquez

1Marc MARQUEZHonda42m25.163
2Fabio QUARTARAROYamaha+0.903
3Maverick VIÑALESYamaha+1.636
4Valentino ROSSIYamaha+12.66
5Franco MORBIDELLIYamaha+12.774
6Andrea DOVIZIOSODucati+13.744
8Joan MIRSuzuki+22.512
9Jack MILLERDucati+26.554
10Danilo PETRUCCIDucati+31.456
11Johann ZARCOKTM+32.388
12Aleix ESPARGAROAprilia+34.477
13Tito RABATDucati+35.325
14Jorge LORENZOHonda+47.247
15Hafizh SYAHRINKTM+1’02.280
16Miguel OLIVEIRAKTM+1’07.831
17Karel ABRAHAMDucati+1’24.666
18Takaaki NAKAGAMIHonda1 Lap
Not Classified
DNFMichele PIRRODucati6 Laps
DNFAlex RINSSuzuki12 Laps
DNFFrancesco BAGNAIADucati16 Laps
1Marc MARQUEZHondaSPA275
2Andrea DOVIZIOSODucatiITA182
3Danilo PETRUCCIDucatiITA151
4Alex RINSSuzukiSPA149
5Maverick VIÑALESYamahaSPA134
6Valentino ROSSIYamahaITA129
8Jack MILLERDucatiAUS101
10Franco MORBIDELLIYamahaITA80
12Takaaki NAKAGAMIHondaJPN62
13Joan MIRSuzukiSPA47
14Aleix ESPARGAROApriliaSPA37
15Francesco BAGNAIADucatiITA29
16Andrea IANNONEApriliaITA27
19Jorge LORENZOHondaSPA23
20Tito RABATDucatiSPA17
21Stefan BRADLHondaGER16
22Michele PIRRODucatiITA9
23Sylvain GUINTOLISuzukiFRA7
25Karel ABRAHAMDucatiCZE5
Boris Mihailovic
Boris is a writer who has contributed to many magazines and websites over the years, edited a couple of those things as well, and written a few books. But his most important contribution is pissing people off. He feels this is his calling in life and something he takes seriously. He also enjoys whiskey, whisky and the way girls dance on tables. And riding motorcycles. He's pretty keen on that, too.