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

Pos Rider Bike Time/Gap
1 Marc MARQUEZ Honda 42m25.163
2 Fabio QUARTARARO Yamaha +0.903
3 Maverick VIÑALES Yamaha +1.636
4 Valentino ROSSI Yamaha +12.66
5 Franco MORBIDELLI Yamaha +12.774
6 Andrea DOVIZIOSO Ducati +13.744
7 Pol ESPARGARO KTM +20.05
8 Joan MIR Suzuki +22.512
9 Jack MILLER Ducati +26.554
10 Danilo PETRUCCI Ducati +31.456
11 Johann ZARCO KTM +32.388
12 Aleix ESPARGARO Aprilia +34.477
13 Tito RABAT Ducati +35.325
14 Jorge LORENZO Honda +47.247
15 Hafizh SYAHRIN KTM +1’02.280
16 Miguel OLIVEIRA KTM +1’07.831
17 Karel ABRAHAM Ducati +1’24.666
18 Takaaki NAKAGAMI Honda 1 Lap
Not Classified
DNF Cal CRUTCHLOW Honda 5 Laps
DNF Michele PIRRO Ducati 6 Laps
DNF Alex RINS Suzuki 12 Laps
DNF Francesco BAGNAIA Ducati 16 Laps
Pos Rider Bike Nation Points
1 Marc MARQUEZ Honda SPA 275
2 Andrea DOVIZIOSO Ducati ITA 182
3 Danilo PETRUCCI Ducati ITA 151
4 Alex RINS Suzuki SPA 149
5 Maverick VIÑALES Yamaha SPA 134
6 Valentino ROSSI Yamaha ITA 129
7 Fabio QUARTARARO Yamaha FRA 112
8 Jack MILLER Ducati AUS 101
9 Cal CRUTCHLOW Honda GBR 88
10 Franco MORBIDELLI Yamaha ITA 80
12 Takaaki NAKAGAMI Honda JPN 62
13 Joan MIR Suzuki SPA 47
14 Aleix ESPARGARO Aprilia SPA 37
15 Francesco BAGNAIA Ducati ITA 29
16 Andrea IANNONE Aprilia ITA 27
17 Johann ZARCO KTM FRA 27
19 Jorge LORENZO Honda SPA 23
20 Tito RABAT Ducati SPA 17
21 Stefan BRADL Honda GER 16
22 Michele PIRRO Ducati ITA 9
23 Sylvain GUINTOLI Suzuki FRA 7
25 Karel ABRAHAM Ducati CZE 5