A couple of weeks ago, it was a thrilling British Grand Prix, with Álex Rins shadowing Marc Márquez for the vast majority of the race, until basically the final corner, and with Márquez unable to hold a tight line through the final corner, Rins was able to move through on the inside to claim an exhilarating victory, the second of his premier class career, and for the second race in a row, Márquez was beaten in a last lap duel!
However, the British Grand Prix was marred by a big accident on the opening lap involving Fabio Quartararo and Andrea Dovizioso, which has meant that the championship hopes of Dovizioso have virtually evaporated, but there is still a lot to race for as the grid heads to the Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli for the 2019 San Marino Grand Prix, Round 13 of the 2019 MotoGP World Championship.
Márquez (250 points) leads the championship for the Repsol Honda Team by 78 points over Mission Winnow Ducati rider Dovizioso (172 points) after the events of the British Grand Prix, while Rins (149 points) moves up into third for Team SUZUKI ECSTAR after his second MotoGP race win, and is ahead of Dovizioso’s teammate Danilo Petrucci (145 points), who had another underwhelming performance, finishing in a disappointing seventh.
Behind the Top Four in the world championship, we find the two Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP riders in Maverick Viñales (118 points) and Valentino Rossi (116 points), who have continued their resurgent form at Silverstone, finishing third and fourth respectively, backing up fifth and fourth-place results at the Austrian Grand Prix, and you feel that they could be strong contenders this weekend at Misano.
The two factory Yamaha riders have pulled away from Australian Jack Miller (94 points) for Alma Pramac Racing, who has jumped into seventh in the championship after finishing eighth at Silverstone ahead of Quartararo (92 points) from Petronas Yamaha SRT, who is just ahead of Cal Crutchlow (88 points) from LCR Honda, while Quartararo’s teammate Franco Morbidelli (69 points) completes the Top 10, just ahead of Red Bull KTM Factory Racing rider Pol Espargaró (68 points), and Crutchlow’s teammate Takaaki Nakagami (62 points).
So, who is going to win the 2019 San Marino Grand Prix?
Even though he has been beaten in the last two races, you feel that Marc Márquez is the favourite to win this weekend, but he will face a strong challenge from both Maverick Viñales and Valentino Rossi, along with both Álex Rins and Andrea Dovizioso if he is 100 percent fit, while you sense that Fabio Quartararo could be due for a first race victory in MotoGP.
However, I think Márquez will return to the top step of the podium for the seventh time in 2019, and for the third time in the premier class at Misano, and the sixth time across all classes to move ahead of Mike Hailwood into outright fourth for most race victories across all classes.