2019 Thailand GP (MotoGP) – Preview

It was a completely dominant performance at Motorland Aragón from Marc Márquez to claim his 78th race victory across all classes, his 52nd in the premier class, and his eighth for the season to give himself the perfect opportunity to claim his sixth MotoGP World Championship, and his eighth across all classes as the grid heads to the Buriram International Circuit for the 2019 Thailand Grand Prix, Round 15 of the 2019 MotoGP World Championship.

Márquez (300 points) leads the championship for the Repsol Honda Team by 98 points over Mission Winnow Ducati rider Andrea Dovizioso (202 points) after dominating the Aragon Grand Prix, winning by a very comfortable 4.836 seconds over Dovizioso to make a sixth premier class world championship seemingly just a mere formality, if not in Thailand, certainly at the next round at Motegi in Japan.

For Márquez to claim the championship this weekend in Thailand, he must finish ahead of Dovizioso by two points, which means if Márquez is inside the Top Four, and ahead of Dovizioso, he will win his fourth-straight world championship. However, if Márquez is fifth or lower, Dovizioso must finish two spots (or more) behind Márquez for the Spaniard to claim the championship this weekend.

However, if Márquez suffers a retirement, or finishes outside the point-scoring positions, the championship battle will continue onto the Japanese Grand Prix in a fortnight’s time.

Behind the Top Two in the world championship, there is a great battle developing for third in the standings between Álex Rins (156 points) from Team SUZUKI ECSTAR, Danilo Petrucci (155 points) from Mission Winnow Ducati, and the two Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP riders in Maverick Viñales (147 points) and Valentino Rossi (137 points), while Fabio Quartararo (123 points) from Petronas Yamaha SRT, and Jack Miller (117 points) from Alma Pramac Racing remain outside chances of claiming third-place in the championship after relatively strong results at Motorland Aragón, with Miller claiming his third podium of 2019, and Quartararo finishing in fifth.

Both Rins and Petrucci struggled at Aragon, finishing ninth and 12th respectively, with Rossi also being below par in eighth, while Viñales is the form rider at the moment when you take out the Top Two in the world championship with four-consecutive Top Five finishes.

Cal Crutchlow (98 points) is ninth in the championship for LCR Honda after finishing the Aragon Grand Prix in sixth, while Petronas Yamaha SRT rider Franco Morbidelli (80 points) remains in 10th position in the standings despite being taken out of the Aragon Grand Prix by Rins after Red Bull KTM Factory Racing rider Pol Espargaró (77 points) was ruled out of the race due to a broken wrist.

So, who is going to win the 2019 Thailand Grand Prix?

It is sure to be a tight battle between about eight or nine riders you sense this weekend when it comes to the race, but you feel like the one to beat is Marc Márquez, and I feel he will claim his sixth premier class world championship this weekend, but he won’t have it all his own way.

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