The 2019 GoPro British GP lived up to all expectations on Sunday after a thrilling battle between Repsol Honda’s Marc Marquez and race winner Alex Rins (Ecstar Suzuki).
Only 0.013 seconds separated the pair at the end of 20 fantastic laps of racing around the 3.666 mile circuit.
In front of a record crowd it was Marquez from his 88th pole position who made a perfect start on his Honda RC213V and avoided the incident that saw both Andrea Dovizioso and potential podium contender Fabio Quartararo crash out at Turn 1.
Fans favourite Valentino Rossi on the Monster Energy Yamaha was second on the opening lap with Rins third and Rossi’s team mate Maverick Vinales fourth but Rins was on the move and passed Rossi to take second and close the gap on Marquez on lap two.
From there the race was between Marquez and Rins with Vinales who got past Rossi on lap seven closing all the time on the leaders.
As the race neared it’s conclusion the question was when would Rins would make his move as Marquez, try as he might couldn’t shake off his fellow countryman.
The answer came on the final lap in the race to the line. Marquez led the race to the chequered flag but Rins had the better drive out of Luffield and at the line just edged ahead to take a magnificent victory, his second of the year.
Vinales was third with Rossi fourth. Top British finisher was Cal Crutchlow in sixth.
Rins said: “Today has been unbelievable. I won in Austin, beating Valentino (Rossi) and now I’ve won here, beating Marc (Marquez).
“These guys are ‘legends’ of the sport. I knew it would be difficult to beat Marc today, but I really wanted to try, and it was fantastic to do it. In a couple of sectors he was faster than me, but I could make it up in some other areas.
“Towards the end of the race I felt I had better pace than him andf I told myself that I must go for it and take the chance. I saw the opportunity and made it happen.”
Marquez added: “I am happy with the result for the championship but not the result for the race as to lose out in the final moment after leading is not the best feeling.
“We leave with 78 points over second but I hope Dovi is OK after a big crash like that. I hope he can recover well and return because it is always better when you earn the points fighting.”