Marc Marquez Secures Triple Crown
Marc Marquez Secures Triple Crown
Repsol Honda Team are 2019 triple crown Champions after Marc Marquez claimed victory number 12 of the season at the Gran Premio Motul de la Comunitat Valenciana, with Jorge Lorenzo scoring points in his final MotoGP™ ride to help Honda win the Teams Championship.
This is the third consecutive year that Honda has utterly dominated motorcycling’s fastest and most technically demanding race series with a remarkable triple-crown success.
And this triple crown is Honda’s second of 2019, following the triple crown of title victory in MotoGP as well as the MXGP World Championship with Tim Gajser and the Trial World Championship with Toni Bou.
Indeed Honda has been the dominant force since the advent of MotoGP’s four-stroke class in 2002, both with its riders and its range of superb machines: the RC211V, the RC212V and the current RC213V.
During those 18 MotoGP seasons Honda riders have won the MotoGP Riders World Championship ten times, Honda has taken the MotoGP Constructors World Championship on 12 occasions and the Repsol Honda Team has won the team prize ten times.
This has been a remarkable season for a rider who had already made his mark on MotoGP history in previous campaigns. The winner of the 2010 125cc world title, the 2012 Moto2 crown and the 2013, 2014, 2016, 2017 and 2018 MotoGP championships had his greatest-ever season in 2019.
From the 19 races he scored 12 victories, six second places and one DNF, which adds up to 420 points, the highest points score in the Grand Prix history. He also achieved the biggest title-winning margin in 71 years of GP racing, ending the season 151 points ahead of runner-up Andrea Dovizioso.
His sixth MotoGP title in seven years is also the greatest title hit rate since Giacomo Agostini dominated the racing in the late 1960s and early 1970s. During 2019 Marquez scored Honda’s 300th premier-class victory and helped the company to an historic 25th premier-class Constructors World Champion during the 60th anniversary season of Honda’s debut in the smaller categories of Grand Prix racing.
Marc Marquez, Repsol Honda Team: 1st
“A perfect end to a perfect season with the victory! I put a little extra pressure on myself with the gold helmet, so I needed to be extra smart! We did exactly what we wanted to do and won the Teams Championship, taking the triple crown in this amazing season. Always the Riders Championship is the first objective, but I was happy to help win the Teams Championship, not just for them but also for Jorge who has been a great champion, a hard rival and a great team-mate. It will be difficult to improve on this year because we rode in a perfect way.”
Jorge Lorenzo, Repsol Honda Team: 13th
“Today was a special day. On the grid I had a very different feeling to all my other races and certainly in the opening laps I was more cautious than other races because the conditions were very difficult and I wanted to finish my last race. I focused mostly on myself in the race and I am pleased to end with some points certainly. It is great to help the Repsol Honda Team win the Teams Championship after an unbelievable season from Marc. I want to say thank you to all of Honda as they have treated me with the utmost respect and professionalism. I wish them all the best for the future.”