Marc Márquez opens 2019 MotoGP World Championship on the podium

Just 23 thousandths of a second separated the current MotoGP World Champion from the victory at the Qatar Grand Prix.

The Repsol Honda Team began the 25th anniversary year for their collaboration with Márquez placing second, having battled for the win until the last corner.

The current MotoGP World Champion remained in a front group which involved up to eight riders, and featured constant overtaking moves from Andrea Dovizioso and Álex Rins.

Marc Márquez 2nd: “It was exactly the same as last year! I tried to push hard but here when you overtake you just run wide and you can’t keep the line. I tried to be there, to push a little and just be there until the end. I’m very happy with these 20 points because normally we struggle here and this weekend especially we worked a lot. We changed some things that meant I couldn’t push like I normally do in braking. But we finished the race and take good points.”