Magnificent Marquez Goes From Back To Front At Motegi

Marc Marquez recovered from a disastrous start to claim his eight victory of the Moto2 season, all-but securing the title. The Spaniard was left standing still on the line with virtually the entire field overtaking him but scythed through the field before resisting a late rally from Pol Espargaro.

Espargaro made a superb getaway from pole position and was followed into turn one by teammate Esteve Rabat but Marquez was literally left standing, seemingly unable to find a gear. After what seemed an eternity, the no.93 finally left the grid but almost everybody had passed him. That was a relief though as Dominique Aegerter had come terrifying close to striking the back of the Suter.

The Pons teammates were briefly headed by Scott Redding but after a lap at the front, the British rider was demoted to fourth by Rabat, Espargaro and Toni Elias. Incredibly, Marquez had completed the first lap in ninth and replays showed the championship leader scything through the pack on the way through turns one, two and three.

Marquez’s charge through the field was aided by the retirement of Bradley Smith with a technical problem and by the start of lap six, he was hot on the heels of Redding. An error into turn one from the Marc VDS rider handed fourth to Marc while Elias couldn’t keep his compatriot behind for too long either, losing third at turn five. Redding made amends for his earlier error by passing the Italtrans Kalex himself soon afterwards.

The relentless pace from Marquez brought him onto the tail of Espargaro on lap seven and a near high side for Pol handed him second place. From that moment on, Rabat’s lead was looking rather temporary and on lap ten the inevitable happened as Marquez breezed past on the back straight. In ten laps, he’d gone from the back of the field to the front.

Espargaro eased past his teammate shortly after half distance before setting some blistering lap times but try as he might, Marquez just had too much speed where it mattered, preventing him from mounting an attack at any of the overtaking spots. Rabat had a lonely ride through the second half of the race but held on to a safe third.

Scott Redding’s outstanding season continued with fourth although his cause was helped by a crash for Toni Elias four laps from home, taking him out of fifth. Instead, that place went to Thomas Luthi while Simone Corsi beat home favourite Takaaki Nakagami to sixth. Johann Zarco held off an inspired Axel Pons for eighth with Dominique Aegerter rounding out the top ten. Gino Rea was 25th, completing a disappointing weekend for the Briton.