Magnificent Marquez Clinches Third MotoGP Title

Marc Marquez has clinched his third MotoGP world championship in style with victory in the Japanese Grand Prix at Motegi. The Repsol Honda rider took an unchallenged victory, first at Motegi in the premier class, and with both factory Yamaha riders crashing out of second place, Marquez now has an unassailable 77 point lead with three races remaining.

Having qualified first and third, Yamaha started the race with victory in their sights but Marquez soon stamped his authority, powering past Jorge Lorenzo for the lead on lap four. Mindful that he couldn’t allow the Honda rider to escape, Valentino Rossi produced a similar move to grab second two laps later but a crash at turn nine ended his afternoon, putting the first piece of the championship puzzle into place.

With no answer for Marquez, Lorenzo came under pressure from a hard-charging Andrea Dovizioso and with five laps to go, the pressure told. Under braking for turn nine, the front end of the no.99 Yamaha folded from underneath Lorenzo and in an instant, the Spaniard relinquished his crown to his compatriot.

Marquez cruised through the closing laps to claim a historic first MotoGP victory in Japan, and with it, his third MotoGP title and fifth across all classes. Dovizioso took a superb second, equalling his best result of the season while Maverick Vinales won an entertaining tussle with Suzuki teammate Aleix Espargaro to claim the final podium position.

Cal Crutchlow took the honours in the independent battle once again in fifth with Pol Espargaro riding a lonely race to sixth while Alvaro Bautista served further notice of Aprilia’s improvement with seventh, beating both Pramac Ducatis in the process. The team-mates finished a quarter of a second apart in eighth and ninth with Danilo Petrucci edging out Scott Redding while Stefan Bradl rounded out the top ten on the second Aprilia.


2016 Motul Grand Prix of Japan (Race Result)

193. Marc MARQUEZHondaRepsol Honda Team42:34.61025
24. Andrea DOVIZIOSODucatiDucati Team+2.99220
325. Maverick VINALESSuzukiTeam SUZUKI ECSTAR+4.10416
441. Aleix ESPARGAROSuzukiTeam SUZUKI ECSTAR+4.72613
535. Cal CRUTCHLOWHondaLCR Honda+15.04911
644. Pol ESPARGAROYamahaMonster Yamaha Tech 3+19.65410
719. Alvaro BAUTISTAApriliaAprilia Racing Team Gresini+23.0329
89. Danilo PETRUCCIDucatiOcto Pramac Yakhnich+28.5558
945. Scott REDDINGDucatiOcto Pramac Yakhnich+28.8027
106. Stefan BRADLApriliaAprilia Racing Team Gresini+32.3306
1121. Katsuyuki NAKASUGAYamahaYamalube Yamaha Factory Racing+42.8455
1268. Yonny HERNANDEZDucatiPull & Bear Aspar Ducati Team+52.2194
1338. Bradley SMITHYamahaMonster Yamaha Tech 3+53.7833
1453. Tito RABATHondaEG 0,0 Marc VDS+54.7602
1573. Hiroshi AOYAMAHondaRepsol Honda Team+1:00.1551
1676. Loris BAZDucatiAvintia Racing+1:04.440
178. Hector BARBERADucatiDucati Team+1:42.966
187. Mike JONESDucatiAvintia Racing+1 Lap
NC99. Jorge LORENZOYamahaMovistar Yamaha MotoGP+5 Laps
NC46. Valentino ROSSIYamahaMovistar Yamaha MotoGP+18 Laps
NC73. Jack MILLERHondaEG 0,0 Marc VDS+18 Laps
NC50. Eugene LAVERTYDucatiPull & Bear Aspar Ducati Team+22 Laps