With the MotoGP Riders’ title already done and dusted, 2019 Champion Marc Marquez didn’t seem to be slowing down as he scored another win at the Twin Ring Motegi in Japan on Sunday to become the most successful Honda rider, alongside Mick Doohan. Marquez’s win enabled Honda to clinch the Constructors’ title as well.
From the start, Marquez proved he wasn’t letting anyone top him eventhough the title’s already in hand. He shot off the blocks into the lead from Yamaha SRT rider Fabio Quartararo and the rest of the field. In three laps, Marquez had a second’s lead from the satellite Yamaha rider.
By lap 13, the gap between the top two ballooned to two seconds and the reigning champion switched his attention to managing the race. Settling into second as the race progressed, Quartararo was able to manage his tyres to the chequered flag to secure the rookie honors.
Finishing a distant third was Ducati’s Andrea Dovizioso.
Dovizioso probably had the rider of the race honors as he fought his way back,
having started from the third row. He got up to fifth after the first lap and passed
Jack Miller and then Franco Morbidelli during the midpoint of the race. He held
off attacks from Yamaha’s lead rider Maverick Viñales and locked on to the
final podium on the final lap. He would finish just under five-tenths of a
second behind the Yamaha SRT rider.
Marquez’s win was his tenth for the year and fourth in a row. Taking his 54th win in the premier class, Marquez draws level with Mick Doohan as the most successful premier class Honda rider. The 14 podiums, 13 of them in succession, of 2019 also move Marquez to 350 championship points, just 33 points shy of Jorge Lorenzo’s all-time premier class points record of 383 with 75 points still to play for.
The MotoGP contingent now heads directly to round 17, the Australian Grand Prix at Phillip Island from 25 – 27 October.
2019 MotoGP Motegi results
1 MARQUEZ Marc Repsol Honda 42’41.492
2 QUARTARARO Fabio Yamaha SRT + 0.870
3 DOVIZIOSO Andrea Ducati 1.325
4 VINALES Maverick Yamaha MotoGP 2.608
5 CRUTCHLOW Cal LCR Honda 9.140
6 MORBIDELLI Franco Yamaha SRT 9.187
7 RINS Alex Suzuki 9.306
8 MIR Joan Suzuki 10.695
9 PETRUCCI Danilo Ducati 14.216
10 MILLER Jack Pramac
1 MARQUEZ Marc 350 Repsol Honda Team Honda
2 DOVIZIOSO Andrea 31 Ducati Team Ducati
3 VINALES Maverick 176 Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha
4 RINS Alex 42 Team Suzuki Ecstar Suzuki
5 PETRUCCI Danilo 169 Ducati Team Ducati
6 QUARTARARO Fabio 163 Petronas Yamaha SRT Yamaha
7 ROSSI Valentino 145 Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha
8 MILLER Jack 125 Pramac Racing Ducati
9 CRUTCHLOW Cal 113 LCR Honda Honda
10 MORBIDELLI Franco 100