Marquez is Most Accomplished Honda rider after Japanese GP win

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

Riders standings

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