MotoGP Motegi: Marc Marquez Takes His 10th Victory of 2019 at Twin Ring Motegi
- Japanese Grand Prix witnessed Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda) claimed his fourth consecutive victory at Twin Ring Motegi on October 20th.
This result confirmed Honda as Constructors Champions in 2019. Also, it marked his 54th premier class win, tying him with five-time 500cc world champion Mick Doohan.
Fabio Quartararo (Petronas Yamaha) finished 2nd and received the 2019 Rookie of the Year. Andrea Dovizioso was 3rd, which made a century of podiums in his Grand Prix career.
Japanese rider Takaaki Nakagami (LCR Honda) had predicted a tough race owing to his lingering shoulder injury, finished 16th place on his final outing of the season. LCR Honda announced Johann Zarco will replace surgery-bound Takaaki Nakagami for the final three races of 2019.
Valentino Rossi (Monster Yamaha) crashed out with three laps to go, marking his first DNF since the eighth round Dutch TT.
Marc Marquez said, “We calculated with the team a pace that was a low 1m 46s but then I was able to ride in the high 1m 45s, but the high 1m 45s was good news but it was not good news for fuel consumption. So I slowed down and tried to work and find the best way to ride smooth and then I was able to open a gap so I stayed there, two seconds, ahead but with one-and-a-half laps to go the fuel alarm was there on the dashboard.
When the fuel alarm appears it means I have three laps remaining so it the gap was one-and-a-half seconds so I could slow down but not a lot as they were coming for me. Then I tried to manage in a good way and in the end I passed the finish line after seven corners the bike stopped.
It will be difficult because Petrucci and Dovi are very constant but for the team and for Jorge we hope the best for him and maybe he can improve. It looks like he is trying to find the way. We hope the best for him and this will help achieve the teams’ championship.
When I met the President this morning, straightway it was ‘good morning, I want the constructors’ championship today’, so I said ‘okay don’t worry’!
I had the pressure last weekend in Thailand and now again here but I like the pressure. They deserve it because they are working very hard all the Repsol Honda team and HRC all through the season so now the constructors’ is done so we have this championship.
It will be a little bit difficult for the teams championship but we will try.”
Motul Grand Prix of Japan Race Results
- Marc Marquez / Repsol Honda / 42m 41.492s
- Fabio Quartararo / Petronas Yamaha / +0.870s
- Andrea Dovizioso / Ducati Team / +1.325s
- Maverick Viñales / Monster Yamaha / +2.608s
- Cal Crutchlow / LCR Honda / 9.140s
- Franco Morbidelli / Petronas Yamaha / +9.187s
- Alex Rins / Suzuki Ecstar / +9.306s
- Joan Mir / Suzuki Ecstar / +10.695s
- Danilo Petrucci / Ducati Team / +14.216s
- Jack Miller / Pramac Ducati / +18.909s
- Pol Espargaro / Red Bull KTM Factory / +25.554s
- Miguel Oliveira / Red Bull KTM Tech3 / +27.870s
- Francesco Bagnaia / Pramac Ducati / +29.983s
- Mika Kallio / Red Bull KTM Factory / +31.232s
- Aleix Espargaro / Factory Aprilia Gresini / +32.546s
- Takaaki Nakagami / LCR Honda / +37.482s
- Jorge Lorenzo / Repsol Honda / +40.410s
- Karel Abraham / Reale Avintia Ducati / +43.458s
- Hafizh Syahrin / Red Bull KTM Tech3 / +46.206s
- Sylvain Guintoli / Suzuki Ecstar / +50.235s
- source : MotoGP