Spaniard seals title on first opportunity and thrills Repsol Honda at home track
Marc Marquez has become the youngest ever rider to win consecutive MotoGP championships with the Repsol Honda rider securing second place at the Motul Grand Prix of Japan in Honda Racing Corporation’s back yard with the 21-year-old thrilling the fans at the Twin Ring Motegi circuit. The double MotoGP champion finished the race in second behind Movistar Yamaha rider Jorge Lorenzo while teammate Valentino Rossi claimed third place.
Movistar Yamaha rider Jorge Lorenzo got off to a great start alongside Marquez from the second row and took no time in passing teammate Valentino Rossi, Repsol Honda’s Dani Pedrosa and the Ducati Team pole man Andrea Dovizioso for the lead while Marquez took a little longer getting through the front men being naturally cautious and not wanting to make any mistakes that could have robbed him of his first title winning opportunity.
The race settled into a good rhythm after the first few laps with Lorenzo beginning to pull away at the front while Marquez passed each of his competitors with clinical precision and the main resistance came from Rossi who was determined to make Marquez work for his second MotoGP title but he wasn’t to be denied and he passed Rossi on his second opportunity.
Jubilant scenes of celebration as Marquez takes second title
This left Marquez to circulate in a lonely second place but it didn’t stop Marquez from trying to catch Lorenzo although his Spanish compatriot was nearly 2 seconds up the road at the end of the race. The championship celebrations began with Marquez being presented with a samurai sword at the side of the track, which he then used to cut the rope on a balloon that thrilled the Japanese fans before arriving back in the pits to his ecstatic crew who wasted no time in elevating Marquez into the air in jubilation.
Pedrosa crossed the line in fourth and no chance to keep the pressure on his teammate for the championship title – to win the title Marquez needed to lose no more than 3 points to his teammate and 15 points to Rossi. Pole sitter Dovizioso finished in 5th while Pramac Racing’s Andrea Iannone had a strong race crossing the line in 6th with Stefan Bradl (LCR Honda) in 7th and the top ten completed by Monster Yamaha teammates Pol Espargaro and Bradley Smith in 8th and 9th respectively and Alvaro Bautista (GO&Fun Honda Gresini).