Courtesy of Red Bull Media Service Team
Spaniard edges out Quartararo at Motegi with Dovizioso third for Ducati.
Marc Marquez continued his 2019 dominance by fending off Fabio Quartararo for his 10th win of the season in Japan, which helped seal the MotoGP World Championship constructors’ crown for Honda. Here is all you need to know:
– The Spaniard secured his sixth rider’s MotoGP World Championship title on the back of his victory at the Thailand Grand Prix with four races left in the season.
– Marquez started in pole with Italian Franco Morbidelli and Quartararo behind as the track was coated in hotter conditions compared to the rest of the race weekend.
– Marquez traded opening-lap overtakes with Frenchman Quartararo before stretching clear of the Petronas Yamaha rider and managing a late fuel scare.
– His maximum haul helped Honda to seal the constructors’ crown with Ducati and Yamaha too far back now to overtake them in the remaining three races.
– The 26-year-old said: “I had pressure last weekend in Thailand and now again here, but I like the pressure. Honda deserve it because they are working very hard. Now the constructors’ is done, it will be a little bit difficult for the team championship but we will try.”
– In terms of the fuel scare, he added: “When the fuel alarm appears it means I have three laps remaining. I could slow down, but not a lot as they were coming for me. I tried to manage in a good way. I passed the finish line and, after seven corners, the bike stopped.”
– Rookie of the Year Quartararo held off the fast-charging Ducati of Italian Andrea Dovizioso for second with Australian Jack Miller 10th on his Pramac Ducati.
– Spaniard Pol Espargaro and Portuguese Miguel Oliveira finished 11th and 12th respectively for their Red Bull teams with Finn Mika Kallio 14th, Takaaki Nakagami 16th, Jorge Lorenzo 17th and Hafizh Syahrin in 19th.
– LCR Honda rider Nakagami will now undergo shoulder surgery, though, and miss the final three 2019 rounds.
Japanese GP top-five result:
1. Marc Marquez SPA Repsol Honda 42m 41.492s
2. Fabio Quartararo FRA Petronas Yamaha +0.870s
3. Andrea Dovizioso ITA Ducati Team +1.325s
4. Maverick Viñales SPA Monster Yamaha +2.608s
5. Cal Crutchlow GBR LCR Honda +9.140s
2019 MotoGP constructor standings:
1. Honda 356 points
2. Ducati 270
3. Yamaha 268
2019 MotoGP team standings:
1. Mission Winnow Ducati 400 points
2. Repsol Honda Team 383
3. Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP 321