Courtesy of Red Bull Media Service Team
Honda’s rider claims sixth title of his 12-year World Championship career.
Honda’s Marc Márquez resisted a challenge from Fabio Quartararo to win the Thailand MotoGP
and sealed his sixth premier class title, the eighth of his 12-year
World Championship career, following a thrilling race topped off by a
last lap battle which went right down to the final corner. Here is all you need to know:
– Márquez started the Thailand MotoGP 105 points head of Ducati’s Andrea Dovizioso,
and with just 100 more up for grabs across the remaining races after
Thailand, all Márquez had to do was finish ahead of Dovizioso to take
his sixth premier class title and his eighth in all classes.
Yamaha’s Quartararo started well from the fourth pole of his debut
season, followed by Márquez on the Honda who passed Maverick Viñales at
the start and Dovizioso, the only man who could deny Márquez his sixth MotoGP title, in fourth.
The pack remained static for the opening laps, with Quartararo and
Márquez pulling clear of third-place man Viñales, effectively setting up
a two-bike battle for the race win. With 14 laps remaining Márquez
turned up the pressure on the leader.
– Lap after lap, with
little action occurring throughout the pack, Márquez continued to hassle
the satellite Yamaha of Quartararo, knowing that his sixth MotoGP title was in the bag and looking to crown his fourth consecutive championship with a victory.
With four laps remaining Márquez turned up the heat on Quartararo –
showing his intent with a dummy pass – and piled the pressure on the
French rider’s lead. He eventually took the lead with a brilliant
outside pass, under braking for the hairpin at turn three on the last
– Quartararo fought back to re-pass and, after a
thrilling final few metres, Márquez managed to muscle his way back past
the Yamaha to take his ninth win of the season.
– The result sealed his eighth title in all classes in style, ahead of Quartararo, with Viñales in a distant third place.