Repsol Honda Team heads to Japan with the first chance for Marquez to clinch 2018 MotoGP Title

Courtesy of Repsol Honda Team

  Grand Prix of Japan

MotoGP 2018   Round 16

Marc Marquez arrives in Motegi following his powerful win in Thailand, which extended his Championship lead to 77 points over nearest rival Andrea Dovizioso and 99 over Valentino Rossi.

With a maximum of 100 points available across the season’s remaining four races, Marc could mathematically clinch the 2018 MotoGP World Title at Honda’s home Grand Prix (if he finishes ahead of Dovizioso or doesn’t lose more than two points to him, and if Rossi doesn’t win the race while Marc finishes out of the points). Marc has already won two of his four MotoGP World titles at Motegi, in 2014 and in 2016 (when he also took his first MotoGP win at the circuit).

Dani Pedrosa has also enjoyed brilliant results at the Twin Ring Motegi, and with five victories across all classes, he is the most successful rider at the track. Furthermore, Marc and Dani are the only riders on the current MotoGP grid who have managed to post Motegi wins in all three classes.

Honda, with eight victories, is the constructor with the most victories at Motegi, followed by Ducati with four and Yamaha with three. 


At the Twin Ring Motegi circuit

Marc Marquez has 3 wins—1×125 (2010), 1xMoto2 (2012), 1xMotoGP (2016)—plus 4 podiums and 2 pole positions.

Dani Pedrosa has 5 wins—1×125 (2002), 1×250 (2004), 3xMotoGP (2011, 2012, 2015)—plus an additional 5 podiums and 4 pole positions.

Marc Marquez

“We have our first match ball at Honda’s home race, which is very important for our Factory. Of course we’ll try to get the best result in front of Honda’s people and home fans, but Motegi is a stop-and-go track where strong acceleration is a key factor, so we’ll have to work hard and improve a little bit in that area if we want to fight with Ducati. Otherwise, we’ll try to remain focused and calm and handle the situation as well as possible. The important thing is to ultimately achieve our goal at some point.”

Dani Pedrosa

“I’ve had many good results at Motegi in the past as I enjoy the track a lot, but I’ve also suffered some challenging moments. So we must wait and see, but of course I hope this year will be good and we’ll be able to continue the progress we’ve made in the last races, in term of pace and bike setup. The Japanese fans have always made me feel welcome and supported, and I look forward to be there again soon.”

Rider Standings

Pos. Rider Num Nation Points Team
1 Marquez Marc 93 SPA 271 Repsol Honda Team
2 Dovizioso Andrea 4 ITA 194 Ducati Team
3 Rossi Valentino 46 ITA 172 Movistar Yamaha MotoGP
4 Vinales Maverick 25 SPA 146 Movistar Yamaha MotoGP
5 Lorenzo Jorge 99 SPA 130 Ducati Team
6 Crutchlow Cal 35 GBR 128 LCR Honda
7 Petrucci Danilo 9 ITA 126 Alma Pramac Racing
8 Zarco Johann 5 FRA 123 Monster Yamaha Tech 3
9 Iannone Andrea 29 ITA 113 Team Suzuki Ecstar
10 Rins Alex 42 SPA 102 Team Suzuki Ecstar
11 Pedrosa Dani 26 SPA 87 Repsol Honda Team
12 Miller Jack 43 AUS 74 Alma Pramac Racing
13 Bautista Alvaro 19 SPA 72 Angel Nieto Team
14 Rabat Tito 53 SPA 35 Reale Avintia Racing
15 Morbidelli Franco 21 ITA 33 EG 0,0 Marc VDS
16 Espargaro Aleix 41 SPA 32 Aprilia Racing Team Gresini
17 Espargaro Pol 44 SPA 32 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing
18 Syahrin Hafizh 55 MAL 28 Monster Yamaha Tech 3
19 Smith Bradley 38 GBR 19 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing
20 Nakagami Takaaki 30 JPN 18 LCR Honda
21 Redding Scott 45 GBR 12 Aprilia Racing Team Gresini
22 Kallio Mika 36 FIN 6 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing
23 Abraham Karel 17 CZE 5 Angel Nieto Team
24 Pirro Michele 51 ITA 1 Ducati Team

Team Standings

Pos. Team Points
1 Repsol Honda Team 358
2 Ducati Team 324
3 Movistar Yamaha MotoGP 318
4 Team Suzuki Ecstar 215
5 Alma Pramac Racing 200
6 Monster Yamaha Tech 3 151
7 LCR Honda 146
8 Angel Nieto Team 77
9 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing 51
10 Aprilia Racing Team Gresini 44
11 Reale Avintia Racing 35
12 EG 0,0 Marc VDS 33

Constructor Standings

Pos. Team Points
1 Honda 306
2 Ducati 273
3 Yamaha 218
4 Suzuki 157
5 KTM 45
6 Aprilia 42


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