Japan MotoGP: Marc Marquez Wins In Japan To Take The Title!

It was Dovizioso from pole position who took the early advantage but all eyes were on Marquez who made it from 6th to 2nd in one lap and attached himself to the rear wheel of Dovizioso.

Jack Miller held 3rd until Crutchlow slipped by on lap 2 as Crutchlow put 2 Honda’s in the podium spots.

After a strong Buriram weekend for Yamaha Valentino Rossi made a strong start setting the fastest lap of the race in 5th place.

Cal Crutchlow then split the two championship protagonists as he put his LCR Honda into 2nd whilst Valentino Rossi slipped passed Jack Miller. Jack Miller then slipped behind the two Suzuki’s as he tried to manage the Soft rear tyre.

Marquez thought back into the V corner putting his Repsol Honda back behind Andrea Dovizioso.

After a big crash in this morning’s Warm Up, Aleix Espargaro pulled into the pits to retire his Aprilia with 17 laps to go.

Valentino Rossi was left holding on for 4th as both Suzuki’s glued themselves to the rear tyre of the M1 Yamaha as they tried to find a way past the Italian. Iannone lined up the pass into turn 11 neatly slotting up the inside of Rossi and was soon followed through by his teammate Alex Rins.

After going backwards in the opening laps, Miller slipped off at turn 9 whilst Abraham joined him in the gravel at turn 5 on the same lap.

Marquez then snatched the lead into V corner but ran wide onto the grass as he exited the hairpin which allowed Dovizioso to re-pass Marquez into 90° corner.

After a strong start, Andrea Iannone dropped out of contention after dropping his Suzuki at turn 10 out of a strong 4th position.

With 5 laps remaining both Dovizioso and Marquez pulled the pin each setting the fastest lap with Dovizioso leading Marquez by just a few tenths.

Marquez then made the move into turn 9 stopping his RC213V in front of ‘Desmo Dovi’ and holding the advantage over the Italian.

The battle for third was on between Crutchlow and Rins with the Honda leading the Suzuki by 0.3s.

But with 2 laps remaining Andrea Dovizioso dropped his GP18 at the Hairpin meaning, Marc Marquez, if he could bring his Honda home, he is the 2018 champion.

Marc Marquez crossed the line to become a 7 time World Champion with Crutchlow holding off Rins.

Valentino Rossi managed 4th with Bautista coming home in 5th and Zarco in 6th.

Viñales came home in 7th with Pedrosa and Petrucci behind and Tech 3 rookie Hafizh Syahrin rounded out the top 10.

Featured Image Credit: motogp.com

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