Repsol Honda’s Marc Marquez has clinched his second consecutive Championship on Honda’s home soil, becoming the first Honda rider to clinch a World title – in any class – at the Motegi circuit, with his well earned second place finish. Teammate Dani Pedrosa fought to the end and finished just half a second off the podium in 4th position.

It was a tense start to the race with both riders dropping places on the first lap. However, they gradually passed Iannone and Dovizioso and by lap fourteen Marc was 3rd with Dani behind him in 4th, chasing leaders Lorenzo and Rossi. Marc battled with Valentino on lap 15, then finally passed him on lap 16, and began to try and open a gap. Valentino didn’t let him escape and kept the pressure on him until the final lap, with Marc taking second place by just 1 second in front of Valentino and just 1.6s behind Lorenzo. He now has an 82 point lead with just 75 points left to play for in the final three rounds, gifting him the 2014 World Championship.

Marc is the youngest ever rider to win two consecutive premier-class World Championships at the age of 21 years 237 days, taking the record from Mike Hailwood who was 23 years 152 days when he won his second successive 500cc title in 1963. This is the third time which the MotoGP world title has been secured at the Motegi circuit (previously in 2007 with Casey Stoner, and 2008 with Valentino Rossi).

Dani is now third in the standings but tied on points with Valentino, with Jorge just 3 points behind, and will be fighting in the final three races to earn second in the World Championship. The paddock now leave Japan and head South to Australia for next week’s grand prix in Phillip Island.

Marc Marquez

“I am very happy to have sealed this second consecutive World Championship, because although it is difficult to maintain this level, in the end we succeeded! Today is the time to enjoy this title. In the race I had a very clear objective, which was to finish ahead of Valentino and Dani - the other riders did not matter to me so much today. I just had one goal in mind and the important thing is that I was able to achieve it. I want to dedicate this title to all the people who have helped me - they know who they are - and especially to my family and the team, who are the foundation for all of this.”

Dani Pedrosa

“I wasn't as fast off the start as the riders at the front, which meant that I lost two or three seconds early on. However, later I was able to come back, set good times and cut the distance a lot. However, as has happened to me before on other occasions this season, I was continually having to make up the time that I had lost at the start. I have to congratulate Marc and his team today, because they have done a really good job this season and deserve the title.”

MotoGP 2014
Race Round 15   Japan

Results Session

Pos. Rider Num Nation Points Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Lorenzo Jorge 99 SPA 25 Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 42'21.259
2 Marquez Marc 93 SPA 20 Repsol Honda Team Honda +1.638
3 Rossi Valentino 46 ITA 16 Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha +2.602
4 Pedrosa Dani 26 SPA 13 Repsol Honda Team Honda +3.157
5 Dovizioso Andrea 4 ITA 11 Ducati Team Ducati +14.353
6 Iannone Andrea 29 ITA 10 Pramac Racing Ducati +16.653
7 Bradl Stefan 6 GER 9 LCR Honda MotoGP Honda +19.531
8 Espargaro Pol 44 SPA 8 Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha +19.815
9 Smith Bradley 38 GBR 7 Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha +23.575
10 Bautista Alvaro 19 SPA 6 Go & Fun Honda Gresini Honda +35.687
11 Espargaro Aleix 41 SPA 5 Athina Forward Racing Forward Yamaha +40.668
12 Nakasuga Katsuyuki 21 JPN 4 Yamalube Yamaha Factory Racing Yamaha +51.027
13 Aoyama Hiroshi 7 JPN 3 Aspar Team Honda +51.093
15 Barbera Hector 8 SPA 1 Ducati Team Ducati +59.089
16 Redding Scott 45 GBR 0 Go & Fun Honda Gresini Honda +59.508
17 De Angelis Alex 15 RSM 0 Athina Forward Racing Forward Yamaha +1'16.547
18 Laverty Michael 70 GBR 0 Paul Bird Motorsport PBM +1'28.021
19 Di Meglio Mike 63 FRA 0 Avintia Racing Avintia +1'29.470
20 Parkes Broc 23 AUS 0 Paul Bird Motorsport PBM +1'33.253
21 Hernandez Yonny 68 COL 0 Pramac Racing Ducati DNF
22 Abraham Karel 17 CZE 0 AB Motoracing Honda DNF
23 Petrucci Danilo 9 ITA 0 Octo IodaRacing Team ART DNF
24 Crutchlow Cal 35 GBR 0 Ducati Team Ducati DNF
Location Information

Located amongst the vast natural beauty of the northern Kanto district, the twin ring circuit at Motegi in Japan consists of a 1.5 mile oval and a 2.9 mile road course constructed to international standards. Built by Honda as the ultimate test facility in August 1997, the road circuit became… read more.

Length 4.801 kilometres / 2.983 miles
Width 15 metres
Left corners 6
Right corners 8
Longest straight 0.762 kilometres / 0.473 miles
Constructed 1997

Twin Ring Motegi, Haga District, Tochigi, Japan - View in Google Maps

www.twinring.jp/english

Records

Pole Position 1m 43.790s (166.5km/h) Jorge Lorenzo (Yamaha, 2015)
Race Lap 1m 45.350s (164km/h) Jorge Lorenzo (Yamaha, 2014)
Race Time 42m 21.259s (163.2km/h) Jorge Lorenzo (Yamaha, 2014)
2017 Race Winner Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati)