With the Japanese Grand Prix facing wet weather all weekend, the race was no exception and the tricky conditions made the epic duel between Title contenders Marc Marquez and Andrea Dovizioso even more dramatic.
The Italian prevailed over the Repsol Honda rider fighting to the last corner of the last lap after the pair closely chased and passed each other time and again after passing provisional race leader Danilo Petrucci on lap 13.
Marc began the final lap out front but a small mistake at turn 8 – where he almost crashed out – allowed Dovizioso to close in and then take the lead. Marc tried one final attack braking late into the last corner but he exited a little wide and Dovizioso won the drag race to the finish line by 0.249s.
Marc’s second place signals his 100th career podium from 165 starts (the younger rider ever to achieve this milestone), and his 61st in the premier-class. He retains an 11-point lead in the Championship before round 16 at Phillip Island next Sunday.
Dani Pedrosa had a very difficult race as he had some issues with his rear tyre that forced him to retire on lap 21.
|1||Dovizioso Andrea||4||ITA||25||Ducati Team||Ducati||47'14.236|
|2||Marquez Marc||93||SPA||20||Repsol Honda Team||Honda||0.249|
|3||Petrucci Danilo||9||ITA||16||Octo Pramac Racing||Ducati||10.557|
|4||Iannone Andrea||29||ITA||13||Team Suzuki Ecstar||Suzuki||18.845|
|5||Rins Alex||42||SPA||11||Team Suzuki Ecstar||Suzuki||22.982|
|6||Lorenzo Jorge||99||SPA||10||Ducati Team||Ducati||24.464|
|7||Espargaro Aleix||41||SPA||9||Aprilia Racing Team Gresini||Aprilia||28.010|
|8||Zarco Johann||5||FRA||8||Monster Yamaha Tech 3||Yamaha||29.475|
|9||Vinales Maverick||25||SPA||7||Movistar Yamaha MotoGP||Yamaha||36.575|
|10||Baz Loris||76||FRA||6||Reale Avintia Racing||Ducati||48.506|
|11||Espargaro Pol||44||SPA||5||Red Bull KTM Factory Racing||Yamaha||56.357|
|12||Nakasuga Katsuyuki||21||JPN||4||Yamalube Yamaha Factory Racing||Yamaha||1'00.181|
|13||Lowes Sam||22||GBR||3||Aprilia Racing Team Gresini||Aprilia||1'00.980|
|14||Barbera Hector||8||SPA||2||Reale Avintia Racing||Ducati||1'03.118|
|15||Rabat Tito||53||SPA||1||Marc VDS Racing Team||Honda||1'03.514|
|16||Redding Scott||45||GBR||0||Octo Pramac Racing||Ducati||1'04.162|
|17||Smith Bradley||38||GBR||0||Red Bull KTM Factory Racing||KTM||1'06.271|
|18||Aoyama Hiroshi||7||JPN||0||EG 0,0 Marc VDS||Honda||1'13.250|
|19||Bautista Alvaro||19||SPA||0||Pull&Bear Aspar Team||Ducati||3 laps|
|20||Pedrosa Dani||26||SPA||0||Repsol Honda Team||Honda||4 laps|
|21||Abraham Karel||17||CZE||0||Pull&Bear Aspar Team||Ducati||5 laps|
|22||Crutchlow Cal||35||GBR||0||LCR Honda||Honda||10 laps|
|23||Rossi Valentino||46||ITA||0||Movistar Yamaha MotoGP||Yamaha||19 laps|
|24||Nozane Kohta||31||JPN||0||Monster Yamaha Tech 3||Yamaha||21 laps|
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|
|Longest straight||0.762 kilometres / 0.473 miles|
Twin Ring Motegi, Haga District, Tochigi, Japan - View in Google Maps
|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)|
|2018 Race Winner||Marc Marquez (Honda)|