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.

Marc Marquez

2nd

“Of course I tried and gave it my 100%, fighting until the last lap and the last corner. It was an amazing race with the two guys fighting for the Championship fighting for the win. Today there was a lot of water on track and for some reason I was struggling a little more than expected. I tried to push and be smooth but Andrea was very fast too for the entire race. Entering the last lap, I knew I had only a very small advantage ahead but then I made a small mistake in turn eight, well, quite a big mistake actually, and he caught me. After he passed he was very strong on the brakes and I wasn’t able to match him. In the last corner I tried again but it was not possible to pass him again. Today he did an incredible race and won but anyway I’m happy with our result as I was expecting him to be very very fast here. We scored some good points and made a good show for the fans so it’s ok".

Dani Pedrosa

Retired

“It’s been a very difficult day and I'm really disappointed as there was a great opportunity to have a nice race. We have improved so much during the free practice sessions, from FP1 to yesterday, but it isn’t clear what happened with the rear tyre today in the race. At the beginning the rear tyre spun a lot and I lost a lot of traction which prevented me from opening the throttle on the straight. This issue continued to persist and halfway through the race it became worse and worse. I tried everything to make the bike work but it was almost impossible to ride in these conditions. I lost so much time and when I finally dropped out of the points I took the decision to retire, rather than crash. With so much water on track I didn’t expect to have problems with the extra soft rear tire and in fact Petrucci used the same one and he ended up on the podium. We will study together with Michelin the data and try to avoid it from happening again.”

MotoGP 2017
Race Round 15   Japan

Race Results

Wet
Humidity
100%
Pos. Rider Num Nation Points Team Constructor Time/Gap
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 KTM 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 Reale Avintia Racing Ducati 1'03.514
16 Redding Scott 45 GBR 0 Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia 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
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)