Marc Marquez took a remarkable victory at Motegi today to become the 2016 MotoGP World Champion with three races to go, in front of Honda President Chief Executive Officer and Representative Director Mr. Takahiro Hachigo, who joined Marc on the podium, Operating Officer and Director Mr. Shinji Aoyama and HRC President Mr. Yoshishige Nomura.
Marc got off to a brilliant start and immediately engaged in a fight for the lead with Jorge Lorenzo and Valentino Rossi. On the second lap he overtook the Italian at turn eight and began to pursue Lorenzo, taking over the lead on lap four.
He immediately showed that he had the rhythm and speed to make a breakaway, putting in a series of laps in the 1’45 range and pulling a half-second gap on his countryman. Lap six brought the first major turn of events, as Rossi fell at turn seven and was forced to retire. Marc continued stretching his lead until Lorenzo also slid off, with five laps remaining.
With his fifth win of 2016 and the 55th in his career (across all classes), Marc became the youngest rider in the history of the sport to earn five World Championships (125cc in 2010, Moto2 in 2012 and MotoGP in 2013, 2014 and 2016).
Marc is also the only rider in any class to score points at every race so far this year. Today’s victory also extended Honda’s lead in the Constructors World Championship to 28 points, and it is the sixth Honda victory in the last eight races.
Hiroshi Aoyama stepped in to replace Dani Pedrosa (who broke a collarbone in a fall on Friday and underwent successful surgery the following day) just on Saturday morning, and today he scored a single final point for his 15th-place finish.
|1||Marquez Marc||93||SPA||25||Repsol Honda Team||Honda||42'34.610|
|2||Dovizioso Andrea||4||ITA||20||Mission Winnow Ducati||Ducati||2.992|
|3||Vinales Maverick||25||SPA||16||Team Suzuki Ecstar||Suzuki||4.104|
|4||Espargaro Aleix||41||SPA||13||Team Suzuki Ecstar||Suzuki||4.726|
|5||Crutchlow Cal||35||GBR||11||LCR Honda||Honda||15.049|
|6||Espargaro Pol||44||SPA||10||Monster Yamaha Tech 3||Yamaha||19.654|
|7||Bautista Alvaro||19||SPA||9||Aprilia Racing Team Gresini||Aprilia||23.032|
|8||Petrucci Danilo||9||ITA||8||Octo Pramac Yakhnich||Ducati||28.555|
|9||Redding Scott||45||GBR||7||Octo Pramac Yakhnich||Ducati||28.802|
|10||Bradl Stefan||6||GER||6||Aprilia Racing Team Gresini||Aprilia||32.330|
|11||Nakasuga Katsuyuki||15||JPN||5||Yamalube Yamaha Factory Racing||Yamaha||42.845|
|12||Hernandez Yonny||68||COL||4||Aspar Team||Ducati||52.219|
|13||Smith Bradley||38||GBR||3||Monster Yamaha Tech 3||Yamaha||53.783|
|14||Rabat Tito||53||SPA||2||EG 0,0 Marc VDS||Honda||54.760|
|15||Aoyama Hiroshi||7||JPN||1||Repsol Honda Team||Honda||1'00.155|
|16||Baz Loris||76||FRA||0||Avintia Racing||Ducati||1'04.440|
|17||Barbera Hector||8||SPA||0||Avintia Racing||Ducati||1'42.966|
|18||Jones Mike||7||AUS||0||Avintia Racing||Ducati||1 lap|
|19||Lorenzo Jorge||99||SPA||0||Movistar Yamaha MotoGP||Yamaha||5 laps|
|20||Rossi Valentino||46||ITA||0||Movistar Yamaha MotoGP||Yamaha||18 laps|
|21||Miller Jack||43||AUS||0||EG 0,0 Marc VDS||Honda||18 laps|
|22||Laverty Eugene||50||IRE||0||Aspar Team||Ducati||22 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)|