Marc Marquez took an incredible victory at Twin Ring Motegi today, becoming the 2018 MotoGP World Champion with three races to go, in front of Honda President and CEO Mr Takahiro Hachigo, who joined him on the podium.
After starting from the sixth spot on the grid, Marc was immediately able to recover four positions, taking over second place and engaging in race-long battle with title contender Andrea Dovizioso and fellow Honda rider Cal Crutchlow. With two laps remaining, the Italian rider crashed out of the race, just after Marc had passed him in preparation for a last-lap duel.
With his eighth win of 2018 and the 69th in his career (across all classes), Marquez becomes the youngest rider of all time to reach the milestone of seven World Championships (125cc in 2010, Moto2 in 2012 and MotoGP in 2013, 2014, 2016, 2017 and 2018); he does this at the age of 25 years and 246 days, taking the record from Mike Hailwood, who was 26 years and 140 days old when he won his seventh title, the 1966 350cc crown.
Dani Pedrosa started from 11th on the grid and recovered up to eighth place at the end of the first lap, but he struggled to maintain a good pace and was not able to improve further than that.
Marc’s victory today also extended Honda’s lead in the Constructors World Championship to 47 points, and the Repsol Honda Team’s lead in the Team Classification to 51.
|1||Marquez Marc||93||SPA||25||Repsol Honda Team||Honda||42'36.438|
|2||Crutchlow Cal||35||GBR||20||LCR Honda||Honda||1.573|
|3||Rins Alex||42||SPA||16||Team Suzuki Ecstar||Suzuki||1.720|
|4||Rossi Valentino||46||ITA||13||Movistar Yamaha MotoGP||Yamaha||6.413|
|5||Bautista Alvaro||19||SPA||11||Angel Nieto Team||Ducati||6.919|
|6||Zarco Johann||5||FRA||10||Red Bull KTM Factory Racing||KTM||8.024|
|7||Vinales Maverick||25||SPA||9||Movistar Yamaha MotoGP||Yamaha||13.330|
|8||Pedrosa Dani||26||SPA||8||Repsol Honda Team||Honda||15.582|
|9||Petrucci Danilo||9||ITA||7||Alma Pramac Racing||Ducati||20.584|
|10||Syahrin Hafizh||55||MAL||6||Monster Yamaha Tech 3||Yamaha||24.985|
|11||Morbidelli Franco||21||ITA||5||EG 0,0 Marc VDS||Honda||25.931|
|12||Smith Bradley||38||GBR||4||Red Bull KTM Factory Racing||KTM||26.875|
|13||Espargaro Pol||44||SPA||3||Red Bull KTM Factory Racing||KTM||27.069|
|14||Nakasuga Katsuyuki||15||JPN||2||Yamalube Yamaha Factory Racing||Yamaha||32.550|
|15||Nakagami Takaaki||30||JPN||1||LCR Honda||Honda||37.718|
|16||Simeon Xavier||10||BEL||0||Reale Avintia Racing||Ducati||39.583|
|17||Torres Jordi||81||SPA||0||Reale Avintia Racing||Ducati||39.839|
|18||Dovizioso Andrea||4||ITA||0||Ducati Team||Ducati||42.698|
|19||Redding Scott||45||GBR||0||Aprilia Racing Team Gresini||Aprilia||49.943|
|20||Luthi Tom||12||SWI||0||EG 0,0 Marc VDS||Honda||52.707|
|21||Guintoli Sylvain||50||FRA||0||Team Suzuki Ecstar||Suzuki||1'01.848|
|22||Iannone Andrea||29||ITA||0||Team Suzuki Ecstar||Suzuki||10 laps|
|23||Abraham Karel||17||CZE||0||Angel Nieto Team||Ducati||12 laps|
|24||Miller Jack||43||AUS||0||Alma Pramac Racing||Ducati||14 laps|
|25||Espargaro Aleix||41||SPA||0||Aprilia Racing Team Gresini||Aprilia||18 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)|