A wet and wild race in Motegi was cut short due to the extreme conditions and fading light, Marc Marquez taking his 140th career podium and returning the Repsol Honda Team to the rostrum. Mir picked up more points in 12th.

Overnight rain saw the MotoGP field discover a damp track for Warm Up as they arrived at Mobility Resort Motegi for race day. As the grid formed up for the 24-lap Japanese Grand Prix, the predicted rain began to fall and the MotoGP field shot forward on tender hooks with everyone starting on slicks. It would not last long as the majority of the field pulled into the pits at the end of the first lap. Marc Marquez showed his undeniable skill in the changing conditions as he immediately put himself into contention with the leading group.

Opting for a cautious approach as the rain began to intensify, Marquez let those ahead judge the conditions as he settled into a comfortable rhythm. With the conditions settled on completely wet, the eight-time World Champion began his attack and quickly made his way into the top five. Passing Bezzecchi on lap 11 to move into third, the #93 kept up an intense pace as he worked to eat into the lead of Bagnaia and Martin.

Conditions would worsen at this point and the red flag was displayed, ending the race. A restart was attempted but the combination of standing water and the waning light meant the result was declared and full points awarded.

Marc Marquez once again climbed onto the podium with third place, his first podium since taking second place at the Australian Grand Prix in 2021. This podium, the 140th of his career and his 101st in the premier class, moves Marc Marquez to fifth overall in terms of podium finishes across all classes. It is the 455th podium for the Repsol Honda Team in the premier class.

Joan Mir was likewise able to show his raw speed in the wet, running nose to tail with his Repsol Honda Team teammate during the middle stages of the eventually truncated race. His progress would be halted as visibility dropped and the #36 lost contact with the leaders. Down in 12th when the red flag came out, Mir was hopeful of a restart in order to recover the ground lost earlier. Although in agreement with the decision to not restart on safety grounds, Mir was left to lament a lost opportunity for another top-ten finish.

After two intense back-to-back races, the Repsol Honda Team will now enjoy a week off before heading to Mandalika for the Indonesian GP.

Marc Marquez


“It feels great to return to the podium after so long away, and to do it here in Motegi, at Honda’s home, with so many fans and people from Honda here, honestly it is quite romantic. In the race it was all about understanding the wet tyres once we switched over, at the start it was quite dry so it was important to be careful to not destroy the tyre. I stayed calm and when I saw there was more water on track, I began to attack. I was feeling really good with my pace and I think we could have had an interesting end to the race, but ultimately Race Direction did a really good job and they made the right call at the right time. I want to say thank you to them and of course all of the Repsol Honda Team as well, days like today have many factors at play and my team worked really well to handle everything. This podium is what we have been looking for all year and it’s a nice boost for the last push in 2023.”

Joan Mir


“I had some visibility problems with my helmet unfortunately, it’s something I have never had in the past and today was the day. It’s a big shame, I couldn’t see so I was missing my reference points on track. When I was fighting with Miller I could see a bit, but then the rain came heavier, and it was enough to stop me. I’m really disappointed because I think we showed that there was some good speed there and we could have done something more. Now we have a week off to train and recover a bit before we go racing again.”

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Race Round 14   Japan

Japanese Grand Prix Results

Track Temp
Air Temp
Pos. Rider Num Nation Points Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Martin Jorge 89 SPA 25 Pramac Racing Ducati 24'06.314
2 Bagnaia Francesco 1 ITA 20 Ducati Lenovo Team Ducati 1.413
3 Marquez Marc 93 SPA 16 Repsol Honda Team Honda 2.013
4 Bezzecchi Marco 72 ITA 13 Mooney VR46 Racing Team Ducati 2.943
5 Espargaro Aleix 41 SPA 11 Aprilia Racing Aprilia 3.181
6 Miller Jack 43 AUS 10 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 6.837
7 Fernandez Augusto 37 SPA 9 Tech3 GASGAS Factory Racing KTM 7.587
8 Di Giannantonio Fabio 49 ITA 8 Team Gresini Racing MotoGP Ducati 8.602
9 Fernandez Raul 25 SPA 7 RNF MotoGP Team Aprilia 11.229
10 Quartararo Fabio 20 FRA 6 Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 12.244
11 Nakagami Takaaki 30 JPN 5 LCR Honda Honda 14.714
12 Mir Joan 36 SPA 4 Repsol Honda Team Honda 14.924
13 Crutchlow Cal 35 GBR 3 Yamaha Test Team Yamaha 16.057
14 Bradl Stefan 6 GER 2 LCR Honda Honda 17.253
15 Espargaro Pol 44 SPA 1 Tech3 GASGAS Factory Racing KTM 24.921
16 Pirro Michele 51 ITA 0 Ducati Lenovo Team Ducati 33.962
17 Morbidelli Franco 21 ITA 0 Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 1'14.934
18 Oliveira Miguel 88 POR 0 RNF MotoGP Team Aprilia +1 Lap
19 Vinales Maverick 12 SPA 0 Aprilia Racing Aprilia +1 Lap
20 Zarco Johann 5 FRA DNF Pramac Racing Ducati DNF
21 Binder Brad 33 RSA DNF Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM DNF
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Rider standings

Pos. Rider Num Nation Points Team Constructor
1 Bagnaia Francesco 1 ITA 319 Ducati Lenovo Team Ducati
2 Martin Jorge 89 SPA 316 Pramac Racing Ducati
3 Bezzecchi Marco 72 ITA 265 Mooney VR46 Racing Team Ducati
4 Binder Brad 33 RSA 201 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM
5 Espargaro Aleix 41 SPA 171 Aprilia Racing Aprilia
6 Zarco Johann 5 FRA 162 Pramac Racing Ducati
7 Vinales Maverick 12 SPA 139 Aprilia Racing Aprilia
8 Marini Luca 10 ITA 135 Mooney VR46 Racing Team Ducati
9 Miller Jack 43 AUS 125 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM
10 Quartararo Fabio 20 FRA 111 Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha
11 Marquez Alex 73 SPA 108 Team Gresini Racing MotoGP Ducati
12 Morbidelli Franco 21 ITA 77 Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha
13 Oliveira Miguel 88 POR 69 RNF MotoGP Team Aprilia
14 Fernandez Augusto 37 SPA 67 Tech3 GASGAS Factory Racing KTM
15 Marquez Marc 93 SPA 64 Repsol Honda Team Honda
16 Di Giannantonio Fabio 49 ITA 53 Team Gresini Racing MotoGP Ducati
17 Rins Alex 42 SPA 47 LCR Honda Honda
18 Nakagami Takaaki 30 JPN 45 LCR Honda Honda
19 Fernandez Raul 25 SPA 36 RNF MotoGP Team Aprilia
20 Pedrosa Dani 26 SPA 32 KTM Test Team KTM
21 Bastianini Enea 23 ITA 25 Ducati Lenovo Team Ducati
22 Mir Joan 36 SPA 20 Repsol Honda Team Honda
23 Espargaro Pol 44 SPA 12 Tech3 GASGAS Factory Racing KTM
24 Savadori Lorenzo 32 ITA 9 RNF MotoGP Team Aprilia
25 Folger Jonas 94 GER 9 Tech3 GASGAS Factory Racing KTM
26 Bradl Stefan 6 GER 8 Repsol Honda Team Honda
27 Petrucci Danilo 9 ITA 5 Ducati Lenovo Team Ducati
28 Pirro Michele 51 ITA 5 Ducati Lenovo Team Ducati
29 Crutchlow Cal 35 GBR 3 Yamaha Test Team Yamaha
30 Lecuona Iker 27 SPA 0 Repsol Honda Team Honda
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



Pole Position 1m 43.198s (167.4km/h) Jorge Martin (Ducati, 2023)
Race Lap 1m 45.198s (164.2km/h) Jack Miller (Ducati, 2022)
Race Time 42m 21.259s (163.2km/h) Jorge Lorenzo (Yamaha, 2014)
2023 Sprint Winner Jorge Martin (Ducati)
2023 Race Winner Jorge Martin (Ducati)