A tenth win of 2019 for Marc Marquez wrapped up the Constructors Championship for Honda after an inch-perfect ride in Japan.
Victory for Marc Marquez at Honda’s home round in Motegi earned Honda the Premier Class Constructors Championship for a record 25th time. As a result, Honda claim both the Riders and Constructors Championships in the same year for the 20th occasion as they celebrate the 60th Anniversary of competition. It also marks Honda’s 70th Constructors Championship across all classes.
Launching perfectly off the line, Marc Marquez went around the outside of his competition to lead through the first corner. Fabio Quartararo tried to respond to the pace of the eight-time World Champion, but within just three laps Marquez had an advantage of over one second and followed it up with successive flying laps. By lap 13 the gap had grown to two seconds and the reigning World Champion switched his attention to managing the race. Crossing the line 0.870s ahead of Quartararo after easing his pace in the closing laps, the Repsol Honda Team rider continued his perfect record of top-two finishes in 2019. The victory is the tenth 2019 and his fourth in a row, the first time Marquez has achieved four-straight wins in the premier class since 2014.
Taking his 54th win in the premier class, Marc Marquez draws level with the legendary Mick Doohan as the most successful premier class Honda rider. The 14 podiums, 13 of them in succession, of 2019 also move Marc Marquez to 350 World Championship points, just 33 points shy of Jorge Lorenzo’s all-time premier class points record of 383 with 75 points still to play for.
Making his 200th premier class start, Jorge Lorenzo battled through a difficult start to the Japanese GP. Lorenzo crossed the line in 17th position and while not satisfied with the result, is pleased with his improved feeling and pace aboard the Honda RC213V in the closing laps. The finish saw Lorenzo reduce the margin between himself and the race winner to its smallest margin since his return from injury – a trend he will look to continue at Phillip Island in just a week’s time.
The MotoGP World Championship now heads directly to round 17, the Australian Grand Prix at Phillip Island from October 25 to 27.
Japanese Grand Prix Race Results
|1||Marquez Marc||93||SPA||25||Repsol Honda Team||Honda||42'41.492|
|2||Quartararo Fabio||20||FRA||20||Petronas Yamaha SRT||Yamaha||0.870|
|3||Dovizioso Andrea||4||ITA||16||Ducati Team||Ducati||1.325|
|4||Vinales Maverick||12||SPA||13||Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP||Yamaha||2.608|
|5||Crutchlow Cal||35||GBR||11||LCR Honda||Honda||9.140|
|6||Morbidelli Franco||21||ITA||10||Petronas Yamaha SRT||Yamaha||9.187|
|7||Rins Alex||42||SPA||9||Team Suzuki Ecstar||Suzuki||9.306|
|8||Mir Joan||36||SPA||8||Team Suzuki Ecstar||Suzuki||10.695|
|9||Petrucci Danilo||9||ITA||7||Ducati Team||Ducati||14.216|
|10||Miller Jack||43||AUS||6||Pramac Racing||Ducati||18.909|
|11||Espargaro Pol||44||SPA||5||Red Bull KTM Factory Racing||KTM||25.554|
|12||Oliveira Miguel||88||POR||4||Red Bull KTM Tech 3||KTM||27.870|
|13||Bagnaia Francesco||63||ITA||3||Pramac Racing||Ducati||29.983|
|14||Kallio Mika||82||FIN||2||Red Bull KTM Factory Racing||KTM||31.232|
|15||Espargaro Aleix||41||SPA||1||Aprilia Racing Team Gresini||Aprilia||32.546|
|16||Nakagami Takaaki||30||JPN||0||LCR Honda||Honda||37.482|
|17||Lorenzo Jorge||99||SPA||0||Repsol Honda Team||Honda||40.410|
|18||Abraham Karel||17||CZE||0||Reale Avintia Racing||Ducati||43.458|
|19||Syahrin Hafizh||55||MAL||0||Red Bull KTM Tech 3||KTM||46.206|
|20||Guintoli Sylvain||50||FRA||0||Team Suzuki Ecstar||Suzuki||50.235|
|21||Rossi Valentino||46||ITA||0||Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP||Yamaha||DNF|
|22||Iannone Andrea||29||ITA||0||Aprilia Racing Team Gresini||Aprilia||DNF|
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)|
|2019 Race Winner||Marc Marquez (Honda)|