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MotoGP 2016: Marquez wins championship at Japan GP
« on: October 21, 2016, 09:51:44 pm »
At last week's Japanese GP at the Twin Ring Motegi track outside Tokyo Marc Marquez was able to put the capstone on a great season by winning enough points to win the 2016 MotoGP championship.  (Even though three races remain he has enough points to make it mathmatically impossible for him to lose the championship.)  While he had won the Championship twice before this one was special because he won it by riding smart and consistent, always the mark of a true champion.  In several races he was content to settle for a good finish rather than ride for the win and risk crashing out and getting no points towards the championship.  This is a leap of maturity as a racer that several famous racers I can think of never made.  Now, besides being arguably the most talented rider on the MotoGP grid, he's also making the best decisions.  Now having won the  championship three seasons out of four since moving up to MotoGP he's showing he could be a dominant force in the series for years to come.  After all, he's still only 23!

Oh, and by the way, young Marc's sense of time and place is amazing.  He put his Honda across the line to win the race and championship at Japan's home GP and at Honda's home track while they are celebrating their 50th year in GP racing!  Good for you Marc and congrats to Honda for 50 amazing years.

Here's the article about it found at the VisorDown website:


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Marc Marquez

Marc Marquez wins Japanese MotoGP at Motegi to clinch third premier-class title after Yamaha rivals Valentino Rossi and Jorge Lorenzo crash out.

Submitted by Visordown on Mon, 17/10/2016 - 11:22

Lorenzo and Rossi at Motegi

Marc Marquez has been crowned MotoGP world champion for a third time after clinching his maiden victory in a sensational Japanese Grand Prix at Motegi.
Movistar Yamaha riders Valentino Rossi and Jorge Lorenzo both dramatically crashed out as their championship hopes evaporated, leaving Marquez clear to wrap up the premier class crown for Repsol Honda with three races remaining.
The 23-year-old also clinched the title at Honda's own circuit in 2014 and his race win and championship victory was the perfect way to mark the Japanese manufacturer's 50th anniversary of Grand Prix racing.
With both pole man Rossi and Lorenzo falling by the wayside, Ducati's Andrea Dovizioso clinched the runner-up spot, 2.9 seconds behind Marquez, with Maverick Vinales completing the rostrum places on the Ecstar Suzuki.
Marquez's dominant victory on the RCV saw him open up a lead of 77 points at the top of the standings over Rossi to put the outcome beyond doubt, with only a maximum of 75 points remaining in the final three rounds at Phillip Island, Sepang and Valencia.
Marquez made a flying start from second place on the front row to take the lead into Turn 1, although Lorenzo quickly forced his way to the front as Rossi lost another place to Suzuki's Aleix Espargaro.
The Italian quickly hit back and became embroiled in a battle with Marquez as Lorenzo attempted to make a break for it at the front with clear track ahead of him.
However, Marquez began to hunt down Lorenzo and quickly reduced the Mallorcan's half-a-second advantage to take the lead on lap four before beginning to edge ahead.
Rossi was eager to find a way past his team-mate and eventually moved into second place on lap six with a clean move on the brakes to take up the pursuit of Marquez.
The Yamaha rider began to put the hammer down as he attempted to reel in the title leader, but disaster struck for Rossi on the next lap when he slid out into the gravel at Turn 10 after losing the front of his M1.
With the 37-year-old out of contention, Lorenzo moved up to second place, meaning the title was still mathematically undecided as long he finished on the podium on the Movistar machine.
Behind Lorenzo, Dovizioso and Aleix Espargaro were beginning to close the gap but there was another twist in the tale as the 2015 champion incredibly crashed with five laps to go on a disastrous day for the factory Yamaha team. It was an uncharacteristic mistake by Lorenzo, who was already feeling battered and bruised following a massive high-side in FP3.
Marquez could hardly have believed the situation that unfolded and simply closed out the race to lift his third MotoGP title in four years - his fifth world championship success following his 125 and Moto2 triumphs in 2010 and 2012 respectively.
Dovizioso had enough left in the tank to claim second place on the Desmosedici GP16 ahead of Suzuki rider Vinales, who got the better of team-mate Espargaro for third.
Britain's Cal Crutchlow was a solid fifth on the LCR Honda ahead of Pol Espargaro on the Monster tech 3 Yamaha, with Spaniard Alvaro Bautista crossing the line in an excellent seventh on the Gresini Aprilia.
Danilo Petrucci struck another blow in his points battle with Pramac Ducati team-mate Scott Redding as they engage in a duel to earn a GP17 ride next year, while Stefan Bradl added more gloss to an impressive day for Aprilia as he finished 10th behind Redding.
Yamaha test rider Katsuyuki Nakasuga was a respectable 11th on the factory Yamaha ahead of Yonny Hernandez (Aspar Ducati) and the returning Bradley Smith (Monster Tech 3 Yamaha). Tito Rabat on the Marc VDS Honda and Hiroshi Aoyama, who replaced injury victim Dani Pedrosa on the Repsol Honda, claimed the final points in 14th and 15th places respectively.
Ireland's Eugene Laverty was a faller early on while Jack Miller (Marc VDS Honda) also crashed out.
Hector Barbera – who replaced Andrea Iannone on the factory Ducati – finished 17th behind Avintia Racing's Loris Baz after sliding off and then remounting to re-join the race.
Former Australian Superbike champion Mike Jones finished his maiden MotoGP race in 18th. Jones took over Barbera's ride at Motegi in the Avintia team.

Marquez on his victory cool down lap.  The "5" on his jersey refers to this being his 5th world championship.  (3 in MotoGP, 2 in smaller classes)

Japanese MotoGP:
1. Marc Marquez
2. Andrea Dovizioso
3. Maverick Viñales
4. Aleix Espargaro
5. Cal Crutchlow
6. Pol Espargaro
7. Alvaro Bautista
8. Danilo Petrucci
9. Scott Redding
10. Stefan Bradl
11. Katsuyuki Nakasuga
12. Yonny Hernandez
13. Bradley Smith
14. Tito Rabat
15. Hiroshi Aoyama
16. Loris Baz
17. Hector Barbera
18. Mike Jones
Jorge Lorenzo
Valentino Rossi
Jack Miller
Eugene Laverty
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