MotoGP – Japanese GP – Race
MiniFans, we got a MotoGP Champion!!!, Marquez clinches his 5th MotoGP championship and his 7th carrer championship (counting Moto 3 and Moto 2) with his 8th win of the season.
Race started with some issues between Jack Miller and Johann Zarco, which Marc Marquez used as advantage to be at 2nd place on the first lap just behind of Andrea Dovizioso; at the back it was Crutchlow, Iannone, Rins, Rossi and Miller at the leadining group
The first laps of the race was estabilshed by a conservative pace of the group, with Dovi, Marquez and Crutchlow getting away from the big group, the Suzukis of Iannone and Rins were showing the faster laps and were able to catch Valentino Rossi and Jack Miller, who eventually crashed a couple of laps later. Meanwhile at the front, some changes of places between the three riders were shaping up the battle to the chequed flag.
10 laps to go, and the Suzukis catched the leading group, but only Alex Rins remained ahead, Andrea Iannone felt of his bike at corner 10. simultaneously, the group cut in half, an it was another head to head between Marquez and Dovizioso, another chapter of an exiting rivalry.
The battle was getting better as Marquez passed Dovi on 3 laps to go, Dovi was analyzing the movements of Marquez before an attack, but when he was preparing a move, he made a mistake and didn´t maintain the control on his bike; The 5th championship was secured, Marquez keeps writing history with another title on his young carrer with this win, Cal Crutchlow finishes 2nd with Alex Rins completing the podium, good performances from this 2 riders
1. Marc Marquez /// 2. Cal Crutchlow /// 3. Alex Rins
4. Valentino Rossi /// 5. Alvaro Bautista /// 6. Johann Zarco
7. Maverick Viñales /// 8. Dani Pedrosa /// 9. Danilo Petrucci
10. Hafizh Syahrin /// 11. Franco Morbidelli /// 12. Bradley Smith
13. Pol Espargaro /// 14. Katsuyuki Nakasuga /// 15. Takaaki Nakagami
16. Xavier Simeon /// 17. Jordi Torres /// 18. Andrea Dovizioso
19. Scott Redding /// 20. Thomas Luthi /// 21. Sylvain Guintoli
DNF: Andrea Iannone, Karel Abraham, Jack Miller, Aleix Espargaro
Another win from Marquez, another championship in the bag as he “completes the level 7”, Marc is simply a extraordinary rider that if I can say a word that why he won this championship, I would say “Consistent”. The Spaniard always ended on top places without making mistake at almost every race of the calendar; only compared him with Rossi, Dovizioso and Lorenzo´s results and we can see a notable difference on DNF´s and no points finishes.
Although the title is decided, there’re still 3 races to go on the season, many more thrill to come on these last races of the 2018 MotoGP championship, hopefully more exiting battles for decide the last 3 racing winners, see ya next week for the race at Phillip Island.