Moto GP – Japanese GP – Race
14th round of the championship, as riders saw the Twin Ring Montegi on wet conditions, as the championship contention increase its intensity, as both protagonists would see the first corner at the front of the grid. As rain starts to increase, as riders aling at the grid.
Lights were off and the race was underway, as rain was falling even more, as riders struggled to hold some grip, as the bikes were for dry conditions and had to run a full lap before changing their bike. Eventually most of the riders went to change their bike, with Michelle Pirro, Stefan Bradl, Franco Morbidelli and Cal Crutchlow staying for another lap with the same bike. Eventually, the riders that were running on the slicks, were caught by the big group of riders, as Franco Morbidelli was the only one who didn’t change the bike.
Jorge Martin was virtually leading the race, as the Spaniard made a long turn and was demoted to 9th, as the Pramac rider quickly responded to that mistake and overtook the 8th riders ahead of him, making strong moves on Bezzecchi, Marquez, Aleix Espargaro and Bagnaia, as the Pramac rider was flying at the rain.
Big battles were happening at the track, as Marquez was having a battle with Bezzecchi, Joan Mir fighting against Jack Miller and Bagnaia getting 2nd from Aleix Espargaro, as conditions were still getting harder to ride. A well known rain master Miguel Oliveira, was quickly climbing positions, as the Portuguese rider was 4th after crossing the first lap on provisional 11th. As gaps started to develop and then tricky conditions were getting harder.
It quickly became a survivor race, as the main focus of the riders was avoiding any possible mistake that could affect their respective race, as some riders were affected by that, with Raul Fernandez being penalized after a wrong bike change, Joan Mir losing positions after a wrong turn and Miguel Oliveira having some bike issues that quickly demoted the rider for a possible big result.
The conditions were not getting better, as the riders were struggling to watch the track because of the aquaplaning, race control took the decision of wav the red flag. Some drama happened on the interval before the restart, as Miguel Oliveira was able to resume the race with Maverick Viñales, from the pit exit. Meanwhile Johann Zarco wasn’t allowed to continue, as the French rider crashed, attempted to return to the boxes, but entered from the wrong entrance.
As riders attempted to return to track action, the riders saw another red flag, the race was ended and because the race reached more than 50% of the length, full points were awarded to all riders.
1. Jorge Martin /// 2. Francesco Bagnaia /// 3. Marc Marquez
4. Marco Bezzecchi /// 5. Aleix Espargaro /// 6. Jack Miller
7. Augusto Fernandez /// 8. Fabio Di Giannantoino /// 9. Raul Fernandez
10. Fabio Quatararo /// 11. Takaaki Nakagami /// 12. Joan Mir
13. Cal Crutchlow /// 14. Stefan Bradl/// 15. Pol Espargaro
16. Michelle Pirro /// 17. Franco Morbidelli /// 18. Miguel Oliveira
19. Maverick Viñales
DNF: Johann Zarco, Brad Binder
A crazy race that saw only 50% of the race length done, but full points awarded by just a couple of seconds after the 12 lap was completed. Meaning that Jorge Martin is just 3 points behind Francesco Bagnaia for the championship lead, with just 6 rounds to go. With the next race up, Mandalika International Street Circuit at Indonesia, in 2 weeks.