Japanese Grand Prix
Race Ended
Twin Ring Motegi - 15th October
Fastest Lap - A.Dovizioso 1:56.568
Rider Team Time FLs
9 1
Ducati Team 47:14.236 2 25
3 2
Repsol Honda Team +0.249 3 20
2 3
OCTO Pramac Racing +10.557 5 16
11 4
Team SUZUKI ECSTAR +18.845 0 13
10 5
Team SUZUKI ECSTAR +22.982 0 11
5 6
Ducati Team +24.464 0 10
4 7
Aprilia Racing Team Gresini +28.010 0 9
1 8
Monster Yamaha Tech 3 +29.475 0 8
14 9
Movistar Yamaha MotoGP +36.575 0 7
13 10
Reale Avintia Racing +48.506 0 6
8 11
Red Bull KTM Factory Racing +56.357 0 5
23 12
Yamalube Yamaha Factory Racing +60.181 0 4
18 13
Aprilia Racing Team Gresini +60.980 0 3
17 14
Reale Avintia Racing +63.118 0 2
19 15
EG 0,0 Marc VDS +63.514 0 1
22 16
OCTO Pramac Racing +64.162 0 0
7 17
Red Bull KTM Factory Racing +66.271 0 0
21 18
EG 0,0 Marc VDS +73.250 0 0
6 -
Repsol Honda Team Retired 0 0
16 -
Pull and Bear Aspar Team Crashed Out 0 0
20 -
Pull and Bear Aspar Team Retired 0 0
15 -
LCR Honda Crashed Out 0 0
12 -
Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Crashed Out 0 0
24 -
Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Crashed Out 0 0
Live Commentary
Summary: In what was a race for the ages, Dovizioso did not back down to Marquez and absolutely muscled his way past on the final lap to win the Japanese Grand Prix. In doing so, he also reduced his deficit to Marquez in the title race to 11 points.

Petrucci rounded out the podium in third as a first win continued to elude him after leading handily for a lot of the race.

Iannone was fourth after passing Suzuki teammate Rins late in the going. Lorenzo, who also led early, could only manage sixth, ahead of Espargaro, while pole man Zarco languished in eighth.

Vinales showed once again how this year's Yamaha cannot cope well with low grip conditions, finishing ninth and likely kissing his title hopes goodbye, while teammate Rossi could not even finish, crashing out early.

Just three more rounds to go and the championship fight is shaping up to be a closely contested two man duel between Marquez and Dovizioso. Join us again in a week's time for the Australian Grand Prix from Phillip Island!
Lap 24: ONE LAP TO GO! Marquez leads, Dovizioso looks spent. But a little bobble from Marquez in Turn 8! That allows Dovizioso to close in! Dovizioso throws a Hail Mary, his Ducati's front end wrigging in protest but he hangs on and shoots past Marquez! Marquez tries to come back but runs wide! DOVIZIOSO WINS! He punches the air in ecstasy while his entire Ducati team jumps in unison! What a ride! Marquez is second, of course and that reduces his title lead to 11 points. Petrucci trudges home in third, no doubt wondering when that first win will come.
Lap 23: We see a disconsolate Pedrosa in the pits, helmet off. His slender championship hopes have all but evaporated now, while his teammate Marquez has got it all together out front, leading with 2 laps to go! Bautista has crashed out in Turn 14.
Lap 22: Marquez will simply not give in, as he comes out of nowhere to dive inside Dovizioso to retake the lead. They exchange the lead again before Marquez is through yet again in Turn 9! What a battle!
Lap 21: Luigi Dall'Igna can only kick back and watch now as his rider Dovizioso begins to motor away from Marquez.
Lap 20: Seeing Iannone marching ever closer, Rins makes the move for P4 on Zarco, who is then passed by Iannone as well. Quite a disappointing race for pole man Zarco.
Lap 19: Dovizioso amps up the pressure on Marquez in Turn 3 and charges past under braking for Turn 5! As it stands, that move has reduced Marquez's championship lead to 11 points.
Lap 18: Iannone is beginning to claw in Rins and Zarco and he may just find himself in the thick of the P4 battle before this race is over.
Lap 17: Crutchlow's horrendous day gets worse as he has crashed out again, this time in Turn 11 and in a much more spectacular way at that, as he goes for multiple rolls while his bike ends up in the mud!
Lap 16: Dovizioso runs a slightly different line behind Marquez through the turns as well as the straights, trying to avoid his spray and chance upon some extra grip off-line but Marquez has his measure so far.
Lap 15: 10 laps to go and we have a 2-horse race on our hands, as Petrucci has lost his steam, leaving compatriot Dovizioso to set off after Marquez for the lead!
Lap 14: We have a new race leader as Marquez out-brakes Petrucci for the lead! Petrucci left nothing on the table in defense but the Spaniard was simply too strong. Dovizioso takes advantage of his demoralized fellow Ducati rider to take P2 from Petrucci.
Lap 13: As we reach the halfway point of this race, there is nothing in it between the top-3 as Marquez continues to be the meat in a Ducati sandwich.
Lap 12: Marquez responds to Dovizioso with a fastest lap of his own. Pedrosa is having a hard time, as he scampers for grip under braking for Turn 1 while keeping one eye on Baz, who wants to crack the top-10.
Lap 11: Dovizioso sets the fastest lap, hoping to join the lead battle. Rins is now beginning to line up pole-sitter Zarco for P4.
Lap 10: From the way Marquez is charging into the corners in these treacherous conditions, one would be hard-pressed to tell he is nurturing the points lead of the championship but he's clearly seeing red at the moment, that of Petrucci's Ducati!
Lap 9: Iannone makes a mistake before the tunnel, which sees him run wide and allow teammate Rins through to P5.
Lap 8: The gap between Petrucci and Marquez is less than a second now. Surely, memories of Misano will be fresh in Petrucci's mind, where he lost the race to Marquez in the dying stages.
Lap 7: Marquez with a new fastest lap, shaving six tenths off Petrucci's lead.
Lap 6: The conditions are getting worse, the spray thicker than ever. Crutchlow has managed to get back on his bike but only to ride back to the pits to retire. Abraham has crashed in Turn 12. ROSSI DOWN! He had just taken Lorenzo for P9 but it's all over as he loses the rear in Turn 8 and falls hard.
Lap 5: Nozane, replacing Folger this week, has gone for a tumble! We have another faller, as Crutchlow has crashed out in Turn 7!
Lap 4: Marquez seems to have begun his fightback proper now as he retakes P2 from Dovizioso. Can he reign in the flying Petrucci too, next? Zarco makes contact with Lorenzo whilst passing him for P4 and sends him scurrying back to P7. Lorenzo is clearly LIVID at that!
Lap 3: Dovizioso is through on Marquez to make it a Ducati top-3 briefly before Marquez finally has enough and charges back past the Italian! Vinales, who was up to P8 briefly, is back to P10, behind teammate Rossi. The Yamahas' inability to cope with low grip conditions continue.
Lap 2: Petrucci makes it a Ducati 1-2, passing Marquez under brakes into Turn 1. He's not satisfied with that however, as he soon glides past his parent team rider Lorenzo to take the lead! Vinales, who struggled mightily in qualifying yesterday, is up to P8 from P14.
Lap 1: The red lights go out and the Japanese Grand Prix is GO!! Marquez leads into Turn 1 but an incredible getaway from Lorenzo sees him up to P2 from P5 already! In Turn 9, Lorenzo puts Ducati out front, passing Marquez for the lead!
Preview: Hello and welcome to the Twin Ring Motegi for the Japanese Grand Prix! The circuit was built in 1997 and as the name indicates, combines a road course and an oval and started hosting Moto GP in 2000. The track layout is fairly flat and comprises mostly stop-start corners connected by short straights. Zarco nabbed the pole in the dying moments of qualifying and he will start alongside Petrucci and points leader Marquez on the front row. Dovizioso and Vinales, Marquez's two closest pursuers in the title race, could only muster up P9 and P14 starting positions and will have their work cut out for them. With Australian rider Jack Miller out through injury, the Marc VDS Honda team will be fielding 250cc champion Hiroshi Aoyama as a replacement at Motegi. Folger has taken ill and will be replaced at the Tech 3 squad by local rider Kohta Nozane. Nozane races in MFJ All-Japan Road Race JSB1000 Championship and the Endurance FIM World Championship and will no doubt be hoping to make good use of this opportunity, on home soil, no less. Also adding to the home flavour will be Katsuyuki Nakasuga, racing in Japan as a wildcard entry. His team will be the Yamalube Yamaha Factory Racing team. Will Zarco convert his pole into victory? We will soon find out! It is still very wet here in Motegi as the riders set off on their sighting laps in the atrocious conditions.
Temp: 15°C
Forecast: Rainy
Track: Wet

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