Japanese Grand Prix
Race Ended
Twin Ring Motegi - 21st October
Fastest Lap - M.Marquez 1:45.646
Rider Team Time FLs
6 1
Repsol Honda Team 42:36.438 2 25
4 2
LCR Honda +1.573 1 20
8 3
Team SUZUKI ECSTAR +1.720 1 16
9 4
Movistar Yamaha MotoGP +6.413 2 13
10 5
Angel Nieto Team +6.919 0 11
2 6
Monster Yamaha Tech 3 +8.024 0 10
7 7
Movistar Yamaha MotoGP +13.330 0 9
11 8
Repsol Honda Team +15.582 0 8
15 9
Alma Pramac Racing +20.584 0 7
16 10
Monster Yamaha Tech 3 +24.985 0 6
17 11
EG 0,0 Marc VDS +25.931 0 5
13 12
Red Bull KTM Factory Racing +26.875 0 4
14 13
Red Bull KTM Factory Racing +27.069 0 3
20 14
Yamalube Yamaha Factory Racing +32.550 0 2
12 15
LCR Honda +37.718 0 1
22 16
Reale Avintia Racing +39.583 0 0
25 17
Reale Avintia Racing +39.839 0 0
1 18
Ducati Team +42.698 4 0
21 19
Aprilia Racing Team Gresini +49.943 0 0
23 20
EG 0,0 Marc VDS +52.707 0 0
24 21
Team SUZUKI ECSTAR +61.848 0 0
18 -
Angel Nieto Team Crashed Out 0 0
19 -
Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Retired 0 0
5 -
Team SUZUKI ECSTAR Crashed Out 1 0
3 -
Alma Pramac Racing Crashed Out 1 0
Live Commentary
Summary: 7th world Championship for Marc Marquez. Brother Alex comes in to join the party and celebration. Dovizioso is totally downcast. He was on top for nearly three quarters of the race but continuous pressure from the Spaniard caused a mistake and the Ducati rider blinked. He had to win to keep the championship alive so he tried to take a risk but could not quite pull it off. This is the third time this year that the Italian has crashed out while it is the 8th time in 2018 that Marquez will lift the trophy.

It is also Marquez' fifth 500cc/MotoGP title, which puts him on level with Mick Doohan. Only Giacomo Agostini (8) and Valentino Rossi (7) are ahead. With his age reading 25, don't be surprised if he gets to number 9 soon.

We now have three more races to go and even though the championship is done, the riders will still try and win for confidence and pride. Here's a look at the standings -

1. Marquez (296)

2. Dovizioso (194)

3. Rossi (185)

4. Vinales (155)

5. Crutchlow (148)

That is all we have from the Japanese GP. Do join us for the Australian GP on Sunday, 28th October, 2018 at 4 pm local (0500 GMT). ADIOS! TAKE CARE!
Lap 24: Marc Marquez masters Motegi! He is the 2018 MotoGP world champion! He celebrates, his team celebrates! The Spaniard can't believe it has happened. 69th career GP victory and he is now the 5th most successful rider in MotoGP history. Here are the top 5 - 1. Marc Marquez 2. Cal Crutchlow (+1.573 seconds) 3. Alex Rins (+1.72 seconds) 4. Valentino Rossi (6.41 seconds) 5. Alvaro Bautista (+6.919 seconds) Sadly, Dovizioso finishes a lowly 18th.
Lap 23: Race over for Dovizioso! That is championship then for Marc Marquez. It is all over, with one lap remaining. What a big mistake from the Italian. He stretched his bike a bit too much. Tried to overtake Marquez on the outside at Turn 10 but loses his front tyre at the hairpin curve. Ended up landing on the gravel. He has rebounded in 15th position but you know it is a bit too far. It is a luxury lap for the world champion now.
Lap 22: Still advantage Marc Marquez as we approach the end of this race. Just 2 laps remain. Will the riders' championship stay alive in Australia?
Lap 21: Marquez is back on top! Turn 5 is the place where his bike is the quickest. He piles on the pressure over there, then, at Turn 9, makes his move. Goes on the outside and then blocks the inside.
Lap 20: The final sector is where one needs to take notice. Marquez has been quicker almost every lap than Dovizioso and we cannot rule out the former from winning till that last corner of the last lap. Just to refresh memories, you can check what happened in Thailand.
Lap 19: Another quick lap from the Italian! He puts in a 1:45.696 now, while Marquez does a 1:45.646. Clearly both are pushing hard, standing toe-to-toe. The gap is 0.17 seconds.
Lap 18: Wow. Making everyone notice. Dovizioso now puts in the fastest lap of the race - 1:45.746. Just increases that gap a bit over Marquez.
Lap 17: So far so good from Dovizioso. Apart from small blip a few laps ago, where he lost two positions, he has looked in command. We are not far away from taking the championship battle to Australia.
Lap 16: 8 laps to go and the top 2 are slowly pulling away from Crutchlow. 1. Dovizioso 2. Marquez (+0.17 seconds) 3. Crutchlow (+0.67 seconds) 4. Rins (+1.36 seconds) 5. Rossi (+4.25 seconds)
Lap 15: Ouch. This is bad. Iannone comes in at Turn 4, but at the exit, loses his grip and crashes out, landing on the sand. The bike takes a numerous number of jumps before settling down. Thankfully, the rider is okay. Also, Abraham has retired into the pits.
Lap 14: Woohoo! What racing! This is fun. Marquez passes Dovizioso at Turn 9 and then at Turn 11, Crutchlow goes past the Italian too! But by the time we reach the start-finish line, the original order is restored, with the Ducati gaining its position back from the duo!
Lap 13: 11 laps to go and Crutchlow is doing exceedingly well to stay in the battle for the first place. Ahead of the race, the Brit was confident of a good show today and so far, he has not let his team or fans down.
Lap 12: A couple of crashes for the same team, at the same place too! Miller and Abraham come in at Turn 9, but both lose balance and fall off. The former retires but Abraham continues from 23rd place.
Lap 11: All the hard work done by Rossi earlier on seems to be going down the drain. He is losing grip and has dropped to 6th. This is how the top 5 look like at the moment - 1. Dovizioso 2. Marquez (+0.3 seconds) 3. Crutchlow (+0.5 seconds) 4. Iannone (1.91 seconds) 5. Rins (2.41 seconds)
Lap 10: It is a neck-and-neck battle upfront. Lap 10 sees sectors 1 and 3 belonging to Dovizioso while sectors 2 and 4 have Marquez' name etched on them. Do not forget, there is Crutchlow fighting hard to make it a three-way battle.
Lap 9: Marquez puts in a terrific lap, gaining back his second position. This particular lap was 0.3 seconds faster than Dovizioso. Somewhere away from our sights, Aleix Espargaro has retired from the race. He went into the pits but has been informed that it is race over for him.
Lap 8: An FYI - We have two wildcards this weekend. Yamaha's Katsuyuki Nakasuga started the race in 20th position while Suzuki tester Sylvain Guintoli lined up 24th on the grid. The former has moved up a place to 19th while the latter is where he was at the start of the race.
Lap 7: Valentino Rossi now puts the fastest lap of the race - 1:46.052. He has moved up to 4th now, with Marquez firmly in his sights.
Lap 6: Well done, Cal! Sometimes, they say, if one is too focused on what is ahead, he tends to forget that he needs to look behind as well. Marquez was a bit lazy coming into Turn 7 and let a bit of a gap open. Crutchlow grabbed that, went on the inside and has now moved to second spot!
Lap 5: The Ducati rider is on a Soft front tyre with a Medium rear while Marquez is on the Mediums on both.
Lap 4: The gap between the top 2 is just 0.18 seconds. Not surprisingly, they are pulling away from the rest, with both bikes displaying amazing speed.
Lap 3: Just a reminder - Marquez is 77 points clear of Dovizioso in the Championship standings - so a win here will seal the deal.
Lap 2: And we are back to the Dovizioso-Marquez clash once again. In a matter of 2 minutes, the Spaniard has moved to second. Overtakes Miller towards the end of the opening lap.
Lap 1: The lights go on and the Japanese GP is underway! A terrific start for Marquez as he rises upto third! Nightmare for Zarco who slips down from second to 7th. Rossi meanwhile, moves up from 9th to 5th. Wow!
Preview: The Japanese national anthem is done and Motegi gets ready to host its 20th MotoGP. The riders now get ready for the warm-up lap. ----- Hello and a warm welcome to the next stop in the MotoGP calendar - Japan. After a thrilling three-way competition in Thailand, we expect nothing less as we approach the land of the rising sun. And if qualifying was anything to go by, boy - we could be in for another heart-stopper. Andrea Dovizioso secured pole, with a terrific 1:44.590, in the dying moments of Saturday while surprisingly, Marc Marquez could finish only 6th. If the Ducati rider can win here, it will delay the landing of the Championship crown on Marquez' head by one more event. Valentino Rossi suffered another poor qualifying performance, finishing in 9th. So, with Dovizioso, Zarco and Miller, this is how the front grid stacks up. Hopefully, we get a cracker of a race, which begins at 2 pm local (0500 GMT).
Temp: 23°C
Forecast: Sunny
Track: Dry

 Grid Position Race Position Out of Race Points Scored