Moto GP in Japan
Marc Márquez achieve the victory and Honda wins the Constructors Championship
On the 18th, 19th and 20th, the sixteenth GP of the season was played at the mythical Twin Ring Motegi circuit in Japan.
On Friday, the first free practice sessions were held under fresh conditions. Marc Márquez was constant throughout the day and managed to be the third fastest driver. Jorge Lorenzo keeps moving forward and had a positive first day on the Japanese circuit ending on the 17th day.
The rain made an appearance during the early hours of Saturday and part of the morning. The HRC riders went on the track to assess the conditions and continued to improve their times.
During the second training of the day, the track began to dry and Marc Márquez demonstrated his skills in mixed conditions leaving a margin of 1,342 seconds ahead of his rivals. His confidence continued during the Q2 where he was the fastest and got the pole number 90 of his career in the Grand Prix.
Jorge Lorenzo could not improve his time due to mixed conditions and was ranked 19th in Q1.
After starting the race, Marc Márquez quickly has advantage. His closest pursuer, Fabio Quartararo, tried to respond to the rhythm of the eight-time champion who took three laps to open a gap of more than a second. During the race, Márquez managed to increase his lead to two seconds, but in the final laps he lowered his pace and crossed the line to 0.870 seconds, ahead of Quartararo.
Marc Márquez's victory earned Honda to win the Moto GP Builders Championship for the 25th time. In addition, with this 54th victory, Marc Márquez ties with the legendary Mick Doohan as Honda's most successful rider in Moto GP.
On the other side of the box, Jorge Lorenzo crossed the finish line in 17th position. Although Lorenzo is not satisfied with the result, he acknowledged having very good feelings. Since his return after the injury, it has been the smallest margin he has achieved between him and the winner of the race.
The Moto GP World Championship is now heading to the Australian Grand Prix on Phillip Island to be held from October 25 to 27.