MotoGP: Marquez beats Quartararo to win Japanese GP
The incident promoted KTM’s Pol Espargaro to 11th, while teammate Mika Kallio secured his first points for the team in 14th place, as a replacement for Johann Zarco. KTM’s Miguel Oliveira finished in 12th place followed by Pramac Ducati’s Francesco Bagnaia.
New Delhi: Marc Marquez won the Japan Grand Prix by securing his 10th MotoGP victory of the season. The Honda rider finished the race in 42min 41.492sec, followed 0.870sec later by French rookie. Fresh off claiming his sixth premier-class title win at Thailand in the last round, Marquez converted his pole position start into yet another victory, despite receiving resistance from Fabio Quartararo on the opening lap.
The Petronas Yamaha rider went on to secure a second place finish in the race, mimicking the Thailand GP once again, while late charge from Ducati’s Andrea Dovizioso saw him take the final spot on the podium. With the Japanese GP victory, Marquez equals Mick Doohan’s record of 54 premier-class wins in MotoGP, while Honda has secured its 25th constructors’ title.
Quartararo managed to shoot ahead of the Spaniard for a brief moment shortly after the start, but Marquez quickly regained the lead and shot ahead with a one-second gap early in the race.
— MotoGP™ 🇯🇵 (@MotoGP) October 20, 2019
“It was not easy. I was pushing from the beginning because our strategy was clear,” Marquez said.
”This time I tried to open the gap from the beginning because I felt very strong in the warm up,” he said.
An absolutely unbelievable save from Moto2 rider Alex Marquez… 😱😱
— SPORTbible (@sportbible) October 19, 2019
Yamaha’s Valentino Rossi had been running 11th when he crashed on Lap 21, resulting in a DNF, his first since the Dutch GP in June this year. The incident promoted KTM’s Pol Espargaro to 11th, while teammate Mika Kallio secured his first points for the team in 14th place, as a replacement for Johann Zarco. KTM’s Miguel Oliveira finished in 12th place followed by Pramac Ducati’s Francesco Bagnaia.
Aleix Espargaro of Aprilia took the final point in the race, while LCR Honda’s Takaaki Nakagami could finish only 16th in his home race, ailing from a shoulder injury. The rider is due for a surgery soon and this was his final outing this season. Repsol Honda’s Jorge Lorenzo had a disappointing run in 17th place, a stark contrast from Marquez’s performance through the season. The final finishers were Karel Abraham of Avintia Ducati, Hafizh Syahrin of Tech3 and Suzuki’s wildcard entry Sylvain Guintoli. Apart from Rossi, Aprilia’s Andrea Iannone was the only other retirement in the Japanese GP.