Motegi, EN runganSport — Repsol Honda rider, Marc Marquez managed to come out as the winner in the Japanese MotoGP race, which took place at the Motegi circuit on Sunday (10/21).
The Spaniard was at the same time locking up the world title because now the points were not overtaken again, especially after Dovi failed to finish in two laps before finishing.
The second Japanese MotoGP podium was secured by the LCR Honda satellite driver, Cal Crutchlow.
Following the third place finish, there was the name of the Suzuki Ecstar driver, Alex Rins.
While Movitar Yamaha rider Valentino Rossi managed to finish in fourth place and Angel Nieto Team’s satellite driver Alvaro Bautista finished fifth this time.
The sixth and seventh place finishes this time fell to Monster Yamaha Tech3 Satellite driver Johann Zarco and team mate Rossi, Maverick Vinales.
While the other three drivers who managed to finish in the top ten zone were Repsol Honda drivers Dani Pedrosa, satellite champion Alma Pramac Racing Ducati, Danilo Petrucci and team mate Zarco, Hafizh Syahrin.
Marc Marquez scored a brilliant victory at Twin Ring Motegi today, earning his eighth win of the season, the seventh World Title of his career and his fifth MotoGP World Championship in six years.
The 25-year-old Spaniard is the youngest rider in the history of the sport to win seven World Championships: 125cc in 2010, Moto2 in 2012 and MotoGP in 2013, 2014, 2016, 2017 and 2018. Marc is also the youngest rider to have won five premier-class titles.
Marc Marquez 2018 World Championship facts so far
– At the age of 25 years and 246 days, Marquez is the youngest rider of all time to reach the milestone of seven World Championships, taking the record from Mike Hailwood, who was 26 years and 140 days old when he won his seventh title, the 1966 350cc crown.
– Marquez is one of only eight riders to have taken seven or more World Championships across all classes, the others being John Surtees (7), Phil Read (7), Carlo Ubbiali (9), Mike Hailwood (9), Valentino Rossi (9), Angel Nieto (13) and Giacomo Agostini (15).
– Marquez is the youngest rider ever to win five premier-class titles, at the age of 25 years and 246 days, taking the record from Valentino Rossi, who was 26 years and 221 days old when he won his fifth premier-class title in 2005.
– Marquez has joined Mick Doohan, Valentino Rossi and Giacomo Agostini as one of only four riders to have taken five or more premier–class titles.
– Marquez has won all his MotoGP titles while riding Honda motorcycles, joining Mick Doohan as the riders with the most premier-class crowns with the Japanese manufacturer (5).
– Only one Spanish rider has won more world titles than Marquez: Angel Nieto, who earned 13 World Championships (seven in the 125cc class and six in the 50cc class) between 1969 and 1984.
– Marquez has won at least five GPs per season over the past nine years, across three categories: 125cc, Moto2 and MotoGP. He is the first rider to achieve this distinction in the 70-year history of motorcycle Grand Prix racing, beating his own record from last year. Previously, Mike Hailwood was the only man to have achieved at least five victories per season over seven years, across at least three classes, between 1961 and 1967.
– Marquez’s current 2018 tally of five pole positions extends his all-time pole record (in the modern era—since 1974, when full poles began to be officially recorded) to an incredible 78 poles across three classes.
– Marquez has won more MotoGP races this season than any other rider (8). He has also scored the most podiums (13) and the most pole positions (5).
Buriram, EN runganSport — Repsol Honda rider Marc Marquez won the Ducati Team star, Andrea Dovizioso at the Thailand MotoGP yesterday.
The two fought fiercely until the final lap, even Marquez won after passing Dovi at the final corner.
Both of these drivers defend the same team and manufacturer, two with two different racing styles.
Both remind us of the fierce duels in the early era of the Grand Prix of the 1990s, namely the battles of Wayne Rainey and Kevin Schwantz.
Marquez noted that his late braking style made him more comparable to Schwantz, but Marquez admitted that he was currently trying to appear even more gentle like Dovi who tended to be the same as Rainey’s racing style.
“Of course it was last year and this year we have a really great fight, and the fight to the final corner is always good for this sport,” Marquez told MotorSport.
“I always try to give everything to the last meter, because Dovi also does the same thing.
This is a good fighting method, and we always respect each other,” continued the Spaniard.
Marquez admitted that the racing style with Dovi was indeed very different from each other.
“We have a different racing style, a different motorbike and he has very strong points, I have strong points in other sectors.
So this creates conditions that we can play in a good way, another way to overtake opponents.
“I might prefer Schwantz style, because I put the brakes on the brakes and braking points differently than most riders.
“But now I’m trying to change my racing style, I’m trying to imitate the racing style of Dovi, which is famous for being smooth, a little leaning and very fast when it comes out of the corner,” explained Marquez. (DN/eV)
Buriram, EN runganSport — The last time a Movistar Yamaha rider, Valentino Rossi boarded the last podium was at the German MotoGP.
Rossi actually had a good chance of returning to the third podium in Thailand, but unfortunately his team-mate, Maverick Vinales appeared stronger and took the position of three Italian riders.
“Thailand is the best race for Yamaha in the second half of the season.
We will see during the next race, whether the results are good because of the type of track or whether we really can improve the bike.
“The remaining four races are very important because we have to compete on different circuits,” Rossi said after the race.
For example Ducati, they are strong on all circuits.
At Buriram, we fought in the front group throughout the race, but in the end we always had problems with tires. “I really want to finish on the podium, but Vinales is stronger than me,” Rossi admitted.
Rossi hasn’t really said whether Yamaha can win again?
“Dovi and Marquez were very strong in the second half of the season, from start to finish,” Rossi explained.
“I don’t know if we have the potential to win. The next race will take place at Motegi and this is usually a good track for us.
We hope that the race will take place in dry track conditions, because the year when it rains becomes a nightmare for us,” Rossi explained.
At the beginning of the Thai race Rossi appeared so strong, but why was it so weak on the final laps?
“I feel good with a motorbike and I have enough strength to fight.
So it’s not a physical problem, maybe because Vinales processes tires better than me.
Maybe that’s why he is stronger than me,” Rossi admitted. (DN/eV)
Buriram, EN runganSport — Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda) is getting stronger at the top of the standings after successfully winning the 15th series race this season, which took place at the Buriram circuit in Thailand on Sunday (7/10).
Now the Cervera rider has a total of 271 points, ahead of 77 points from his closest competitor, Andrea Dovizioso.
Dovi, who finished second, collected 194 points.
While Movistar Yamaha rider Valentino Rossi was third in 172 points.
Two other drivers, Maverick Vinales (146 points) and Jorge Lorenzo (130 points) each occupied the top four and five.