Motegi MotoGP: Jorge Lorenzo wins, Marc Marquez claims title

    Marquez just needed to finish ahead of Dani Pedrosa and Valentino Rossi to clinch his second crown in as many years in the premier class.

    Published On Oct 12, 2014 11:49:00 AM

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    Motegi MotoGP: Jorge Lorenzo wins, Marc Marquez claims title

    Marc Marquez wrapped up the 2014 MotoGP title with second place behind winner Jorge Lorenzo in the Japanese Grand Prix at Motegi.
     
    Marquez just needed to finish ahead of Dani Pedrosa and Valentino Rossi to clinch his second crown in as many years in the premier class.
     
    He made life harder for himself by falling to seventh through the first corner, as Rossi burst into an immediate lead and his Yamaha team-mate Lorenzo moved up to second through the opening lap.
     
    Marquez was back into fifth place, ahead of Honda team-mate Pedrosa, by the end of lap one, and then picked off the Ducatis of Andrea Iannone and poleman Andrea Dovizioso through the first third of the race.
     
    Rossi led until lap five, when Lorenzo passed him into the right-hander at the end of the back straight.
     
    The Spaniard quickly pulled away, while Rossi soon found Marquez appearing on his tail.
     
    He fended the Honda off as long as he could, and even repassed Marquez after losing the place for the first time, but eventually on lap 16 of 24 Marquez moved into the title-clinching position.
     
    Lorenzo was 2.7 seconds up the road by then, and was able to cruise home for a second straight win.
     
    Marquez chipped a little from Lorenzo's lead and kept Rossi at a safe distance as second place brought him a fourth world championship - with two in MotoGP joining his previous Moto2 and 125cc crowns.
     
    Rossi held on to third despite late pressure from Pedrosa.
     
    Dovizioso and Iannone completed the top six.
     
    Stefan Bradl pursued Iannone for many laps before having to focus on the closing Pol Espargaro instead.
     
    As Espargaro caught Bradl, he shook off Tech 3 Yamaha team-mate Bradley Smith, who finished ninth ahead of Alvaro Bautista.
     
    After their podium finishes in the wet at Aragon, Aleix Espargaro and Cal Crutchlow had tougher days at Motegi.
     
    Off the pace all weekend, Espargaro could only finish 11th, while Crutchlow crashed out of 10th on lap two.
     

    RESULTS - 24 LAPS:

    PosRiderTeamBikeGap
    1Jorge LorenzoYamahaYamaha42m21.259s
    2Marc MarquezHondaHonda1.638s
    3Valentino RossiYamahaYamaha2.602s
    4Daniel PedrosaHondaHonda3.157s
    5Andrea DoviziosoDucatiDucati14.353s
    6Andrea IannonePramac RacingDucati16.653s
    7Stefan BradlLCRHonda19.531s
    8Pol EspargaroTech 3Yamaha19.815s
    9Bradley SmithTech 3Yamaha23.575s
    10Alvaro BautistaGresini RacingHonda35.687s
    11Aleix EspargaroForward RacingForward Yamaha40.668s
    12Katsuyuki NakasugaYamahaYamaha51.027s
    13Hiroshi AoyamaAsparHonda51.093s
    14Nicky HaydenAsparHonda55.792s
    15Hector BarberaAvintia RacingDucati59.089s
    16Scott ReddingGresini RacingHonda59.508s
    17Alex de AngelisForward RacingForward Yamaha1m16.547s
    18Michael LavertyPaul Bird MotorsportPBM/Aprilia1m28.021s
    19Mike Di MeglioAvintia RacingAvintia/Kawasaki1m29.470s
    20Broc ParkesPaul Bird MotorsportPBM/Aprilia1m33.253s
    -Yonny HernandezPramac RacingDucatiRetirement
    -Karel AbrahamCardion AB MotoracingHondaRetirement
    -Danilo PetrucciIodaRacing ProjectART/ApriliaRetirement
    -Cal CrutchlowDucatiDucatiRetirement

    RIDERS' CHAMPIONSHIP AFTER 15 OF 18 ROUNDS:

    PosRiderPoints
    1Marc Marquez312
    2Valentino Rossi230
    3Daniel Pedrosa230
    4Jorge Lorenzo227
    5Andrea Dovizioso153
    6Aleix Espargaro117
    7Pol Espargaro116
    8Andrea Iannone102
    9Stefan Bradl96
    10Bradley Smith92
    11Alvaro Bautista79
    12Cal Crutchlow63
    13Scott Redding60
    14Hiroshi Aoyama54
    15Yonny Hernandez39
    16Nicky Hayden38
    17Karel Abraham33
    18Colin Edwards11
    19Michele Pirro11
    20Danilo Petrucci9
    21Broc Parkes7
    22Alex de Angelis7
    23Mike Di Meglio4
    24Katsuyuki Nakasuga4
    25Hector Barbera3
    26Michael Laverty2
    27Leon Camier1

     

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