Motegi MotoGP: Jorge Lorenzo wins, Marc Marquez claims title

Motegi MotoGP: Jorge Lorenzo wins, Marc Marquez claims title

12th Oct 2014 11:49 am

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.

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:

Pos Rider Team Bike Gap
1 Jorge Lorenzo Yamaha Yamaha 42m21.259s
2 Marc Marquez Honda Honda 1.638s
3 Valentino Rossi Yamaha Yamaha 2.602s
4 Daniel Pedrosa Honda Honda 3.157s
5 Andrea Dovizioso Ducati Ducati 14.353s
6 Andrea Iannone Pramac Racing Ducati 16.653s
7 Stefan Bradl LCR Honda 19.531s
8 Pol Espargaro Tech 3 Yamaha 19.815s
9 Bradley Smith Tech 3 Yamaha 23.575s
10 Alvaro Bautista Gresini Racing Honda 35.687s
11 Aleix Espargaro Forward Racing Forward Yamaha 40.668s
12 Katsuyuki Nakasuga Yamaha Yamaha 51.027s
13 Hiroshi Aoyama Aspar Honda 51.093s
14 Nicky Hayden Aspar Honda 55.792s
15 Hector Barbera Avintia Racing Ducati 59.089s
16 Scott Redding Gresini Racing Honda 59.508s
17 Alex de Angelis Forward Racing Forward Yamaha 1m16.547s
18 Michael Laverty Paul Bird Motorsport PBM/Aprilia 1m28.021s
19 Mike Di Meglio Avintia Racing Avintia/Kawasaki 1m29.470s
20 Broc Parkes Paul Bird Motorsport PBM/Aprilia 1m33.253s
- Yonny Hernandez Pramac Racing Ducati Retirement
- Karel Abraham Cardion AB Motoracing Honda Retirement
- Danilo Petrucci IodaRacing Project ART/Aprilia Retirement
- Cal Crutchlow Ducati Ducati Retirement

RIDERS' CHAMPIONSHIP AFTER 15 OF 18 ROUNDS:

Pos Rider Points
1 Marc Marquez 312
2 Valentino Rossi 230
3 Daniel Pedrosa 230
4 Jorge Lorenzo 227
5 Andrea Dovizioso 153
6 Aleix Espargaro 117
7 Pol Espargaro 116
8 Andrea Iannone 102
9 Stefan Bradl 96
10 Bradley Smith 92
11 Alvaro Bautista 79
12 Cal Crutchlow 63
13 Scott Redding 60
14 Hiroshi Aoyama 54
15 Yonny Hernandez 39
16 Nicky Hayden 38
17 Karel Abraham 33
18 Colin Edwards 11
19 Michele Pirro 11
20 Danilo Petrucci 9
21 Broc Parkes 7
22 Alex de Angelis 7
23 Mike Di Meglio 4
24 Katsuyuki Nakasuga 4
25 Hector Barbera 3
26 Michael Laverty 2
27 Leon Camier 1

 

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