2014 Motegi MotoGP Race Result: Return To Form Too Late

Full Recap and Results below:

Jorge Lorenzo has taken a commanding victory for the MotoGP race at the Twin-Ring in Motegi, after starting from fifth on the grid the Spaniard put in a brilliant ride to make it back-to-back victories at the Japanese circuit. His win was overshadowed however as Marc Marquez did all that was required of him to wrap up the 2014 MotoGP World Championship by finishing in second place ahead of Valentino Rossi and Dani Pedrosa.

Marquez becomes the youngest ever rider to win consecutive premier class titles and is the first factory Honda rider to wrap up the Championship at the manufacturer's home track. Ultimately Lorenzo's return to form proves to be too late in the season to mount any real challenge against a rampant Marquez, but he will surely be encouraged heading into 2015.

Lorenzo initially took the lead from Valentino Rossi on lap seven after Rossi had made a fantastic start to the race. Once passed Lorenzo immediately put the hammer down, edging away from Rossi and Dovizioso as Marquez latched on in fourth. Marquez had made a rough start and fell back as far as seventh but with ten laps remaining Marquez had moved clear of Dovizioso and was all over the rear wheel of Rossi. Marquez eventually passed Rossi two laps later but would be unable to challenge for the win. Lorenzo's lead was too great at a healthy two and a half seconds and in typical fashion he was able to maintain his advantage all the way to the checkered flag. 

Rossi had to settle for third place a second behind a delighted Marquez while Dani Pedrosa was left to rue a horrible start and would have to be satisfied with fourth. Andrea Dovizioso eventually crossed the line in an encouraging fifth place some ten seconds behind Pedrosa after battling for the lead in the early stages. Fellow Ducati rider Andrea Iannone finished in sixth spot ahead of Stefan Bradl and Pol Espargaro while Bradley Smith and Alvaro Bautista completed the top ten. 

Marquez' second place sees his Championship lead grow to an insurmountable 82 points over Rossi and Pedrosa, the final three races will now be a celebration of the 21 year old sensation's second MotoGP crown.


Pos. Points Num. Rider Bike Time/Diff
1 25 99 Jorge LORENZO Yamaha 42'21.259
2 20 93 Marc MARQUEZ Honda 1.638
3 16 46 Valentino ROSSI Yamaha 2.602
4 13 26 Dani PEDROSA Honda 3.157
5 11 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO Ducati 14.353
6 10 29 Andrea IANNONE Ducati 16.653
7 9 6 Stefan BRADL Honda 19.531
8 8 44 Pol ESPARGARO Yamaha 19.815
9 7 38 Bradley SMITH Yamaha 23.575
10 6 19 Alvaro BAUTISTA Honda 35.687
11 5 41 Aleix ESPARGARO Forward Yamaha 40.668
12 4 21 Katsuyuki NAKASUGA Yamaha 51.027
13 3 7 Hiroshi AOYAMA Honda 51.093
14 2 69 Nicky HAYDEN Honda 55.792
15 1 8 Hector BARBERA Ducati 59.089
16   45 Scott REDDING Honda 59.508
17   15 Alex DE ANGELIS Forward Yamaha +1'16.547
18   70 Michael LAVERTY PBM +1'28.021
19   63 Mike DI MEGLIO Avintia +1'29.470
20   23 Broc PARKES PBM +1'33.253
Not Classified
    68 Yonny HERNANDEZ Ducati 1 Lap
    17 Karel ABRAHAM Honda 10 Laps
    9 Danilo PETRUCCI ART 20 Laps
    35 Cal CRUTCHLOW Ducati 23 Laps


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What a DAMN STRANGE victory celebration. Really awkward and forced. Stop it Marc. You're not a spontaneous kind o' guy.Why does EVERYONE try to be like Rossi? Just be proud of yourself, and move on for Pete's sake.

so marquez should celebrate the way stoner did? haha i bet it was not even marquez's idea to have the samurai sword slashing thing. marquez just goes with the flow.

I was thinking the exact same thing. Looked very awkward

Love MM, but not the VR imitations

Rossi's celebrations were spontaneous? LOL. I'm sure all of those "policemen", "guardian angles", "criminals" or "bowling pins" just happened to be there on the circuit, when Rossi was winning and celebrating.

Can we not just nitpick/whine and just celebrate the youngest ever back-to-back MotoGP champion?

PS : This coming from someone firmly in the Lorenzo camp.

I totally agree with the above comment 100%. The sea of yellow somehow feel VR has a monopoly on celebrations. And the idea that any of his celebrations were spontaneous.......RIGHT no planning involved what so ever. Someone needs to tell pass the message to athletes in other sports that any kind of elaborate celebration is actually infringing on VR because he invented celebrations.

Rossi doesnt hold a monopoly on celebrations, but he was the first one to take it to the modern extreme.

This means that whenever somebody else has an elaborate celebration, skit, themed whatever, then its going to be compared back to rossi.

Added to that, when they seem forced then they feel less spontaneous (regardless of the planning behind all of them). Some of Rossis seemed relatively natural while some seemed forced. If they need to be explained, they shouldnt be done.

I was cooking tea (yaay Australiasia) after the win, and was sorta watching on and off and it seemed to go on and on and on. Oh now there is a samurai - what is Marc doing - cut his head off - now what oh just hurry up. Jorge and Vale were nearly in bed before Marc made it to Parc fermé.

This celebration might be up there with Rossi signing the thing at Montegi (Maybe its just the racetrack) in 2008. That was awful.

Jorge celebtrations err on the side of forced - thats likely because his natural style is more controlled. Rossi and Marc's styles are different to that.

To Marquez!

He is having a fantastic year and the question is ... how many more?

What I want to see is MM93 run the #1 plate in 2015 and retain the title. Lots of superstition regarding that! I have my fingers crossed for Tom Sykes 66 this year.

Congratulations to Marc and Repsol Honda. They made him fight for his championship, as David writes it's too little too late but it made for an interesting race.

What odds Yamaha stealing the manufacturers championship away from Honda's grasp? If I have calculated it correctly (because I can't find a manufacturers championship update online) then it is:

402 Honda

334 Yamaha

A 68 point difference with 75 points on offer.

Firstly, it was Jacob doing his usual excellent job at writing race summaries, not me.

Secondly, the manufacturers' championship. You can find current standings in the Championship standings PDF on the MotoGP.com website.

It's currently:

Honda    349
Yamaha  289

A 60 point difference with three races left. Yamaha need to win at PI and have two other bikes on the podium ahead of the first Honda, otherwise Honda wrap it up at Phillip Island. It looks like the team championship will be decided at Sepang, perhaps even Valencia.

Repsol Honda      542
Movistar Yamaha 457

Terrific, thanks Jacob and David. And I'll throw a thanks in for Jared's efforts in the WSB topics while we're here, because as we all know, no-one reads the WSB stuff ; )

So it looks like a big ask for Yamaha as soon as next week! You'd be a brave man to bet on a Honda-free podium this season.