2016 Motegi MotoGP Race Result: Crashing.....The Party

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Honda's Marc Marquez won the race and an improbable 2016 World Championship at the Twin Ring Motegi Circuit in Japan Sunday when both title challengers, Valentino Rossi and Jorge Lorenzo separately crashed out of the race.

Marquez's win, his fifth of the year, put him at 273 championship points, the mathematical winner with three races remaining. The 23-year-old Spaniard was the leading contender for the championship prior to the Japanese round, but it was going to take a rare double-poor finish by both Yamaha factory riders to seal the deal at this point in the season.

And in the end, that is exactly what Marquez got. Rossi crashed out of second place at Turn 10 with 18 laps to go. And 13 laps later at Turn 9, Lorenzo followed suit with a similar front-end washout while in second place.

The Yamaha crashes put Andrea Dovizioso (2nd) and Maverick Vinales (3rd) on the podium along with a surprised and jubiliant Marquez who has won five world championships in the past seven years. A disappointed Aleix Espargaro came home in fourth after losing a late-race battle with his Suzuki teammate Vinales. Pol Espargaro ended the race in sixth as the top-finishing Yamaha.

Alvaro Bautista, taking advantage of a greatly improved Aprilia, arrived in seventh. With teammate Stefan Bradl bringing his factory Aprilia home in 10th, it marks the second race in a row with double top-10 finishes for the Italian team.

Ducati riders Danilo Petrucci and Scott Redding finished eighth and ninth respectively, giving the Italian company more top-10 finishers in the race -- three -- than any other manufacturer.

The race began with the top-three starters, Lorenzo, Rossi and Marquez, all taking turns at front within half of a lap. By the end of the first lap, it was Lorenzo, Marquez then Rossi. The three almost immediately opened a small gap on the rest of th field. Rossi and Marquez swapped positions back and forth for second place while following Lorenzo. With 21 laps to go, Marquez passed Lorenzo to take the lead and immediately opened a lead.

Two laps later, Rossi passed Lorenzo and began to push as he tried to chase down Marquez. But Marquez maintained a gap of nine-tenths of the second. At the rear of the pack, Jack Miller crashed out, his fourth crash of the weekend.

Then at Turn 10, a corner that has caught riders out all weekend, Rossi lost the front and went down and into the gravel while leading Lorenzo. This left Marquez with nearly a two-second gap at the front. With 10 laps remaining, the race settled into a rythm with Marquez leading Lorenzo who led Dovizioso and the rest of the pack.

But then, Dovizioso began closing in on Lorenzo. And behind Dovizioso, Vinales began narrowing the gap to Aleix Espargaro. With four laps to go, and with Dovizioso now on his tail, Lorenzo crashed at Turn 9 in a similar fashion to Rossi's low-side crash when the front end suddenly lost grip.  Soon after, Vinales sliced through on his teammate to secure the final podium spot. 

Rossi with 196 points remains second in the championship with Lorenzo in third place at 182 points.

Pos. No. Rider Bike Time / Diff. 
1 93 Marc MARQUEZ Honda 42'34.610
2 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO Ducati 2.992
3 25 Maverick VIÑALES Suzuki 4.104
4 41 Aleix ESPARGARO Suzuki 4.726
5 35 Cal CRUTCHLOW Honda 15.049
6 44 Pol ESPARGARO Yamaha 19.654
7 19 Alvaro BAUTISTA Aprilia 23.032
8 9 Danilo PETRUCCI Ducati 28.555
9 45 Scott REDDING Ducati 28.802
10 6 Stefan BRADL Aprilia 32.33
11 21 Katsuyuki NAKASUGA Yamaha 42.845
12 68 Yonny HERNANDEZ Ducati 52.219
13 38 Bradley SMITH Yamaha 53.783
14 53 Tito RABAT Honda 54.76
15 73 Hiroshi AOYAMA Honda +1'00.155
16 76 Loris BAZ Ducati +1'04.440
17 8 Hector BARBERA Ducati +1'42.966
18 7 Mike JONES Ducati 1 Lap
Not Classified    
  99 Jorge LORENZO Yamaha 5 Laps
  46 Valentino ROSSI Yamaha 18 Laps
  43 Jack MILLER Honda 18 Laps
  50 Eugene LAVERTY Ducati 22 Laps


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Short of Rossi claiming his front tyre was shot out by a Spanish marksman on the Grassy Knoll and Lorenzo deliberately crashed to repay Marquez for robbing Rossi of the WC last year, we have the prospect of three excellent races free of BS - just plain -' who's the fastest'.

And just perhaps, Stoner might come out to play at P.I since Lorenzo can't benefit in the WC if he doesn't beat Stoner there.

Could be a grand end to 2016.

I feel sorry for all you guys that long for a retired rider, in this case Casey Stoner, to come out of retirement.  I just don't see it happening and if it, did historically it doesn't work out well.

"...Lorenzo can't benefit in the WC if he doesn't beat Stoner there."

You lost me there...???

Well deserved win. The guy has grown leaps and bounds over the past year. Brave ride by Lorenzo after what he went through. And Rossi, it was heartbreaking to see him returning to the pits. Next year Vinales will be a force, I'm sure of that.

Btw has the Aprilia really improved or is it because so many top guys crashed at the front (also the injuries from ianonne and Pedrosa) that they're enjoying a double top 10?


Good race overall. Fitting end to the Championship.

The two best Ducati racers right now are Chas Davies & Shane Byrne who would deserve a ride at P.I, could be a grander end to 2016 if either of them were racing on the Ducati.

I don't think either of the Yamaha riders could really expect to win the championship with failing to finish 3+ races.  Marc has scored points in each round I think, maybe missed out on one. That's how you win the championship

a new Mature (and fast) MM93 deserved the title,

he managed a far from ideal Honda,to be the last standing !!

shame about JL99,and VR46,buts its the same for everybody,

as for mr Byrne,he is maybe a little to old,but I would give CD7 a go,he has good Moto GP 


What a second half of the season Cal is having, he's gone from crash-fest to consistently putting in good results on a satellite bike, remembering that there are now eight full factory machines on the grid.