for your iPhone
for your iPad
MotoGP

Classes

MotoGP
Purpose-built
Purebred racing bikes
'Prototypes'
240 HP

Moto2
140 HP
Production Based

Moto3
55 HP
Production Based
Riders 25 years or less


Point Standings
2014 After Qatar

Will start after first race
Marc Marquez wins race and 2016 MotoGP title

At Honda's Motegi Japan track
Sunday, October 16, 2016

Advertisement

Marquez charges to victory as Rossi and Lorenzo fall trying to catch him
Marquez charges to victory as Rossi and Lorenzo fall trying to catch him

Repsol Honda Team's Marc Marquez has taken the 2016 MotoGP World Championship at the home of Honda -- with the hand dealt by the Japanese venue seeing the cards fall perfectly for the Spaniard as Movistar Yamaha teammates Valentino Rossi and Jorge Lorenzo crashed out of contention. First was Rossi, into the gravel early -- before Lorenzo's ride through the pain barrier after a highside on Saturday was cut short; sliding out of P2 in the last few laps. Marquez, clear at the front, kept it on the road to take his third premier class title in four years, and his fifth victory of the year.

With a slow start for polesitter Rossi, it was Championship leader Marquez who got the holeshot into Turn 1 -- before reigning Champion Lorenzo quickly took the lead at Turn 2. With Rossi getting past Marquez soon after, Aleix Espargaro (Team Suzuki Ecstar) then took advantage to take the Italian legend. Rossi fought back, before a duel between the Movistar Yamaha of Rossi and the Repsol Honda of Marquez saw the two switching positions in an early battle for honor.

Marquez got off to a brilliant start and immediately engaged in a fight for the lead with Jorge Lorenzo and Valentino Rossi. On the second lap he overtook the Italian at turn eight and began to pursue Lorenzo, taking over the lead on lap four.

He immediately showed that he had the rhythm and speed to make a breakaway, putting in a series of laps in the 1’45 range and pulling a half-second gap on his countryman. Lap six brought the first major turn of events, as Rossi fell at turn seven and was forced to retire. Marquez continued stretching his lead until Lorenzo also slid off, with five laps remaining.

A crash for Eugene Laverty (Pull&Bear Aspar Team) then saw the Irishman out the race early on -- his first DNF of the year -- as the top three of Lorenzo, Marquez and Rossi held station at the front, and Motegi prepared the coming twists in the tale.

Rossi was first to fold, as the 9-time World Champion made a mistake and lost the front end of his Movistar Yamaha -- leaving teammate Lorenzo as the last man standing in between Marquez and the crown. The status quo between the two remained, with Marquez in a clear lead, as battle raged behind.

Maverick Vinales (Team Suzuki Ecstar) broke away from an early fight with LCR Honda's Cal Crutchlow to get on the hunt back towards the podium, with teammate Espargaro falling back into his clutches as Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati Team) began to hunt down Lorenzo.

'DesmoDovi' made some inroads, with Lorenzo getting closer and closer, before an uncharacteristic error from the reigning World Champion saw him follow teammate Rossi in crashing out -- a painful trip through the gravel after a highside in FP3 had left the Mallorcan bruised and riding through the pain barrier. Marquez' pit board informed the number 93 of the unbelievable situation he now found himself in: a handful of laps, a third crown, and glory once again at the home of Honda. Dovizioso followed the new Champion over the line for a P2 finish, with Vinales completing the podium in another impressive ride.

Cal Crutchlow came home in fifth as top Independent Team rider once again, with rival for that title, Monster Tech 3's Pol Espargaro, just behind in sixth. Alvaro Bautista (Aprilia Racing Team Gresini) impressed with seventh for another great result for the Noale factory, with teammate Stefan Bradl compounding the joy for Aprilia as he completed a double top ten finish in P10. Octo Pramac Yakhnich pairing Danilo Petrucci and Scott Redding were the remaining puzzle pieces in that top ten, in P8 and P9 and only three tenths apart over the line.

Marquez' third MotoGP title is his third in four years in the premier class, and his fifth World Championship after becoming 125 World Champion in 2010 and Moto2 World Champion in 2012. The plan from the start of the season remained the same until it proved its worth: control, calm and consistency -- a new MO that has seen the mistakes of the past craft the success of the present, and a new MotoGP World Champion emerge from the ashes of a tough 2015.

Next up, MotoGP returns to the scene of the Island Battle last season -- Phillip Island. With the Championship decided, maybe the new Marquez will be revealed as a mask -- and the Champion of the world will cut loose and set his sights firmly on a magnificent win number six.

5 titles for Marquez
5 titles for Marquez

Marc Marquez RACE WINNER 2016 MOTOGP WORLD CHAMPION
It's incredible! Before the race I didn't expect to be Champion, and I said that here it would be impossible. However, when I saw that Rossi was out of the race, I decided to push hard for the victory. I was riding my hardest, and when there were three laps to go, I read on my pit board that Lorenzo was also out; on that same lap, I made mistakes in four or five corners, as it was difficult to stay focused! I'm very happy because this title is very special considering some of the crashes I had last year, and also because it came at Motegi, Honda's home. Honda has worked so hard this year, and you could see the fruits of that effort also at this track, where we've struggled in the past. I myself also improved during the season; for instance, I learned how to better use the front Michelin tyre. It has been a demanding year, but a fantastic one. It's great for my team, and of course I don't want to forget my grandmother, who passed away this year and would be very happy with this World Championship. Now we can just enjoy it and go into the last three races with maybe a more ‘Marc Marquez' style.

Results

Pos.PointsNum.RiderNationTeamBikeTime/Gap
12593Marc MARQUEZSPARepsol Honda TeamHonda42'34.610
2204Andrea DOVIZIOSOITADucati TeamDucati+2.992
31625Maverick VINALESSPATeam SUZUKI ECSTARSuzuki+4.104
41341Aleix ESPARGAROSPATeam SUZUKI ECSTARSuzuki+4.726
51135Cal CRUTCHLOWGBRLCR HondaHonda+15.049
61044Pol ESPARGAROSPAMonster Yamaha Tech 3Yamaha+19.654
7919Alvaro BAUTISTASPAAprilia Racing Team GresiniAprilia+23.032
889Danilo PETRUCCIITAOCTO Pramac YakhnichDucati+28.555
9745Scott REDDINGGBROCTO Pramac YakhnichDucati+28.802
1066Stefan BRADLGERAprilia Racing Team GresiniAprilia+32.330
11521Katsuyuki NAKASUGAJPNYamalube Yamaha Factory RacingYamaha+42.845
12468Yonny HERNANDEZCOLPull & Bear Aspar TeamDucati+52.219
13338Bradley SMITHGBRMonster Yamaha Tech 3Yamaha+53.783
14253Tito RABATSPAEstrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDSHonda+54.760
15173Hiroshi AOYAMAJPNRepsol Honda TeamHonda+1'00.155
16076Loris BAZFRAAvintia RacingDucati+1'04.440
1708Hector BARBERASPADucati TeamDucati+1'42.966
1807Mike JONESAUSAvintia RacingDucati1 Lap
DNF099Jorge LORENZOSPAMovistar Yamaha MotoGPYamaha5 Laps
DNF046Valentino ROSSIITAMovistar Yamaha MotoGPYamaha18 Laps
DNF043Jack MILLERAUSEstrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDSHonda18 Laps
DNF050Eugene LAVERTYIRLPull & Bear Aspar TeamDucati22 Laps
 

Rider Standings

Pos.

Rider

Num

Nation

Points

Team

Constructor

1

Marquez Marc

93

SPA

273

Repsol Honda Team

Honda

2

Rossi Valentino

46

ITA

196

Movistar Yamaha MotoGP

Yamaha

3

Lorenzo Jorge

99

SPA

182

Movistar Yamaha MotoGP

Yamaha

4

Vinales Maverick

25

SPA

165

Team Suzuki Ecstar

Suzuki

5

Pedrosa Dani

26

SPA

155

Repsol Honda Team

Honda

6

Dovizioso Andrea

4

ITA

124

Ducati Team

Ducati

7

Crutchlow Cal

35

GBR

115

LCR Honda

Honda

8

Espargaro Pol

44

SPA

107

Monster Yamaha Tech 3

Yamaha

9

Iannone Andrea

29

ITA

96

Ducati Team

Ducati

10

Barbera Hector

8

SPA

84

Ducati Team

Ducati

11

Espargaro Aleix

41

SPA

82

Team Suzuki Ecstar

Suzuki

12

Laverty Eugene

50

IRE

71

Aspar MotoGP Team

Ducati

13

Bautista Alvaro

19

SPA

63

Aprilia Racing Team Gresini

Aprilia

14

Redding Scott

45

GBR

62

Octo Pramac Racing

Ducati

15

Petrucci Danilo

9

ITA

58

Octo Pramac Racing

Ducati

16

Bradl Stefan

6

GER

55

Aprilia Racing Team Gresini

Aprilia

17

Smith Bradley

38

GBR

45

Monster Yamaha Tech 3

Yamaha

18

Miller Jack

43

AUS

42

Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS

Honda

19

Pirro Michele

51

ITA

36

Ducati Team

Ducati

20

Rabat Tito

53

SPA

29

Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS

Honda

21

Baz Loris

76

FRA

24

Avintia Racing

Ducati

22

Hernandez Yonny

68

COL

17

Aspar MotoGP Team

Ducati

23

Nakasuga Katsuyuki

21

JPN

5

Yamaha Factory Racing Team

Yamaha

24

Lowes Alex

22

GBR

3

Monster Yamaha Tech 3

Yamaha

25

Aoyama Hiroshi

73

JPN

1

Repsol Honda Team

Honda

26

Hayden Nicky

69

USA

1

Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS

Honda

 


 

Team Standings

Pos.

Team

Points

1

Repsol Honda Team

429

2

Movistar Yamaha MotoGP

378

3

Ducati Team

304

4

Team Suzuki Ecstar

247

5

Monster Yamaha Tech 3

152

6

Octo Pramac Racing

120

7

Aprilia Racing Team Gresini

118

8

LCR Honda

115

9

Aspar MotoGP Team

88

10

Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS

71

11

Avintia Racing

24

 
 

Constructor Standings

Pos.

Team

Points

1

Honda

316

2

Yamaha

288

3

Ducati

207

4

Suzuki

171

5

Aprilia

81

 

 

Feedback can be sent to feedback@autoracing1.com

Go to our forums to discuss this article