Monday, October 13

MARQUEZ RETAINS MOTOGP TITLE

DEFENDING MotoGP Champion Marc Marquez has successfully defended his 2013 title with three rounds still to go in the 2014 season.

Marquez wrapped up this year's championship at Motegi in Japan on Sunday October 12 with by finishing in second place behind two-time MotoGP champ Jorge Lorenzo, who dominated the race. 

Lorenzo took his second successive victory as his great recent form continued but
the story of the race was all about Marquez as he got the job done to secure the 
2014 title.   Marquez crossed the line 1.638s behind Lorenzo to collect the crucial 
20 points for the World Championship win, as Valentino Rossi completed the 
rostrum in third.


Jorge Lorenzo dominated the Japanese Grand Prix at Motegi on October 12, scoring his 

second win of the year.

Marquez did not make the best start off the line but overtook Pol Espargaro 
(Monster Yamaha Tech3), Dani Pedrosa (Repsol Honda Team) and Andrea 
Iannone (Pramac Racing Ducati) in the opening laps to hunt down the front group. 
He then picked off pole man Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati Team) and won a mid-race battle with Rossi, overtaking at the second attempt on lap nine for second       position.

Behind Lorenzo, Marquez and Rossi, Dani Pedrosa eventually finished in fourth   place, missing the podium by 0.555s, with Dovizioso in fifth.

The top ten was completed by Andrea Iannone (Pramac Racing), Stefan Bradl (LCR Honda MotoGP), Pol Espargaro (Monster Yamaha Tech3), Bradley Smith (Monster Yamaha Tech3) and Alvaro Bautista (GO&FUN Honda Gresini).

Cal Crutchlow (Ducati Team) was the first faller of the race, resulting in a DNF after his Aragon podium.  Karel Abraham (Cardion AB Motoracing Honda) fell in the second half of the race and Yonny Hernandez (Energy T.I. Pramac Racing Ducati) crashed on the final lap.  All riders were uninjured.

Danilo Petrucci (Octo Iodaracing Team) retired to the pits with a technical problem.