MOTEGI, Japan — Marc Marquez wrapped up the MotoGP constructors’ championship for Honda with a dominant ride during Sunday’s Japanese Grand Prix at Twin Ring Motegi.
It was the 10th victory of the season for Marquez aboard a Repsol Honda.
Launching perfectly off the line, Marquez went around the outside of his competition to lead through the first corner. Fabio Quartararo tried to respond to the pace of the eight-time World Champion, but within just three laps Marquez had an advantage of over one second and followed it up with successive flying laps. By lap 13 the gap had grown to two seconds and the reigning world champion switched his attention to managing the race.
Crossing the line 0.870 seconds ahead of Quartararo after easing his pace in the closing laps, the Repsol Honda Team rider continued his perfect record of top-two finishes in 2019.
The victory is the tenth 2019 and his fourth in a row, the first time Marquez has achieved four-straight wins in the premier class since 2014.
Taking his 54th win in the premier class, Marc Marquez draws level with the legendary Mick Doohan as the most successful premier class Honda rider. The 14 podiums, 13 of them in succession, of 2019 also move Marc Marquez to 350 World Championship points, just 33 points shy of Jorge Lorenzo’s all-time premier class points record of 383 with 75 points still to play for.
“It wasn’t an easy race. I was pushing from the beginning, the strategy was clear – I had to try to open a gap,” Marquez said. “I felt strong and with the team we had calculated a pace of 1’46 low but then I was able to ride in 1:45 high – good news for me but I had to slow down a little bit. I worked on riding as smooth as possible and I was able to open the gap to two seconds but in the final two laps we were getting a little low on fuel because Motegi is always very demanding. There was a little bit of pressure to win the Constructors Championship in Japan, but I love the pressure and it is great to win it here for Honda because everyone works so hard. All the Repsol Honda Team did a great job to find the best setting and strategy for this race.”
Andrea Dovizioso finished third for Ducati, with Maverick Vinales fourth for Monster Yamaha and LCR Honda rider Cal Crutchlow rounded out the top five.