Marc Marquez became the youngest rider ever to clinch back-to-back premier class titles. Marc Marquez became the youngest rider ever to clinch back-to-back premier class titles. Photo courtesy motogp.com

Lorenzo wins but Marquez clinches title

Written by  on Tuesday, 14 October 2014 20:54

The 2014 MotoGP™ World title was clinched by Marc Marquez at the Motul Grand Prix of Japan on Sunday as he finished in second place behind race winner Jorge Lorenzo, with Valentino Rossi also on the podium.

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 with three rounds to go. Marquez crossed the line 1.638s behind Lorenzo to collect the crucial points for the World Championship win, as Rossi completed the rostrum in third.

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) in the opening laps to hunt down the front group. He then picked off pole man Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati Team) and won a midrace battle with Rossi, overtaking at the second attempt on lap nine for second position.

Marquez made an attempt to catch Lorenzo, but the Yamaha rider responded and Marquez settled for second. This result allowed him to claim his second MotoGP World Championship, and fourth World Title, with three races to go.

Now the youngest ever rider to take consecutive premier class World Titles, Marquez looks to return to winning in the final three races.

An ecstatic Marquez explained, “You know, the race doesn’t really matter today! Maybe I wasn’t riding like always, as I felt a little different. It was hard to overtake and I didn’t want a mistake. I had two mistakes in the last races but we got the title! It’s incredible to take it at home. Thanks to my family and Honda.

“Just two years in MotoGP with two titles is incredible. Maybe for the people it looks easy because I’m always smiling, but there is a lot of pressure. Misano and Aragon we made some mistakes so it was important to focus here for Honda. I’m really happy with my team and family and fans, they’re all pushing me. It’s like a dream right now.”

Despite a second row start, Lorenzo was able to quickly catch the leading riders. A slower start from Pedrosa had Lorenzo behind teammate Rossi (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP) - after Lorenzo and Marquez (Repsol Honda) touched lightly on the opening lap.

Lap 5 saw Lorenzo pass his teammate and push hard, creating a comfortable lead of two seconds. Lorenzo is now just three points behind Pedrosa and Rossi in the battle for second in the standings, thanks to an incredible second half to the season from the Majorcan. 

“Really hard race, maybe the most intense race in terms of pace from the top four. Marc wanted to finish second at least and Valentino wanted to stay close to me so everyone was pushing hard. Valentino was quick in the first two laps but then he started to slow down the pace, so I got past him quickly. I knew Marc was fast so hoped Rossi would hold him up a little. We’re happy to win again at the home of our main rival,” said a satisfied Lorenzo.

“I’m really happy to get the second victory in a row. The circumstances helped us in Aragon, I didn’t think we could win there. Here I knew we had a good pace and I want to thank Yamaha. The bike is very competitive now. Valentino and Marc were very fast in the last few laps and I got a bit nervous. Luckily our gap was enough to win the race.

“Now the fight is for second place. I think we are so close amongst us three so it will be a very close and interesting fight for second. Marc is the champion, he has been the best all season and he deserves it.”

Rossi finished half a second ahead of Pedrosa at the flag and is now level on points with the Spaniard in the battle for second.

“I had a small chance to keep the championship party open, I wanted to keep it open another race,” Rossi reflected. “Marc’s advantage was very big, but maybe we could keep it open still. I tried my maximum, especially with Pedrosa behind me at the end. I had a good pace but Marquez had something a little extra so it was impossible. I think this was a higher level race to the rest of the season, so I’m satisfied with how we went. We were always on the lap record pace and no one made a mistake.

“It’s not for the World Championship, but for second place the battle will be very high level. Me, Dani and Jorge are all very strong and our teams are all working at the top. Jorge is in great shape and I’m very worried about him! Our target is to win again. I think that Marc deserves the championship; he won a lot of races and in a lot of conditions. He doesn’t make mistakes and he improved his level so congratulations to Marc.”

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

The top 10 was completed by Iannone, Stefan Bradl (LCR Honda MotoGP), Espargaro, 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) fell in the second half of the race and Yonny Hernandez (Energy T.I. Pramac Racing) crashed on the final lap. All riders were uninjured.

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

The 23-lap Moto2™ contest at the Motul Grand Prix of Japan saw Thomas Luthi (Interwetten Sitag) take maximum points, with the Swiss rider joined on the podium by Maverick Viñales (Paginas Amarillas HP 40) and Tito Rabat (Marc VDS Racing Team).

Luthi rode superbly from second on the grid, getting into the lead on the first lap and managing the gap throughout the race for his first victory since 2012 and his second podium this year.

He eventually crossed the line 1.209s ahead of the increasingly impressive Viñales, who pushed hard in the final laps. Rabat rode steadily to third, running in fifth place early in the race after a slow start but doing enough to collect crucial championship points.

Johann Zarco (AirAsia Caterham) looked to be in contention for a podium result in the first half of the race but was ultimately fourth, while Mika Kallio (Marc VDS Racing Team) could only manage fifth. Rabat’s lead in the standings increased to 38 points with three races to go.

The top 10 was rounded out by Julian Simon (Italtrans Racing Team), Franco Morbidelli (Italtrans Racing Team), Hafizh Syahrin (Petronas Raceline Malaysia), Ricard Cardus (Tech 3) and Xavier Simeon (Federal Oil Gresini Moto2).

The Moto3™ race saw Alex Marquez (Estrella Galicia 0,0) take control of the World Championship fight with a stunning win, with Efren Vazquez (SaxoPrint-RTG) and Brad Binder (Ambrogio Racing) also on the podium.

Jack Miller (Red Bull KTM Ajo) and Danny Kent (Red Bull Husqvarna Ajo) were both in the hunt for victory on the final lap but ran wide to allow Marquez through for the win. The result sees Marquez open up a 25-point gap at the head of the standings with three races remaining.

Ultimately Marquez crossed the finish line 0.357s ahead of Vazquez, who had brilliantly worked his way through from 14th on the grid. Binder picked up the second podium of his career in third place having run with the front group throughout.

John McPhee (SaxoPrint-RTG) was fourth, while Miller and Kent touched on the last lap and finished fifth and sixth respectively.

--From motogp.com

MotoGP Race Results (courtesy Repsol Honda)

Pos.

Rider

Num.

Nation

Points

Team

Constructor

Time/Gap

1

Jorge Lorenzo

99

ESP

25

Movistar Yamaha MotoGP

YAMAHA

42'21.259

2

Marc Marquez

93

ESP

20

Repsol Honda Team

HONDA

+1.638

3

Valentino Rossi

46

ITA

16

Movistar Yamaha MotoGP

YAMAHA

+2.602

4

Dani Pedrosa

26

ESP

13

Repsol Honda Team

HONDA

+3.157

5

Andrea Dovizioso

4

ITA

11

Ducati Team

DUCATI

+14.353

6

Andrea Iannone

29

ITA

10

Pramac Racing

DUCATI

+16.653

7

Stefan Bradl

6

GER

9

LCR Honda MotoGP

HONDA

+19.531

8

Pol Espargaro

44

ESP

8

Monster Yamaha Tech 3

YAMAHA

+19.815

9

Bradley Smith

38

GBR

7

Monster Yamaha Tech 3

YAMAHA

+23.575

10

Alvaro Bautista

19

ESP

6

Go & Fun Honda Gresini

HONDA

+35.687

11

Aleix Espargaro

41

ESP

5

NGM Mobile Forward Racing

YAMAHA

+40.668

12

Katsuyuki Nakasuga

21

JPN

4

YAMALUBE Racing Team with YSP

YAMAHA

+51.027

13

Hiroshi Aoyama

7

JPN

3

Drive M7 Aspar

HONDA

+51.093

14

Nicky Hayden

69

USA

2

Drive M7 Aspar

HONDA

+55.792

15

Hector Barbera

8

ESP

1

Avintia Racing MotoGP

FTR-KAWASAKI

+59.089

16

Scott Redding

45

GBR

Go & Fun Honda Gresini

HONDA

+59.508

17

Alex De Angelis

15

RSM

NGM Mobile Forward Racing

YAMAHA

+1'16.547

18

Michael Laverty

70

GBR

Paul Bird Motorsport

ART & PBM

+1'28.021

19

Mike Di Meglio

63

FRA

Avintia Racing MotoGP

FTR-KAWASAKI

+1'29.470

20

Broc Parkes

23

AUS

Paul Bird Motorsport

PBM

+1'33.253

21

Yonny Hernandez

68

COL

Pramac Racing

DUCATI

DNF

22

Karel Abraham

17

CZE

Cardion AB Motoracing

HONDA

DNF

23

Danilo Petrucci

9

ITA

IodaRacing Project

IODA-SUTER

DNF

24

Cal Crutchlow

35

GBR

Ducati Team

DUCATI

DNF

MotoGP Point Standings (courtesy Repsol Honda)

Pos.

Rider

Num.

Nation

Points

Team

Constructor

1

Marc Marquez

93

ESP

312

Repsol Honda Team

HONDA

2

Valentino Rossi

46

ITA

230

Movistar Yamaha MotoGP

YAMAHA

3

Dani Pedrosa

26

ESP

230

Repsol Honda Team

HONDA

4

Jorge Lorenzo

99

ESP

227

Movistar Yamaha MotoGP

YAMAHA

5

Andrea Dovizioso

4

ITA

153

Ducati Team

DUCATI

6

Aleix Espargaro

41

ESP

117

NGM Mobile Forward Racing

YAMAHA

7

Pol Espargaro

44

ESP

116

Monster Yamaha Tech 3

YAMAHA

8

Andrea Iannone

29

ITA

102

Pramac Racing

DUCATI

9

Stefan Bradl

6

GER

96

LCR Honda MotoGP

HONDA

10

Bradley Smith

38

GBR

92

Monster Yamaha Tech 3

YAMAHA

11

Alvaro Bautista

19

ESP

79

Go & Fun Honda Gresini

HONDA

12

Cal Crutchlow

35

GBR

63

Ducati Team

DUCATI

13

Scott Redding

45

GBR

60

Go & Fun Honda Gresini

HONDA

14

Hiroshi Aoyama

7

JPN

54

Drive M7 Aspar

HONDA

15

Yonny Hernandez

68

COL

39

Pramac Racing

DUCATI

16

Nicky Hayden

69

USA

38

Drive M7 Aspar

HONDA

17

Karel Abraham

17

CZE

33

Cardion AB Motoracing

HONDA

18

Colin Edwards

5

USA

11

NGM Mobile Forward Racing

YAMAHA

19

Michele Pirro

51

ITA

11

Ducati Team

DUCATI

20

Danilo Petrucci

9

ITA

9

IodaRacing Project

IODA-SUTER

21

Broc Parkes

23

AUS

7

Paul Bird Motorsport

PBM

22

Alex De Angelis

15

RSM

7

NGM Mobile Forward Racing

YAMAHA

23

Katsuyuki Nakasuga

21

JPN

4

YAMALUBE Racing Team with YSP

YAMAHA

24

Mike Di Meglio

63

FRA

4

Avintia Racing MotoGP

FTR-KAWASAKI

25

Hector Barbera

8

ESP

3

Avintia Racing MotoGP

FTR-KAWASAKI

26

Michael Laverty

70

GBR

2

Paul Bird Motorsport

ART & PBM

27

Leon Camier

2

GBR

1

Drive M7 Aspar

HONDA

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