The Spanish Marc Márquez, already crowned MotoGP world champion in the 2019 season, prevailed in the Japanese Grand Prix, thus equaling the 53 victories of the legendary Australian rider Mike Doohan.
After starting from pole at the Motegi circuit, Márquez, already six times MotoGP World Champion at the age of 26, made a solo career to match one of the riders with the best record in history, Mike Doohan, winner of five consecutive world titles in the premier category (1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998).
“As a child I remember the duels between Doohan and Crivillé (the Spanish Alex Crivillé, world champion in 1999),” said Márquez, who now only has the Italians Valentino Rossi (89) and Giacomo Agostini (68) ahead of him. number of victories in the premier class.
This Sunday he was again ahead of the French Fabio Quartararo, who achieved the honorary title of ‘rookie of the year’ (rookie of the year).
His victory, fourth in a row and tenth of the season for the Cervera rider, also allows Honda to win the constructors’ title this year, the fourth in a row and the eighth in 10 years.
“I was with the president of Honda this morning and I told him ‘today I bring you the title,'” confessed Márquez, who has spent his entire career racing with the Japanese brand.
“There was a bit of pressure to win the constructors’ world championship title in Japan, but I love the pressure and it’s great for Honda to win here because everyone is trying so hard,” he added. His partner and compatriot, the former world champion Jorge Lorenzo, could only be 17th
– Italian victories in Moto2 and Moto3 –
Quartararo, who started third on the grid, was about to overtake the Catalan on the first lap, but Márquez soon cruised to finish with about a second ahead.
This was the 6th podium of the year for the young French rider, who at 20 years of age is affirming himself as one of Márquez’s most serious rivals in the future.
His 2nd place this Sunday allows him to overtake the legendary Valentino Rossi in the general classification and get closer to the podium, since he is only separated by 13 points from the Spanish Maverick Viñales (Yamaha) and Alex Rins (Suzuki), with three races left to go. dispute.
“We set ourselves the goal at the start of the season to score between 50 and 90 points this season,” confessed the French rider, who has 163.
Third place went to Italian Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati), thus reinforcing his 2nd position in the World Championship.
In Moto2 the victory went to the Italian Luca Marini ahead of the Swiss Thomas Lüthi.
Alex Márquez, Marc’s little brother, was 6th but continues to lead the World Championship in the intermediate category. Third was the Spanish Jorge Martín, who climbed to a podium for the first time this year.
And in Moto3, another Italian, Lorenzo Dalla Porta, won the race and ran for the final title after the falls of Arón Canet and Tony Arbolino. Dalla Porta leads Canet by 47 points.
The next World Cup event will be on October 27, at the Australian Grand Prix. AFP