Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda Team RC213V) didn’t finish today’s rain-lashed season finale at Valencia, but the sterling efforts of the 2018 MotoGP World Champion and his team-mate Dani Pedrosa (Repsol Honda Team RC213V) crowned a remarkable and historic season for Honda, by winning the MotoGP Teams World Championship to secure the mighty RC213V the triple crown of Riders, Constructors and Teams World Championships for the second year in a row.

The coveted MotoGP triple crown is the perfect way to celebrate the 60th birthday of the company that Soichiro Honda founded in 1948. And Honda has made a lot more history in this landmark year. Marquez’s fifth MotoGP riders title is the company’s 20th in the premier class, following the successes of fellow Honda champions Casey Stoner, Nicky Hayden, Valentino Rossi, Alex Crivillé, Mick Doohan, Eddie Lawson, Wayne Gardner and Freddie Spencer.

This year’s MotoGP constructors title is Honda’s 24th in the premier class, extending the company’s record which is already far beyond its closest competitors. This championship is also Honda’s 69th constructors success across all Grand Prix classes. And earlier this year Cal Crutchlow (LCR Honda CASTROL RC213V) won Honda’s 750th Grand Prix, another all-time record and a significant number for the company that started the superbike revolution 50 years ago with the 750cc CB750.

Marquez started the race from the second row, after crashing during yesterday’s qualifying session. The man who has won five of the past six MotoGP world titles was in the running for another podium to complete what has been a remarkable season until the rain intensified and he lost the rear at turn nine and fell heavily, hurting his left shoulder which he had dislocated when he fell in yesterday’s qualifying session. The 25-year-old Spaniard will have remedial surgery following the final winter tests of 2018 later this month and will be back to full strength for 2019 preseason testing which starts next February.

The race was later red-flagged as conditions deteriorated and a restart arranged, which could only be contested by the riders who were still running when the original race was stopped.

Last year’s Moto2 World Champion Franco Morbidelli (Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS Honda RC213V) was one of eight riders unable to make the restart for this reason. The 23-year-old was having a strong ride until he also fell, as the conditions worsened. Indeed he might have taken his best-ever result if he hadn’t fallen, but he ended the day on a happy note with the excellent consolation of securing the important Rookie of the Year prize.

With Marquez unable to take part in the restart, it was left to Pedrosa to carry the Repsol Honda Team colours. The 33-year-old Spaniard splashed his way to an excellent fifth in his final Grand Prix before retirement, which ends an amazing 13-year career with the Repsol Honda Team.

This was Pedrosa’s 295th Grand Prix race, following his debut in the 2001 125cc Japanese GP. The Little Samurai ends a glittering career during which he won 54 GP races – across all three classes, making him Honda’s most successful race winner alongside Mick Doohan – and took the 2003 125cc World Championship and the 2004 and 2005 250 World Championships. In the 70 years of Grand Prix racing only two riders have scored more podiums than Pedrosa’s 153: Giacomo Agostini and Valentino Rossi.

The next man to take the chequered flag after Pedrosa was 26-year-old Japanese rookie Takaaki Nakagami (LCR Honda IDEMITSU RC213V), who scored the best result of his premier-class apprenticeship in sixth place. The result made sure he completed the year 20th in the championship.

HRC test rider Stefan Bradl (LCR Honda CASTROL RC213V) also had a great ride to finish ninth. Bradl was once again substituting for Crutchlow, who was injured during last month’s Australian GP. The 28-year-old rode an excellent race in only his fifth Grand Prix outing of the year.

Honda’s third rookie Thomas Luthi (Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS Honda RC213V) was another who crashed out of the original race.

MotoGP winter testing begins at Valencia on Tuesday. The two-day outing is followed by another two-day session at Jerez later this month. Next year’s testing starts at Sepang, Malaysia, in February.

Dani Pedrosa

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For sure I had a particular feeling before today’s race, knowing that the moment of my final race had arrived. Well, actually it turned out that I had two! Unfortunately the weather was really tricky. In both races, I struggled so much with the rear and couldn’t really get on the gas. I was actually expecting to have a better feeling in the second race, as there was less water on the track. But we changed the tyres and I had no grip, so I could only try and finish the race with no crashes. It’s a bit of a shame, but when I got back to the pits, I found everybody waiting for me – the team, my family, my people – and there was a very emotional atmosphere. I was pleased to see their emotion. It meant a lot to me. Now I’ll have several events to attend, but after that I’ll try and have some time to myself and relax a bit before next year.

Repsol Honda Team
Takaaki Nakagami

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It was really tough. I was scared on every lap, each corner, but it’s an amazing feeling. It’s a little bit strange, I never thought I’d finish as the top independent rider, but it’s an amazing day for me and a great race. There was a lot of pressure, but last night Cal (Crutchlow) texted me and told me to concentrate, make no mistakes and, because I had nothing to lose, push hard. That was great, so thanks to him, and also to my team, it’s an unforgettable day. It’s so good to finish the season like this and now we will look to next season, starting with the test here on Tuesday. But tonight we will definitely have a party!

LCR Honda Idemitsu
Stefan Bradl

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First of all I would like to say thank you to HRC and LCR for the support and help I have received after replacing Cal for these two races. I also wish Cal well and hope he can return next year even stronger on the bike. I enjoyed working with LCR again, there are still a lot of things I remember from the past. Today was an incredibly difficult race as you could see from the track condition, the amount of water there was incredible and there were many crashes. My confidence in the wet was not great because I don’t have any experience riding the MotoGP bike in the wet, so for this reason I needed some laps to feel good. It took a while, but in these conditions it’s easy to make mistakes and I’m happy I finished the race in ninth position. It’s ok and thanks to the team for all their efforts.

Team HRC – MotoGP
Marc Marquez

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Today I had a big highside, but the shoulder was okay, just a bit painful from yesterday. Unfortunately, it was a mistake that I chose the medium rear tyre on the grid, as that turned out not to be the best option. I said sorry to the team, as it was my decision; I had felt really good on it in FP3, but when it began to rain heavily after the start, everything became very difficult and got worse and worse, as it was difficult to keep the temperature in the tyre. Anyway, now it’s time to enjoy these final moments having achieved the triple crown, which is something really special. The season has been very good, one of my best, without too many mistakes; today’s was probably my worst one. I’m really proud of my 2018 season, but a new one begins on Tuesday.

Repsol Honda Team
Franco Morbidelli

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This was good race for me. It was exciting and I was having fun because I started from 15th position was in fifth when I went out. When the heavy rain came and conditions started to get dangerous I didn’t slow down as I should have so I ended in the gravel and didn’t get the bike back to the box in time for the re-start. I was fast in the wet conditions and this makes me very happy.

EG 0,0 Marc VDS
Thomas Luthi

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The final race of the season ended little early but there were some positives because I could fight with and overtake some other riders. The crash was a sad moment but I had aquaplaning with the rear wheel and high-sided. The conditions were quite tricky and I was not the only one to crash like this. I didn’t score any points but I was determined to get the best out of this race so it was important to take a chance and feel the limit.

EG 0,0 Marc VDS
Gran Premio Motul de la Comunitat Valenciana

Comunitat Valenciana, Spain

MotoGP 2018, Round 19

Rain / 14
Sunday 18 Nov 2018, 14:37 UTC
  • Track Condition: Wet
  • Air Temp: 14°C
  • Humidity: 96%
  • Ground Temp: 14°C
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Points Pts. Team Constructor Constr. Time/Gap
1 Andrea Dovizioso 4 ITA 25 Ducati Team Ducati 24:03.408
2 Alex Rins 42 SPA 20 Team SUZUKI ECSTAR Suzuki +2.750
3 Pol Espargaro 44 SPA 16 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM +7.406
4 Michele Pirro 51 ITA 13 Ducati Test Team Ducati +8.647
5 Dani Pedrosa 26 SPA 11 Repsol Honda Team Honda +13.351
6 Takaaki Nakagami 30 JPN 10 LCR Honda Idemitsu Honda +32.288
7 Johann Zarco 5 FRA 9 Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha +32.806
8 Bradley Smith 38 GBR 8 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM +33.111
9 Stefan Bradl 6 GER 7 Team HRC – MotoGP Honda +36.376
10 Hafizh Syahrin 55 THA 6 Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha +37.198
11 Scott Redding 45 GBR 5 Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia +44.326
12 Jorge Lorenzo 99 SPA 4 Ducati Team Ducati +46.146
13 Valentino Rossi 46 ITA 3 Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha +52.809
14 Karel Abraham 17 CZE 2 Ángel Nieto Team Ducati +1'10.628
15 Jordi Torres 81 SPA 1 Reale Avintia Racing Ducati +1'16.739
Cloudy / 18
Saturday 17 Nov 2018, 15:09 UTC
  • Track Condition: Dry
  • Air Temp: 18°C
  • Humidity: 79%
  • Ground Temp: 20°C
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Team Constructor Constr. Time/Gap
1 Maverick Viñales 25 SPA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 1'31.312
2 Alex Rins 42 SPA Team SUZUKI ECSTAR Suzuki 1'31.380
3 Andrea Dovizioso 4 ITA Ducati Team Ducati 1'31.392
4 Danilo Petrucci 9 ITA Alma Pramac Racing Ducati 1'31.414
5 Marc Marquez 93 SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 1'31.442
6 Pol Espargaro 44 SPA Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 1'31.577
7 Andrea Iannone 29 ITA Team SUZUKI ECSTAR Suzuki 1'31.629
8 Aleix Espargaro 41 SPA Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia 1'31.630
9 Dani Pedrosa 26 SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 1'32.140
10 Jack Miller 43 AUS Alma Pramac Racing Ducati 1'32.145
11 Johann Zarco 5 FRA Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 1'32.179
12 Michele Pirro 51 ITA Ducati Test Team Ducati 1'32.310
13 Jorge Lorenzo 99 SPA Ducati Team Ducati 1'31.900
14 Takaaki Nakagami 30 JPN LCR Honda Idemitsu Honda 1'31.928
15 Franco Morbidelli 21 ITA EG 0,0 Marc VDS Honda 1'32.385
16 Valentino Rossi 46 ITA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 1'32.452
17 Thomas Luthi 12 SWI EG 0,0 Marc VDS Honda 1'32.545
18 Karel Abraham 17 CZE Ángel Nieto Team Ducati 1'32.547
19 Alvaro Bautista 19 SPA Ángel Nieto Team Ducati 1'32.568
20 Stefan Bradl 6 GER Team HRC – MotoGP Honda 1'32.708
21 Hafizh Syahrin 55 THA Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 1'32.749
22 Bradley Smith 38 GBR Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 1'33.011
23 Jordi Torres 81 SPA Reale Avintia Racing Ducati 1'34.427
24 Scott Redding 45 GBR Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia 1'35.171
Friday 16 Nov 2018, 19:00 UTC
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Team Constructor Constr. Time/Gap
1 Marc Marquez 93 SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 1'39.767
2 Jack Miller 43 AUS Alma Pramac Racing Ducati +1'39.873
3 Danilo Petrucci 9 ITA Alma Pramac Racing Ducati +1'39.907
4 Andrea Dovizioso 4 ITA Ducati Team Ducati +1'40.179
5 Dani Pedrosa 26 SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda +1'40.467
6 Andrea Iannone 29 ITA Team SUZUKI ECSTAR Suzuki +1'40.685
7 Maverick Viñales 25 SPA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha +1'40.772
8 Michele Pirro 51 ITA Ducati Test Team Ducati +1'40.836
9 Pol Espargaro 44 SPA Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM +1'40.892
10 Alex Rins 42 SPA Team SUZUKI ECSTAR Suzuki +1'40.965
11 Aleix Espargaro 41 SPA Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia +1'40.967
12 Valentino Rossi 46 ITA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha +1'41.015
13 Johann Zarco 5 FRA Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha +1'41.146
14 Karel Abraham 17 CZE Ángel Nieto Team Ducati +1'41.160
15 Xavier Simeon 10 BEL Reale Avintia Racing Ducati +1'41.277
16 Stefan Bradl 6 GER Team HRC – MotoGP Honda +1'41.479
17 Bradley Smith 38 GBR Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM +1'41.489
18 Franco Morbidelli 21 ITA EG 0,0 Marc VDS Honda +1'41.713
19 Jorge Lorenzo 99 SPA Ducati Team Ducati +1'41.782
20 Takaaki Nakagami 30 JPN LCR Honda Idemitsu Honda +1'42.471
21 Alvaro Bautista 19 SPA Ángel Nieto Team Ducati +1'42.617
22 Scott Redding 45 GBR Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia +1'42.857
23 Thomas Luthi 12 SWI EG 0,0 Marc VDS Honda +1'43.000
24 Hafizh Syahrin 55 THA Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha +1'43.727
25 Jordi Torres 81 SPA Reale Avintia Racing Ducati +1'45.001
Rider Standings
Sunday, 18 Nov 2018 - Open world standings grid
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Points Pts. Team Constructor Constr.
1 Marc MARQUEZ 93 SPA 321 Repsol Honda Team Honda
2 Andrea DOVIZIOSO 4 ITA 245 Ducati Team Ducati
3 Valentino ROSSI 46 ITA 198 Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha
4 Maverick VIñALES 25 SPA 193 Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha
5 Alex RINS 42 SPA 169 Team SUZUKI ECSTAR Suzuki
6 Johann ZARCO 5 FRA 158 Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha
7 Cal CRUTCHLOW 35 GBR 148 LCR Honda Castrol Honda
8 Danilo PETRUCCI 9 ITA 144 Alma Pramac Racing Ducati
9 Jorge LORENZO 99 SPA 134 Ducati Team Ducati
10 Andrea IANNONE 29 ITA 133 Team SUZUKI ECSTAR Suzuki
11 Dani PEDROSA 26 SPA 117 Repsol Honda Team Honda
12 Alvaro BAUTISTA 19 SPA 105 Ángel Nieto Team Ducati
13 Jack MILLER 43 AUS 91 Alma Pramac Racing Ducati
14 Pol ESPARGARO 44 SPA 51 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM
15 Franco MORBIDELLI 21 ITA 50 EG 0,0 Marc VDS Honda
16 Hafizh SYAHRIN 55 THA 46 Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha
17 Aleix ESPARGARO 41 SPA 44 Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia
18 Bradley SMITH 38 GBR 38 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM
19 Tito RABAT 53 SPA 35 Reale Avintia Racing Ducati
20 Takaaki NAKAGAMI 30 JPN 32 LCR Honda Idemitsu Honda
21 Scott REDDING 45 GBR 20 Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia
22 Michele PIRRO 51 ITA 14 Ducati Test Team Ducati
23 Karel ABRAHAM 17 CZE 12 Ángel Nieto Team Ducati
24 Stefan BRADL 6 GER 10 Team HRC – MotoGP Honda
25 Mika KALLIO 36 FIN 6 KTM Test Team KTM
26 Katsuyuki NAKASUGA 21 JPN 3 Yamalube Yamaha Factory Racing Yamaha
27 Xavier SIMEON 10 BEL 1 Reale Avintia Racing Ducati
28 Jordi TORRES 81 SPA 1 Reale Avintia Racing Ducati