Reigning MotoGP Riders World Champion Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda Team RC213V) wrote his name in the record books at Twin Ring Motegi today with a masterful start-to-finish victory that gave Honda its 25th MotoGP Constructors World Championship.

Honda has become the first motorcycle manufacturer to reach this important milestone 60 years after commencing its world-class racing adventure at the 1959 Isle of Man TT. The second most successful manufacturer in this category has scored 16 constructors crown.

Today’s Japanese Grand Prix victory was the 26-year-old Spaniard’s tenth victory of 2019 and his 54th MotoGP victory, which puts him equal with Honda’s most successful premier-class winner Mick Doohan, who won 54 500cc races between 1990 and 1998. After the race Marquez was congratulated by Honda legend Jim Redman, who won six world titles and 45 GP victories during the 1960s.

Although the six-times MotoGP World Champion made the race look easy it certainly wasn’t. Yesterday was mostly washed out by rain, so riders and teams had only one full day of data with which to find the perfect set-up for today’s race. Nonetheless, yesterday Marquez scored his 90th pole position across all categories and his first MotoGP pole at Motegi.

Today he was perfection personified: grabbing the holeshot and never letting his rivals get near enough to attack, apart from a brief three-corner spell on lap one, when Fabio Quartararo was in front. But on Turn Ten the Frenchman nearly fell as Marquez regained the lead. From then on Marquez steadily built his advantage to take his fourth successive victory. During the last laps he eased his pace by a fraction because Motegi is probably MotoGP’s toughest on fuel consumption. At the checkered flag he was 0.870 seconds ahead of Quartararo, who held second place throughout, under pressure from final podium finisher Andrea Dovizioso.

Cal Crutchlow (LCR Honda CASTROL RC213V) had an excellent Japanese Grand Prix. The 33-year-old Briton qualified fifth fastest yesterday, his best grid performance since April’s Grand Prix of the Americas. Today he fought his hardest throughout the 24 laps. Eventually he broke clear of the third group to chase down the riders in the second group, fighting with Alex Rins and others.

In the final laps Crutchlow and Rins closed on fifth-placed Franco Morbidelli, who had started from the front row. The trio were right together throughout the final lap, jostling for position. As they attacked Victory Corner – the final turn – Crutchlow got an excellent exit drive to use the awesome horsepower of his RC213V to power past Morbidelli on the race to the finish line. He beat the Italian for fifth place by 0.047 seconds! This was his best race result since July’s German GP, when he finished third, behind winner Marquez.

Local hero Takaaki Nakagami (LCR Honda IDEMITSU RC213V) did not have an easy home Grand Prix. The 27-year-old from Chiba has been suffering from a deteriorating right shoulder since he was knocked down by a rival during June’s Dutch TT. Visits to several experienced surgeons advised him to undergo surgery as soon as possible in order to be fully fit for the 2020 season. The Japanese therefore took the difficult decision to have the operation in Tokyo next week, so he will miss 2019’s final three races in Australia, Malaysia and Valencia, Spain.

This weekend the former Moto2 race winner battled through the pain barrier. In yesterday’s tricky conditions he qualified 13th and in today’s race he was focused on continuing his impressive run of points-scoring finishes during his second season in the premier class. However, his physical condition – especially at a track with several heavy-braking zones that demand a lot of upper-body strength – was always going to cause him problems over the gruelling 24-lap race. Finally he finished in 16th position, just one place outside out of the points.

Jorge Lorenzo (Repsol Honda Team RC213V) completed the race in 17th place, less than three seconds behind Nakagami. Like the Japanese, the Spaniard is not in the best physical shape, having also crashed heavily during June’s Dutch TT. The three-times MotoGP king has scored points twice since he returned to action at August’s British GP but didn’t quite make the cut today.

The MotoGP paddock rushes to Australia next, for next weekend’s Australian Grand Prix at Phillip Island, which is followed immediately by the following weekend’s Malaysian GP. The season concludes at Valencia, Spain, on November 17.

Marc Marquez

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It wasn't an easy race. I was pushing from the beginning; the strategy was clear – I had to try to open a gap. 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.

Repsol Honda Team
Cal Crutchlow

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Today was a good result for me and the team, so we are happy. We qualified fifth and we finished fifth in a strong race. I wish my pace had been a bit faster in the early part, but I had to manage the situation with the bike and the tires to finish in the best possible position. I was pleased to be able to catch some riders, have a good battle and get fifth place at the finish line. It's been a good Japanese Grand Prix, with Marc winning and me making the top five after a tough weekend in Thailand. We bounced back from that to get a good result here, so my thanks to the team for their hard work and now we look forward to racing at Phillip Island next weekend, which has good and not-so-good memories for me.

LCR Honda
Takaaki Nakagami

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First of all my thanks to the Japanese fans who came to Twin Ring Motegi, which I really appreciate. I felt a lot of energy from the fans and did all my best all the weekend. Thanks also to my LCR Honda IDEMITSU staff who gave me great support, helping me with my shoulder injury. Today was not the real performance I expected, but my performance was limited by my right shoulder. Now the season is over for me and now it's time for surgery and then for recovering well for the future, for next season. Thanks again to my team and the Japanese fans – I hope we can come back really strong for next season. This season is over and already I am looking to next year's Sepang tests.

LCR Honda
Jorge Lorenzo

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We made an improvement to the bike this weekend and my feeling was better. Today in the second part of the race I was able to enjoy riding the bike again and go much faster than at the start of the race. At the end we were closer to the front than any of the other races since my injury, a second from the fastest in the last laps. The problem was at the beginning, I couldn't play with the bike as much as at the end and this is where we lost all our time. But towards the end I was able to little by little, brake later and go faster. With the pace at the end I could have been within 30 seconds of the leader. Now we try to keep the momentum for Phillip Island.

Repsol Honda Team
Motul Grand Prix of Japan

Twin Ring Motegi, Japan

MotoGP 2019, Round 16

Sunny / 21
Sunday 20 Oct 2019, 06:56 UTC
  • Track Condition: Dry
  • Air Temp: 21°C
  • Humidity: 76%
  • Ground Temp: 27°C
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Points Pts. Team Constructor Constr. Time/Gap
1 Marc Marquez 93 SPA 25 Repsol Honda Team Honda 42'41.492
2 Fabio Quartararo 20 FRA 20 Petronas Yamaha SRT Yamaha +0.870
3 Andrea Dovizioso 4 ITA 16 Ducati Team Ducati +1.325
4 Maverick Viñales 12 SPA 13 Yamaha Factory Racing Team Yamaha +2.608
5 Cal Crutchlow 35 GBR 11 LCR Honda Honda +9.140
6 Franco Morbidelli 21 ITA 10 Petronas Yamaha SRT Yamaha +9.187
7 Alex Rins 42 SPA 9 Team SUZUKI ECSTAR Suzuki +9.306
8 Joan Mir 36 SPA 8 Team SUZUKI ECSTAR Suzuki +10.695
9 Danilo Petrucci 9 ITA 7 Ducati Team Ducati +14.216
10 Jack Miller 43 AUS 6 Alma Pramac Racing Ducati +18.909
11 Pol Espargaro 44 SPA 5 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM +25.554
12 Miguel Oliveira 88 POR 4 KTM Tech 3 Racing KTM +27.870
13 Francesco Bagnaia 63 ITA 3 Alma Pramac Racing Ducati +29.983
14 Mika Kallio 82 FIN 2 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM +31.232
15 Aleix Espargaro 41 SPA 1 Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia +32.546
16 Takaaki Nakagami 30 JPN 0 LCR Honda Honda +37.482
17 Jorge Lorenzo 99 SPA 0 Repsol Honda Team Honda +40.410
18 Karel Abraham 17 CZE 0 Reale Avintia Racing Ducati +43.458
19 Hafizh Syahrin 55 THA 0 KTM Tech 3 Racing KTM +46.206
20 Sylvain Guintoli 50 FRA 0 Suzuki Test Team Suzuki +50.235
Cloudy / 21
Saturday 19 Oct 2019, 14:04 UTC
  • Track Condition: Dry
  • Air Temp: 21°C
  • Humidity: 96%
  • Ground Temp: 21°C
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Team Constructor Constr. Time/Gap
1 Marc Marquez 93 SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 1'45.763
2 Franco Morbidelli 21 ITA Petronas Yamaha SRT Yamaha +0.132
3 Fabio Quartararo 20 FRA Petronas Yamaha SRT Yamaha +0.181
4 Maverick Viñales 12 SPA Yamaha Factory Racing Team Yamaha +0.327
5 Cal Crutchlow 35 GBR LCR Honda Honda +0.426
6 Jack Miller 43 AUS Alma Pramac Racing Ducati +0.574
7 Andrea Dovizioso 4 ITA Ducati Team Ducati +0.647
8 Danilo Petrucci 9 ITA Ducati Team Ducati +0.664
9 Aleix Espargaro 41 SPA Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia +0.795
10 Valentino Rossi 46 ITA Yamaha Factory Racing Team Yamaha +0.795
11 Alex Rins 42 SPA Team SUZUKI ECSTAR Suzuki +0.837
12 Joan Mir 36 SPA Team SUZUKI ECSTAR Suzuki +0.853
13 Takaaki Nakagami 30 JPN LCR Honda Honda +0.303
14 Francesco Bagnaia 63 ITA Alma Pramac Racing Ducati +0.899
15 Pol Espargaro 44 SPA Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM +0.959
16 Miguel Oliveira 88 POR KTM Tech 3 Racing KTM +1.199
17 Mika Kallio 82 FIN Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM +1.284
18 Karel Abraham 17 CZE Reale Avintia Racing Ducati +1.426
19 Jorge Lorenzo 99 SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda +1.797
20 Hafizh Syahrin 55 THA KTM Tech 3 Racing KTM +1.827
21 Sylvain Guintoli 50 FRA Suzuki Test Team Suzuki +2.491
22 Andrea Iannone 29 ITA Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia +2.548
23 Tito Rabat 53 SPA Reale Avintia Racing Ducati +2.394
Cloudy / 18
Friday 18 Oct 2019, 08:27 UTC
  • Track Condition: Dry
  • Air Temp: 18°C
  • Humidity: 73%
  • Ground Temp: 21°C
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Team Constructor Constr. Time/Gap
1 Fabio Quartararo 20 FRA Petronas Yamaha SRT Yamaha 1'44.764
2 Maverick Viñales 12 SPA Yamaha Factory Racing Team Yamaha +0.321
3 Marc Marquez 93 SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda +0.336
4 Andrea Dovizioso 4 ITA Ducati Team Ducati +0.650
5 Valentino Rossi 46 ITA Yamaha Factory Racing Team Yamaha +0.702
6 Franco Morbidelli 21 ITA Petronas Yamaha SRT Yamaha +0.798
7 Jack Miller 43 AUS Alma Pramac Racing Ducati +0.813
8 Danilo Petrucci 9 ITA Ducati Team Ducati +0.855
9 Joan Mir 36 SPA Team SUZUKI ECSTAR Suzuki +0.877
10 Aleix Espargaro 41 SPA Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia +0.957
11 Alex Rins 42 SPA Team SUZUKI ECSTAR Suzuki +0.966
12 Cal Crutchlow 35 GBR LCR Honda Honda +1.040
13 Pol Espargaro 44 SPA Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM +1.256
14 Francesco Bagnaia 63 ITA Alma Pramac Racing Ducati +1.566
15 Takaaki Nakagami 30 JPN LCR Honda Honda +1.793
16 Karel Abraham 17 CZE Reale Avintia Racing Ducati +1.812
17 Jorge Lorenzo 99 SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda +1.897
18 Andrea Iannone 29 ITA Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia +1.981
19 Miguel Oliveira 88 POR KTM Tech 3 Racing KTM +2.036
20 Sylvain Guintoli 50 FRA Suzuki Test Team Suzuki +2.039
21 Mika Kallio 82 FIN Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM +2.134
22 Tito Rabat 53 SPA Reale Avintia Racing Ducati +2.394
23 Hafizh Syahrin 55 THA KTM Tech 3 Racing KTM +3.210
Rider Standings
Sunday, 20 Oct 2019 - Open world standings grid
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Points Pts. Team Constructor Constr.
1 Marc MARQUEZ 93 SPA 350 Repsol Honda Team Honda
2 Andrea DOVIZIOSO 4 ITA 231 Ducati Team Ducati
3 Maverick VIñALES 12 SPA 176 Yamaha Factory Racing Team Yamaha
4 Alex RINS 42 SPA 176 Team SUZUKI ECSTAR Suzuki
5 Danilo PETRUCCI 9 ITA 169 Ducati Team Ducati
6 Fabio QUARTARARO 20 FRA 163 Petronas Yamaha SRT Yamaha
7 Valentino ROSSI 46 ITA 145 Yamaha Factory Racing Team Yamaha
8 Jack MILLER 43 AUS 125 Alma Pramac Racing Ducati
9 Cal CRUTCHLOW 35 GBR 113 LCR Honda Honda
10 Franco MORBIDELLI 21 ITA 100 Petronas Yamaha SRT Yamaha
11 Pol ESPARGARO 44 SPA 85 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM
12 Takaaki NAKAGAMI 30 JPN 74 LCR Honda Honda
13 Joan MIR 36 SPA 66 Team SUZUKI ECSTAR Suzuki
14 Aleix ESPARGARO 41 SPA 47 Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia
15 Francesco BAGNAIA 63 ITA 37 Alma Pramac Racing Ducati
16 Miguel OLIVEIRA 88 POR 33 KTM Tech 3 Racing KTM
17 Andrea IANNONE 29 ITA 33 Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia
18 Johann ZARCO 5 FRA 27 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM
19 Jorge LORENZO 99 SPA 23 Repsol Honda Team Honda
20 Tito RABAT 53 SPA 18 Reale Avintia Racing Ducati
21 Stefan BRADL 6 GER 16 Repsol Honda Team Honda
22 Michele PIRRO 51 ITA 9 Ducati Test Team Ducati
23 Hafizh SYAHRIN 55 THA 7 KTM Tech 3 Racing KTM
24 Sylvain GUINTOLI 50 FRA 7 Suzuki Test Team Suzuki
25 Karel ABRAHAM 17 CZE 5 Reale Avintia Racing Ducati
26 Mika KALLIO 82 FIN 2 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM