MotoGP: Miller dominates as mayhem breaks out at Motegi

Jack Miller dominated the Motul Grand Prix of Japan, but fellow Ducati Lenovo Team rider Francesco Bagnaia’s MotoGP World Championship hopes have taken a big blow with a final-lap crash.

‘Pecco’ was locked in battle with Fabio Quartararo (Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP™) over eighth position when he hit the deck, while Aleix Espargaro (Aprilia Racing) also failed to score points after a technical problem before the start at the Mobility Resort Motegi.

Second on the day went to Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Brad Binder and third to Prima Pramac Racing’s Jorge Martin, while the Repsol Honda Team’s Marc Marquez turned his first pole position in almost three years into fourth at the checkered flag after 24 hectic laps.

Marquez was out of the lead by Turn 1, his Honda no match for the more powerful other manufacturers, especially Ducati.

Taking a steady approach to conserve his strength until the end of the race, the #93 settled into fifth and his own pace.

His plan played out and as the race entered its closing stages, Marquez reeled in Miguel Oliveira ahead. Biding his time, the eight-time World Champion struck on lap 22 with a strong pass for fourth in the race.

“I am very happy with how the whole weekend has gone, and we were able to put together an exciting race in the end. Most importantly, it was a productive weekend and overall, it was a lot better than we were expecting. It was an important race because it is the first I have finished since my operation so it was a good test of the arm and also in this area we’ve been able to learn. Of course, I would have liked to finish higher, but being realistic, it was a good result and I was able to maintain my rhythm and then attack in the last laps. I want to say thanks to Honda and the Repsol Honda Team for helping me to put together a good weekend. Also thank you to all the Japanese staff and fans who came this weekend, it was a pleasure to see everyone again. Now we go to Thailand!”

Race Results

Pos Rider Bike Behind Gap
1 Jack Miller Ducati 0.000s 0.000s
2 Brad Binder KTM 3.409 3.409
3 Jorge Martin Ducati 4.136 0.727
4 Marc Marquez Honda 7.784 3.648
5 Miguel Oliveira KTM 8.185 0.401
6 Luca Marini Ducati 8.348 0.163
7 Maverick Viñales Aprilia 9.879 1.531
8 Fabio Quartararo Yamaha 10.193 0.314
9 Enea Bastianini Ducati 10.318 0.125
10 Marco Bezzecchi Ducati 16.419 6.101
11 Johann Zarco Ducati 16.586 0.167
12 Pol Espargaro Honda 17.456 0.870
13 Alex Marquez Honda 18.219 0.763
14 Franco Morbidelli Yamaha 19.012 0.793
15 Cal Crutchlow Yamaha 19.201 0.189
16 Aleix Espargaro Aprilia 25.473 6.272
17 Fabio Di Giannantonio Ducati 27.006 1.533
18 Raúl Fernández KTM 29.374 2.368
19 Remy Gardner KTM 29.469 0.095
20 Takaaki Nakagami Honda 43.294 13.825
DNF Francesco Bagnaia Ducati 1 Lap 1 Lap
DNF Alex Rins Suzuki 10 Laps 9 Laps
DNF Darryn Binder Yamaha 10 Laps 45.452
DNF Takuya Tsuda Suzuki 13 Laps 3 Laps
DNF Tetsuta Nagashima Honda 15 Laps 2 Laps


Rider Standings

Pos. Rider Num Nation Points Team Constructor
1 Quartararo Fabio 20 FRA 219 Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha
2 Bagnaia Francesco 62 ITA 201 Ducati Lenovo Team Ducati
3 Espargaro Aleix 41 SPA 194 Aprilia Racing Aprilia
4 Bastianini Enea 23 ITA 170 Team Gresini Racing MotoGP Ducati
5 Miller Jack 43 AUS 159 Ducati Lenovo Team Ducati
6 Binder Brad 33 RSA 148 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM
7 Zarco Johann 5 FRA 138 Pramac Racing Ducati
8 Martin Jorge 89 SPA 120 Pramac Racing Ducati
9 Vinales Maverick 12 SPA 113 Aprilia Racing Aprilia
10 Rins Alex 42 SPA 108 Team Suzuki Ecstar Suzuki
11 Oliveira Miguel 88 POR 106 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM
12 Marini Luca 10 ITA 101 Mooney VR46 Racing Team Ducati
13 Bezzecchi Marco 73 ITA 80 Mooney VR46 Racing Team Ducati
14 Mir Joan 36 SPA 77 Team Suzuki Ecstar Suzuki
15 Marquez Marc 93 SPA 73 Repsol Honda Team Honda
16 Espargaro Pol 44 SPA 47 Repsol Honda Team Honda
17 Nakagami Takaaki 30 JPN 46 LCR Honda Honda
18 Marquez Alex 73 SPA 42 LCR Honda Honda
19 Morbidelli Franco 21 ITA 28 Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha
20 Di Giannantonio Fabio 49 ITA 23 Team Gresini Racing MotoGP Ducati
21 Dovizioso Andrea 4 ITA 15 WithU Yamaha RNF MotoGP Team Yamaha
22 Binder Darryn 40 RSA 10 WithU Yamaha RNF MotoGP Team Yamaha
23 Gardner Remy 87 AUS 9 Tech 3 KTM Factory Racing KTM
24 Fernandez Raul 25 SPA 8 Tech 3 KTM Factory Racing KTM
25 Crutchlow Cal 35 GBR 3 WithU Yamaha RNF MotoGP Team Yamaha
26 Bradl Stefan 6 GER 2 Repsol Honda Team Honda


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