Full Recap and Results below:
Jorge Lorenzo has taken a commanding victory for the MotoGP race at the Twin-Ring in Motegi, after starting from fifth on the grid the Spaniard put in a brilliant ride to make it back-to-back victories at the Japanese circuit. His win was overshadowed however as Marc Marquez did all that was required of him to wrap up the 2014 MotoGP World Championship by finishing in second place ahead of Valentino Rossi and Dani Pedrosa.
Marquez becomes the youngest ever rider to win consecutive premier class titles and is the first factory Honda rider to wrap up the Championship at the manufacturer's home track. Ultimately Lorenzo's return to form proves to be too late in the season to mount any real challenge against a rampant Marquez, but he will surely be encouraged heading into 2015.
Lorenzo initially took the lead from Valentino Rossi on lap seven after Rossi had made a fantastic start to the race. Once passed Lorenzo immediately put the hammer down, edging away from Rossi and Dovizioso as Marquez latched on in fourth. Marquez had made a rough start and fell back as far as seventh but with ten laps remaining Marquez had moved clear of Dovizioso and was all over the rear wheel of Rossi. Marquez eventually passed Rossi two laps later but would be unable to challenge for the win. Lorenzo's lead was too great at a healthy two and a half seconds and in typical fashion he was able to maintain his advantage all the way to the checkered flag.
Rossi had to settle for third place a second behind a delighted Marquez while Dani Pedrosa was left to rue a horrible start and would have to be satisfied with fourth. Andrea Dovizioso eventually crossed the line in an encouraging fifth place some ten seconds behind Pedrosa after battling for the lead in the early stages. Fellow Ducati rider Andrea Iannone finished in sixth spot ahead of Stefan Bradl and Pol Espargaro while Bradley Smith and Alvaro Bautista completed the top ten.
Marquez' second place sees his Championship lead grow to an insurmountable 82 points over Rossi and Pedrosa, the final three races will now be a celebration of the 21 year old sensation's second MotoGP crown.
|11||5||41||Aleix ESPARGARO||Forward Yamaha||40.668|
|17||15||Alex DE ANGELIS||Forward Yamaha||+1'16.547|
|19||63||Mike DI MEGLIO||Avintia||+1'29.470|
|68||Yonny HERNANDEZ||Ducati||1 Lap|
|17||Karel ABRAHAM||Honda||10 Laps|
|9||Danilo PETRUCCI||ART||20 Laps|
|35||Cal CRUTCHLOW||Ducati||23 Laps|