Felice Monteleone – FMPhotoSport MotoGP News
Motul Grand Prix of Japan, Marc Marqez 2014 World Champion
Sunday, 12 October

 

Repsol Honda team rider wins premier class crown thanks to the second position in the Japanese Grand Prix. Dani Pedrosa finishes fourth at Motegi.

Marc Marquez - 2014 World Champion
Marc Marquez – 2014 World Champion

 

An historic second place for Marc Marquez at Honda’s home track of Motegi allowed him to mathematically claim a second MotoGP title. The Repsol rider becomes the youngest man in history to take two consecutive titles in the premier class, and adds the accolade to his World Championship wins in 125cc and Moto2. His teammate, Dani Pedrosa, finished fourth in a race won by Jorge Lorenzo.

The start of the race had a big impact on the outcome. When the red lights went out, Pedrosa and Marquez dropped to the fifth and seventh, respectively, at the first corner. The reigning World Champion regained positions gradually, reaching third by the midway point. It was enough for Marquez to finish ahead of Valentino Rossi to win the title, and he passed the Italian with 8 laps remaining. Maintaining the advantage over the Italian, he crossed the line second and sealed the title win. His 20 points from the Japanese GP take him to 312 overall, 82 ahead of Rossi and Pedrosa on 230. Pedrosa took longer than his teammate to overtake Ducati riders Andrea Iannone and Andrea Dovizioso and, although he managed to get within half a second of Rossi, he finally finished fourth.

The next Grand Prix takes place in seven days, at the Phillip Island circuit in Australia.

 

93 – Marc Marquez

Marc Marquez - Photo by FeliceMonteleone @FMPhotoSport 2014
Marc Marquez – Photo by FeliceMonteleone @FMPhotoSport 2014

 

“I am very happy to have sealed this second consecutive World Championship, because although it is difficult to maintain this level, in the end we succeeded! Today is the time to enjoy this title. In the race I had a very clear objective, which was to finish ahead of Valentino and Dani ‒the other riders did not matter to me so much today. I just had one goal in mind and the important thing is that I was able to achieve it. I want to dedicate this title to all the people who have helped me ‒they know who they are‒ and especially to my family and the team, who are the foundation for all of this.”

 

99 – Jorge Lorenzo

Jorge Lorenzo - Photo by FeliceMonteleone @FMPhotoSport 2014
Jorge Lorenzo – Photo by FeliceMonteleone @FMPhotoSport 2014

 

“It’s unbelievable! It has been a very difficult year but Yamaha has been improving the bike little by little and we’re getting better every race. In Aragón, because of the ‘flag to flag’ we were able to win. We were lucky under the circumstances and I also improved in the race compared to the practice. Here we expected to get more and more strong for the race and be able to fight for the win but we didn’t expect to lead by this much and have a gap of 2.7 seconds in the middle of the race. I’m very happy to win the race for the second time in a row. We are happy for Marc that he won the title. This year he was the best in general, so we want to say congratulations. The good thing about this year was that the four top riders were very similar. We had very strong races that were consistent and equal, so for the next races I expect a lot of fights. We are very close to the second position and that’s our goal. We are going to try.”

 

46 – Valentino Rossi

Valentino Rossi - Photo by FeliceMonteleone @FMPhotoSport 2014
Valentino Rossi – Photo by FeliceMonteleone @FMPhotoSport 2014

“From one side I’m very satisfied because the race had a high level. We had a high race pace and were braking the lap record. We rode like this from the beginning to the end and I felt good with the bike. From the other side it’s a shame that I was unable to keep the championship open for another week. I tried to get back on Marc, but unfortunately he had something more than me, so he arrived in front of me. I have to say that he deserves this championship. He worked well and was the stronger man this year. Congratulations to him.”

 

Felice Monteleone – FMPhotoSport MotoGP News
Motul Grand Prix of Japan, Marc Marqez 2014 World Champion

 

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