2014 Motegi MotoGP Results

Spoiler Alert: 2014 MotoGP results from Twin Ring Motegi in Japan listed below.

One story trumped all heading into the 2014 Grand Prix of Japan at Twin Ring Motegi – the possible title clinch by Repsol Honda’s Marc Marquez.

The 21-year-old Spaniard needed one of two scenarios to work at round 15 of 18 – either win, or finish second or third ahead of Valentino Rossi and Dani Pedrosa.

After the 24-lap race at the technical Motegi circuit, the latter scenario played out for the Repsol Honda rider. Marquez finished second behind Movistar Yamaha MotoGP’s Jorge Lorenzo, and was able to clinch the title with three rounds remaining. Taking the final podium position was Lorenzo’s teammate Rossi.

This was Marquez’s second-straight title; he won 11 of 15 rounds so far in 2014 MotoGP, and becomes the youngest rider in history to win two consecutive premier-class championships. This was also the third World Championship for Marquez in three years after success in Moto2, and his fourth in five years, since he won his first title in the 125cc class at 17-years old.

“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,” Marquez says.

“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.”

It wasn’t an easy second place for Marquez, though. Starting from fourth on the grid, Marquez didn’t get the best start. But he quickly passed Monster Yamaha Tech 3’s Pol Espargaro, teammate Dani Pedrosa, and Pramac Racing Ducati’s Andrea Iannone.

Marquez then chased down the front runners – Lorenzo, Rossi and pole man Andrea Dovizioso. The Honda RC213V pilot made quick work of Dovi, and then overtook Rossi on lap nine for second.

Marquez attempted to catch the leader Lorenzo, but raced smartly, knowing he could clinch the title by finishing second ahead of Rossi and Pedrosa.

Marquez eventually crossed the finish line 1.638 seconds behind Lorenzo. Rossi finished third, 2.602 seconds behind. Pedrosa finished fourth, 3.157 seconds back, followed by Dovizioso, who was 14.353 seconds behind Lorenzo.

Andrea Iannone (Pramac Racing), Stefan Bradl (LCR Honda MotoGP), Pol Espargaro (Monster Yamaha Tech3), Bradley Smith (Monster Yamaha Tech3) and Alvaro Bautista (GO&FUN Honda Gresini) completed the top 10.

The man who took his first podium of 2014 MotoGP at Aragon, Ducati Team’s Cal Crutchlow, was the first to crash. Also crashing in the second half of the race were Cardion AB Motoracing’s Karel Abraham and Energy T.I. Pramac Racing’s Yonny Hernandez; all three crashes were not injured.

Danilo Petrucci (Octo Iodaracing Team) also suffered a DNF after he was forced to retire due to technical problems.

The 2014 MotoGP Championship takes no break, and heads straight to Phillip Island in Australia for the second race in three back-to-back rounds.

2014 Motegi MotoGP Results:

Pos. Points Num. Rider Nation Team Bike Km/h Time/Gap
1 25 99 Jorge LORENZO SPA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 163.2 42’21.259
2 20 93 Marc MARQUEZ SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 163.1 +1.638
3 16 46 Valentino ROSSI ITA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 163.0 +2.602
4 13 26 Dani PEDROSA SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 163.0 +3.157
5 11 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO ITA Ducati Team Ducati 162.3 +14.353
6 10 29 Andrea IANNONE ITA Pramac Racing Ducati 162.1 +16.653
7 9 6 Stefan BRADL GER LCR Honda MotoGP Honda 161.9 +19.531
8 8 44 Pol ESPARGARO SPA Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 161.9 +19.815
9 7 38 Bradley SMITH GBR Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 161.7 +23.575
10 6 19 Alvaro BAUTISTA SPA GO&FUN Honda Gresini Honda 160.9 +35.687
11 5 41 Aleix ESPARGARO SPA NGM Forward Racing Forward Yamaha 160.6 +40.668
12 4 21 Katsuyuki NAKASUGA JPN YAMALUBE Racing Team with YSP Yamaha 160.0 +51.027
13 3 7 Hiroshi AOYAMA JPN Drive M7 Aspar Honda 160.0 +51.093
14 2 69 Nicky HAYDEN USA Drive M7 Aspar Honda 159.7 +55.792
15 1 8 Hector BARBERA SPA Avintia Racing Ducati 159.5 +59.089
16 45 Scott REDDING GBR GO&FUN Honda Gresini Honda 159.4 +59.508
17 15 Alex DE ANGELIS RSM NGM Forward Racing Forward Yamaha 158.4 +1’16.547
18 70 Michael LAVERTY GBR Paul Bird Motorsport PBM 157.7 +1’28.021
19 63 Mike DI MEGLIO FRA Avintia Racing Avintia 157.6 +1’29.470
20 23 Broc PARKES AUS Paul Bird Motorsport PBM 157.4 +1’33.253
Not Classified
68 Yonny HERNANDEZ COL Energy T.I. Pramac Racing Ducati 160.7 1 Lap
17 Karel ABRAHAM CZE Cardion AB Motoracing Honda 158.8 10 Laps
9 Danilo PETRUCCI ITA Octo IodaRacing Team ART 154.8 20 Laps
35 Cal CRUTCHLOW GBR Ducati Team Ducati 152.1 23 Laps

2014 MotoGP Point Standings (after 15 of 18 rounds):

Pos. Rider Bike Nation Points
1 Marc MARQUEZ Honda SPA 312
2 Valentino ROSSI Yamaha ITA 230
3 Dani PEDROSA Honda SPA 230
4 Jorge LORENZO Yamaha SPA 227
5 Andrea DOVIZIOSO Ducati ITA 153
6 Aleix ESPARGARO Forward Yamaha SPA 117
7 Pol ESPARGARO Yamaha SPA 116
8 Andrea IANNONE Ducati ITA 102
9 Stefan BRADL Honda GER 96
10 Bradley SMITH Yamaha GBR 92
11 Alvaro BAUTISTA Honda SPA 79
12 Cal CRUTCHLOW Ducati GBR 63
13 Scott REDDING Honda GBR 60
14 Hiroshi AOYAMA Honda JPN 54
15 Yonny HERNANDEZ Ducati COL 39
16 Nicky HAYDEN Honda USA 38
17 Karel ABRAHAM Honda CZE 33
18 Colin EDWARDS Forward Yamaha USA 11
19 Michele PIRRO Ducati ITA 11
20 Danilo PETRUCCI ART ITA 9
21 Broc PARKES PBM AUS 7
22 Alex DE ANGELIS Forward Yamaha RSM 7
23 Mike DI MEGLIO Avintia FRA 4
24 Katsuyuki NAKASUGA Yamaha JPN 4
25 Hector BARBERA Ducati SPA 3
26 Michael LAVERTY PBM GBR 2
27 Leon CAMIER Honda GBR 1