Marc wins sea­son

>…as Rossi, Lorenzo crash in Ja­pan

The Sun (Malaysia) - - SPORTS -

MARC MAR­QUEZ se­cured his third world cham­pi­onship by win­ning the Ja­pan Grand Prix yes­ter­day where his clos­est rivals Yamaha duo Valentino Rossi and Jorge Lorenzo both crashed out.

The 23-year-old Honda rider be­came the youngest man to win three pre­mier­class world cham­pi­onship ti­tles, and did so at Honda’s home cir­cuit, where he had never won be­fore.

Mar­quez fin­ished the 24-lap race in 42min 34.610sec, 2.992sec ahead of Du­cati’s An­drea Dovizioso and 4.104sec ahead of Mav­er­ick Vi­nales of Suzuki.

“Ob­vi­ously, amaz­ing... Amaz­ing feel­ing,” Mar­quez said im­me­di­ately af­ter his vic­tory with a big smile, his face red with ex­cite­ment.

“It was dif­fi­cult to con­cen­trate,” af­ter Rossi and Lorenzo crashed out, he said.

Mar­quez started sec­ond on the grid, af­ter pole starter Rossi, who was his clos­est cham­pi­onship ri­val with a 52point gap.

Mar­quez and Rossi swapped sec­ond place sev­eral times in the sec­ond lap with the Honda rider keep­ing the up­per hand.

In the fourth lap, Mar­quez closed in on Lorenzo to take the lead and grad­u­ally ex­panded the gap.

With 19 laps to go, Rossi also passed Lorenzo while Mar­quez com­manded the race. But in the fol­low­ing lap, Rossi slipped on the tar­mac at a hair pin bend on turn 10.

The Ital­ian got up on his own, drove his bike on the track only to with­draw from the race, send­ing Lorenzo to go af­ter Mar­quez, who was al­ready trav­el­ling solo.

With five laps re­main­ing in the race, Lorenzo also slipped on the track, this time at the Vshaped left­handed turn nine, send­ing Mar­quez to the stun­ning vic­tory. – AFP

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