Mar­quez wins in Ja­pan to wrap up 2016 MotoGP ti­tle

Malta Independent - - SPORT -

Honda rider Marc Mar­quez of Spain won the MotoGP of Ja­pan yes­ter­day to se­cure the 2016 ti­tle with three races re­main­ing.

Mar­quez beat Du­cati rider An­drea Do­vi­siozo by 2.992 sec­onds at Twin Ring Motegi for his fifth win of the sea­son and his third world cham­pi­onship. Suzuki rider Mav­er­ick Vi­nales was third, 4.104 sec­onds back.

Pole-sit­ter and Yamaha rider Valentino Rossi crashed on the 15th lap. Rossi en­tered Sun­day’s race 52 points be­hind Mar­quez in the over­all stand­ings.

Mar­quez’s cham­pi­onship bid got a fur­ther boost when Yamaha rider Jorge Lorenzo lost con­trol of his bike with five laps to go. Lorenzo was in sec­ond place at the time and needed to fin­ish on the podium to ex­tend the cham­pi­onship bat­tle to the next race at Phillip Is­land, Aus­tralia on Oct. 23.

At 23 years old, Mar­quez is the youngest rider to win three premier class world cham­pi­onship ti­tles.

The 2016 MotoGP ti­tle is his third in four years in the premier class, and his fifth world cham­pi­onship af­ter be­com­ing 125 world cham­pion in 2010 and Moto2 world cham­pion in 2012.

“It was dif­fi­cult to con­cen­trate (af­ter Rossi and Lorenzo crashed out),” said Mar­quez. “I am re­ally happy. Re­ally happy with my team.”

There are still three races to go this sea­son, start­ing with next week­end’s Aus­tralian Grand Prix.

Spain’s Marc Mar­quez, cen­tre, cel­e­brates with team staff af­ter win­ning the MotoGP of Ja­pan Photo: AP

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