Motul Grand Prix of Japan – Race Results 16 October 2016

By October 17, 2016 Uncategorized


Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda Team) won the race and with both Valentino Rossi (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP) and Jorge Lorenzo (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP) crashing out while holding second place Marquez also became the 2016 MotoGP World Champion, his third MotoGP championship in four years.

In second place was Andrea Dovizioso (ducati Team) with Maverick Vinales (Team SUZUKI ECSTAR) in third after passing his team-mate Aleix Espargaro (Team SUZUKI ECSTAR), who finished fourth, late in the race. Fifth place went to Cal Crutchlow (LCR Honda)with Pol Espargaro (Monster Yamaha Tech 3) sixth.

It was also a great race for the ever improving Aprilia team with Alvro Bautista finishing seventh and Stephan Bradl tenth.


1     Marc MARQUEZ (SPA)                      Repsol Honda Team                    Honda                42’34.610
2    Andrea DOVIZIOSO (ITA )               Ducati Team                                   Ducati                +2.992
3    Maverick VIÑALES (SPA)                 Team SUZUKI ECSTAR                Suzuki               +4.104


In a dominant display Thomas Luthi (Garage Plus Interwetten) led from start to finish crossing the line to win from a fast finishing Johann Zarco (Ajo Motorsport) in second with the “in form” Franco Morbidelli (Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS) third. With both Alex Rins (Paginas Amarillas HP 40) and Sam Lowes (Federal Oil Gresini Moto2) crashing in the race and neither scoring any points Zarco extended his lead in the championship to 21 points over Rins with Luthi now becoming a championship contender 43 points behind Zarco in third.

The fourth place finisher was Takaaki Nakagami (IDEMITSU Honda Team Asia) with Sandro Cortese (Dynavolt Intact GP) fifth and Simone Corsi (Speed Up Racing) sixth.


1    Thomas LUTHI (SWI)                              Garage Plus Interwetten                       Kalex                      42’45.854
2    Johann ZARCO (FRA)                              Ajo Motorsport                                       Kalex                      +0.386
3    Franco MORBIDELLI (ITA)                   Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS              Kalex                      +5.863


After leading the race virtually from the start Brad Binder (Red Bull KTM Ajo) was passed three corners from the finish lie by Enea Bastianini (Gresini Racing Moto3) which saw Bastianini win in a photo finish from Binder in second. Third across the line was local rider Hiroki Ono (Honda Team Asia) but was later disqualified for being under the weight restrictions. Nicolo Bulega (SKY Racing Team VR46) was therefore promoted from fourth to third place.

Fourth finisher was Philipp Oettle (Schedl GP Racing) with Fabio DiGiannantonio (Gresini Racing Moto3) fifth and Francesco Bagnaia (Pull & Bear Aspar Mahindra Team Mahindra) sixth.


1     Enea BASTIANINI (ITA)                Gresini Racing Moto3               Honda                     39’24.273
2    Brad BINDER (RSA)                       Red Bull KTM Ajo                       KTM                        +0.017
3    Nicolo BULEGA (ITA)                     SKY Racing Team VR46            KTM                        +4.002

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