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Marc Marquez seals third MotoGP title with victory in Japan

2016-10-16 22:59:39

Marc MarquezMarc Marquez also won the title in 2013 and 2014

Marc Marquez sealed his third MotoGP world championship by winning the Japan Grand Prix on Sunday.

The Spaniard finished the 24-lap race in 42 minutes 34.610 seconds, 2.992secs ahead of Andrea Dovizioso and 4.104secs ahead of Maverick Vinales.

His nearest challengers in the title standings, Yamaha pair Valentino Rossi and Jorge Lorenzo, both crashed out.

Honda rider Marquez, 23, is the youngest man to win three premier class world championship titles.

"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.

Marquez takes advantage of rivals' slips

Valentino RossiSeven-time world champion Valentino Rossi began Sunday's race 52 points behind Marc Marquez

Marquez began the race from second on the grid behind Italian Rossi, with last season's champion Lorenzo also starting on the front row.

It was the latter who seized control in the early stages before Marquez overtook him on the fourth lap.

With 19 laps remaining, Rossi's challenge was ended as he slipped on the tarmac at a hair-pin bend on turn 10.

Lorenzo would follow him out of the race with five laps to go as he also slipped on the track, this time at the V-shaped left-handed turn nine.

This left Marquez to go on and claim the race and the title.

Japan GP results

1. Marc Marquez (Spain) Honda 42:34.610

2. Andrea Dovizioso (Italy) Ducati 42:37.602

3. Maverick Vinales (Spain) Suzuki 42:38.714

4. Aleix Espargaro (Spain) Suzuki 42:39.336

5. Cal Crutchlow (Britain) Honda 42:49.659

Championship standings

1. Marc Marquez (Spain) Honda 273

2. Valentino Rossi (Italy) Yamaha 196

3. Jorge Lorenzo (Spain) Yamaha 182

4. Maverick Vinales (Spain) Suzuki 165

5. Dani Pedrosa (Spain) Honda 155

Source: bbc.co.uk

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