By Bruce Allen
It is now clear that Honda‘s 2019 MotoGP champion Marc Marquez has his sights set on the single season points record of 383 set by The Rider Formerly Known as Jorge Lorenzo with Yamaha in 2010. Why else bother winning the Motul Grand Prix of Japan when a win would mean so much more to any number of other riders? Winning motorcycle races is in #93’s DNA, much they way it was with Nicky Hayden. He just can’t help himself.
With the real action behind him all day, and discounting Andrea Dovizioso, who has second place for the year by the throat, most of the attention today focused on young Fabio Quartaro – could this be his week? – Maverick Viñales, Alex Rins and Danilo Petrucci, all of whom have a dog in the fight for third place for the year. One rider who doesn’t, after today, is aging rock star Valentino Rossi, who crashed out, unassisted, of the race and the top tier of riders for 2019. Anyone feeling bad for Rossi is advised to feel bad instead for Lorenzo, who limped home in 18th place today, out of the points, no longer relevant in the premier class. It wasn’t that long ago that they were The Factory Yamaha Bruise Brothers, capable of going one-two on any given weekend. C’est la guerre.
Practice and Qualifying
Rossi just snuck into Q2 on his last …read more
Source:: MotoGP Motegi Results 2019