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MotoGP – MotoGP: Bautista equals season best ahead of factory Ducati stand-in

MotoGP – MotoGP: Bautista equals season best ahead of factory Ducati stand-in

Alvaro Bautista produced the ideal demonstration behind why Ducati has picked the Spaniard to step in for the injured Jorge Lorenzo for this weekend’s Australian round. The 33-year-old was confirmed as Lorenzo’s replacement for Phillip Island following his charge to fifth place at the Japanese MotoGP race, his best result at Motegi since reaching the rostrum…

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MotoGP – MotoGP: Buriram set-up fails to deliver for Vinales | News

MotoGP – MotoGP: Buriram set-up fails to deliver for Vinales | News

Maverick Vinales has conceded the same set-up and approach which earned him a podium in Thailand could not produce a similar performance from his Movistar Yamaha at Motegi. The Spanish rider led the Yamaha resurgence at Buriram with a first podium since the German round but now feels the gains enjoyed in Thailand were not…

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MotoGP – Japanese MotoGP: Marquez: Five titles, but now I want more

MotoGP – Japanese MotoGP: Marquez: Five titles, but now I want more

With five MotoGP world titles in six years, Marc Marquez has joined an elite group of riders that have won multiple premier class crowns. Now level with five-time 500 GP champion legend Mick Doohan, only Valentino Rossi (7) and fellow Italian great Giacomo Agostini (8) have won more at the highest level within the sport.…

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MotoGP – MotoGP Japan: Dovizioso: ‘Small mistake cost me dearly’

MotoGP – MotoGP Japan: Dovizioso: ‘Small mistake cost me dearly’

Andrea Dovizioso’s hopes of claiming a fourth MotoGP win of the season, and delaying Marc Marquez’s title celebrations, disappeared on the penultimate lap in Japan. Starting from pole, Dovizioso quickly fended off Marquez’s first attempt to lead and it took until four laps to go for the Honda rider to become established at the front.…

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MotoGP – MotoGP Japan: Rossi salvages fourth after Sunday ‘step’

MotoGP – MotoGP Japan: Rossi salvages fourth after Sunday ‘step’

Valentino Rossi salvaged a ‘not bad’ fourth place from ninth on the grid, in Sunday’s Japanese MotoGP. While Rossi and factory Yamaha team-mate Maverick Vinales were unable to repeat their strong Buriram form, the Italian ‘made a step’ in morning warm-up and held a podium position during the early stages of the race. He was…

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MotoGP – Japanese MotoGP: Crutchlow: Now we know Ducati’s strategy

MotoGP – Japanese MotoGP: Crutchlow: Now we know Ducati’s strategy

Motegi runner-up Cal Crutchlow says Honda now has a clear idea of Ducati’s race strategy after he was left frustrated by Andrea Dovizioso’s ‘yo-yoing’ race pace in Japan. The LCR Honda rider finished as the runner-up behind Marc Marquez after Dovizioso slid off on the penultimate lap, fending off Suzuki’s Alex Rins to seal second…

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MotoGP – Japanese MotoGP: Marquez dislocates shoulder during title celebrations

MotoGP – Japanese MotoGP: Marquez dislocates shoulder during title celebrations

Marc Marquez bizarrely dislocated his shoulder as he celebrated his fifth MotoGP world title following his victory at Motegi in Japan. The Honda rider was greeted by Britain’s Scott Redding on his slow down lap and the pair embraced, with Marquez soon realising something was amiss. He explained: “I was very happy and I arrived…

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MotoGP – MotoGP, Age smiles on Marquez, better than Rossi and Agostini

MotoGP – MotoGP, Age smiles on Marquez, better than Rossi and Agostini

What a performance Marc Marquez! The Spanish phenomenon has written another page of championship history at Motegi, securing his seventh world title. He did so in the best possible way, or rather by winning after a thrilling head to head with Andrea Dovizioso, the Italian unfortunately crashing out. During 2018, Marc has further raised the base, here…

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MotoGP – Japanese MotoGP: Podium return is just rewards for Suzuki, says Rins

MotoGP – Japanese MotoGP: Podium return is just rewards for Suzuki, says Rins

Alex Rins returned to the rostrum at Motegi in Japan for the first time since Assen after battling it out with Cal Crutchlow for the runner-up spot. Andrea Dovizioso’s slip-off on the penultimate lap promoted Crutchlow and Rins into a fight for second place behind Marc Marquez, who closed out his eighth victory of the…

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MotoGP – MotoGP, Rossi: with this Yamaha I can’t reach the podium

MotoGP – MotoGP, Rossi: with this Yamaha I can’t reach the podium

Valentino Rossi exits the Yamaha technical office at Motegi once its dark, two hours after the end of the race. The meeting was a long one, but that doesn’t necessarily mean it was productive. “I keep saying the same things during those meeting, I might as well leave a recording and a photo of myself…

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MotoGP – Japanese MotoGP: Consistency moulded title charge, says Marquez

MotoGP – Japanese MotoGP: Consistency moulded title charge, says Marquez

Marc Marquez said his back-to-back wins earlier in the season at Jerez and Le Mans were the springboard for his fifth MotoGP world title in six years. The Repsol Honda rider sealed the championship with a victory in front of his Honda bosses on Sunday at the Twin Ring Motegi circuit in Japan, claiming his…

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MotoGP – MotoGP Japan: Redding: Sorry for the shoulder dislocation, Marc!

MotoGP – MotoGP Japan: Redding: Sorry for the shoulder dislocation, Marc!

After stopping to celebrate MotoGP race and title victory at Motegi with some of his team, and then fellow rider Scott Redding, Marc Marquez suddenly got off his bike and lay down at the side of the track. Following some jolting of his arm, the Repsol Honda rider stood up and continued celebrating as if nothing had happened. So…

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MotoGP – Japanese MotoGP: Marquez: Title win at Motegi exactly what I wanted

MotoGP – Japanese MotoGP: Marquez: Title win at Motegi exactly what I wanted

Newly-crowned MotoGP World champion Marc Marquez says Sunday’s race at Motegi in Japan was exactly the outcome he had hoped for. The Repsol Honda rider sealed his third premier class title at Honda’s home race with a victory – his eighth of the season – to wrap up the championship in style with three rounds…

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