MotoGP Grand Prix of Japan 2016 Results: Winner, Standings and Reaction

Gianni Verschueren@ReverschPassFeatured ColumnistOctober 16, 2016

Repsol Honda Team's Spanish rider Marc Marquez celebrates his win at the MotoGP Japanese Grand Prix and for securing his third world championship title at the Twin Ring Motegi circuit in Motegi on October 16, 2016. 
Marc Marquez secured his third world championship by winning the Japan Grand Prix Sunday where his closest rivals Yamaha duo Valentino Rossi and Jorge Lorenzo both crashed out. / AFP / Toshifumi KITAMURA        (Photo credit should read TOSHIFUMI KITAMURA/AFP/Getty Images)
TOSHIFUMI KITAMURA/Getty Images

Spanish superstar Marc Marquez grabbed his third MotoGP world title on Sunday, winning the Grand Prix of Japan while top rivals Jorge Lorenzo and Valentino Rossi failed to finish.

Lorenzo crashed out five laps before the end of the race, all but handing a rampant Marquez the title. Ducati's Andrea Dovizioso finished in second place, ahead of Maverick Vinales of Suzuki. For Marquez, it's his fifth overall title and his third in MotoGP, after his triumphs in 2013 and 2014.

As shared by MotoGP's official Twitter account, the Honda man was as shocked as anyone when he realised he had won the title:

Per Crash.net, he couldn't help but think of his grandmother, who died toward the tail end of the 2015 season:

It's an amazing feeling. I didn't expect here. When I saw Rossi was out I pushed for the victory. Then I saw Lorenzo was out I made a mistake in 4 or 5 corners. It was so difficult to concentrate. To come back on the top and win at Honda and Motegi. I don't want to forget my grandmother who died at this time last year. I think she would be happy.

Here's a look at the results from Sunday's race:

Japan GP Results
Pos.RiderNationTeamBikeTime/Gap
1Marc MARQUEZSPARepsol Honda TeamHonda42'34.610
2Andrea DOVIZIOSOITADucati TeamDucati+2.992
3Maverick VINALESSPATeam SUZUKI ECSTARSuzuki+4.104
4Aleix ESPARGAROSPATeam SUZUKI ECSTARSuzuki+4.726
5Cal CRUTCHLOWGBRLCR HondaHonda+15.049
6Pol ESPARGAROSPAMonster Yamaha Tech 3Yamaha+19.654
7Alvaro BAUTISTASPAAprilia Racing Team GresiniAprilia+23.032
8Danilo PETRUCCIITAOCTO Pramac YakhnichDucati+28.555
9Scott REDDINGGBROCTO Pramac YakhnichDucati+28.802
10Stefan BRADLGERAprilia Racing Team GresiniAprilia+32.330
11Katsuyuki NAKASUGAJPNYamalube Yamaha Factory RacingYamaha+42.845
12Yonny HERNANDEZCOLPull & Bear Aspar TeamDucati+52.219
13Bradley SMITHGBRMonster Yamaha Tech 3Yamaha+53.783
14Tito RABATSPAEstrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDSHonda+54.760
15Hiroshi AOYAMAJPNRepsol Honda TeamHonda+1'00.155
16Loris BAZFRAAvintia RacingDucati+1'04.440
17Hector BARBERASPADucati TeamDucati+1'42.966
18Mike JONESAUSAvintia RacingDucati1 Lap
Not Classified
Jorge LORENZOSPAMovistar Yamaha MotoGPYamaha5 Laps
Valentino ROSSIITAMovistar Yamaha MotoGPYamaha18 Laps
Jack MILLERAUSEstrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDSHonda18 Laps
Eugene LAVERTYIRLPull & Bear Aspar TeamDucati22 Laps
MotoGP.com

The current MotoGP standings:

MotoGP Standings
Pos.RiderBikeNationPoints
1Marc MARQUEZHondaSPA273
2Valentino ROSSIYamahaITA196
3Jorge LORENZOYamahaSPA182
4Maverick VINALESSuzukiSPA165
5Dani PEDROSAHondaSPA155
6Andrea DOVIZIOSODucatiITA124
7Cal CRUTCHLOWHondaGBR116
8Pol ESPARGAROYamahaSPA106
9Andrea IANNONEDucatiITA96
10Hector BARBERADucatiSPA84
11Aleix ESPARGAROSuzukiSPA82
12Eugene LAVERTYDucatiIRL71
13Alvaro BAUTISTAApriliaSPA63
14Scott REDDINGDucatiGBR62
15Danilo PETRUCCIDucatiITA58
16Stefan BRADLApriliaGER55
17Bradley SMITHYamahaGBR45
18Jack MILLERHondaAUS42
19Michele PIRRODucatiITA36
20Tito RABATHondaSPA29
21Loris BAZDucatiFRA24
22Yonny HERNANDEZDucatiCOL17
23Katsuyuki NAKASUGAYamahaJPN5
24Alex LOWESYamahaGBR3
25Hiroshi AOYAMAHondaJPN1
26Nicky HAYDENHondaUSA1
27Mike JONESDucatiAUS0
MotoGP.com

Marquez came into the Japan GP with a major lead in the standings, but virtually no one expected he would grab his fifth title this soon, especially with Rossi grabbing pole position and looking very fast in qualifying.

Lorenzo started the race on fire, taking the lead through Turn 1 ahead of Marquez and Rossi, while Aleix Espargaro also got off the line really fast.

Repsol Honda Team's Spanish rider Marc Marquez leads the pack during the start of the MotoGP Japanese Grand Prix at the Twin Ring Motegi circuit in Motegi on October 16, 2016. / AFP / Toshifumi KITAMURA        (Photo credit should read TOSHIFUMI KITAMURA/
TOSHIFUMI KITAMURA/Getty Images

Rossi and Lorenzo both posted faster times than Marquez in the opening laps, but the 23-year-old surged into the lead in Lap 4 with a stunning move past Lorenzo. The Honda man quickly pulled clear by half a second, and, as a result, Rossi had to take chances to pass Lorenzo or risk falling further behind.

The veteran briefly passed Lorenzo, but before he could start the hunt on Marquez, disaster struck, per MotoGP's official Twitter account:

Rossi simply lost control of his bike, and after briefly getting back on, he turned to the pit lane and promptly retired from the race.

The crash moved Dovizioso up to third place, and the Italian found a surprising burst of pace to put pressure on Lorenzo. The Spaniard had a big crash during the third practice session, and many wondered whether his stamina would suffer as a result.

Movistar Yamaha MotoGP's Italian rider Valentino Rossi (R) prepares for the MotoGP warm-up session at the Japanese Grand Prix in the Twin Ring Motegi circuit in Motegi on October 16, 2016. / AFP / TOSHIFUMI KITAMURA        (Photo credit should read TOSHIF
TOSHIFUMI KITAMURA/Getty Images

Dovizioso slowly started to close the gap, with Vinales battling for position behind him, while Marquez consistently put together the fastest times and was almost assured of the win at the midway point of the race.

Last year's world champion visibly tired toward the end of the race, and Dovzioso got ever closer, but before he had a chance to try an overtake, the unthinkable happened, per Crash.net MotoGP:

Suddenly, Marquez was just a few laps away from another world title, and the young star cruised to the finish line, easily beating the field.

MotoGP shared this fantastic selfie the Spaniard took on the podium:

With three races left to go, neither Rossi nor Lorenzo added to their tallies in the standings, and Vinales managed to close the gap to the point he has to be considered a top-three contender if Lorenzo's injuries can't fully heal in time.

Rossi still has the edge in the battle for second, and given Lorenzo's health and the Italian's wealth of experience, he's a relatively safe bet to keep hold of his position.

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