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Motul Grand Prix of Japan: an event which will go down in history!


Motul Grand Prix of Japan: an event which will go down in history!

The Japanese Grand Prix, in Motegi, is well and truly legendary. Indeed, on this circuit  belonging to Honda, the exceptionally talented Marc Marquez bagged his second consecutive MotoGP title on a Honda, what else, thanks to a second place dearly clinched behind Jorge Lorenzo. Aged 21 years and 237 days, he is the youngest rider to pull off such a performance, a record which he snatches from Mike Hailwood (23 years and 152 days). During this race that took place in glorious sunshine the Motul-partnered Yamaha Tech3 riders all finished in the top ten, Espargaro missing seventh place by a narrow margin. 'Eighth place was not what I was hoping for,' he admitted, 'but it was a difficult race and I had to fight to secure it.' Bradley Smith bagged ninth place and Aleix Espargaro, the Motul rider for NGM Forward Racing, finished eleventh.

Moto3 category also saw fiercely fought battles with, at the end of the race, a sudden streak of luck allowing Alex Marquez (Marc's younger brother) to bag victory, thereby leading the championship.

Motul Grand Prix of Japan: an event which will go down in history!

As official partner of the event, Motul obviously enjoyed an imposing set of attractions throughout the weekend, one of the star ones being the presence of 14 grid girls on the starting grid, who delighted the public.

On the fringe of these enthralling races, Suzuki unveiled to the Japanese public its new   Motul-liveried GSX-RR, in the presence of Kevin Schwantz and Franco Uncini, world champions in 1993 and 1982 respectively. 'I tried the motorcycle, it's an excellent machine,' said Schwantz.

The next Grand Prix will take place in Australia on 19 October, which will leave Dorna only four days to transport everything on the spot: a logistics feat indeed!

MotoGP Standings

01// Marc Márquez, Honda, 312 pts

02// Valentino Rossi, Yamaha, 230 pts

03// Dani Pedrosa, Honda, 230 pts

06// Aleix Espargaró, NGM Forward Racing Yamaha, 117 pts - Motul

07// Pol Espargaró, Yamaha Tech3, 116 pts - Motul 

10// Bradley Smith, Yamaha Tech3, 92 pts - Motul 

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