Repsol Honda Marc Marquez clinches 2016 MotoGP Championship
Marc Marquez does it again - and this time with great style - he is now the Triple MotoGP World Champion of this new MotoGP generation. The young Spaniard was able to manage the ups and downs of the 2016 season. He started the year on a high note: 2 wins in the first 3 races (Argentina and Americas GP) then during the mid-part of the season the Yamahas (Jorge Lorenzo and Valentino Rossi) became stronger to a point that Marquez was forced to make mistakes (pushing his Repsol Honda to the limits) at the French Le Mans Grand Prix (where he finished a low 13th place).
Still Marquez managed the season brilliantly, finished 2nd in three consecutive races (Italy, Catalunya, Assen) and then went on to win Germany.
The series went into rainy races and tyre issues that fortunately produced great racing - with 4 consecutive races having 4 different winners: Austria, Czech Republic, British Grand Prix and San Marino. Against all odds, Marquez always managed to finish within the top 5 for all these races...
More about poles and winners here: 2016 MotoGP Pole Positions & Race Winners
By around this time, Valentino Rossi was also excelling and wining over his teammate (Jorge Lorenzo) in most of the races - unfortunately Rossi had 3 DNFs in previous races that eroded his championship hopes - including that infamous Italian Grand Prix engine failure... Same goes for Jorge Lorenzo, 2 DNFs against him with one being courtesy of Andrea Iannone (when the pair clashed at the Catalunya Grand Prix)
Once back into more regular dry weather (Aragon and Japan), Marc Marquez shined again wining these last two races and earning his triple MotoGP world title at Motegi - courtesy of Valentino Rossi and Jorge Lorenzo crashing out of the race.
Rossi @ Japanese Grand Prix: "... I was able to push a lot to try and catch Marquez but unfortunately I lost the front. Sincerely, I felt nothing like going into the corner too wide or too deep, but I lost the front and logically I made a mistake."
Marquez @ Japanese Grand Prix: "... “It’s incredible! Before the race I didn’t expect to be Champion, and I said that here it would be impossible. However, when I saw that Rossi was out of the race, I decided to push hard for the victory. I was riding my hardest, and when there were three laps to go, I read on my pit board that Lorenzo was also out; on that same lap, I made mistakes in four or five corners, as it was difficult to stay focused! I’m very happy because this title is very special considering some of the crashes I had last year, and also because it came at Motegi, Honda’s home...."
There are still 3 more races to go, that may decide the Championship runner-up between the Yamahas.
Here are the standings after Motegi. BTW: 25 points goes to the MotoGP race winner, with 3 mores races to go that is 75 points, means Marquez is now champion as the gap to Rossi is 77 points.
2016 MotoGP Championship
|Marquez||Repsol Honda Team||273|
|Rossi||Movistar Yamaha MotoGP||196|
|Lorenzo||Movistar Yamaha MotoGP||182|
|Vinales||Suzuki Ecstar MotoGP||165|
|Pedrosa||Repsol Honda Team||155|
|Go to 2016 Full MotoGP Standings|
And here is Marc Marquez -
Next race is this weekend: MotoGP Australia @ Phillip Island Circuit!
Posted on October 17, 2016