Jorge Lorenzo
Oct 28

MotoGP: At Motegi Yamaha Marks 200th Premier Class Win

MotoGP: At Motegi Yamaha Marks 200th Premier Class Win

Yamaha Factory Racing rider Jorge Lorenzo of Spain. (Photo: Getty Images)

Jorge Lorenzo’s impressive win in the Japanese Grand Prix marked a significant milestone for Yamaha as the Japanese marque celebrated its 200th race victory in the premier class of the World Championship.

Having claimed his own 50th career win the previous time out at Phillip Island, Lorenzo’s Motegi success marked his 30th in the premier class as well as the 200th for Yamaha, whose first as a company in the premier class came courtesy of Britain’s Chas Mortimer in the 1973 Spanish Grand Prix at Montjuic Park, Barcelona.

Oct 27

MotoGP: Lorenzo Hails Motegi Performance As One Of His Best

Jorge Lorenzo celebrates after winning the Japanese Grand Prix. (Photo: Getty Images)

Jorge Lorenzo celebrates after winning the Japanese Grand Prix. (Photo: Getty Images)

Jorge Lorenzo stopped just short of calling it a perfect race but this is as good as it gets.

Lorenzo’s brilliantly conceived and “close to perfect” victory in Sunday’s Japanese Grand Prix has triggered a last race showdown for the 2013 MotoGP World Championship.

After gambling on a soft tire choice, Lorenzo hammered out 24 laps in a masterclass of front-running pace to pile the pressure on his title rival Marc Marquez with just one race remaining.

Oct 27

MotoGP: Rookie Marquez Pleased With Motegi Result Despite Failing To Wrap Up Title

Marc Marquez (left) and Jorge Lorenzo (right) celebrate on the podium after the Grand Prix of Japan. (Photo: Getty Images)

Marc Marquez (left) and Jorge Lorenzo (right) celebrate on the podium after the Grand Prix of Japan. (Photo: Getty Images)

Marc Marquez has once again failed to wrap up the 2013 MotoGP World Championship, and will now look to capture the title in two weeks time at Valencia.

Marquez needed to outscore eventual race winner Jorge Lorenzo by eight points in Sunday’s Japanese Grand Prix to clinch the title, but the Repsol Honda ace was unable to do so. Instead, Marquez finished second to Lorenzo, decreasing his championship lead to only 13 points with one race remaining in the season.

The 20-year-old struggled to keep pace with fellow Spaniard Lorenzo, and acknowledged that it was better to settle for second rather than crash out while vying for the win.

Oct 27

MotoGP: Lorenzo Wins Japanese Grand Prix To Keep Title Fight Alive

Jorge Lorenzo (front) managed to hold of Marc Marquez (middle) and Dani Pedrosa (back) to win Sunday's Japanese Grand Prix. (Photo: Getty Images)

Jorge Lorenzo (front) managed to hold of Marc Marquez (middle) and Dani Pedrosa (back) to win Sunday’s Japanese Grand Prix. (Photo: Getty Images)

Jorge Lorenzo has triumphed for the seventh time in 2013, winning Sunday’s AirAsia Grand Prix of Japan. The Yamaha Factory Racing rider fought off a stiff challenge from Repsol Honda Team’s Marc Marquez and Dani Pedrosa to ensure that the MotoGP title battle goes down to the wire for the first time since 2006.

Providing a truly unpredictable end to the late-season triple-header, the Motegi weekend was very much shaken up by inclement weather conditions; this led to the cancellation of all track action on Friday as well as heavy modifications to the Saturday agenda. Ironically, Sunday’s race took place under clear blue skies in Japan.

Oct 26

MotoGP: Bradl Leads Final Japanese GP Practice As Marquez Crashes

Stefan Bradl set the quickest time in Sunday's Japanese GP practice. (Photo: Getty Images)

Stefan Bradl set the quickest time in Sunday’s Japanese GP practice. (Photo: Getty Images)

Stefan Bradl was quickest as Sunday practice was staged ahead of the AirAsia Grand Prix of Japan. The LCR Honda MotoGP rider led the way from Repsol Honda Team pairing Dani Pedrosa and Marc Marquez, with the championship leader having walked away from a high-speed crash earlier in the session.

After the disruption of Friday and Saturday, there were now blue skies and a warm morning. Bradl, back in action after fracturing an ankle in Malaysia just over two weeks ago, posted the session-leading effort of 1’46.440, 19 thousandths of a second up on Pedrosa and one tenth quicker than Marquez. In-turn, the rookie – who could claim the world title later today – beat Yamaha Factory Racing’s pole-sitter Jorge Lorenzo to fourth spot by 17 thousandths, having rejoined from his crash which featured the Spaniard bouncing across the Turn 12 gravel trap.