MotoGP
Oct 28

MotoGP: At Motegi Yamaha Marks 200th Premier Class Win

MotoGP: At Motegi Yamaha Marks 200th Premier Class Win

Factory Racing rider 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.

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Oct 27

MotoGP: Lorenzo Hails Motegi Performance As One Of His Best

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

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 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 with just one race remaining.

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Oct 27

Crash Happy: Moto2, Moto3 Riders Slam Hard At Motegi

Sunday action at the tricky circuit in Motegi, Japan was jumpstarted by a wild Moto3 race, which saw major drama unfold on the very first lap.

While racing for a spot in the top-five, championship leader was caught up in a wreck triggered by . Viñales attempted a pass on the inside of Salom in the V Corner when Viñales lost control and high-sided.

Both riders would be OK, but were no longer a factor in the race. Salom will look to bounce back at the finale in Valencia, where he enters with a two-point leader over Maverick Viñales.

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Oct 27

MotoGP: Bautista Equals Best Result Of 2013

Alvaro Bautista (19) is chased by the Tech 3's Bradley Smith (38) and Cal Crutchlow (35) during the Japanese Grand Prix. (Photo: Getty Images)

(19) is chased by the Tech 3′s Bradley Smith (38) and Cal Crutchlow (35) during the Japanese Grand Prix. (Photo: Getty Images)

Alvaro Bautista matched his best finish of the season so far by coming home fourth in Sunday’s Air Asia Grand Prix of Japan, equaling his results of Laguna Seca and MotorLand Aragón.

Bautista started seventh on the grid at , slipstreaming his way past LCR Honda ’s for fourth position as Lap 8 commenced.

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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)

(left) and (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 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.

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