The fifteenth round of MotoGP was remarkable for the torrent of rain and poor weather that gave the Motegi circuit in Japan a permanent shine across all three days of the event. The first of the flyaway ‘triple’ was also the stage for the excellent Alex Marquez to slither through the conditions to bag his third Moto2 victory of the season.
The premier class was won by Andrea Dovizioso after another memorable duel with world champion Marc Marquez while another Italian, Danilo Petrucci, mounted the box for the fourth time this year. Jorge Lorenzo grabbed sixth place while Johann Zarco (from Pole Position) and Maverick Viñales also made the top ten. Valentino Rossi was one of the sixth riders that failed to finish; thankfully the Yamaha man was not hurt in his fall.