The 2018 MotoGP story is over. With eight wins and thirteen podiums Marc Marquez finally blew the smoke away from the barrel. The compact Twin Ring Motegi was the scene of the Honda rider’s fifth premier class title celebration but it was also a prosperous course for HRC machinery as LCR Honda’s Cal Crutchlow made it a 1-2 for the sixteenth round of nineteen. The Brit was a constant threat through the weekend that stayed bright and sunny (in contrast to the 2017 rain-drench edition of this event) and delivered some close action.
“It’s great to be on the podium here in Japan and team did a great job: it’s a great day in general for us,” #35 underlines. “Congrats to Marc, he has been incredible all year. It was a strange race. I felt good, the problem was that I should have gone for the lead earlier but I was concerned about [bike] power strategy. I also didn't want to run long in one of those braking zones at Honda’s home GP and with Marc going for the title! It was so difficult to pass but we had a strong bike today.”