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MotoGP Japan: Full Race Results and Race Report

Written by Owen Bradley

Credit: Mirco Lazzari GP

MotoGP Returns to the iconic circuit in Japan, at Motegi. A circuit with so much rich history for MotoGP. Who could forget the classic moments of Rossi vs Lorenzo in 2010, or Marquez vs Dovizioso in 2017 and 2019.


1st Jorge Martin, Pramac Ducati

2nd Francesco Bagnaia, Ducati Lenovo Team

3rd Marc Marquez, Repsol Honda

4th Marco Bezzecchi, VR46 Ducati

5th Aleix Espargaro, Aprilia

6th Jack Miller, Red Bull KTM

7th Augusto Fernandez, Tech3 GASGAS KTM

8th Fabio Di Giannantonio, Gresini Ducati

9th Raul Fernandez, RNF Aprilia

10th Fabio Quartararo, Monster Yamaha

11th Takaaki Nakagami, LCR Honda

12th Joan Mir, Repsol Honda

13th Cal Crutchlow, Yamaha

14th Stefan Bradl, LCR Honda

15th Pol Espargaro, Tech3 GASGAS KTM

16th Michele Pirro, Ducati Lenovo

17th Franco Morbidelli, Monster Yamaha

18th Miguel Oliveira, RNF Aprilia

19th Maverick Vinales, Aprilia

20th Johann Zarco, Pramac Ducati

21st Brad Binder, Red Bull KTM

Grand Prix

The Race started in extremely tough conditions, as the riders were forced to make a difficult decision. a completely wet and dark track with even more rain on the way, they lined up on the grid in such treachorous conditions. At the end of Lap 1, almost every single rider came in for their wet setup bike.

Credit: CRASH.Net

Amongst all the pit lane chaos, Martin managed to hold his net position lead, battling with Aleix Espargaro. Francesco Bagnaia was overtaken by a load of riders at the exit of the pit lane, and then Marco Bezzecchi would dive down the inside into the late braking zone of Turn 11.

Lap 3 would start with Jorge Martin making a huge mistake under braking into Turn 3, running completely wide and losing several positions to Bezzecchi and Bagnaia. The riders who did decide to stay out on slicks, ended up really struggling and were being caught hand over fist by the other riders. Michele Pirro leading, but Espargaro catching by over three seconds per lap.

Martin and Bagnaia would manage to get past Bezzecchi, and the three all started to chase the leaders. Eventually Martin and Bagnaia did get past Espargaro, and the pair of them raised the pace, flying off into the distance with Bezzecchi in hot pursuit. It began raining extremely hard at the back of the circuit, conditions becoming even more difficult.

Joan Mir and Jack Miller went at it on Lap 9, with Mir getting frustrated with a semi-aggressive move from Thriller Miller. Miller would eventually make a mistake into Turn 11's braking zone, running very wide and losing several positions. Marc Marquez managed to make a move into P4, overtaking Miguel Oliveira at Turn 2, after the Aprilia man ran wide at Turn 1.

Marc Marquez really picked up the pace, overtaking Bezzecchi and having much more pace than the other riders out front.


Conditions far too dangerous, with a flash of lightning as well meant that the session was red flagged, after Johann Zarco also had a major crash too.

The riders had done an out lap and then another warm-up lap, but they called for another Red Flag, which this time finished the race for good, with just half the race completed.

Full points awarded, Jorge Martin is just 3 points behind Championship Leader, Francesco Bagnaia.

1 Comment

Oct 01, 2023

A difficult race as it often is in Japan but with plenty of action too. I recall suggesting Martin would be champ this year in pre-season predictions 😉. A fearless boy who qualifies well, has pretty good race craft and can dictate a strong pace from the front, reminds me of the other Jorge who went pretty well at times.

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