Honda's Marc Marquez raced to his second straight MotoGP championship in just his second year in the premier class by racing to a second place finish at the Motegi circuit in Japan on Sunday the 12th of October.
While Marquez wrapped up the 2014 championship it was Movistar Yamaha MotoGP rider Jorge Lorenzo who dominated at the Twin Ring Motegi for the second year in a row, taking a perfect victory at the Grand Prix of Japan. Teammate Valentino Rossi also shone, making it a double podium for Yamaha with a strong third place.
Lorenzo had a good start to the 24 lap race when he launched off the second row of the grid to arrive at the first corner in third place. He soon overtook Ducati's Andrea Dovizioso to follow teammate Rossi, who snatched the holeshot into turn one from a second place start position on the grid.
Rossi worked to build a gap of just over 0.404 seconds over the first two laps, but Lorenzo was quick to arrive at the back of the Doctor‰Ûªs YZR-M1. Feeling the heat from Dovizioso and Marc Marquez behind him, Lorenzo took the lead from his teammate on the fourth lap and cleared off at the front to set a new lap record of 1‰Ûª45.350 four laps later.