Tokyo, 21 October 2018 (MIA) – Spaniard Marc Marquez won a fifth MotoGP title and third in a row after claiming victory in Japan, BBC reports.
Ducati’s Andrea Dovizioso was his main title rival but the Italian slid off while in second on the penultimate lap.
The victory in Japan gave Marquez his eighth win of the season and came at his Honda team’s home track.
The 25-year-old moves level with Mick Doohan on five titles in the top class, with only Valentino Rossi (7) and Giacomo Agostini (8) ahead of him.
“I feel really good. I worked really hard all weekend,” said Marquez, who has won the title with three races to go.
“I was pushing really hard. I’m disappointed because Dovizioso deserved to be here on the podium.”
Marquez started the race in Japan in sixth place and had never won a MotoGP race after failing to qualify in the top five places on the grid.
But he quickly passed Briton Cal Crutchlow and then moved in front of pole sitter Dovizioso to take the lead.
A mistake from Marquez allowed the Italian to go back in front before he again passed Dovizioso on lap 21 of 24 to move back into first place.
Dovizioso appeared to be lining up a passing manoeuvre on Marquez in the final laps but slid onto the grass from his rival’s slipstream.
That allowed Crutchlow to claim second, with Alex Rins edging out Rossi to finish third.