MotoGP: Marc Marquez is the 2016 MotoGP World Champion

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Marc Marquez has cruised to the 2016 Japanese Grand Prix victory and the 2016 MotoGP world championship in the process, taking an easy victory as the pressure got to title rivals Valentino Rossi and Jorge Lorenzo, who uncharacteristically both fell from the race.

Marquez, who has dominated most of the weekend’s action, led almost from start to finish, seeing off both Yamahas of Rossi and Lorenzo in the opening laps of the race and never looking back as he applied the pressure and Rossi crashed out while chasing him.

Needing Lorenzo to finish fourth to clinch the title, the Spaniard looked unlikely to do it today, until pressure from Andrea Dovizioso on him caused him too to fall from the race, handing title victory to the Repsol Honda racer.

That left Dovizioso to take second, while Maverick Viñales won a close fight between him and Suzuki teammate Aleix Espargaró for the final podium spot. Cal Crutchlow had a strong finish behind them in fifth, ahead of Pol Espargaró, Alvaro Bautista and Danilo Petrucci, just beating teammate Scott Redding.

Bradley Smith had a strong ride considering his return from injury to 13th, but the beaten up Eugene Laverty failed to finish a lap.

Simon Patterson

By Simon Patterson

MotoGP and road racing reporter, photographer, videographer