2019 MotoGP Japanese Grand Prix Preview

MotoGP returns this weekend as it heads to Motegi in Japan which begins a schedule of three races over the next three weekends.

Marquez 2019 v Marquez 2014

The 2019 MotoGP riders’ title has been sealed by Marc Marquez going into the weekend, with four races remaining. He currently has 325 points going into the weekend and has won nine races so far this season, including the last three prior to Motegi.

15 Tailandia GP 3, 4, 5 y 6 de octubre de 2019, circuito de Chan
Marc Márquez 2019 World Champion. Thai GP” by Box Repsol is licensed under CC BY 2.0

His other most dominant season in MotoGP was in 2014 where he won thirteen races and scored 362 points. In order to match these figures Marquez would need to win all the remaining races to match the win tally but only needs thirty seven points out of the one hundred still available to beat his 2014 points tally.

For a little bit of context the 2019 season consists of nineteen rounds while the 2014 season consisted of eighteen.

Behind Marquez

Andrea Dovizioso is still in second and is a hundred and ten points behind Marquez going into the weekend and is forty eight points ahead of currently third placed Alex Rins.

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Perhaps the main battle in the championship over the remaining races will be for third with Rins only four points ahead of Maverick Vinales who has finished inside the top five in the last five races while five points behind Rins, and one behind Vinales, is Danilo Petrucci.

Petrucci has finished inside the top ten in five of the last six races and has finished inside the points in every race so far this season.

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The last two riders to mention in the battle for third are Valentino Rossi and Fabio Quartararo who are twenty seven points and twenty nine points, respectively, behind Rins.

Rossi hasn’t failed to finish outside of the top ten since the Dutch TT while Quartararo’s most recent form of finishing on the podium in three of the last five races has meant he is closing the gap to Rins.

Elsewhere in and just outside the top ten

There is a bit of a gap between Quartararo and Jack Miller, currently at twenty four points going into this weekend. Miller has finished inside the points in the last four consecutive races, including a podium finish in Aragon. It means that he is seventeen points ahead of Cal Crutchlow who has finished inside the top six in three of the last six races.

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Franco Morbidelli currently occupies tenth in the standings bouncing back from being taken out in Aragon by finishing sixth in Thailand. He is twelve points behind Crutchlow and ten points ahead of eleventh placed Pol Espargaro.

Closest to Espargaro in the standings is Takaaki Nakagami who is only six points behind Espargaro going into his home race this weekend. Nakagami has finished inside the points in four of the last six races, including the two prior to Japan.

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