TOKYO, Japan – Spaniard Marc Marquez made 2018 a hat-trick season here on Sunday by winning the MotoGP championship with another top-podium from the Japanese MotoGP race.
It couldn’t have been closer, with title rival Andrea Dovizioso falling on the penultimate lap while trying to squeeze past the about-to-be champion.
Reuters reports Honda’s Hamilton, now 25, has matched now retired Aussie rider Mick Doohan with five World titles but still has to catch Italian Valentino Rossi with seven and Giacomo Agostini with eight.
Marquez is now 102 points clear of Ducati’s Andrea Dovizioso with three races to go.
Dovizioso led most of the race. Marquez started sixth but made his move with four laps left. The Ducati rider tried to come back but fell, eventually finishing 18th.
Marquez said during the post-race interviews: “I was able to follow Andrea, then I say OK, I will try to use the same strategy as Thailand – attack before the last lap.
“I was pushing really hard and he made a mistake. I was disappointed because he deserved to be on the podium with us.”
Marquez took Dovizioso on the last lap of the previous race in Thailand.
Spaniard Alex Rins was third on a Suzuki.